[OSM-talk] Tagging urban streets
richard at systemed.net
Mon Mar 5 13:37:13 GMT 2007
Francisco R. Santos wrote:
> Ok, we are getting to the point. Among the 3 above (primary,
> secondary, unclassified), which one should I choose for
> **streets**, not *roads*? Am I confusing the terms? Sorry if I
> misunderstund these two terms, I'm not native english. What I mean
> for street is something , compared to a road . Streets are
> not classified by any highway authority, as far as I know.
In Britain, as far as I know, a street is a road, maintained by the
local council's highways department like any other. They'll often
have a classification (a 'D', 'E' or 'U') but not one that's published!
If a lot of traffic is routed along a street as part of an important
route, it might be highway=trunk, and the road number will be (say)
A43. Often it'll just be highway=unclassified, especially now that
many town centres have been bypassed, or highway=pedestrian. _But_
where the difference comes is in the rest of the tagging. You might
have abutters=retail, for example, to indicate there are shops on
either side. The highway tag doesn't seek to tell you everything
about a road.
In short: if you don't have any evidence that it's a classified road,
use highway=tertiary (for the biggest streets), highway=unclassified
(for everything else), or highway=pedestrian (for pedestrianised road).
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