[OSM-talk] Tagging urban streets
Robert.Hart at BuroHappold.com
Mon Mar 5 15:41:37 GMT 2007
There is also highway=service, which can be used for urban roads
only/primarily used for vehicular access to buildings.  below may
fall into that category. I'd be surprised to find a road like  in the
UK that was not formally classified as primary or trunk, and would be
tempted to tag it as primary. (on the other hand I'd be surprised to
find such a big road with so few cars on it in the UK)
From: Francisco R. Santos [mailto:frsantos at gmail.com]
Sent: 05 March 2007 15:31
To: Robert Hart
Cc: Richard Fairhurst; talk @ openstreetmap. org
Subject: Re: [OSM-talk] Tagging urban streets
On 3/5/07, Robert Hart <Robert.Hart at burohappold.com> wrote:
As with most English words, usage is pretty broad, and both terms could
probably be applied to the majority of streets/roads.
To me though, a "street" implies a linear entity with buildings arranged
along it, normally houses, and normally on both sides.
A "road" implies a linear entity that vehicles can pass along, normally
OK, it's a more general word than I thought. Sorry, for the
As far as OSM tagging is concerned the only difference is that
highway=unclassified tends to become highway=residential for
So, the only difference between  and  is the tag "lanes=" ? Is
this small information sufficient for map rendering and/or navigation
This distinction is slightly contentious, and
there are some that would prefer the properties/classification
of a road
to be tagged independently of its usage.
On 3/5/07, Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net> wrote:
> 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).
mmm, only big streets or everything else. I miss some urban
classification the way "highway" does: for example, urban=primary,
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