[OSM-talk] path or byway ?

80n 80n80n at gmail.com
Sat Jul 19 01:48:07 BST 2008

On Sat, Jul 19, 2008 at 1:40 AM, Alex Mauer <hawke at hawkesnest.net> wrote:

> Frederik Ramm wrote:
> >> For one, byway was never proposed or described or otherwise documented,
> >> but instead just plopped into map features.
> >
> > Just like them darn motorways... nobody ever put them to vote, it's
> > a shame ;-)
> Except that motorways were there on the very first rev (ok, second) of
> Map Features.  And they're documented.  And conceptually they're not
> UK-specific.
> My gripe is that it was put in there with neither discussion nor
> description; I never mentioned anything about voting.
> > There are probably a few more millions who know what a byway is.
> > In contrast to the generic term "path", a byway is something very
> > specific in the UK because it has a legal meaning.

> You are aware that the OSM definitions of things and the UK legal
> definitions of things are not always the same, right?

In the case of the OSM definition of highway=byway, it corresponds exactly
to the UK definition of a byway (or more precisely Byway Open to All

If it doesn't float your boat (pun intended) then don't use it.


> -Alex Mauer "hawke"
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