[OSM-talk] amenity=doctor or amenity=doctors ? [tagging]

Mike Harris mikh43 at googlemail.com
Thu Feb 26 10:57:20 GMT 2009

I support Richard's logic 100% but am unsure whether I want to put the
effort in to go back and add the tags to all those ways I have done! (;>) -
at least until there had been enough discussion that this was well
established as a new standard. Is the proposal for a new key "designation"
(afaik there isn't such a key yet in (common) use??) with the various values
- footpath, bridleway, restricted_byway, BOAT and - perhaps - ORPA, adopted,


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Fairhurst [mailto:richard at systemed.net] 
Sent: 24 February 2009 20:22
To: talk at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [OSM-talk] amenity=doctor or amenity=doctors ? [tagging]

Gustav Foseid wrote:
> They do, however, make pretty much sense in many other parts of the 
> world. I see no good reason why the (very UK specific) right of way 
> tags should not be something like uk_row:foot=, uk_row:briddleway= and 
> so on.

A UK Right of Way legal status, unsurprisingly, is much more nuanced than
simply "horse yes, bicycle yes, foot yes, car no".

So, in itself, it's a valuable piece of information to store in the

Rather than just approximating this with 5,000 OSM tags, let's be precise.
Use a general tag such as "highway=track" so the path is routable/renderable
and so on, but augment with "designation=uk:restricted_byway", so those
applications which want to parse the detailed information can do so.

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