[OSM-talk] UK public footpaths (was: Upcoming openstreetmap-carto changes)

Rob Nickerson rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com
Fri Jul 25 18:22:56 UTC 2014


Public footpaths in the United Kingdom have been discussed at length and
are detailed on the wiki:



In summary, for a Public Footpath:

* tag the highway as per what it physically looks like (e.g. highway=track,
highway=service, highway=footway)
* then add designation=public_footpath to describe the legal designation of
the way.
* Access tags are then optional. In the case of a public footpath
access=no/private + foot=designated/yes would be a valid way of tagging
(i.e. close off access to all transport types and then overwrite for people
on foot, as per the access hierarchy)

The exception to the rule is if you tag the route as highway=path. In this
case access tags are required.

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