[OSM-talk] Sidewalks

Janko Mihelić janjko at gmail.com
Sat Apr 25 09:57:50 UTC 2015

I agree with suggesting adding names to sidewalks.

I'm not sure about only mapping sidewalks that are  separated from the
road. I agree it has some logic to it, but what about mapping sidewalk
width, surface, markings on the ground for the blind, and all those
attributes a sidewalk can have? Tagging that on the road makes an even
bigger mess of tags.


sub, 25. tra 2015. 11:30 Roland Olbricht <olbricht at mentzdv.de> je napisao:

> Dear all,
> our current pedestrian routers often don't give street names, but instead
> only instructions like "look for the line on the map".
> To improve that I would like to encourage mappers to give separately
> mapped footways their proper name instead of leaving them without name.
> The suggestion had been widely discussed with the German community.
> Finally we found the following approach:
> Keep separation rules as already established:
> A sidewalk (or bike lane) shall be mapped as a separate way only if a
> pedestrian cannot cross the car lanes at any point, i.e. there are fences
> or grass strip between footway and the car lanes.
> Change the tagging suggestion for separated sidewalks and bike lanes:
> - Sidewalks should carry "highway=footway" + "footway=sidewalk" +
> "name=Name of the Street" (already in widespread use)
> - Bike lanes should carry "highway=cycleway" + "cycleway=sidewalk" +
> "name=Name of the Street" (similar problem)
> Currently, both the suggestion of "footway=sidewalk" (similar for cycling)
> and copying the name is not suggested consistenly in the wiki. Are there
> any objections to clean-up the wiki with that regard?
> Side effects on other tools are almost uniformly positive:
> - Having the name multiple times on the various chunks of a street is a
> standard OSM policy.
> - Renderers could handle abundant name tags by ignoring names on ways
> tagged with "footway/cycleway=sidewalk"
> - Routing engines actually can improve by having the name of the road
> - Quality assurance tools would also profit by having more hints for
> checking
> Best regards,
> Roland
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