[OSM-talk] Sidewalks

pmailkeey . pmailkeey at googlemail.com
Sat Apr 25 16:22:32 UTC 2015

First point is the definition of sidewalk as such they should never be
mapped as separate routes but tags for such added to the highway. If there
is no direct access from the footway to the carriageway, it is not a

Cartinus, cycleway=sidewalk is understandable by me as being a shared use
cycleway with the pedestrians along the side of the carriageway - and
should be dealt with the addition of tags to the highway and not by adding
a new feature.

On 25 April 2015 at 15:31, Cartinus <cartinus at xs4all.nl> wrote:

> Hello,
> I have no problem with most of it, but can you please come up with
> something else in stead of cycleway=sidewalk. This sounds like the cyclists
> have to cycle on the part of the road reserved for pedestrians or if the
> cycleway itself has a sidewalk.
> I don't know if cycleway=sidepath is proper English, but at least it fits
> with the tagging scheme of bicycle=use_sidepath.
> cycleway=sidewalk used only 231 times:
> <http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/cycleway=sidewalk>
> (use_)sidepath used many more times:
> <http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org//search?q=sidepath#values>
> ---
> m.v.g.,
> Cartinus
> On 25-04-15 11:29, Roland Olbricht wrote:
>> 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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