[OSM-talk] Sidewalks

Bryce Nesbitt bryce2 at obviously.com
Sat Apr 25 17:22:02 UTC 2015

Another possibility is somewhat radical:

   - Non-routing or "decorative" ways for sidepaths.

The current highway tags are quite good for routing a pedestrian or cyclist
from intersection to intersection, and thus
over any reasonable distance.

However there's a desire for what amounts to drawing pretty lines on the
map: modelling the details of the sidewalks and sidepaths.
In suburban areas that often means a winding sidewalk next to a major
road.  In many places the definition is fuzzy, as there are
all variants from fully separated to right up at the curb.

Maybe splitting routing tags ("how it connects") from rendering ("how it
looks") has merit.
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