Do way directions matter?

I’ve been trying to find information about determining the direction of way segments on OpenStreetMap. I’ve searched through the OpenStreetMap wiki and the community forums, but so far I’ve only found that it’s important for waterways. It’s possible that I may have misunderstood that part as well. I assume that if a highway is designated as oneway, it would make sense to draw it in the direction of the road, right?

But what if it’s not a one-way path? Let’s take an example of a park: Do footway segments in the park need to follow any specific direction, or can they simply be connected as they are drawn?


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