Is there consensus on mapping pavements (sidewalks) separately to roads?


I’m wondering if there is OSM Community consensus on the mapping of pavements/sidewalks on OSM. I’ve seen some people prefer to map them separately whilst others prefer to leave them, and just mark them using the sidewalk= tag.

This can be confusing for pedestrians, as the difference in mapping standards leaves a question of how to mark obstacles and information specific to the pavement, such as steps, elevation data, etc. It also means using the map effectively can be difficult, as it can’t be clear without delving into the tags where someone can and cannot navigate by walking.

It would be nice to discuss this with the community and see if a more agreed standard could be formed.

The OSM Blog post The best world map for accessibility has a link to OpenSidewalks which also talks about this issue.

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