Making lanes orthagonal and consistent

We’ve had a lot of harmful and counterproductive gatekeeping surrounding the lanes=* tag over the years, and it’s creating some problems. Namely excluding lanes for single-tracked vehicles.

Having lanes=* exclude single tracked vehicle lanes breaks the plain-language use of what a lane is. It also creates problems for lane access tagging and validating this, as now you will always have more lane access values than lanes.

We don’t have this problem with other kinds of reserved lanes, such as for HOV or bus lanes.

We have changed the meaning of tags in the past in live use (highway=trunk comes to mind in the US); this isn’t a barrier to fixing the issue.

Can we agree that all lanes are lanes and tag accordingly going forward to make it easier on everyone involved?

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