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We have hiking paths that are designated as wheelchair accessible and they are fitted with extra wide gates. How do I indicate this?

asked 12 Feb '13, 01:02

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edited 12 Feb '13, 17:45

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The wheelchair=yes tag is used as a general-purpose solution for indicating wheelchair accessibility.

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answered 12 Feb '13, 02:03

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You could tag the gate (should be usually a node of the way) with wheelchair=yes. But probably it is more clever to instead (or in addition) tag the maxwidth in meters (do not forget to add a tag indicating the source (e.g.: estimation of max physical passable width) of the maxwidth or mention it in the changeset comment) at the gate. The wiki page says that the key "maxwidth" is for the legal restriction - would not really apply since it rather is a physical/factual restriction ... I think it is still okay to use.

If the wheelchair accessibility explicitly applies to the whole way then you could tag the way with the wheelchair key. Again, maybe it is more clever to instead(or in addition) use physical tags like: smoothness, surface, width, tracktype (if it is a track), ... That way the info is also useful to all other users of that way (not just wheelchairs).

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answered 12 Feb '13, 02:12

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edited 12 Feb '13, 02:38


There is a whole wiki page on wheelchair routing.

(12 Feb '13, 06:01) scai ♦

@scai: Ah, yes, I think I saw it before. And the section Wheelchair_routing#Properties lists those tags I already mentioned plus more. My point was that it is nice to contribute info for wheelchairs but that it makes more sense to contribute info for many vehicles/users.

It is bugging me a bit that I suggest to misuse maxwidth a bit. There are realworld features which have both - a legal maxwidth and a physical maxwidth. lists 2 maxwidth:physical and 1 maxwidth:practical uses.

(12 Feb '13, 12:09) aseerel4c26 ♦

I would prefer maxwidth:physical over maxwidth:practical - maxheight=physical is a documented and somewhat more widely used tag, so the transfer to maxwidth seems logical.

(12 Feb '13, 13:30) Tordanik

@Tordanik: thanks for the link (did not know this page)! I agree.

(12 Feb '13, 14:30) aseerel4c26 ♦

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