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For large/wide footpaths and other pedestrian areas, the unpleasant "pea grit" (aka "pea shingles" aka "bound gravel, etc.) surface is now quite popular in the UK (and possibly elsewhere). It's a load of small (pea-sized) yellowish pebbles, laid out, compacted a bit and bonded with an epoxy sealant. There are examples all over London - the pedestrianised areas at Fitzroy Square and Bedford Square (W1?), and quite a lot of the East Village (E20) (formerly Athlete's Village for London 2012).

How best to tag this? http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:surface implies that it could be "compacted" + "paved", but those two are mutually exclusive as presented.

I've recently tagged Fitzroy Square as surface=pea_grit. But what is the best/most consistent way?

Some images are here, with even more names for the same thing: http://www.mckinnonmaterials.com/river-rock http://www.pavingexpert.com/resin.htm

asked 21 Apr '17, 13:05

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"compacted" differs quite much: it has loose small stones, may get a tiny bit muddy with heavy rain, you will not want to use inline skates on "compacted" although it is reasonable on "pea grit", is not useful for children to draw on with chalk ;-)

I would go for "paved" unless an established name can be found (e.g. Wikipedia article? mentioned?). It might be useful to also tag the smoothness (possibly =good or even =excellent?).

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answered 21 Apr '17, 20:55

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