I would like to map some foot paths that were observed that allow land access to wooded islands. These are only visible at low tide. What tag should I use to indicate their temporary availability? tidal=yes seems to be used only for water areas.

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It occurred to me that there are some famous castles in Europe that are only accessible at low tide. I looked one up in OSM, and I see even these are not using special tags for tidal access. They put the information in the name (gasp!) http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/79577445

(14 Jul '17, 15:51) mtc

Your link and this one both put tide warnings in the name box which do warn many map browsers although this method is not liked by many. http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=17/50.12027/-5.47646

(19 Jul '17, 17:24) andy mackey

Or indeed this one http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/177923987. In the absence of explicit rendering for tidal areas this is probably sensible.

(19 Jul '17, 19:14) SK53 ♦

One possible way of doing this would be to use the conditional restriction scheme and invent (and document) values for low/high tide.

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answered 14 Jul '17, 15:37

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edited 14 Jul '17, 15:40

There is a reasonably well used tag of tidal=yes which can be applied to any element which is likely to be covered by water at some phase of the tides.

This is the minimum required, and I think rather less elaborate than using conditional restrictions. The main issue at the moment is that I doubt if people consume this tag along with highways, it certainly has not been added on some of the obvious candidates.

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