NOTICE: is no longer in use from 1st March 2024. Please use the OpenStreetMap Community Forum

Tags such as surface=wood or bridge=boardwalk are used for highways, and here I am trying to map slightly elevated wooden decks, in various shapes. I could try to simplify them to a squarish shape, but it feels wrong making a square highway around what is essentially 16 square meters of wooden planks on studs.

EDIT: I can't take a picture now, and I can't draw for sh1te, so here's a quick model: alt text

asked 28 Aug '20, 22:15

SinusPi's gravatar image

accept rate: 0%

edited 29 Aug '20, 21:19


Hi SinusPl do you have a link to the object or ways ?

(29 Aug '20, 13:55) Hendrikklaas

Did you consider to use the level=1 tag then is a higher boardwalk / platform level=2, higher and above the first one :-)

permanent link

answered 29 Aug '20, 14:13

Hendrikklaas's gravatar image

accept rate: 5%

Footways or streets tagged with area=yes is a reasonably common way to tagging paved expanses in plazas etc. This could potentially be used here is nothing more specific is available.

Tall platforms for observation are man_made=tower and tower:type=observation but this doesn't seem to be what you are driving at.

Pictures or additional explanation of what you're trying to record might be helpful.

permanent link

answered 29 Aug '20, 15:39

InsertUser's gravatar image

accept rate: 19%

My point is that the object is definitely area-ish, several meters across, sometimes irregular - think wide terrace or patio or dining deck. Not meant for "highway"-type traversal, it's definitely an area, so I'm loathe to make it a highway with extra tags dangling off it. And it's pretty much at ground level, give or take a meter for a level surface on uneven or sloped ground, so not really much need for a level=1 there.

(29 Aug '20, 19:01) SinusPi

This sounds like something whose tagging will mostly be based on usage, so it will depend on what the particular bit of decking is for.

(29 Aug '20, 23:04) InsertUser

@SinusPi You do realize a "terrace or patio or dining deck" can have highway=footway? I don't understand your aversion for ""highway"-type traversal". It's more that they haven't been micro-mapped, not that highway=* can't be used on them.

(30 Aug '20, 05:56) Kovoschiz

If you can travel on it, it's such an area.

highway=footway area=yes surface=wood bridge=broadwalk layer=1 man_made=bridge material=wood

Why not?

permanent link

answered 30 Aug '20, 05:53

Kovoschiz's gravatar image

accept rate: 16%

edited 30 Aug '20, 05:59

Because I'm an idiot, LOL. :D Somehow I was sure that making a highway area would still show as an empty rectangle, traversed like a roundabout - not a nice, filled shape. My bad! :)

(30 Aug '20, 07:08) SinusPi

Follow this question

By Email:

Once you sign in you will be able to subscribe for any updates here



Answers and Comments

Markdown Basics

  • *italic* or _italic_
  • **bold** or __bold__
  • link:[text]( "title")
  • image?![alt text](/path/img.jpg "title")
  • numbered list: 1. Foo 2. Bar
  • to add a line break simply add two spaces to where you would like the new line to be.
  • basic HTML tags are also supported

Question tags:


question asked: 28 Aug '20, 22:15

question was seen: 2,897 times

last updated: 30 Aug '20, 07:08

NOTICE: is no longer in use from 1st March 2024. Please use the OpenStreetMap Community Forum