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Dear all, I'm developing an R package named osmextract to import OSM data using OSM extracts that are stored by external providers (such as Geofabrik).

I'm trying to code a new function that can be used to import a set of ways representing a spatial network according to a specific mode of transport (i.e. walking, cycling, or driving) and I was wondering if there are official guidelines on how to select those roads. For example, if I'd like to import a set of ways according to a cycling mode of transport, I would exclude highway = motorway or highway = footway, but I was wondering if there are official and standardised guidelines.

Thanks for your help.

asked 09 Jul '21, 09:34

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You probably want to read this page and others in the same category.

The gist of it is that the type of road does not necessarily define what kind of vehicules may pass, the access tags do.


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answered 09 Jul '21, 11:03

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Thank you very much.

(13 Jul '21, 08:42) agila5

In addition to what H_mlet shared you should probably also have a look around what other routing engines assume. Some things are not so obvious. For example cyclists could still use footways/stairs if they push the bike. Or you might want to disregard the tagged access restriction if an official bike/walking route is following a path. Or you want to make the routabilitiy dependent on the surface.

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answered 09 Jul '21, 14:36

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