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If what is usually a sidewalk has shared cycling access along a roadway and is named or unnamed, should that be tagged as a Sidewalk or Cycle & Foot Path? Obviously, exclude the paths and trails that are not along roadways. I have changed some sidewalks with shared access to Cycle & Foot Paths in the greater Denver area. I do not live there but will visit this month. I checked my email on a new computer and received a one asking why I changed the type of some sidewalks to designated Cycle & Foot Paths. Each already had cycling and foot access listed. I did not guess with the assumption what was there was correct. Should those be tagged as Sidewalks or Cycle & Foot Paths when a sidewalk can fit the criteria with the cycling exception? Some of the paths that I changed to Cycle & Foot Paths could also be considered Bridle Paths. Most of those were not along roadways. I left the Bridle Paths alone since those are new to me. Some (foot) paths and cycling paths (not labeled together) had designated access to each type including motorized. Might I receive feedback please? I do not have any specific examples. I worked on 2 bus routes as I edited the other. I worked on bus routes 99 and 100 along Kipling Street but think I recall that along parts of S Kipling Pkwy or St.

asked 15 Jun '23, 02:14

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I suppose this might be related to this change you made here

The sidewalk was mapped as "highway=path" + "foot=yes" + "bicycle=yes".

You clicked on an upgrade suggestion offered by the iD editor. This is one of the problems with iD and its "presets", which changed tags into this: "highway=cycleway" + "foot=designated" + "bicycle=designated".

AFAIK, routing will work identically in both situations. In the first situation (before your change) the sidewalk was labelled as a generic path open to both pedestrians and cyclists, and now (after your change) it is primarily defined as a cycle path that allows pedestrians too. This is probably why the reason why another mapper asked why you did this.

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answered 02 Jul '23, 18:16

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Some part of the confusion may come from this: Vocabulary such as "Sidewalk or Cycle & Foot Path" only exists within the iD editor.

The iD editor is just one of the available editors for OSM. The universal way to talk about objects in OSM is by inspecting the real tags that go to the database, e.g. "highway=cycleway".

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answered 02 Jul '23, 18:24

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