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[mkgmap-dev] Naming cycleways or footways by the adjacent highway

From Felix Hartmann extremecarver at googlemail.com on Tue Nov 17 22:04:45 GMT 2009

Marko Mäkelä wrote:
> To make turn directions easier to read, I begun adding name, name:fi,
> name:sv to cycleways that are running adjacent to ways for motor vehicles.
> In this way, I will see the road names instead of "Track".
> Today I got some objection for that and a suggestion to introduce a
> tag for the "fake" cycleway names.  I have to agree with the objection.
> Some cycleways do carry genuine names, and with my constructive tagging,
> it will be harder to distinguish genuinely named cycleways from ones that
> merely run along a way.  Furthermore, some cycleway=track that are
> adjacent to a major road can be separated by tens of meters of natural=wood
> near multi-layer junctions.  It would feel wrong to see these cycleways
> tagged with the ref or name of adjacent way (say, E75 or M1 or A1) in the
> SlippyMap view.
> Is there any "standard" tag for such "fake" cycleway names?  Theoretically,
> the most appealing approach would be to group all OSM ways (lanes) that
> belong to a physical highway in a relation.  Alas, based on what I have seen
> when fixing roundabouts, relations tend to get broken over time.  Could
> we invent a new name tag for this?  User alv proposed name:isnextto, but
> I find that it could be confused with a language code such as name:en.
> Perhaps way_name and way_ref?  Any ideas?
> Best regards,
> 	Marko
I wouldn't even use routable cycleway=*;

But in my opinion a map shared for car/cycle use anyhow will not work out.
Better add visual cycleways beside the road to distinguish them.
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