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Does this tag really imply that there are sidewalks/footways on both sides of the way? It has been stated on Proposed_features/Advanced_footway_and_cycleway under "Tagging" -> "Define what kinds of ways there are". --Mikalaari 10:35, 15 December 2009

The last time it was discussed on the mailing lists, no one seemed to object to the notions that we really can't tell which implication (none vs. both) is more often correct, and data consumers need to consider them as sidewalk=unknown. You can definitively walk on residential roads, unless tagged otherwise, but without extra ways (the sidewalks) or suitable tags you just don't know whether there's a dedicated sidewalk/footway available. Alv 14:08, 15 December 2009 (UTC)