User:Rjw62/PRoW Table

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Suggested tagging for Public Rights of Way and related routes.

Type Access Rights & Notes Designation Tag Minimum Access Tags[1] Typical Signage
Public Footpath Access for pedestrians (including pushchairs and wheelchairs) but not other users. public_footpath
  • Yellow arrows
  • "Public Footpath"
FP-finger.jpg FP-finger2.jpg

FP-roundel2.jpg FP-roundel.jpg

Public Bridleway Access for pedestrians, horse-riders, and cyclists. (Cycling is legally permitted, but cyclists must give way to other users, and the route does not have to be maintained to a standard to make cycling physically possible.) public_bridleway
  • Blue arrows
  • "Public Bridleway"
  • "Bridleway"
Bridleway pointer.jpg BR-finger.jpg

BR-roundel2.jpg BR-roundel.jpg

Restricted Byway Access for pedestrians, horse-riders, cyclists, and other non-mechanically-propelled vehicles (eg a horse and cart). restricted_byway
  • Purple arrows
  • "Restricted Byway"
RB-finger.JPG RB-finger2.jpg

RB-roundel2.jpg RB-roundel.JPG

Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT) Access for all traffic, including motor vehicles.

However, access for motor vehicles may be restricted by a separate Traffic Regulation Order for some or all months of the year.[2]

byway_open_to_all_traffic
  • Red arrows
  • "Byway Open to All Traffic"
  • "Public Byway"
  • "Byway"
UK Public Byway signpost.jpg BY-finger.jpg

BY-roundel.jpg BY-roundel2.jpg

Type Access Rights & Notes Designation Tag Minimum Access Tags Typical Signage
Permissive Footpath Permissive access for pedestrians (including pushchairs and wheelchairs) but not other users. permissive_footpath[3]
  • White arrows
  • "Permissive Path"
  • "Permissive Footpath"
PP-roundel.jpg PP-roundel2.jpg
Permissive Bridleway Permissive access for pedestrians, horse-riders, and probably cyclists but not other vehicles. permissive_bridleway[4][5]
  • Pale blue arrows
  • "Permissive Bridleway"
  • Horseshoe symbols
PBR-horseshoe.jpg PBR-roundel.jpg
Road Used as a Public Path (RUPP) Obsolete classification, with unclear access rights.

Local Authorities were asked to re-classify these as one of the other types of Right of Way. All remaining RUPPs automatically became Restricted Byways on 2nd May 2006. So tag as such, possibly leaving a fixme=* if you're not sure of the new designation.

restricted_byway
  • White arrows?
  • "Road Used as a Public Path"
  • "Public Path"
  • "RUPP"
PP-square.jpg RUPP-roundel.JPG
Unclassified Highway Access for all traffic, including motor vehicles.

Some rough country tracks are officially public highways, though are not surfaced and not maintained to a standard to allow normal vehicles to drive along them. Nevertheless there is still a right to use them as with any public highway. Such routes are typically marked as "Other Route with Public Access" on Ordnance Survey maps.

Like BOATs, Unclassified Highways may be subject to Traffic Regulation Orders, which ban motorised vehicles for all or some of the year.[2]

unclassified_highway[6]
  • Black arrows
  • "Route"
  • "Public Way"
  • "By Road"
  • "Unclassified County Road"
UH-by-road.jpg UH-route-roundall.jpg

UH-public-road-roundel.jpg

In addition to the values of designation=* in the table above, two other place-holder values are recommended, when full information is not available:

  • designation=public_right_of_way -- for when the route is known to be one of the first four types (Public Footpath, Public Bridleway, Restricted Byway, or Byway Open to All Traffic) but it is not known which. (This is often useful when an official sign has been observed while travelling by car, but the text cannot be made out.)
  • designation=unknown_byway -- for when the route is known to be one of the two byway types (Restricted Byway, or Byway Open to All Traffic) but it is not known which.

Notes

  1. Access tags should really be added for completeness, and for the benefit of data users, but the most important thing is to get the designation=* tag entered. Sometimes there will be additional access rights to those conferred by the Public Right of Way (e.g. if a footpath is also a Public Highway or a Permissive Bridleway). Occasionally, there will fewer rights (e.g. a traffic regulation order may ban certain classes or user).
  2. 2.0 2.1 If this is the case, then it will be indicated with a "No Motor Vehicles" traffic sign (a black motor cycle and a car on a white background inside a red circle). To tag this in OSM, please add the correct deistgnation=* tag and appropriate access tags to capture the additional restriction. It would also be helpful to add a note=* to explain the apparent contradiction between the designation and access tags.
  3. Only add the designation=permissive_footpath if the route is explicitly signed as such.
  4. Only add the designation=permissive_bridleway if the route is explicitly signed as such.
  5. If the route is also a Public Footpath, then use designation=public_footpath;permissive_bridleway.
  6. This only really needs to be used if the physical condition of the route means it is given a highway=* tag other than highway=unclassified (or any higher road value).