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Pedestrian area

In cities, does the width of a street include the pedestrian area, or is it only the car/bicycle area?

Very good question! consensus should be settled about this confusing point! --Bremy 02:02, 27 July 2013
To me the tag width specifies the width of the carriageway and does not include the sidewalks. --Imagic (talk) 07:56, 30 July 2013 (UTC)
To me, on the other hand, the tag width represents the width of everything represented by the way tagged with it, which does include sidewalks if sidewalk=* is set. --Tordanik 10:38, 30 July 2013 (UTC)


There is no documentation on whether to tag it as "feet", "ft", "ft." or whatever. I fully agree that there is nothing wrong with specifying the unit, but it is not yet defined how we specify it. This obviously affects maxwidth/-height/-length and height, too. --Tordanik 13:58, 10 September 2009 (UTC)

I would say that “ft” or “feet” are fine. Probably ′ (prime symbol) and ' (typewriter apostrophy) are not. Perhaps we need to start a “standard abbreviations” page – or is there some external list we can reference? --Hawke
See Map Features/Units. I'd say use "feet" or "ft" interchangeably with decimals, which should be fairly practical since most road signs will probably display to the nearest 3" anyway to keep things simple, and even I can convert that in my head. If you absolutely must use an exact feet and inches measurement, then you can still use the old-fashioned N'N" notation. Most people will use U+0027 APOSTROPHE (') and U+0022 QUOTATION MARK (") rather than U+2032 PRIME (′) or U+2033 DOUBLE PRIME (″), or any fancy curly quotes because they're easier to type. --achadwick 10:14, 16 June 2011 (BST)

Defining narrow

I'm trying to achieve consensus with defining "narrow". Feel free to participate. --Kslotte 12:44, 18 February 2010 (UTC)


I can denote the length and the with of a feature, but how do I denote the area of a feature? I cannot use Key:area as it have a different purpose, but how do I do? --Magol (talk) 15:04, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

The best way to do this is to draw the object itself as a polygon, so the area can easily be calculated. It might still be useful to have such a tag for node features, but I'm not aware if any exists. --Tordanik 15:11, 24 July 2017 (UTC)
But even if I draw a polygon, it may be interesting to enter the exact area. It is not uncommon that the area for something is known, and it would have been useful if it was possible to specify that. --Magol (talk) 17:32, 24 July 2017 (UTC)