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)
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)
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)
"width" on streets/highway
As a result of this discussion on the Tagging Mailing List, I would like to add the following paragraph under the heading "Width of streets" to address the widespread confusion about this. Are there any comments, suggestions or language corrections?--Supaplex030 (talk) 13:36, 21 September 2020 (UTC)
- Since the discussion was still continuing, I modified my proposed paragraph. If there is no veto or suggestions, I would add it to the page soon.--Supaplex030 (talk) 20:21, 3 October 2020 (UTC)
It is controversial how to define the width of roads if the road includes elements such as sidewalks or parking lanes. Some mappers define width from curb to curb (including parking lanes if they are on street), others define the effective width of the carriageway or even the whole cross-section including side paths.
To avoid these ambiguities, some tags are in use to specify the width of different elements:
- width:carriageway=* for the width of the entire carriageway (from curb to curb or edge to edge, including parking lanes if they are on street),
- cycleway:<side>:width or sidewalk:<side>:width for the width of cycle paths or sidewalks (or simply "width" for their effective width if they are mapped separately),
- parking:lane:<side>:width for the width of parking lanes,
- shoulder:width for the width of shoulders,
- width:lanes for the width of different lanes.
The effective usable width of the carriageway (the width of the area on which vehicles move in flowing traffic) can be determined either from width:carriageway=* minus any existing parking lanes (see the parking:lane=* scheme) or from the use of width:lanes. width:effective=* is rarely used to specify this. However, with or without markings, relocated vehicles, etc. it is unclear where the exact limit for measuring the effective width is located.
Consider using est_width=* if you can only estimate the width.
Methods to Map Width
Would be awesome to add a topic on here on how people go about collecting width data for roads. Are there JOSM plugins to be aware of? Is there a way to 'guestimate' using satellite imagery the width of roads/sidewalks? Anyone with more knowledge than me should provide some input. --IanVG (talk) 20:53, 4 March 2021 (UTC)
- The red line across the road is a way which I created from kerb to kerb (easy to see here because the carriageway is asphalt and the kerbs are concrete), and JOSM estimates this as 11.64 meters. --Jeisenbe (talk) 07:34, 5 March 2021 (UTC)