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Do you think a crash barrier should be tagged as a fence, too? This tag would be important, because there are some Streets, where a crash-barrier is between a cycleway and the street and you are not able to reach the cycleway from the other side of the road by bike and have to use the street which has lots of traffic.--KartoGrapHiti 10:29, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

Why is a Google Definition shown; When we should really be using Wikipedia? --acrosscanadatrails 08:46, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Crash barrier is tagged as barrier=guard_rail or barrier=jersey_barrier--Jojo4u (talk) 18:55, 26 March 2015 (UTC)



Why "fence:type" is not described here? It's found there: Key:fence_type --Markus 08:29, 16 March 2010 (UTC)

It's properly linked now.--Jojo4u (talk) 18:55, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Can this tag be used on an area?


It is shown this tag can't be used on an area in the value description. But the description says "This tag may be used either on a way or on a closed area." Which is correct? --Mfuji (talk) 10:35, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

Closedway would be correct. But OSM does not distinguish between area area and closedway closed way.--geozeisig (talk) 12:51, 24 August 2015 (UTC)
Okay, and Jojo4u has corrected. Thanks! --Mfuji (talk) 14:57, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

Fences in residential areas?

Recently I have notices some residential areas have fences around houses / gardens mapped. While this is technically correct, it looks ugly when fences are rendered on a map (I do this on a hiking map, where fence barriers are quite important in outdoor areas). My first impression is this is beyond the detail level OSM is aiming at, but I would like to check for opinion of more experienced users before I delete or edit them.

An example can be seen at

Should fences which are dividing houses or gardens in residential areas be mapped in OSM, and if they should, how? --Ondrej Spanel (talk) 12:55, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Although I'm on the fence (get it?) about whether fences "look good" or not. We shouldn't really map things based on that. Otherwise, its mapping for the render. Which is generally looked down on. Also, that might apply only to the current OpenStreetMap style on the main website. There are a bunch of other maps out there though that might render fences better though. More generally, you shouldn't delete other peoples work based on personal preferences. It should only be done on policy or definition grounds and its usually better to message the particular user first in those cases if you can. Although, a case be made for deleting fences mapped on personal residential property because its to much detail. I think its a slim case though. Plus, there are instances of disaster or emergency relief groups using OSM and that kind of information could be useful for them. I instance, I know in California OSM is used for forest fire mapping. Its used by the fire department in Seattle too. Although, who knows if fences play a part in any of that, they could though. Really, OpenStreetMap is database of geographical information first and a map second. For that reason alone I think fences are fine to map. Even if they might not look good. --Adamant1 (talk) 18:03, 17 July 2018 (UTC)