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pushchair=no

Posted by EdLoach on 15 June 2009 in English (English)

Sometimes I think I ought to add an extra tag on some of the footpaths that I try mapping while pushing a pushchair.

This weekend for example, we (my 11 month old son and I) were making good progress adding footpaths in Mistley (including Green Lane, Church Lane, Shrublands Road),
http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=51.94322&lon=1.07451&zoom=15&layers=B000FTF
but followed one side path and got to a point where the driveway went through a gateway but the public footpath continued between a fence and a hedge. Looking down the path I could probably have got the pushchair as far as the first tree at which point I would have had to reverse out again (or take sleeping son out of chair, collapse pram, manipulate everything past tree, restore chair, restore no-longer-sleeping son to seat).

On Sunday I'd hoped to walk what looks like an old lane on most maps from Parkeston to Ramsey. We were going quite well until what looked like the old lane disappeared through a gate into the oil refinery's grounds and the path went off to the left, very narrow and overgrown. Again my son was asleep, and with no shade I couldn't just peak around the corner, although adding my GPS track to OSM when I got back it looks like we were a short distance from the dismantled railway line, so might have got through if we'd tried. Instead we went to Frinton and did some paths around the edge and through a housing estate - the worse bit there was moving the brambles and nettles out of his reach on one short stretch.
http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=51.84529&lon=1.24245&zoom=17&layers=0B00FTF

Location: Ramsey and Parkeston Civil Parish, Tendring, Essex, East of England, England, United Kingdom

Comment from c2r on 17 June 2009 at 05:47

I guess it's similar to the criteria as to whether a path is wheelchair accessible.... think it would be a good idea to denote this in some way....

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Comment from EdLoach on 17 June 2009 at 12:08

I suspect if paths were tagged as wheelchair accessible (and I think I've seen a proposed tag for this somewhere in the wiki) that a pushchair would be no problem. However, the pushchair I was using at the weekend was one of the narrower collapsable sort, and there was a path at Frinton which was just wide enough for that pushchair but I wouldn't have said was wide enough for a wheelchair (although with the wheels either side ploughing down nettles it may have been possible to force a wheelchair through).

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Comment from LivingWithDragons on 18 June 2009 at 20:25

Is there some tag like maxwidth=
Although that would be for road veichles

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