surface=boardwalk | Tags | OpenStreetMap Taginfo records 471 uses of this tag.
Is there any good reason to use this tag for wooden boardwalks rather than
168 000 uses)?
It seems to me that this tag is not really needed and to express that something is boardwalk like
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you should rather use
highway=footway bridge=yes surface=wood and so on.
Note: mass replace with
surface=wood will not work, some small part of boardwalks is not made of wood but for example of a plastic.
Note: 2435752 | OpenStreetMap and Surface overlay by matkoniecz · Pull Request #4642 · streetcomplete/StreetComplete · GitHub
I don’t think
surface=boardwalk is useful either. In fact, it looks like it was probably intended to be
That is true. However, maybe
bridge=yes can be removed and replaced only with
Update: although I see that many of them are not bridges at all so it wouldn’t help all that much… (e.g. they’re something like this or this which would probably be a stretch to call “a bridge”).
February 14, 2023, 4:07pm
It seems like a clear, concise way to tag a boardwalk. They are often used over sand or boggy areas, and aren’t really bridges.
February 14, 2023, 4:14pm
If the wooden tread is on the ground then I use
surface=wood. If is a raised structure then I add
So in my opinion
surface=boardwalk is not a standard way to tag and I doubt if may data consumers will process it as desired.
February 14, 2023, 8:27pm
When there are just some wooden planks laid on the ground I also use surface=wood in addition to the appropriate highway=* tag. If it is a raised structure why not use brige=boardwalk instead of adding a bridge=yes tag?
Anyhow I have never come across surface=boardwalk so far and it does not make any sense to me. A boardwalk is a structure, not a surface.