Wednesday, 2 September 2009

A few tenfoots

Some houses have alleyways running behind them. When the houses are joined together to form a terrace this forms the best way to get access to the back of the house. It seems the way to tag these in OSM is as highway=service, service=alley. In Hull and the surrounding areas these are known as tenfoots - they are usually about ten feet wide. Some streets have much narrower access to the back of the house that is really only as wide as a footpath and these are not tenfoots.

We went out to look at an area of Hull that we know have tenfoots, partly to see how easy it is to get access and partly to see what the extra detail might look like. Access was very easy. The tenfoots were all paved and only a couple of places had potholes. We didn't see many people, a few dog walkers, a few cyclists and a few children playing. I think I'll take tenfoots much more seriously, they add extra detail with little problem and they are not well mapped elsewhere. My only comment is that they might need to be rendered a little less prominently on some Mapnik zoom levels. Take a look and see what you think here.


circeus said...

O totally agree about the render. What strikes me as poor choice is that service ways have borders that are darker than those of surrounding residential streets on zoom 15 and higher (mostly the problem is that residential have a color VERY similar to that of landuse=residential), making them stand out too much. Filing in a bug report might be a good idea (I dunno where to do so, though.)

Circeus said...

ETA: Filed here: