You're probably right Gerd. I sometimes get too enthusiastic about adding
tags to objects. The access tag is probably completely unnecessary. Still,
I'm curious about why other mappers decided to use it.

On Sat, Aug 5, 2017 at 8:49 PM, Gerd Petermann <> wrote:

> Hi Dave,
> my understanding is that most hw=service are used to access a specific
> man_made object, so this tag
> seems to be superfluous to me. I would simply not use the service tag here.
> Gerd
> ________________________________________
> Von: Dave Swarthout <>
> Gesendet: Samstag, 5. August 2017 23:02:18
> An: Tag discussion, strategy and related tools
> Betreff: [Tagging] service=access
> Hi,
> I'm working on highway tagging in Alaska and am developing a preset to
> automate the tagging of the many gravel service roads that are used to
> access the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (TAP). I have never used the
> service=access tag and there is nothing in the Wiki about it but it would
> seem to be an ideal tag to use in my work because those roads are being
> used to get close to the TAP, in other words, to access it. Taginfo shows
> about 600 uses of the tag and most of those appear to be for unpaved
> service roads similar to the ones I'm seeing in my work.
> However, seeing as no documentation of the tag exists, I'm wondering if
> any of you have used this tag or have some insights to offer.
> As always, thanks in advance.
> Dave
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> Dave Swarthout
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