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Walking Paths?

Postby Dark_Hunter » Thu May 16, 2019 9:57 am

What are they really for? I can't seem to find documentation on this anywhere.

Like whats the benefit to the example below?
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Re: Walking Paths?

Postby vince1612 » Thu May 16, 2019 10:07 am

You can find it in the wikis, basically:

Walking PathsTrail - Not able to drive on it with a vehicle, but can be used when connected to drivable roads via a node for certain destinations, Waze should guide the Wazer to where the Walking Trail starts if the end-point can only be reached on foot.

Pedestrian Boardwalk - Not able to drive with a vehicle and is ignored for routing to any destinations, Waze will guide the Wazer to the closest drivable segment only, even if a Pedestrian Boardwalk segment is closer, those are only for display purposes.

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Re: Walking Paths?  Topic is solved

Postby kumiankka » Thu May 16, 2019 4:06 pm

AFAIK, pedestrian broadwalk (non-routable) can be used in areas where based on gps trails pedestrians and/or cyclists are using Waze. PB prevents their slow movement from contaminating speed data. Several years ago it, I believe, PB was also needed to prevent Waze from automatically creating new roads in such areas.

Walking trail (routable, non-drivable) is needed when a Place (a.k.a. POI) is so far away from the nearest drivable road that Waze can't find route there. For example, places like recreational areas or memorial sites can sometimes be quite far away from the parking lot and walking trail is needed to connect the end of the drivable road to the place.

Another use for the WT is place that is behind non-drivable physical barrier like river, railroad or highway but can be accessed by foot thru/over/under that barrier. Without WT, Waze will calculate route to the nearest point on a drivable segment, which can cause long detours. Until multiple entry points is fully deployed in production, connecting nearest roads with WT is the only way to prevent such detours.
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Re: Walking Paths?

Postby russblau » Thu May 16, 2019 10:01 pm

A third use for the WT is for a non-drivable alleyway or pathway that has addresses (house numbers) on it. This can be a former street that has been converted to pedestrian use, or simply a set of houses on a walkway (there are a few examples of this in the North End of Boston).
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Re: Walking Paths?

Postby G_W1Z » Fri May 17, 2019 12:13 am

Dark_Hunter wrote:What are they really for? I can't seem to find documentation on this anywhere.


There doesn't appear to be a NZ wiki page on them, but the USA has one: https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/USA/Pedestrian_path

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