Benelux Pedestrian Boardwalk
Pedestrian Boardwalks are used for:
- Bicycle paths
- Walking paths
- Pedestrian zones
Note that, in the BeNeLux, Walking trails are NOT used for these types of roads.
Pedestrian Boardwalks (PBs) are often not necessary to use, because Waze is solely meant for drivers. They should only be added when it improves navigation for the driver!
When to use a Pedestrian Boardwalk:
In some cases, a PB is necessary to add to the map:
- when the segment contains house numbers
- if there aren't alternative ways leading to an official address
- if navigation is unclear without them
- to prevent automatic Map Problems (MP’s), because of cyclists, walkers or travellers with public transport who use Waze (Aaargh)
- to separate different speed tracks, for keeping speed data accurate
How to use Pedestrian Boardwalk
When you do think a Pedestrian Boardwalk should be added, according to the above mentioned guidelines, make sure to disconnect them from the drivable roads, to prevent routing over them. PBs are generally set to driving direction Unknown.
The only exception are segments containing house numbers: They should be connected, with the driving direction set to two-way. Both inward and outward Junction Arrows are set to Allowed. This is to make sure Waze directs you closest to your destination.
All necessary Pedestrian Boardwalks should be locked to level 3.
Be aware that adding Pedestrian Boardwalks can even generate the use of Waze by cyclists and walkers, which would lead to corrupt data. Also, the presence of pedestrian boardwalks could encourage other editors to add even more.
How to handle existing pedestrian Boardwalks
Please keep in mind that starting editors often try to make the map as realistic as possible. Although this is not the goal of Waze, you can hardly blame them for doing so. There are several viewpoints on how to deal with these PBs. On the one hand, leaving them can encourage others to draw even more. On the other hand, removing them may become a repetitive action, for they will be drawn time and time again. It is up to the local Area or Regional Manager to decide whether PBs that are not necessary for navigation should remain or not.
In case you see PBs that should better be deleted, please contact the local AM or RM if it is not in your area. If a PB is recently added (less than six months ago), please contact the user who added the segment, and explain why you want the segment deleted. You may as well add the link to this page in your message.
What is important, is to lock those PBs that are necessary for navigation purposes to level 3, so these can't be removed from the map.
In this way the local area or region managers are responsible how many PB's are mapped. Of course this means we accept that area's may differ in the amount of PB's.