I'm new to openstreet maps and the geojson format.

I'm drawing buildings and roads using GeoJson. A Building is represented as a Polygon, thus i can create the proper geometry as needed, but a Road is represented as a LineString, thus i only get to draw them as lines, and i lack information about the width of it.

Drawing roads with different widths from GeoJSON using C#? seems to imply there's a way to get the width of a road using GeoJson (and also, the look of the roads as shapes instead of lines as the link's picture is what i'm looking forward in my project).

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It's there in the GeoJson format data for road width/shape I'm failing to find in the GeoJson file ?

If not, it's there any sort of convention for road width i can use to draw my roads?, like estimated size

To be clear, i'm not trying to get the very exact shape of any given road, but i would like to draw roads as shapes just as the picture when possible, or at the very least understand how i can come close to achieve that.

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As far as I can tell, OSM data does not define the road width, but there is a property named "highway" that describes the road type. You can use this property to symbolize different road types with different widths. For certain features, there may also be a lanes key, which you can use to get an idea of the actual road width. (But I would suspect that width of roads that have the same number of lanes can vary considerably).

Here is a geojson extract from some OSM data, showing three features with highway types of "cycleway", "residential" and "footway", respectively:

"type": "FeatureCollection",
"crs": { "type": "name", "properties": { "name": "urn:ogc:def:crs:OGC:1.3:CRS84" } },

"features": [
{ "type": "Feature", "properties": { "osm_id": "88380991", "name": "Max-Friedlaender-Bogen", "highway": "cycleway", "waterway
": null, "aerialway": null, "barrier": null, "man_made": null, "other_tags": "\"bicycle\"=>\"designated\",\"motor_vehicle\"=>
\"no\",\"smoothness\"=>\"good\",\"surface\"=>\"asphalt\"" }, "geometry": { "type": "LineString", "coordinates": [ [ 11.543787
5, 48.140514 ], [ 11.5435027, 48.140536 ] ] } },
{ "type": "Feature", "properties": { "osm_id": "88380992", "name": "Max-Friedlaender-Bogen", "highway": "residential", "water
way": null, "aerialway": null, "barrier": null, "man_made": null, "other_tags": "\"bicycle\"=>\"yes\",\"smoothness\"=>\"good\
",\"surface\"=>\"asphalt\"" }, "geometry": { "type": "LineString", "coordinates": [ [ 11.542084, 48.1405486 ], [ 11.5420549, 
48.1403008 ] ] } },
{ "type": "Feature", "properties": { "osm_id": "128929092", "name": null, "highway": "footway", "waterway": null, "aerialway"
: null, "barrier": null, "man_made": null, "other_tags": "\"access\"=>\"permissive\",\"bicycle\"=>\"permissive\",\"motor_vehi
cle\"=>\"no\",\"tracktype\"=>\"grade1\"" }, "geometry": { "type": "LineString", "coordinates": [ [ 11.5424447, 48.1405879 ], 
[ 11.5424322, 48.1405289 ] ] } }, ...

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