Key:crossing

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Toucan.jpg
Description
Further refinement for nodes already tagged with highway=crossing or railway=crossing
Group: Properties
Used on these elements
may be used on nodes
may be used on ways
should not be used on areas
use on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: Approved

This tag is used for more accurately describing specific types of pedestrian crossings across roads, and other types of crossing over road or rail. Crossing infrastructure for the convenience of pedestrians, cyclists etc. should first be tagged with highway=crossing or railway=crossing as appropriate. The specific type of crossing may be further specified with the crossing=* tag and other properties described below.

The tag is set for the node where the both ways are crossing (footway and street, street and railway and so on). For detailed mapping it may be useful to tag ways leading from a sidewalk to the crossing node with footway=crossing or cycleway=crossing as appropriate.

The crossing tag

crossing=traffic_signals
Position this tag where the crossing-traffic (pedestrian, bicycles) have their own traffic lights.
Mostly near highway=traffic_signals.
See also Proposed_features/Set_of_Traffic_Signals
traffic_signals:sound=yes/no
Pedestrian traffic (Pelican/Toucan/Pegasus) with sound for the visually impaired.
traffic_signals:vibration=yes/no
Pedestrian traffic signals (Pelican/Toucan/Pegasus) with vibration for the visually impaired.
crossing=uncontrolled
A generic crossing with no traffic-signals of any type, just road markings. e.g. Zebra-crossings; Generally referred to as a "crosswalk" in the US).
Mostly in combination with highway=crossing.
crossing=island
A crossing with a small traffic-island for pedestrians in the middle of the road.
Mostly in combination with highway=crossing.
(There is a proposal for mapping these with more detail: Proposed features/Traffic island.)
crossing=no
Where definitely no crossing is possible/legal
crossing=unmarked
A crossing without road markings or traffic lights
crossing=unknown
default - Crossing type is unknown

Additional tags

bicycle=*
A value of yes means that pedal cyclists are permitted to ride across the crossing.
horse=*
A value of yes means that horse riders are permitted to ride across the crossing.
segregated=boolean
(no default assumed) A value of yes indicates that crossing traffic of differing types is segregated from each other (there is a separate crossing area for each mode of transport). For example, horse and foot traffic is sometimes segregated within a UK Pegasus Crossing.
supervised=boolean
(default is no) A value of yes indicates that the crossing may be managed by a crossing guard at busy times.
crossing_ref=*
The traditional, region-specific reference, such as zebra or pelican.
sloped_curb=yes/no/one/both
To indicate whether a wheelchair can pass the crossing.
Tag on the node representing the kerb (en_US: curb) on the highway=footway for each side of the crossing. Add the footway as single way where needed. (Consider using kerb=* instead as it is a more general purpose method. Add your input to the relevant talk pages.)
tactile_paving=yes/(no)/incorrect
To indicate whether there is a pattern in the ground that is designed to be detected with a blindman's stick.
Tag on the node representing the kerb (en_US: curb) on the highway=footway. Add the footway as single way where needed.
flashing_lights=boolean
(default is no) A value of yes indicates that flashing lights warn drivers when a pedestrian is crossing. For more detail, consider using a value of button, sensor (if the lights turn on automatically), or always (if the lights are constantly flashing).

Suggested alternative

highway=footway or highway=cycleway (perhaps + foot=yes + segregated=yes/*=no) (the drawn or cut section of these ways from the separately drawn cycleway or sidewalk on one side of the road or crossroads to the other)
+ crossing=traffic–signals/*=zebra (or else)
Between the ends of the way tagged like this, this way may have one, two, three or more crossing points (way junctions) with carriageways, tram rails etc.

Examples

The following table shows how the crossing might be tagged:

Name and description Tags UK shortcuts Image
Zebra crossing

A crossing for pedestrians only with distinctive white stripes on the road and no traffic lights (but in the UK with flashing amber globes on poles).

highway=crossing

crossing=uncontrolled

crossing_ref=zebra

crossing=zebra Zebra-crossing sm.jpg
Tiger crossing

A crossing for pedestrians and cyclists with distinctive white stripes on the road and no traffic lights (but in the UK but with flashing amber globes on poles). (This type of crossing is limited to UK.)

highway=crossing

crossing=uncontrolled

crossing_ref=tiger

bicycle=yes

crossing=tiger
Pelican crossing
('traditional' UK crossing name)

A crossing for pedestrians only with traffic lights (button operated or not).

highway=crossing

crossing=traffic_signals

bicycle=no

segregated=no

crossing_ref=pelican

traffic_signals:sound=yes/no

traffic_signals:vibration=yes/no

traffic_signals:arrow=yes/no

traffic_signals:minimap=yes/no

crossing=pelican Pelican.jpg
'Toucan' crossing
('traditional' UK crossing name)

A crossing for pedestrians and cyclists with traffic lights (button-operated or not).

highway=crossing

crossing=traffic_signals

bicycle=yes

segregated=no

crossing_ref=toucan

traffic_signals:sound=yes/no

traffic_signals:vibration=yes/no

traffic_signals:arrow=yes/no

traffic_signals:minimap=yes/no

crossing=toucan Toucan.jpg
Pegasus crossing
('traditional' UK crossing name)

A crossing for pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders with traffic lights (button-operated or not, often identified not by a crossing rideway but by very high buttons for the riders).

highway=crossing

crossing=traffic_signals

traffic_signals:arrow=yes/no

traffic_signals:minimap=yes/no

bicycle=yes

horse=yes

segregated=yes (sometimes no)

crossing_ref=pegasus

traffic_signals:sound=yes/no

traffic_signals:vibration=yes/no

crossing=pegasus Pegasus tq7792.jpg
A supervised crossing

Called lollipop crossing in UK. (DE: Schülerlotsen/Verkehrshelfer; NL: Klaar-over)

highway=crossing (or traffic_signals, as appropriate)

crossing=uncontrolled (or traffic_signals, as appropriate)

supervised=yes

Lollipop lady.jpg
Traffic-Signals without a "pedestrian crossing" highway=traffic_signals

crossing=no

A crossing with an island highway=crossing

crossing=island;uncontrolled (or traffic_signals, as appropriate)

Uses multiple values

An unmarked crossing with sloped curbs highway=crossing

crossing=unmarked

sloped_curb=yes (on nodes of highway=footway at curb)

Crossing with sloped curbs.jpg

Logically where crossing=no exist there can't be a highway=crossing, because it's literally not a crossing. So the combination of highway=crossing and crossing=no is inappropriate.

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