Proposed features/Signpost

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This feature is merged with Proposed_feature/Guidepost

Status: Rejected (inactive)
Proposed by: *
Tagging: amenity=signpost
Applies to: node
Definition: A signpost often found along hiking trails
Rendered as:  ?
Drafted on:
Proposed on: *
RFC start: *
Vote start: *
Vote end: *


Signposts are often found along official hiking/cycling routes to indicate the directions to different destinations. Additionally they often state the name of the region and the altitude. Therefore signpost in a map are useful for hikers as a navigation and route planning feature.

The position of a signpost can be used by a hiker/biker as a confirmation of the current position, especially if he uses a printed map without a GPS receiver.




Applies to nodes.

  • key=amenity value=signpost


  • key=name value=* for those signposts containing the name of the area
  • key=ele value=* indicating the altitude above sea level if known


This should probably be rendered as a symbol overlay, similar to the current toilets or recycling nodes and showing the name and altitude if available.

Proposed symbol: Signpost.png


I fully support this proposal, signposts are important for orientation and are rendered also on commercial maps. You can see example on this map from - signosts are the small thick black crosses. It would be very nice to have something similar in OSM. --Vrabcak 10:17, 21 July 2008 (UTC)

I would also like to express my support of that idea. --safado 21:48, 16 August 2008 (UTC)

I support strongly this proposal. I'd already used quite a lot of highway=signpost tags, which I renamed to amenity=signpost today. I prefer the symbol used on the mountain maps of the german alpine club DAV, because it can be rendered very small. --Netzwolf 17:21, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Alternative symbol (used on DAV mountain maps):

Dav signpost.png

I support strongly this proposal --Lucadelu 23:59, 4 October 2008 (UTC)

I support the idea to map signposts. But I prefer information=guidepost because there are several useful information=*-tags that all belong to different singposts, maps, boards etc. Check this Wiki-page. --Geogast 22:04, 12 February 2009 (UTC)

Distance to destinations

Signposts usually show distance to destination or time required to get there. I think it may be useful to include this information as well. It's possible to get estimation of distance from map, but for example in mountains it will be quite different from the real distance.

I suggest to use following relation:


  • type=?
  • distance - distance in km
  • time - time required in hours


  • signpost - node with signpost, exactly two occurences
  • way - ways that make path between two signpost specified above. Optional.

It is a bit complicated, but it would allow to trip plannig software to show real length of the trip. --Jttt 17:09, 15 November 2008 (UTC)