| access = designated
|A way marked for a particular use.|
|Used on these elements|
|Tools for this tag|
If you are mapping Public Rights of way in the UK (specifically England and Wales) see UK public rights of way.
NOTE! The exact key/value combination access=designated should never appear on an object. This page is here to describe the meaning of the 'designated' access tag, in general, when attached to a specific mode of transport. (Examples: bicycle=designated, and foot=designated). If you have found a node, way, or relation tagged with the exact key/value combination access=designated, it is tagged incorrectly and should be changed!
In this context, designated refers to the legal access a given mode of transport has on a route, and is not meant to imply that OpenStreetMap access=* permissions have been automatically "designated" only to that transport mode! If different from a way's access permission defaults, you must also include *=no key/value combinations for transport modes which are restricted from using that way!
General use case
The designated value, when used with a mode of transport key, indicates that a route has been specially designated (typically by a government) for use by a particular mode (or modes) of transport. Typically it is used on ways legally dedicated to specific modes of travel by a law or by the rules of traffic. The specific meaning varies according to jurisdiction. It may imply extra usage rights for the given mode of transport.
If an OpenStreetMap object is meant only to be used by specific designated transport methods (overriding whatever defaults may exist for that route type), use access=no in addition to a mode-specific key (foot=designated, bicycle=designated, etc.) See Transport Mode Restrictions using "access" for further clarification; access=* is the top level of a transport mode hierarchy of restrictions.
Some places have designated snowmobile routes everywhere
The trail marked with the sign shown in the example picture (top right):
A UK bridleway:
A UK cycleway:
A UK footway:
A truck route in the USA:
A motorway exit allowing only hov=* vehicles, and restricting any other type
- (horse=yes in some countries)
- (moped=yes in some countries)