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Public-images-osm logo.svg access = designated
A way marked for a particular use.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodes
may be used on ways
may be used on areas
use on relations unspecified
Status: Unspecified

If you are mapping Public Rights of way in the UK (specifically England and Wales) see UK public rights of way.

This tag 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. To indicate an exclusive access use access=no in addition to a mode-specific key (foot=designated, bicycle=designated, etc.)

Just as in other cases, if the designating sign implies restrictions on other modes of transport those restrictions should be tagged with their respective tags.

Note that access=designated is not defining what is designated and is meaningless.


Snowmobile route: All village streets

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[1] in the USA:

A footway (continental Europe): 120px-Zeichen 239.svg.png


A cycleway (continental Europe): 120px-Zeichen 237.svg.png


A combined footway and cycleway: 120px-Zeichen 240.svg.png


A segregated combined footway and cycleway: 120px-Zeichen 241.svg.png