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A way marked for a particular use. NOTE! The exact key/value combination access=designated should never appear on an object. Value "designated" may be used for specific mode of transport. (Examples: bicycle=designated, and foot=designated)
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may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasuse 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.

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!

designated ways are intended to be usable for the designated purpose(s). If real world usability does not match designation the ways should be still tagged as designated with additional tags such as for example smoothness=horrible to describe the real world (un)usability.

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.

Please add highway=* tag to indicate the type of way. Often a highway=path tag can be suitable.


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 motorway exit allowing only hov=* vehicles, and restricting any other type

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