Tag:highway=footway

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Public-images-osm logo.svg highway = footway
Path-footdesignated.jpg
Description
For designated footpaths, i.e. mainly/exclusively for pedestrians.
Group: Highway
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodes
may be used on ways
should not be used on areas
should not be used on relations
Useful combination
Implies
Status: In use
A designated footway.

The tag highway=footway is used for mapping minor pathways which are used mainly or exclusively by pedestrians.

  • For wider pedestrianized streets, typically, lined with shops or commercial buildings use the tag highway=pedestrian.
  • For pathways used by a variety of non-motorised traffic the tag highway=path may be better suited.
  • For pathways used primarily by cyclists consider instead using the tag highway=cycleway.
    • Although where a route is primarily available for pedestrians but is also usable by bicycles you can use highway=footway and bicycle=yes.
  • For rough routes that can be used by a motorised vehicle consider using the tag highway=track.
  • For tracks and gravel paths which are not designated. These can be used with the tags highway=path with access=* to indicate access restrictions.
  • For tagging Wikipedia sidewalks that span on one or both sides of a road. In the United Kingdom these may be known as 'pavements' or 'footways'. For the best practice there is a couple options to follow, either add the tags sidewalk=left;right;both or sidewalk=separate on the same feature describing the road or create a new way marking the sidewalk that is running parallel to the road then describe it using highway=footway – see below for more details.

How to map

To map a footway nothing else than a simple way is required. Add the highway=footway tag to it and add a name=* if appropriate.

Add access=* restriction tags if appropriate. See Default Access-Restrictions.

If the footway is associated with a road then add a footway=sidewalk tag.

The way footway=* or highway=footway must join with another kind of way, for motivation see beginners guide step 5, or voice Junctions of the editing standards and conventions of OSM.

Example photos Example tracking Referring tag Comment
Footway in Stowupland - geograph.org.uk - 1044849.jpg
JOSM hgw barr foot cross.png
Reference S letter.

+highway=footway (defines the way).
+foot=designated (designed to footway)
+surface=* (defines paving).
+name=* (only if present, optional).
+wheelchair=no (if in the presence of pavement or stretch difficult for the disabled, put "no").
+access=permissive (in the sections of private property where the passage is permitted, recommended to check, if possible order to avoid uncomfortable litigation).

In case of footway no is along the highway=*, but you submit into an area, for example in a park, use tag highway=pedestrian, which we refer for the appropriate information.
Fence on the sidewalk.JPG
JOSM hgw barr foot cross.png
Reference for the sidewalk S letter.

+highway=footway (defines the way).
+footway=sidewalk (specific for sidewalk).
+foot=yes
+surface=* (defines paving).
+name=* (only if present, optional).
+wheelchair=no (if in the presence of pavement or stretch difficult for the disabled, put "no").
+access=permissive (in the sections of private property where the passage is permitted, recommended to check, if possible order to avoid uncomfortable litigation).
+cycleway=* (if there is a cycle path on the same way, see the appropriate tag in the specific).

Reference B letter


If between the street and the sidewalk or pedestrian, there is the presence of barrier, this is a way in itself, defines tag barrier=*, or if the streets is the presence of a grass between the highway=footway and the highway=*, please refer to the tag landuse=*.

Ephrata - MainSt at LincolnAve.jpg
JOSM hgw foot cross.png
Reference for the tags, S – C – C1 – C2 letters.

+highway=footway (defines the way).
+footway=sidewalk (specific for sidewalk).
+foot=yes
+surface=* (defines paving).
+name=* (only if present, optional).
+wheelchair=no (if in the presence of pavement or stretch difficult for the disabled, put "no").
+access=permissive (in the sections of private property where the passage is permitted, recommended to check, if possible order to avoid uncomfortable litigation).
+cycleway=* (if there is a cycle path on the same way, see the appropriate tag in the specific).
+highway=footway (C – crosswalk).
+highway=crossing (C1 – to put on the node that intersects the street with the pedestrian crossing).
+kerb=* (C2 – dto put on the node start/finish crossing if there is presence of facilitation on the sidewalk, for example inclined, see the information of the tag).
+crossing=* (C – Definisce le restrizioni dell'attraversamento pedonale, per esempio, controllato da semafori).
+crossing_ref=* (C – defines design of crossing, for example, stripes).

See also