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Public-images-osm logo.svg highway = pedestrian
Calle arenal.jpg
Roads mainly / exclusively for pedestrians
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasuse on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: ApprovedPage for proposal

For roads mainly / exclusively for pedestrians. Typical in shopping areas, town centres, places with tourism attractions and recreation/civic areas, where wide expanses of hard surface are provided for pedestrians to walk.

How to map


To map a pedestrianised road nothing other than a simple way is required. Add the highway=pedestrian tag to it and a name=* to make it complete.

In the case you want to map a complete area for example a market place or plaza create a closed area with the ways and attach the area=yes tag to it.

highway=pedestrian together with area=yes is also the common way to map squares and plazas. Draw the way at the outer limits (usually walls, buildings, etc.), not in the center of the roads. If there are roads passing over, map them as usual and make connecting nodes at all intersections with the pedestrian area. Another method of mapping pedestrian squares is area:highway=footway or area:highway=pedestrian.

Vehicle access

Vehicles may be allowed during special hours to unload merchandise, but are often prevented from entering by bollards.

Cycling may be allowed, depending on the country or local restrictions. This can be specified with bicycle=yes or bicycle=no.

For small paths which are too small for cars to pass (no real streets) use highway=footway instead.


Picture/Description Tags Mapnik Osmarender
Calle arenal.jpg highway=pedestrian
Render pedestrian1.png

Pedestrian with area mapnik.png
Render pedestrian2.png

Pedestrian with area osm.png
Valladolid-plaza.jpg highway=pedestrian
name=Weyher Marktplatz
-- Osmarender area pedestrian.png
Ped-Street-Sign.jpeg highway=pedestrian
name=The Moorings
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