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Rendering proposal

This should probably be rendered as a symbol overlay, similar to the current toilets or recycling nodes.

More details

I had some ideas for more details to put into subkeys. (Maybe I should say this in the Proposed_features/Bench_detail page, but that seems to be in the voting stage already.)

  • Some benches are dedicated to the memory of some person. I always find it interesting to read those. Is it an idea to create a tag for that? It might be useful for identification of the bench too. Or are there privacy issues? Anyway, just an idea.
  • Perhaps more useful piece of information: some benches have been made anti-homeless, i.e. bars across the bench that prevent people from lying on it (e.g. here). I find those less comfortable usually. Also, it's not as nice to sit on it with two people, and some people might not fit on them if the bars are too close to each other.

Mtcv 11:20, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

Oh no! More "rich people" that show how much they detest poor people! They detest them so much that in their ignorance they make bad benches for themselves with no backrest! Logictheo 18:28, 28 September 2009 (UTC)

backrest=yes/no, a great idea

I just wanted to say that the backrest option is a great idea. I have problems with my back, and other parts of the spine too. Logictheo 06:08, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

What is implied by default? --Pander (talk) 07:24, 7 October 2013 (UTC)
When it's not given, with 300 000+ benches already entered, all we can say is backrest=unknown. However, every third bench has the tag. Alv (talk) 07:56, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

picnic tables

How about picnic tables with benches? It's in a way more than only a bench. --Kslotte 18:56, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

I believe there's already an extra tag for that with amenity=picnic_table. Not too sure anymore though, better research it.
Yes it exists. --Kslotte 15:29, 23 January 2010 (UTC)

Why only as node?

The current feature only allows benches to be tagged as nodes. However, I recently came across a very long bench (~50 m I guess) which would be more suitable tagged as way. Are there any cavets to look for? I couldn't think of any, apart from the rendering issue of course. What would have to be done to make this open for suggestions (the approve/oppose scheme, I'm new to map features voting). Xeen 20:06, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

I agree, sometimes there are very long benches ... maybe its possible to tag an line as bench  ?? --Gauron 11:36, 4 October 2010 (BST)
Well it seems to be documented as node, way, or area now (a bench as an area??) I'll write a sentence stating that it would normally be suitable to map it as a node though - Harry Wood 11:04, 26 December 2011 (UTC)

osmarender yes

in osmarender, currently (2011/08) it is render ok.

Render on OSM


All nodes with this property are not displayed on OSM map.

Why ??

--ComputerHotline 16:03, 6 May 2012 (BST)

They are, but only at the tightest zoom levels. I think they need to be displayed a couple of levels lower. I've wasted lots of time logging positions of benches (and bins) that didn't show on screen when I surveyed, only to find later that they're already mapped but had not been rendered. If anybody knows how to pass that on to the renderer team it would be good if they could do so.

--Harg (talk) 08:32, 23 June 2016 (UTC)


Please note, that there is now a key direction. I assume (not mentioned) that direction=north means that a person sitting on this bench will look northwards. Could anybody, please, confirm this; and possibly add this hint to this lemma?

Thanks --RalfG (talk) 22:13, 6 March 2014 (UTC)


Many benches, especially in parks, have an inscription such as "Donated by..." or "In memory of..."

Should we have an optional inscription=... tag, or maybe more specific tags such as donor=... or memorial=... ?

--Harg (talk) 08:41, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

"allows room for several people"

So, a seat in a public place that holds only one person should not be mapped as a bench? There are many one-seater benches in Queen Elizabeth Park, London and we don't have another tag to describe them.

Actually most dictionaries define "several" as "more than two but fewer than many". So in theory even a seat for two doesn't qualify as a bench.

Rather than invent a new tag, I'd suggest changing this to "allows room for one or more people".

--Harg (talk) 06:23, 2 April 2017 (UTC)

I agree. Chrabroš (talk) 01:09, 3 April 2017 (UTC)