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Specifies whether a pedestrian crossing has a refuge island Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: highways
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
See also
Status: approvedPage for proposal

The key crossing:island=* is used to specify whether a pedestrian crossing has a refuge island (also known as pedestrian island).

This key supersedes the former tag crossing=island (see the rationale).


The crossing:island=* key can be used on a pedestrian crossing node highway=crossing (or alternatively on a pedestrian crossing way highway=footway + footway=crossing). Possible values are yes and no. It is recommended to further specify the type of the pedestrian crossing using the crossing=* key.


Do not tag a crossing with crossing:island=yes if the crossing is explicitly mapped as multiple separate crossings; i.e., where the traffic island is not part of the footway=crossing way. This is common with larger intersections with wide traffic islands where the traffic lane in each direction is mapped separately. For clarity, the stretches of highway=footway that form part of the traffic island can be tagged with footway=traffic_island. Additionally, the footway=crossing sections can optionally be tagged with crossing:island=no. This may be useful in case you are performing a survey of all crossings in an area and wish to explicitly mark these as having separate (or no) refuge islands.

Separately mapped crossings. The traffic island is not part of the footway=crossing.

See also

  • traffic_calming=island – A traffic island that is not built as a refuge at pedestrian crossings, but to calm traffic.
  • footway=traffic_island – Used by some mappers for the part of the highway=footway that is on the traffic island, instead of using crossing:island=yes (at places where sidewalks and pedestrian crossings are mapped as ways).
  • footway=crossing and crossing=* - Used to map crossings in detail, e.g. for mapping accessibility, etc.