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Public-images-osm logo.svg foot:backward
for features which can only be used in one direction by pedestrians Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: restrictions
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Status: in use

foot:backward=* and its counterpart foot:forward=* are used by some mappers to indicate a feature can only be used in one direction by pedestrians.

In the past, some mappers have used oneway=yes for this purpose, but it goes against the definition of the oneway-tag which applies only to vehicles. Separate tag oneway:foot=yes was thus invented which does not suffer from that ambiguity, and while significantly more widespread than foot:backward=no, proponents of this tag dislike it (for a reasoning that a subtag should not contradict the main tag).

Some mappers seem to have thus resorted to mapping multiple of those tags in combination, presumably in attempt to make everyone happy.

See also

  • oneway:foot=* as alternative way to tag oneway for pedestrian traffic
  • oneway=* to map oneway restrictions for vehicles.