Key:footway

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Public-images-osm logo.svg footway
Sidewalk and zebra-crossing.jpg
Description
Further refinement of footways Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Highways
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Documented values: 11
Requires

highway=footway
or highway=path
or highway=construction

Status: approvedPage for proposal

The key footway=* refines the tag highway=footway.

The two most common values are footway=sidewalk for sidewalks (called pavement or footpath in British English; see Sidewalks as well for a more in-depth treatment of this topic) and footway=crossing to mark parts of a pedestrian path that cross a road.

It is also used together with highway=path in some communities where it represents a refining of the pedestrian side of a combined foot- and cycleway; for this use see also the comprehensive explanation for bicycle way tagging.

Common values

Key Value Element Comment Photo
footway sidewalk way A sidewalk alongside a street, separately mapped with highway=footway Sidewalk and zebra-crossing.jpg
footway crossing way A pedestrian crossing, usually connecting two sidewalks Zebra-crossing sm.jpg
footway access_aisle way Marked footpath in a parking lot, typically between two parking spaces, to facilitate access to parked vehicles Van accessible parking.jpg
footway link way Parts of a footway necessary for routing which may not have a physical presence, but which form a link between other highway=* ways
footway traffic_island way Parts of a footway that serves as pedestrian refuge on a traffic island; usually used in between parts of the crossing tagged with footway=crossing Traffic island, Ballymagorry, May 2010.JPG
footway both / right / left / none / no / separate Deprecated — please use sidewalk=* instead.

Usage for sidewalks

To start using this tag, map the sidewalk as a way alongside the carriageway, with the following tags:

You might use additional tags:

Connecting ways

Connections of other ways with to the street should always be made as in reality: If a way terminates on the sidewalk don't map a connection to the carriageway. If a way goes over the sidewalk to the carriageway just draw the way trough to the carriageway with a shared node on the sidewalk way.

The latter also holds true for connecting highway=footway/path: The access permissions for sidewalks usually don't allow other access than pedestrian and without the connection routing might be broken. If a way allowed for bicycles terminates on a sidewalk consider adding bicycle=dismount for the shortest sidewalk route to the carriageway.

Access

If walking is illegal on a road then use foot=no (or foot=use_sidepath, if appropriate) given that most roads are assumed to be available for use by pedestrians unless they are motorways. For motorways consider adding foot=yes if walking it allowed, or add a sidewalk=* tag which should also be interpreted as meaning that walking is allowed. See access=* for a more general discussion about legal access issues.

Usage for crossings

The process is as follows:

  1. Create a perpendicular footway=sidewalk way way connecting the sidewalks on either side of the street.
  2. Tag the perpendicular way with highway=footway and footway=crossing
  3. Place a highway=crossing node node at each point where this perpendicular section crosses the carriageway (often only one point, more for a dual carriageway or complex junction).

You might use additional tags:

See also crossing:island=* and footway=traffic_island if you wish to map the presence of pedestrian refuges along the crossing.

Where there's no sidewalk on the opposite side but where the crossing is used to access a park, playground, building entrance, service road. etc., draw the perpendicular footway from the sidewalk footway to the crossing node on the carriageway.

Add cycleway=crossing if the crossing can be used by cyclists without dismounting, however where cyclists are required to dismount then add bicycle=dismount) to indicate that the route can be used by cyclists on foot.

Examples

The following examples show the range of sidewalk/crossing mapping of an intersection from very detailed to less detailed.

Image Discussion
Example for tagging as separate way
Crossing four-way intersection moved kerbs 2016.png
Example for combination of tagging as property and as separate way - full crossing & kerb mapping
Crossing four-way intersection combination.png
Example for combination of tagging as property and as separate way - light crossing & kerb mapping
Crossing four-way intersection combination light.png
Example for tagging as property
Crossing four-way intersection implicit.png

Use of a relation (optional)

type=street
type=associatedStreet

To couple the sidewalk to its respective street, the ways can be added to a relation of type associatedStreet. The proposed type street is another commonly-used street aggregation relation. The following roles work in either.

(Traditionally, both relation types are used for a very different purpose - for linking houses to the street whose name is used in their address, rather than the street they are physically accessible from -, which accounts for most of the existing uses.)

Element Role Recurrence? Discussion
way street or <empty> One or more The multiple ways that form the carriageway
way sidewalk One or more The multiple ways that form the sidewalk and the crossings

Using relations for this purpose is very much optional, and you may wish to omit this in order to keep your mapping simple.

Taginfo statistics:

  • 2016-08 around 4000 elements with role sidewalk

Possible tagging mistakes

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If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
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If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!
If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!
If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!
If you know places with this tag, verify if it could be tagged with another tag.
Automated edits are strongly discouraged unless you really know what you are doing!

See also