Key:informal

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Desire path (19811581366).jpg
Description
A key for informal features that are not intentionally planned or formally set up Edit or translate this description.
Group: Properties
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Status: in use

This attribute indicates that a feature has not been established on purpose. It is mainly used with footpaths, but it could also be used with any other kind of feature. Such footpaths are also known as [W] desire paths.

When during their lifetime such features become adopted by e.g. an administrative body that e.g. improves the surface of a path, they lose their informal character and the attribute shall be removed.

Features tagged as informal=yes could be completely unmaintained and might be considered with lower priority by routers.

Examples

Example Mapping Description
Desire path off Fairmead Road, High Beach, Essex, England 01.jpg

highway=path
+ informal=yes

A clearly visible path that was not deliberately created, but has been established by many people making use of the route
Desire path (19811581366).jpg

highway=footway
+ informal=yes

A pedestrian path (e.g. in a park) created by many people choosing the same shortcuts or routes
Fora pista a Mottaret.jpg piste:type=downhill

+ informal=yes

A ski slope that is not officially maintained, but still frequently used by skiers

Useful combinations

See also

  • path=desire An alternate way to explicitly indicate a desire path.