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Public-images-osm logo.svg ramp
Stairs with ramp.jpg
Whether a ramp for bicycles, strollers, wheelchairs and/or luggage is built into a stairway Show/edit corresponding 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 (except multipolygon relations)
Status: in use

This tag indicates whether or not there is a ramp available. It's normally used on highway=steps. A ramp can, for example, be built next to a stairway in order to allow access to higher ground for people who use a wheelchair or have a bike.

A standalone ramp without steps can be tagged with highway=footway and incline=*.

In combination with ramp:portable=yes this tag indicates that an element (like a public transport platform) has a portable ramp.


This is for ramps that are included in the stairway itself. Ramps that run physically separated (e.g. separated by a fence, height difference or wall), should be drawn separately.

Tag Description
ramp=yes There is a ramp. You should also specify the type of ramp.
ramp=separate A ramp making the same journey exists, and is mapped as a separate OSM object. The separate object should be tagged with, e.g., highway=footway and incline=*.

Ramp-separate.pngHandicapped steps near PNC Park.. one year later (3451933262).jpg

ramp=no No ramp at all. This is the default, but it's useful to be definitive especially when routing for people in wheelchairs.

Ramp types

A stairway can theoretically have several ramps of different types. This tagging scheme allows to specify which one exists at given location, allowing to distinguish cases where ramp only help cyclists from one usable by strollers or wheelchairs.

Tag Description Picture
ramp:bicycle=yes automatic

A ramp to the side of steps that enables users to go up or down staircases without having to physically carry a bicycle. Sometimes called a "runnel".

automatic indicates it moves by itself, similarly to conveying=yes.

Paris 75018 Montmartre stairs handrail 02a.jpg
ramp:stroller=yes A pair of ramps with a narrow flight of stairs in the middle that allows a stroller (and bicycles too) to be pushed up the stairs. Steps with stroller ramp.jpg
ramp:wheelchair=yes, or
ramp=separate if mapped as a separate way.

A ramp that can be used by wheelchairs (typically, also by strollers).

Such a ramp should be no steeper than 4-6% and wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. A stroller ramp might be steeper or narrower.

SSF Main Library wheelchair ramp 1.JPG
ramp:luggage=yes automatic A ramp for luggage, often found at train stations. automatic indicates it moves by itself, similarly to conveying=yes. manual is a less preferable synonym for yes. Luggage Ramp Nuremberg.jpg

yes indicates the provision of a ramp deployable for users (typically wheelchairs) to traverse the feature.

They can be found, for example, at railway platforms to help wheelchair users getting on and off trains.

Further characteristics of a portable ramp can be described using the keys:

A portable ramp at a railway platform at night.


Ramp is included in the internal JOSM preset (since version 8011).

You can also add presets that uses the proposed scheme to JOSM. Just add the "Steps properties" preset in the JOSM presets properties (

See also