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Rope as safety measures in alpine hiking paths Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: hiking
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)
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Status: approvedPage for proposal

On many hiking trails through mountainous areas, dangerous or difficult sections are secured by technical means like steel cables, fixed ropes, ladders, or rungs. This tag indicates the presence of cable, chain or rope to hold on to.

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See also: Safety measures on hiking trails

Use safety_rope=yes for parts of hiking trails with a rope. It was propsed use length in meters instead of yes as a value, for example safety_rope=4, but it is also possible to use the standard tags height=* or length=* instead.

This tag is added to an existing highway=path. Short sections can be tagged as node node, longer sections as way way.

This tag is meant for hiking trails, it shouldn't be used for via ferrata because those ways are secured continuously by technical means.

Main tag

Key Value Element Description Example
safety_rope yes / length in m way node A cable, chain or rope to hold on to Thumb

Additional tag

Key Value Element Description
safety_rope_side left/right/both way node Describes on which side the cable is fastened, in relation to the way's direction. Only applicable if safety_rope=yes (or length value) exists.

Whole path

If you don't want to split a longer highway=path into several segments to tag their particular safety measures you can add the following tag to the whole highway=path:

Key Value Element Description
assisted_trail yes way Way segment with various safety measures

See also