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Indicates the presence or absence of a sidewalk (pavement/footway). Edit or translate this description.
Group: Sidewalks
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
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Status: de factoPage for proposal


The sidewalk=* key can be used to indicate the presence or absence of a sidewalk (pavement/footway/foopath) alongside a street where the footway runs parallel to the carriageway.

This article describes the "refinement of the highway" approach to mapping sidewalks. Alternatively, sidewalks can be mapped as separate footways, see Sidewalks for details on this distinction.


To provide information about sidewalks associated with streets, add the sidewalk=* tag to the highway=* way representing the street and add any additional tags (below) describing the sidewalk.

The values left and right depend on the direction in which the way is drawn in OpenStreetMap. A value of left means the left-hand side of the road when looking in forward direction, while right means the right-hand side. See Forward & backward, left & right for more.

For footpaths besides railways (railway=*) please use a separate way (e.g. highway=footway).

Additional tags

Additional tags can be added by using the sidewalk: prefix, in combination with the :left/right/both suffix (becoming an infix here). For example:


Value Description
both Both sides of the street have sidewalks.
right One sidewalk on the right side of the way representing the street.
left One sidewalk on the left side of the way representing the street.
none There is no sidewalk at all. synonym to no with similar popularity
no There is no sidewalk at all. synonym to none with similar popularity
yes Either both sides or one side of this street have sidewalks. Use a more specific tag in preference.
separate This road has a sidewalk but it is mapped using a separate way.

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