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Bicycle ramp in Poland.jpg
Indicates if steps of a stairs have specific colour to help visually-impaired people Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: accessibility
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)
Useful combination
Status: in use

The key step:contrast=* is used to define if stairs have a specific colour for its steps to help visually-impaired people see them easily.

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This tag is mainly used in combination with highway=steps, which designates stairs.

step:contrast=* can have the following values:

  • yes: the stairs have dedicated colouring to help visually impaired people
  • no: the stairs don't have a specific colour (not painted, or painted with a neutral colour)
  • bad: the stairs have dedicated colouring, but the paint is faded due to usage or weather


Picture/description Tags Comments
FR75 step-contrast=yes 2023-03.jpg It is not necessary all steps to have the specific painting, only the first one and the last one at least must be painted.
FR84087 step-contrast=no 2023-03.jpg No distinction between steps, in a neutral colour
Step material helps to see where they are, but are dirty and not so visible.

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