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Bollard in residential area.jpg
One or more solid (usually concrete or metal) pillar(s) used to control traffic. Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in openstreetmap-carto
Group: Barriers
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: approvedPage for proposal


Solid pillar or pillars made of concrete, metal, plastic, etc., and used to control traffic. Bollards may be used to block vehicular traffic completely while allowing passage of pedestrians and bicycles, or to prevent criminals using vehicles from ramming shops.

How to Map

Simply add the tag barrier=bollard to a new node positioned where the bollard is.

By default access=no, foot=yes, bicycle=yes and similar are implied. If something usually not blocked by bollards (cyclist, horse etc) would be blocked then tag this explicitly. Always place a node bollard node before a junction node unless it affects all traffic across the junction in all directions.

Rows of bollards can be represented as way ways, including closed ways: area=no is implied. If rows of bollards are laid across highways, make sure they share nodes with what they block since routing happens at the edges of area highways at present. Larger obstacles needing a representation as a surface for closed ways (area=yes) should use other barrier=* types (such as block or debris).

In some cases people map every bollard in a row of bollards as a separate node. In such case ensure that bollards are also placed at centerline of roads/footways crossing this row of bollards.


Bollard type

The bollard's type can be expressed in more detail by adding a bollard=* tag with an appropriate value.


  • bollard=removable (non rising bollards can often be removed with a special tool)
  • bollard=rising (can be lowered to allow passage or lifted to prevent it)


Example of current rendering styles.

See also

  • barrier=block - One or more large immobile block(s) usually barring free access along a way.