|highway = turning_circle|
|A widened area of road that allows vehicles to turn more easily.|
|Rendering in openstreetmap-carto|
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|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
A turning circle is a widened area of road that allows vehicles to turn more easily. They are often but not exclusively circular in shape and located at the ends of non-traversable central island.("dead end streets", "blind alleys", "closes", "no through roads"). There is no
They may occur along a road instead of at the end. This happens when more houses are built later and the road extended. The nodes of Changeset #58489782 on Arthur Road, Wokingham are examples of this. Typically houses leading up to and on the turning circle are noticeably older than the houses beyond it.
A turning circle may be colloquially known as a "frying pan" due to the resemblance of the shape, but please don't use this term on OpenStreetMap.
How to map
Place a node that is part of the road at the center of the widened area and add the tag:
When not to use
- For a more detailed comparison of these features, see Circular and widened road features
- If there is a non-traversable island, and the place is meant for turning, then consider using the new (but unproven) highway=turning_loop, or preferably draw a small loop of road.
- If there is a non-traversable island, and traffic must drive around the center, then consider using junction=roundabout.
- If there is no island or the island is traversable, and traffic must drive around the center, then consider using highway=mini_roundabout.
- If the widened area is meant for oncoming vehicles to pass each other, then consider using highway=passing_place.
|Photo / Icon||Highway types||Remarks|
|For a range of highway types, eg
|A turning circle is typically rendered as a circle at higher zooms, in the same style as residential or unclassified highways.|
As with most tags in OpenStreetMap, this tag is based on the British English term "turning circle", and refers to turning places regardless of shape, including circular, square, triangular and otherwise.