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Zip line arival SuperFly Whistler, BC, Canada.JPG
Zip line, gravity propelled aerial ropeslide like a flying fox or similar Edit or translate this description.
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Group: Aerialways
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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

Use to map  zip lines, see Proposed feature/aerialway=zip line for more information and discussion.


A  zip line is used to transport people or material down a inclined fixed rope or wire, typically without propulsion sliding down by gravity. There may be auxiliary wires for security or operation.

This tag might be also used to tag  tyrolean traverses.

aerialway=canopy was deprecated in favor of this tagging.

Ziplines on playgrounds can be tagged either as playground=zipwire or with this tag. Both can be combined with tags giving more details such as min_age=*, max_age=* a access=*.

How to map

Draw it as a way in the direction of travel and tag with aerialway=zip_line.

Ziplines imply oneway=yes by default but can be explicitly marked with oneway=no when the zip line is allowed in both directions.

Other tags of likely interest for tagging:

For zip lines on playgrounds or adventure/playgrounds:

Private/forestry zip lines:

Ziplines for the transport of goods:

  • foot=no - passengers explicitly forbidden
  • usage=freight - used for freight, passengers or personel may be allowed in some cases (+ foot=yes )
  • usage=industrial - freight transport in industrial areas or mines


Forestry zipline used for downhill transport of logs:

Overlap with playground zipwires

There is no clear technical difference distinguishing playground zipwires and aerialway=zip_line, the same structure that is in a playground could be used to transport people across a river.

The information contained in playground=zipwire could be adequately described with aerialway=zip_line + max_age=* + leisure=playground + access restrictions and technical description but playground=zipwire is more compact and widespread for this purpose.

For ziplines in high rope courses or adventure parks aerialway=zip_line will often be better as it is important to specify min/max age and access restrictions.

See also

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