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Public-images-osm logo.svg aerialway = zip_line
Zip line arival SuperFly Whistler, BC, Canada.JPG
Zip line, gravity propelled aerial ropeslide like a flying fox or similar Show/edit corresponding data item.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Group: aerialways
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: de factoPage for proposal

A [W] 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 [W] Tyrolean traverses.

For zip lines on playgrounds see also playground=zipwire.

How to map

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

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

Tags used in combination

In playgrounds

In forestry and privately

For goods

  • foot=no – passengers explicitly forbidden
  • usage=freight – used for freight; passengers or personnel may be allowed in some cases (+ foot=yes )


Forestry zip line used for downhill transport of logs:

Overlap with playground zip wires

There is no clear technical difference distinguishing playground zip wires 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 zip lines 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