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Public-images-osm logo.svg area:highway = steps
Osm element tag.svg
An area representation of steps.
Group: Area:highway
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: in use


An area representation of a highway=steps which is separately mapped with a linear way.


Some steps take up a significant areas - or mappers are interested in super-accurate mapping - so this tag was developed to precisely map this, in addition to highway=steps way tagged through their middle.

How to map

Correct tagging

  • If it's a simple steps area, just draw outline around it, and add tag area:highway=steps.
  • If it's a more complicated one, draw an outline around it, draw all inner parts, then select all elements and make a multipolygon relation from it. Add tag area:highway=steps to multipolygon.
  • Remember about joining area's edges to surrounding buildings, walls, etc.

Tagging mistakes to avoid

See also