Tag:area:highway=footway

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Description
An area representation of footways. Edit or translate this description.
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
Wikidata
Status: in use

An area representation of a highway=footway which is separated mapped with a linear way.

Background

Some footways take up a significant areas, so this tag was developed to precisely map this, in addition to highway=footway way way tagged through their middle.

This tag is not the same as highway=footway + area=yes which represents a non-linear feature such as a square or plaza where multi-directional travel is possible.

How to map

Correct tagging

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

Optional tags:

  • surface=* (What is the footway made of? E.g. concrete, asphalt)

Tagging mistakes to avoid

Example tagging

Case Area tags Maping examples
Znak C-16.svg

area Polygon

area:highway=footway Footway area tagging example (fs1).jpg Footway area tagging example (fs2).jpg Footway area tagging example (fs3).jpg
Znak C-16.svg

relation Multipolygon

area:highway=footway

+ type=multipolygon

Correct tagging of footway multipolygon depends on character of place, you can:

  • draw a multipolygon on a larger landcover area (eg. leisure=park) or
  • add proper landcover tag to every inner element or
  • complete empty inner parts with proper landcover areas (eg. building=yes)
Footway area tagging example (fm3).jpg Footway area tagging example (fm1).jpg Footway area tagging example (fm2).jpg

Example tagging of connected objects

Case Way tags Area tags Diagrams Mapping examples
Znak D-6.svg

Pedestrian crossing

highway=footway

+ footway=crossing

Draw an area around streets intersection, treating stop lines and crossings as its edges and tag it with:

area:highway=* (class of highway, eg. area:highway=primary)
+ junction=yes

If it's a single crossing being far away from streets intersection, draw it just as a linear way crossing street area without junction=yes tag.

Non-segregated foot crossing diagram.jpg Non-segregated crossing (foot).jpg
Znak D-6b.svg

Non-segregated "foot & bicycle" crossing

highway=path

+ path=crossing
+ foot=designated
+ bicycle=designated
+ segregated=no

Draw an area around streets intersection, treating stop lines and crossings as its edges and tag it with:

area:highway=* (class of highway, eg. area:highway=primary)
+ junction=yes

If it's a single crossing being far away from streets intersection, draw it just as a linear way crossing street area without junction=yes tag.

Path crossing diagram.jpg Non-segregated crossing (path).jpg
Znak D-6b.svg

Segregated "foot & bicycle" crossing

Method 1 (one linear way):

highway=path
+ path=crossing
+ foot=designated
+ bicycle=designated
+ segregated=yes

Draw an area around streets intersection, treating stop lines and crossings as its edges and tag it with:

area:highway=* (class of highway, eg. area:highway=primary)
+ junction=yes

If it's a single crossing being far away from streets intersection, draw it just as a linear way crossing street area without junction=yes tag.

Segregated path crossing diagram.jpg Segregated crossing (foot - path).jpg
Method 2 (two linear ways):
  • Through foot part:

highway=footway
+ footway=crossing

  • Through bicycle part:

highway=cycleway
+ cycleway=crossing

Segregated path crossing diagram.jpg Segregated crossing (foot - footway).jpg
Znak D-6b.svg

Segregated "foot & bicycle" crossing with traffic calming island

Method 1 (one linear way):
  • Street area:

Draw an area around streets intersection, treating stop lines and crossings as its edges and tag it with:
area:highway=* (class of highway, eg. area:highway=primary)
+ junction=yes

If it's a single crossing being far away from streets intersection, draw it just as a linear way crossing street area without junction=yes tag.

  • Foot part of the island:

area:highway=footway

  • Bicycle part of the island:

area:highway=cycleway

  • Side parts of the island:

landuse=grass or leisure=garden or traffic_calming=island

Segregated crossing + tci diagram.jpg Segregated crossing + tci (foot - path).jpg
highway=path

+ path=crossing
+ foot=designated
+ bicycle=designated
+ segregated=yes

highway=path

+ foot=designated
+ bicycle=designated
+ segregated=yes

highway=path

+ path=crossing
+ foot=designated
+ bicycle=designated
+ segregated=yes

Method 2 (two linear ways):
  • Through foot part:
Segregated crossing + tci diagram.jpg Segregated crossing + tci (foot - footway).jpg
highway=footway

+ footway=crossing

highway=footway highway=footway

+ footway=crossing

  • Through bicycle part:
highway=cycleway

+ cycleway=crossing

highway=cycleway highway=cycleway

+ cycleway=crossing

Znak C-13-16 p-r.svg

Segregated "foot & bicycle" path

Method 1 (one linear way):

highway=path
+ foot=designated
+ bicycle=designated
+ segregated=yes

(path way should be joined through a mutal part of the footway/ cycleway areas, see example screenshot)

  • Foot part:

area:highway=footway

  • Bicycle part:

area:highway=cycleway

(both areas should be joined to each other if there is no physical barrier between them, see example screenshot)

Segregated path diagram.jpg Segregated highway (foot - path).jpg
Method 2 (two linear ways):
  • Through foot part:

highway=footway

  • Through bicycle part:

highway=cycleway

Segregated path diagram.jpg Segregated highway (foot - footway).jpg
Traffic calming paving on a street edge

(This element should be treaten as kind of a traffic calming area, not footway)

traffic_calming=island Segregated path + tci diagram.jpg Tci (street edge).jpg

Visualisation

OSMapa/ area

See also