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Unclear difference from fence
barrier=handrail - a rail that is designed to be grasped by the hand so as to provide stability or support. Usually found alongside steps.
How to map
Draw a way along the handrail location and add tag barrier=handrail.
Alternatively add the tag handrail=yes to highway=steps.
Difference to guard rails and railings
barrier=guard_rail is typically a metal rail designed to keep vehicles within their roadway.
barrier=fence+fence_type=railing is a system designed to keep people straying into dangerous or off-limits areas.
Examples of handrails