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Abbey Road Zebra.jpg
Zebra road markings. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: crossings
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
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Status: approvedPage for proposal

This tag describes the presence of zebra road markings at a crossing, characteristic light (usually white) stripes. Zebra markings are named after the animal due to the resemblance to their stripes.

An example of a zebra crossing seen from above.

In some countries, traffic signal controlled crossings have zebra markings as well.

How to tag

Add crossing_ref=zebra to the highway=crossing node node. Also add the appropriate crossing=* tag-value (e.g. crossing=zebra or crossing=traffic_signals).

Optionally, add it to the highway=footway way way in combination with footway=crossing.

Variations in road markings

Zebra crossing predominantly feature fairly wide white stripes perpendicular to the path of the crossing pedestrians, alternating with stretches of unmarked road. However, sometimes a different colour or pattern is used while remaining close to the archetypical zebra crossing design. As long as they are recognized as zebra markings crossing_ref=zebra still applies.

Common variants are yellow stripes for temporary (but legal) road markings, and stripes coloured with the canonical colours of the rainbow in their common order (usually as a sign of protest or formal municipally backed support for the  LGBT community).

Software support


OSM2World applies a white-striped texture to the crossing way. [1]

Straßenraumkarte Neukölln applies white stripes to the crossing [2] and reserves a parking-free buffer zone around the crossing that is larger than for crossing=marked. [3]

The CARLA autonomous vehicle simulator renders the crossing as a marked crosswalk. [4]

See also