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Public-images-osm logo.svg highway = passing_place
Passing place - geograph.org.uk - 987324.jpg
A passing place on a single track road. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: highways
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Status: approvedPage for proposal

Location of a widening on a road allowing oncoming vehicles to pass each other, or allowing slower traffic to be passed if said slower vehicle halts at the passing place. Also known as a turnout.

Normally these are found on a single track road, and are commonly signposted.

How to map

Applies to

Mf node.png along and on a highway

Passing place nodes might exist on any highway which has lanes=* with any value below 2, e.g. 1 or 1.5, likely if frequent HGV traffic is present. They can also be present on two lane highways to allow slow-moving (agricultural) vehicles to pull aside and stop (distinct from a "turn out lane"). It is important to tag the highway side with the passing place using passing_place=* in this case, as use of the passing place is restricted to one lane of the highway.


Mf node.png

Tags to use in combination

  • surface=* - surface of the passing place (if different from the road itself)
  • passing_place=* - left, right, or both, from the perspective of the way direction, to describe which side of the way the passing place is on

Possible Rendering

Highway passing place.svg suggested by User:Chrisana13

Suggested by User:Tysseract: Same as Turning Circle rendering, but only on the side of the road of the road where the passing place is (value of passing_place=*). Defaults to same as turning circle (full circle) if passing_place=both or side is undefined.

See also