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Public-images-osm logo.svg highway = crossing
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Pedestrian crossing Edit or translate this description.
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
Useful combination
Status: de facto


Pedestrians can cross a street here; e.g., zebra crossing. In American English, a marked or signalized crossing is known as a crosswalk. This tag is used exclusively for nodes.

How to map

To map a pedestrian crossing, place a node node within the way representing the road, and set this highway=crossing tag on the node (not on the way).

To describe the type of the transition in more detail, use:

See the Key:crossing page for additional documentation of this and many other available subtags.

Separately mapped footways

Main article: Sidewalks#Sidewalk_as_separate_way

In case of sidewalks mapped as separate ways it is necessary to add also crossing way, from one sidewalk through node shared with a road to the another sidewalk footway=crossing and cycleway=crossing can be used on ways which lead from a sidewalk to the crossing node (the node which has this highway=crossing tag).

Such split can be also done when footway/cycleway is crossing the road (part where it is crossing may tagged with footway=crossing/cycleway=crossing).


Example Tagging
Crossing IMG 20200819 140456.jpg
Wyniesione przejście dla pieszych 01.JPG

Adding bicycle=no would be basically pointless, as on other crossings not attached to cycleways or footways where cycling is allowed

Kraków - Al. Pokoju i ul. Centralna - przejście dla pieszych i przejazd rowerowy nocą - DSC08256 v1.jpg
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Used by OsmAnd, a routing software, to signal and alert.

See also


  1. See documentation of bicycle=dismount, see discussions such as for example https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/tagging/2020-October/thread.html#55611 https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/tagging/2020-October/thread.html#55632
  2. strictly speaking it is legal during night (when max speed on road is raised to 60 km/h and during very bad weather)