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Public-images-osm logo.svg highway = crossing
Zebra-crossing sm.jpg
The location of a street crossing for pedestrians, cyclists, or equestrians Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: crossings
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)
Useful combination
Status: de facto

This tag is for the location of a street crossing for pedestrians, cyclists, or equestrians. In American English, a pedestrian crossing is called a crosswalk if it is marked or signalized. See Crossings for other kinds of crossings.

This tag is only used on nodes. If a crossing is also represented by a way, tag the way with a different highway=* value corresponding to the kind of path that crosses the street, for example highway=footway footway=crossing for a pedestrian crossing.

How to map

To map a street crossing, place a node along the way representing the road, and add the highway=crossing tag to the node.

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 cases where sidewalks are mapped as separate ways it is necessary to also add a crossing way, from one sidewalk through the node shared with the road to the other 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).


Urban crossing types
Crossing unmarked Crossing with traffic calming Crossing near a stop Crossing with island
Example crossing unmarked.jpg
Wyniesione przejście dla pieszych 01.JPG
Crossing IMG 20200819 140456.jpg
Praha 10 ulice Ruska 10 prechod s ostruvkem.JPG

Adding bicycle=no would be basically pointless, as on other crossings not attached to cycleways or footways where cycling is never allowed (note that the same crossing may benefit from bicycle=no if mapped in place where cyclists can use that sidewalk)

  • highway=crossing
  • crossing=marked
  • crossing:island=no
  • bicycle=no - useful in case of cycling being legal at sidewalk but not while crossing road (it is in Poland so zebra crossing without bicycle crossing results in ban on cycling across road here, note that cycling on a crossed road is 100% legal here)
Crossing by night
Crossing with traffic signals Crossing lit
Kraków - Al. Pokoju i ul. Centralna - przejście dla pieszych i przejazd rowerowy nocą - DSC08256 v1.jpg Lit yes.JPG
Rural crossing types
Crossing & golf cart Crossing & horse
MUTCD W11-11.svg -2019-02-14 Gimingham Road, Mundesley.JPG



Used by OsmAnd, a routing software, to signal and alert.

See also