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Public-images-osm logo.svg highway = crossing
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The location of a designated 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
Useful combination
Status: de facto

This tag is for the location of a designated 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 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).


Example Tagging
Crossing IMG 20200819 140456.jpg
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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)