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Public-images-osm logo.svg highway = pedestrian
Cambridge Rd - geograph.org.uk - 1189572.jpg
Roads mainly / exclusively for pedestrians Edit or translate this description.
Rendering in openstreetmap-carto
Pedestrian with area osm.png
Group: Highways
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
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Status: approvedPage for proposal


A highway=pedestrian is a road or an area mainly or exclusively for pedestrians in which some vehicle traffic may be authorized (e.g. emergency, taxi, delivery, ...). Typically found in shopping areas, town centres, places with tourism attractions and recreation/civic areas, where wide expanses of hard surface are provided for pedestrians to walk.

How to map

To map a pedestrianised road nothing other than a simple way way is required. Add the highway=pedestrian tag to it and a name=* to make it complete. For ways inside pedestrian areas that are too narrow to be considered a road, use highway=footway or highway=path.

Squares and plazas

An area (closed way or multipolygon) tagged with highway=pedestrian + area=yes is the most common way to map the pedestrian area of a squares or plaza, where pedestrians can travel freely in all directions. If there are roads passing through the area of the square, map them as usual and make connecting nodes at all intersections with the pedestrian area. Also other paths such as highway=footway as well as roads have to connect with the edge of the pedestrian area where they intersect. [However, note that few routers will route through the area, most will route around the edge of it.]

If there are features or areas within the square or plaza which are not part of the walkable pedestrian area, these should be excluded by creating a multipolygon relation.

Also see the tag place=square for named squares which might include other features, use the pedestrian tag for actual pedestrian areas only. Add a node at the center of the square or draw the way at the outer limits of the pedestrian area, possibly even connecting with surrounding walls, fences, buildings, etc.

Vehicle access

Vehicles may be allowed during special hours to unload merchandise, but are often prevented from entering by bollards.

Cycling may be allowed, depending on the country or local restrictions. This can be specified with bicycle=yes or bicycle=no.

For narrow paths which are too small for cars to pass (not proper streets) use highway=footway instead.


Picture/Description Tags OSM-Carto
Infotafel - Lloydpassage (Lage).jpg highway=pedestrian
Render pedestrian1.png

Valladolid-plaza.jpg highway=pedestrian
name=Weyher Marktplatz
Pedestrian with area mapnik.png
Ettlingen Fußgängerzone.jpg highway=pedestrian
access:conditional=delivery @ (00:00-11:00)
Ped-Street-Sign.jpeg highway=pedestrian
name=The Moorings
Highway=pedestrian on cemetery.JPG highway=pedestrian https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/50.09722/19.97816
Gågade - Kørsel tilladt.jpg
note="Gågade" Pedestrian street with "Kørsel tilladt" vehicles allowed. Driving is allowed here, but (tourist)pedestrians are prioritized higher, so motorists basically can't expect to move faster than the pedestrian in front of them.

Similar to highway=living_street, but slightly stricter on vehicles.

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