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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.
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

A closed way tagged with highway=pedestrian and area=yes is the common way to map squares and plazas. Draw the way at the outer limits of the area, possibly even connecting with surrounding walls, buildings, etc. If there are roads passing through the area, map them as usual and make connecting nodes at all intersections with the pedestrian area. 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.

To map named squares and plazas you might additionally be interested in the tag place=square.

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 small paths which are too small for cars to pass (no real 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
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.

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