Tag:highway=pedestrian

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Cambridge Rd - geograph.org.uk - 1189572.jpg
Description
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
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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

For many years, a closed way tagged with highway=pedestrian and area=yes was the only way to map squares and plazas. While in 2019 it is still the most common way of representing a square, you should consider using, the explicit tag place=square for named squares and use the pedestrian tag for actual pedestrian areas only. Draw the way at the outer limits of the pedestrian area, possibly even connecting with surrounding walls, fences, 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. 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 exluded by creating a multipolygon relation.

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.

Examples

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

Valladolid-plaza.jpg highway=pedestrian
area=yes
name=Weyher Marktplatz
place=square
Pedestrian with area mapnik.png
Ettlingen Fußgängerzone.jpg highway=pedestrian
Ped-Street-Sign.jpeg highway=pedestrian
name=The Moorings
motorcar=destination
motorcycle=destination
Highway=pedestrian on cemetery.JPG highway=pedestrian https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/50.09722/19.97816
Gågade - Kørsel tilladt.jpg
highway=pedestrian
name=Fiskergade
vehicle=yes
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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