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Public-images-osm logo.svg route = evacuation
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Emergency evacuation routes, with direction, for various types of emergencies. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Route
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: approvedPage for proposal


The tag route=evacuation is used to tag an evacuation route, a pre-planned route for moving mass amounts of people away from a disaster situation. These routes are generally along high-capacity roadways and lead away from the hazard.

How to map?

Evacuation routes are mapped in a relation relation of type type=route.
In relation to the following characteristics should be included:

Optional features

  • information:eas=* - Add radio broadcast stations where people might be able to obtain information while evacuating along this route.
  • ref=* - Short Description the route (3 to 5 characters)
  • name=* - name of route
  • operator=* - operator
  • website=* - Website describing evacuation route
  • symbol=* - symbol used to annotate route
  • description=* - Description the route
  • colour=* - colour of route


Way/node Role Description
way (blank) The ways making up the route.
way forward/backward If a route should be followed in only one direction for some or all of its length, the "role" can indicate this for some or all of the constituent ways. "forward" means the route follows this way only in the direction of the way, and "backward" means the route runs only against the direction of the way. Rendered on the cycle map (example).

See also