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An alley is a service road usually located between properties for access to utilities. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Highways
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: de facto


An alley or alleyway is a narrow service road usually located between properties to provide access things such as back gardens, rear entrances, fire exits, and storage areas. Alleys are normally found in urban areas and often run between the rear sides of buildings such as houses, and commercial premises.

In some (e.g. medieval European) settlements alleys may be the very narrow streets which run in-between buildings, providing public through-access.

If a narrow street is prohibited for motor vehicles, consider using highway=footway or highway=pedestrian.