Tag:service=alley

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Description
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
Requires
Status: de facto

Wikidata

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.

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

Medieval ways

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

Possible and legal for motor vehicles Impossible or illegal for motor vehicles
Narrow
highway=service +
service=alley
Hintere Gasse, Gmünd, Carinthia, Austria
Too narrow
highway=footway
Footpath next to Église Saint-Pierre, Mont-Saint-Michel, France
Steps
highway=steps
Step street in Pitigliano, Italy
Wide
highway=residential
Rathausgasse, Sommerhausen, Germany
Wide enough but illegal
highway=pedestrian
Grande Rue, Mont-Saint-Michel, France

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