Tag:highway=turning_circle

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Public-images-osm logo.svg highway = turning_circle
Turning circle.jpg
Description
A widened area of road that allows vehicles to turn more easily. Also known as a "cul de sac" in some areas. Edit
Group: Highways
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Wikidata
Status: in use

A turning circle is a widened area of road that allows vehicles to turn more easily. They are often but not exclusively circular in shape and located at the ends of cul-de-sacs ("dead end streets", "blind alleys", "closes", "no through roads"). There is no non-traversable central island.

They may occur along a road instead of at the end. This happens when more houses are built later and the road extended. The nodes of Changeset #58489782 on Arthur Road, Wokingham are examples of this. Typically houses leading up to and on the turning circle are noticeably older than the houses beyond it.

A turning circle may be colloquially known as a "frying pan" due to the resemblance of the shape, but please don't use this term on OpenStreetMap.

How to map

Place a node that is part of the road at the center of the widened area and add the tag:

When not to use

For a more detailed comparison of these features, see Circular and widened road features

Examples

Turning circle at the southern end of South Esplanade, Burnham-on-Sea (geograph 5104296).jpg Turning circle, Temple - geograph.org.uk - 1537665.jpg Haisbro Avenue turning circle, Newport (geograph 4875744).jpg

Rendering

Mapping-Features-Turning-Circle.png

A turning circle is typically rendered as a circle at higher zooms, in the same style as residential or unclassified highways.


History

As with most tags in OpenStreetMap, this tag is based on the British English term "turning circle", and refers to turning places regardless of shape, including circular, square, triangular and otherwise.

See also