User:Kreuzschnabel/Proposed features:Hitchhiking bench

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Hitchhiking bench
Status: Proposals with undefined or invalid status (inactive)
Proposed by: Kreuzschnabel
Tagging: highway=hitchhiking_bench
Applies to: node Nodes
Definition: A bench dedicated to request a lift to a local destination


Hitchhiking bench in Taunusstein, Germany

Many smaller towns and villages in rural areas with sparse bus service have started to put up "hitchhiking benches" for people who don’t own a car and look for a lift to a nearby destination, e.g. the nearest town. Car drivers may pull over and pick them up from that bench. For the disabled or elderly, waiting on a bench is comfortable while thumbing on the roadside might be impossible. Another plus is local drivers knowing those places so they may have a look if there’s anybody to offer a lift to when going off to town.


The opportunity to find such a bench and being guided there by routing apps is very helpful especially in unfamiliar places to get a lift quickly.


In most cases, there would be 1 to 3 of such benches per village/suburb, either near the centre (easy to reach) or halfway out the outgoing roads. They are kept separated from bus stops to avoid confusion, and there has developed a habit of painting them in a light blue for easier recognition.

Here’s an article in German "SPIEGEL" magazine: [1]


The main tag should be highway=hitchhiking_bench. The use of highway=* makes sense because this feature is mainly a usage of the road network, like highway=bus_stop for example.

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