[Tagging] 2 meaning for crossing=zebra

yo paseopor yopaseopor at gmail.com
Fri Oct 26 22:34:25 UTC 2018

Here is my opinion about that

If your query crossing in taginfo you may find 10 main values [1]:

uncontrolled > 668.448 but with marks (generic). I think they might be
zebra crossings.
zebra > 541.412
traffic_signals > 520.238 with traffic lights
unmarked > 146.241 without marks of any kind but it is not forbidden to pass
island > 52.437 big crosswalk with a traffic island at the middle
no >9.942 forbidden to cross (generic)
marked > 8.930
yes > 4.006 (most generic)
toucan > 2.058
pelican > 1964
puffin > 116

Let's reorder


controlled...with traffic signals?
uncontrolled but


animal stuff (ref)

All the animal stuff is British. They called the crossing like with some
characteristic thing of some animals.

[2] Zebra: with black and white poles called Belisha Beacons. In the UK
they are uncontrolled but marked.
[3] Pelican:(previously pelicon crossing, which stood for "pedestrian light
controlled crossing"). Crossing with traffic lights and a button to cross.
Controlled traffic sign crossing.
[4] Panda:As pelican but with a "light traffic light" with two lights for
drivers and only the word cross for the pedestrian people
[5] Tigger: iniatially was yellow and black. Now are the crossing for
bicycles. Attached to the zebras
[6] Toucan: "Since two-can, both pedestrians and cyclists, cross together,
the name "toucan" was chosen." Big sense of humour. If you take a Tigger
and a pelican then you will have a Toucan crossing. Controlled with traffic
lights and a button. If the button and the pedestrian/cyclist traffic light
is at the same place when you start to crossing and not in the opposite it
is called puffin crossing [7]
[8] Pegasus: for horses

So... what about OSM might be in all the countries

I think OSM can describe the crossing with one key, and then can explain
how it is called the crossing with other key so

crossing=yes (most generic)
crossing=controlled is with traffic signals or with police people or similar
crossing=traffic_light is with traffic lights. So implies
crossing=uncontrolled can be crossing=marked or crossing=unmarked . So one
of them implies crossing=uncontrolled

If there is a traffic island in the crossing you can tag crossing=island

and then there are the crossing_ref

zebra is marked but uncontrolled (if it is controlled you can use other
pelican,panda,tigger,toucan,pegasus are controlled with traffic lights
pelican and panda is only with traffic lights .Pelican is the evolution of
tigger means bicycle=designated and toucan means bicycle=yes.
pegasus means horse=designated

crossing_ref is a good key for describe better the crossing

I would change all the crossing=animal stuff to crossing_ref and then
crossing=technical description.

Salut i passos de vianants (Health and crossings)

[1] https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/crossing#values
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebra_crossing
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelican_crossing#Details
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panda_crossing
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebra_crossing#Tiger_crossing
[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toucan_crossing
[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puffin_crossing
[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasus_crossing
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