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Pedestrian routing


Pedestrian routing refers to the process of finding the best route for a pedestrian to travel from one location to another, taking into account factors such as pedestrian-only areas, sidewalks, crosswalks, and pedestrian-friendly intersections. It may also consider other factors such as stairs, which may be useful for wheelchair accessibility. OsmAnd always uses elevation data when calculating the estimated time of arrival (time to cover the distance) according to Naismith's rule.

To configure Pedestrian routing go to the Route parameters section of the Navigation settings.

Route parameters - Walking

Pedestrian routing can be useful not only in urban areas, where pedestrians may encounter various obstacles when trying to get from one place to another. You can also use this routing type while jogging, hiking, and Nordic walking outside the city or in the mountains. Simply adjust routing parameters according to your needs.

Pedestrian routing settings Android 2

Avoid roads…
Select roads you want to avoid during navigation. You can either select a road on the map or choose road types from the list.
Avoid roads Android
You can choose what type of surface to prefer when building a route.
Elevation pedestrian Android
You can choose between two options:
  • Prefer hiking routes. These routes are typically found in natural environments such as forests, mountains, and parks.
  • Prefer tactile paving. This textured ground surface indicator system may be installed on footpaths, stairs and public transportation platforms to assist blind or visually impaired pedestrians in moving.
Allow private accessPrivate access restrictions will be ignored when route calculating.Tag private is used in OSM to describe restrictions on the use of highways and other transportation routes, as well as buildings, entrances, amenities, and leisure entities.
Use elevation data
Elevation data will be used in route calculation: penalties will be set for roads that differ from the selected type.
Use elevation data Android
This preference can help avoid steep hills or vice versa, prefer them. Using this option may be very helpful in pedestrian routing. Without elevation data the fastest route as on plain terrain will be calculated.
Mountainside route (Via ferrata)Via ferrata routes will be used for routing when this option together with Use elevation data enabled.Via ferrata is a mountain route equipped with fixed cables, stemples, ladders, and bridges.

Other routing settings:

  • The routing algorithm can take into account temporary limitations specified in OpenStreetMap. This can be done by using Consider temporary limitations option. Note that in some cases, information from OSM can be outdated.
  • In the Recalculate route section of the Route parameters, you can enable and adjust route recalculation options.
  • Default speed (Android) or Road speeds (iOS) should be set according to your speeds (especialy important when you use Pedestrian routing for jogging). It is used to calculate Estimated Time of Arrival.
  • In the Development section of the Route parameters (Android only), you can try new routing features, that are under testing now. Note, that these settings are only available when the OsmAnd development plugin is enabled.