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A thoroughfare is a primary passage or way as a transit route through regularly trafficked areas, whether by road on dry land or, by extension, via watercraft or aircraft. On land, a thoroughfare may refer to anything from a multi-lane highway with grade-separated junctions to a rough trail. Thoroughfares are used by a variety of traffic, such as cars, as well as pedestrians on roads and highways. On water, a thoroughfare may refer to a strait, channel, or waterway. The term may also refer to access to a route, distinct from the route itself. Thus, thoroughfare may refer to the legal right to use a particular way.
- Highways, public or private road or other public way on land
- Roads, route or way on land between two places that has been paved or otherwise improved for travel
- Bridle path, for equestrian use
- Cycleway, for use by cyclists
- Footpath, for use only by pedestrians
- Foreshoreway, a greenway along the edge of the sea, open to both walkers and cyclists
- Greenway, a wilderness area intended for "passive use"
- Hiking trail, trails (footpaths), in the countryside
- Long-distance trails, recreational trail mainly through rural areas used for hiking, backpacking, cycling, horse riding or cross-country skiing
- Right of way, an easement on a piece of land
- Running course, a footway used by runners
- Sidewalk, a path for people to walk along the side of a road
- Snowshoe trail, a snow trail to be navigated by pedestrians in snowshoes
- Towpath, a path along a canal or river used for towing a boat
- Traffic circle, a type of intersection that directs both turning and through traffic onto a one-way circular roadway
- Trail/Track, a rough path through more wild or remote territory
- Many other types of road
- On water, a heavily trafficked route through a strait or channel.
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