[Tagging] More cycleway=* values needed

Richard Mann richard.mann.westoxford at googlemail.com
Sun Dec 6 13:01:00 GMT 2009

In the UK the distinction between lane and track is essentially that tracks
are not part of the road, so you are allowed to travel in the "wrong"
direction, albeit that there's a bit of an accident problem when crossing
side roads :(
So I think of the Danish lanes/tracks as a kerb-separated lane, which would
probably logically lead to a tagging structure like:

But in the end, clarity is all that is required, so cycleway=kerb probably
does the job.

I would go for "kerb" rather than "curb", though. "Curb" is more of a
general word for restrictions.


On Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 4:35 PM, Morten Kjeldgaard <mok at bioxray.dk> wrote:

> Hi,
>  From recent discussions on the talk-dk list, it seems that all
> mappers who have spoken out agree that the current scheme for tagging
> cycleways [0] is not adequate for conditions in Denmark.
> The currently available values on the cycleway key are: lane and track
> (apart from the opposite* values, which are not relevant here.) From
> the description and images given in [0]:
>   * lane is a bicycle route that is separated from the driveway with
> a painted line on the pavement.
>   * track is a bicycle route that is separate from the road. On the
> picture, it is separated by a strip of grass.
> In Denmark, especially in urban areas, cycleways are almost always
> constructed using curbstones. I've attached a small photo to show you
> what that looks like. Often, you find cars parked like seen on the
> picture. Until know, the consensus has been to tag these using
> "cycleway=track". However, it is the consensus of the danish mappers
> that we would like an option to specifically tag the curb-delimited
> cycleway.
> We considered proposing:
>   cycleway=curb
> which is short, but as someone pointed out, you don't actually ride
> the bike on the curb like you do the track or the lane. Alternatively
> we could use:
>   cycleway=curb_delimited
> which is more accurate. A different approach altogether would be to
> use something like:
>   cycleway=yes delimited:cycleway=curb
> Here, "delimited" is qualified because the delimiter could refer to
> another part of the construction (e.g. the road itself or a footway).
> This form is more general, since delimited:cycleway=* could have other
> values like grass, fence, ditch, etc.
> It would be useful with a bit of feedback from the international OSM
> community!
> Cheers,
> Morten
> [0] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Map_Features#Cycleway
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