[Tagging] Tagging highway=cycleway without explicit knowledge of the law?

Richard Mann richard.mann.westoxford at googlemail.com
Sat Dec 12 09:23:15 GMT 2009

I realise there's also a distinction between
highway=roadofsomekind+cycleway=track (which virtually everyone would assume
to be single-use), and highway=cycleway which for practical purpose has to
be bikes+peds, but is not documented in that way.

So - when the renderers are finally able to render cycleway=track (and
cycleway:left=track), the pressure may be off highway=cycleway to be

Roy's example can happily be highway=cycleway+source=nearmap. The source
tells you to please confirm the sign if you go there, so nothing else is


On Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 9:01 AM, Liz <edodd at billiau.net> wrote:

> On Sat, 12 Dec 2009, Richard Mann wrote:
> > There's an awful lot of cycleways already, so your definition has to
> > recognise that.
> I assume that something which is marked as a cycleway really is one
> > The argument in Europe is whether cycleways are by default
> > shared (UK / Dutch norm), or by default single-use (the German position).
> I have found today that the Australian position is default single-use but
> it
> is customary to sign the cycleway according to its legal use.
> Singleuse cycleways in Australia are however in a minority - almost all are
> shared or separated paths.
> > There's no real argument over the physical (minimal obstructions for road
> > bikes / no cars), though there is argument over what should be done about
> > paths that are nearly but not quite.
> The design criteria I found suggested that there are marked differences
> with
> maximum gradient, width and forward visibility. The pdf to follow in a
> separate mail to beat the 40Kb limit is courtesy of Tweed Shire Council,
> minimum design standards from the Austroads guidelines
> >
> > Regardless of what the wiki says, 99% of the use of "path" is for rough
> > paths (in forests and fields). The shared use stuff was invented by the
> > Germans for their single-use model, and isn't widely used for that, even
> by
> > them.
> >
> > Richard
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