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

Dave F. davefox at madasafish.com
Thu Dec 17 18:20:27 GMT 2009

Richard Mann wrote:
> I really wouldn't try to do something massively different from what 
> has gone before. Instead it's probably better to use fewer tags more 
> simply, and avoid using tags in situations & for meanings that are 
> unclear/disputed.
> highway=path for rough paths
> highway=footway for paved paths
> bicycle=yes if bikes are definitely allowed, and unlikely to be revoked
> bicycle=permissive if it looks like the land is private and someone 
> could attempt to ban cycling in future

The above explanations are subjective perception & has no relevance to 
tagging in OSM.

For example how rough is rough? A couple of loose chippings or rutted 
mud with boulders?

> highway=cycleway only used for well-engineered & public/permanant 
> cycle tracks (ie could you safely do 20kph on it)

It's only a cycleway only if it's signed or documented as a cycleway.

Your logic is flawed:
"Cycle up a steep hill at 20kph? No? Oh, well, it can't be a cycleway 
then can it"

If your assuming that cycleway are only like the paved ones that follow 
the at the side roads then you're looking a then from a very narrow 
point of view.

Tag what you can actually see.

Dave F.

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