[Tagging] Is cycleway:right=lane necessary on a one-way street?

Steve Bennett stevagewp at gmail.com
Fri Aug 20 08:14:14 BST 2010

On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 1:45 PM, Nathan Edgars II <neroute2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I've seen this called a contraflow bike lane. The only difference
> between an actual contraflow bike lane and a one-way street that's
> two-way for bikes is a centerline, and we don't normally tag whether a
> street has a centerline. So I don't think it's worth distinguishing
> between these two cases. In other words:

The case I was thinking of had a painted green bike lane with arrows
pointing "backwards".

With bike lanes in particular, you have to be very careful about
making any global generalisations.

> *cycleway=opposite: one-way street with bikes allowed both ways;
> equivalent to oneway:bicycle=no

Interesting point. This tag is a pretty good counterexample to whoever
was suggesting that "cycleway=*" means "there is a cycleway here".

> *cycleway=opposite_lane: one-way street with bike lane, bikes allowed
> the other way; equivalent to cycleway=lane oneway:bicycle=no
> and if you want, centerline=yes/no.

Well, that's not my understanding. You're saying that the reverse-flow
cycle traffic doesn't ride in the bike lane, but I thought it did. The
wiki wording is pretty vague: "The route is a lane, but bicycles may
go in the direction opposite of other traffic."

Probably both situations exist. *shrug*


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