[Tagging] Proposed definition for cycleways

Mike Harris mikh43 at googlemail.com
Wed Jan 6 08:11:52 GMT 2010

... I've refrained so far from getting into this burgeoning discussion thread ... just 2 humble pleas though:
1. It is different in different countries. In England there are cycleways ... typically part of long-distance non-urban routes that have been created either primarily for cyclists or as shared routes for non-motorised users ... that don't have cycleway signs. But they are ALL available to pedestrians (and often equestrians) as well.
2. OSM is - I hope - not just a cycle project. Some of us walk from time to time (as well as cycle and drive). In England there are already many ways tagged as 'cycleways' - apart from dedicated cycle tracks alongside motor roads every one of these that I have seen so far is available equally to cyclists. pedestrians and (usually) equestrians. If we suddenly redefine 'cycleway' as being "exclusively" for cyclists there will be a s**tload of re-tagging to do!


From: tagging-bounces at openstreetmap.org [mailto:tagging-bounces at openstreetmap.org] On Behalf Of Martin Koppenhoefer
Sent: 06 January 2010 02:32
To: Tag discussion, strategy and related tools
Subject: Re: [Tagging] Proposed definition for cycleways

2010/1/6 Steve Bennett <stevagewp at gmail.com>

On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 11:13 PM, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com> wrote:

maybe you missed NOP's contribution in one of the parallel threads, so again: your point of view is bike-focused, so you think every way or path suitable for cycling should be tagged a cycleway. 

I'll restate it: every way or path *especially* suitable. More suitable than average. Much more suitable than average, if you like.

Anyway, I'm obviously not getting my message across, so I'm going to have to think about how to express it more clearly. I'm not trying to turn OSM into a bike project - I'm actually just trying to work out a definition of cycleway that people can agree on and that is useful.

in Germany we have a very simple rule: if there is one of the signs (examples here):

it is a cycleway, if there's none of this, it is not. The rule is simple and easy to apply. Alternatively you can use path and additional tags (see wiki). I don't get your problem.

Btw: I do go by bike, almost everytime I go somewhere, and OSM is already a kind of bike project in some point of view, but as a cyclist it is still important to me if a way is a dedicated cycleway (different rules apply, e.g. you generally legally _have_ to take it by bike if you go where it goes, pedestrians can't take it), or not.


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