[Tagging] difference between cycletrack and cycleway

Sander Deryckere sanderd17 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 18 15:47:06 BST 2011

You always have "border cases". Like going from a tertiary to a unclassified
road. but I think the following two ways are different. (we don't have
streetview in belgium, so you'll have to do it with aerial photo's).

The path crossing the Westlaan:

The path next to the Sleihagestraat:

Both ways are separated from a car-road. so both would have the tag

@Martin: this is right too, you aren't allowed to drive on the
Sleihagestraat with your bike.

I have a feeling that there might be a difference between countries. In
Belgium, a separated cycle track is just one where they planted a little
hedge between the cycle track and the car-road. In the Netherlands, the
separated cycle tracks seem more developed.

In dutch (at least in flemish) we also have different words. We use
"fietspad" for a track next to a road but never for a solitaire track, and
just "pad" or "paadje" for a solitaire track.


2011/4/18 Andre Engels <andreengels at gmail.com>

> On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM, Sander Deryckere <sanderd17 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > The problem with this tagging method is that the tag "highway=cycleway"
> is
> > now used for two completely different features. A cycle track next to a
> road
> > is something completely different from a cycleway where there is no other
> > traffic around.
> Why is it something completely different? Check
> http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&t=h&layer=c&cbll=51.704781,5.336008&panoid=i7_zZrZJ-MbFI7dkleOiSg&cbp=12,191.31,,0,0&msa=0&msid=215551429876055887618.000439115f5c143dd24f7&ll=51.704744,5.335879&spn=0.001562,0.003449&z=18
> - is this cycleway really something else on two sides of that curve?
> --
> André Engels, andreengels at gmail.com
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