[Tagging] bicycle-no on motorways

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Sat Feb 9 14:32:47 UTC 2013

Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk> wrote:

> On Sat, 2013-02-09 at 18:15 +1100, Steve Bennett wrote:
> > On Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 12:41 PM, Dave F. <davefox at madasafish.com>
> wrote:
> > > Around my area in the UK a user is presently adding bicycle=no to
> all
> > > motorways. There was a discussion a while back whether it that tag
> was
> > > implied for motorways. If I remember, it was claimed there were
> some places
> > > (not UK) that allowed bicycles. What was the consensus?
> > 
> > There are definitely plenty of motorways around the world that allow
> > bicycles. Where I am (Melbourne, Australia), they do by default -
> > those that forbid them have signs saying so.
> I have had a quick look around Melbourne's motorway entrances on
> streetview and all I have looked at have a sign like this
> http://goo.gl/maps/0hC6c.
> Please can you point out one that does allow cyclists?
> You say Melbourne, I assume you mean Victoria? Allowing cities to have
> a
> separate highway code would be scarey. I expect to learn different
> rules
> when I drive in France, but not if I cross the border into Wales or
> Scotland.
> Phil 
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In the USA, the rules about bicycles on Interstate highways (motorways, in OSM terms) vary from place to place.  In the southeast USA, where I live, there are plenty of non-Interstate routes available, and I have never observed an Interstate on-ramp that lacked a sign forbidding non-motorized traffic.  I have been told, however, that in the western USA, where lower population densities mean that there are also lower road densities, it is common for bicycles to be allowed to use Interstate shoulders.
John F. Eldredge -- john at jfeldredge.com
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