[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - (Obligatory vs. optional cycletracks)

Marc Gemis marc.gemis at gmail.com
Mon Dec 22 11:53:53 UTC 2014

In Belgium the cyclist always have to use the cycleway, except

- the path is in bad condition (glass, snow, holes,  ...)
- Children on small bikes
- groups of cyclists.
- for some special turns (see page 10 of



On Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 11:18 AM, Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl> wrote:

>  In NL I think it is similar to Germany. The definition of the sign is
> "verplicht fietspad" i.e. compulsory cycle track. When the cycle track runs
> adjacent to a road the intention is clear, but the sign is interestingly
> also used for cycle paths through the middle of the countryside with no
> adjacent road. One might interpret this as "you MUST follow this path, even
> if it goes in the wrong direction for you"....
> In Dutch law a "snorfiets" (light motorbike with pedals, max. 25 km/h) is
> equivalent to a bicycle, but a proper moped (max. 45 km/h) is a different
> class of vehicle. A "snorfiets" (called a "mofa" in OSM - is that a German
> term?) must follow the same rules as cycles. In some areas a moped is
> expected to use cycle tracks (the round blue sign shows both a cycle and a
> moped) but in other areas mopeds must follow the roads.
> There is also a "non-mandatory cycle track" which is a path on which it is
> permitted to cycle. "Snorfietsen" can use these paths as well of course,
> but only in in pedal mode (unless they are electric).
> Colin
> On 2014-12-22 10:54, Frederik Ramm wrote:
> Hi,
>    what is the legal situation in different countries - is Germany one
> of a very small number of countries that has this concept of "if there
> is a certain type of cycleway than cyclists must not use the road", or
> is this quite common?
> Bye
> Frederik
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