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

Hubert sg.forum at gmx.de
Mon Dec 22 12:20:05 UTC 2014

I would confirm this. 

Except  Mofas (German abbreviation for Motor Fahrrad) don’t count as bicycle in germany. They may use cycle way  in rural areas (outside of Cities, Towns, Villages) or if it is explicitly allowed (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Zusatzzeichen_1022-11.svg).


Yours Hubert


From: Colin Smale [mailto:colin.smale at xs4all.nl] 
Sent: Montag, 22. Dezember 2014 11:18
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Subject: Re: [Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - (Obligatory vs. optional cycletracks)


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).



On 2014-12-22 10:54, Frederik Ramm wrote:

   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?

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