[Tagging] Cycling "service area"

Dave Swarthout daveswarthout at gmail.com
Thu Feb 15 02:54:45 UTC 2018

I think the highway=cycle_service_area tag is both useful and specific
enough. By the way, the highway=services tag is used to identify an area
(we call them 'service areas" on the east coast) that has fuel, restrooms,
water, food and parking for automobiles and trucks. I also use area=yes in
conjunction with that tag to insure it is rendered as an area. I read that
somewhere but now cannot find any reference to it in the Wiki
description of highway=services. (??)

But that's beside the point. I like the tag you suggested.


On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 6:54 AM, John Willis <johnw at mac.com> wrote:

> I have come across an interesting mappable feature when out cycling last
> weekend.
> The ~60 km long cycling roads along the Rivers here in Japan occasionally
> have city operated facilities, and similar to the centuries old “road
> stations” and the more recent motorway “Service areas”, I found a “Cycle
> Center”, best described at a cycling service area. Someone has mapped it as
> a building.
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/184976184
> the Japanese phrase サイクリングセンター “Cycle Center” is used for these buildings.
> this is a play off of the “road station” name, but tagging as
> highway=cycle_service_area seems proper. This is where an east-west and
> north-south cycling route cross, and the cycle center is a public facility.
> It has public toilets, cycle parking, outdoor sinks, air pumps, small
> information office, a room for getting out of the weather and sitting and
> eating lunch, showers, a few vending machines, a nurse’s first aid room,
>  and a (seasonal) cycle rental service.
> this sounds a lot like a motorway Service Area to me.
> I know the features are mappable by themselves, and that this kind of
> purpose-built facility is rare, but they seem to exist. The feature is a
> named and singular mappable object with multiple amenities offered.
> someone else asked this question through OSM questions.
> https://help.openstreetmap.org/questions/56838/bicycle-
> rest-area-how-do-i-map-it
> his “rest area” is a picnic shelter. There are no real amenities offered
> there beyond the shade and a bench. I am not talking about a bicycle
> parking spot with a drinking fountain. This is why I think
> “bicycle_rest_area” should be avoided - as service area implies there are
> actual “services" to the cyclist.
> This is a purpose-built facility along the route, catering to the
> travellers and their vehicles along this route, similar to a
> British/Japanese Parking Area/Service area.
> Saitama Prefecture (near Tokyo) operates two of these “Cycle Centers”,
> with images viewable here.
> http://www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/a1105/910-20091204-109.html#kihon
> Additional searches lead to other prefectures operating 1 or 2, so I
> assume there are about 20 in Japan, when you filter out all the cycle shops
> using “cycle center” in the name.
> I think we should have some way of tagging a cycle center that isn’t a
> bike shop or a Park, even though it is rare.
> Javbw
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Dave Swarthout
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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