[Tagging] Can highway=cycleway be limited to MTB?

Phyks phyks at phyks.me
Thu Apr 2 07:55:06 UTC 2020


A discussion in CyclOSM issue tracker [1] spotted that there exists
around 3500 highway=cycleway around the world which have specific
mountain bikes (MTB) tags. In particular, around 800 highway=cycleway
around the world declare a mtb:scale greater than 2, which would make
them impassable without a proper mountain bike. Such cycleways would not
be passable with a regular city bike. One example of such a case is at [2].

Looking at the wiki page [3],
"the highway=cycleway tag indicates a separate way for the use of cyclists"
which does not mandate explicitly that a cycleway be accessible with any
kind of bikes and should also cover dedicated paths for MTB. However,
the documentation around cycleways and bike features is very oriented
towards city cycling and there is no illustration about MTB-specific

So, is this considered a valid tagging or should it be represented by
another highway class (path, track, etc)? If this is valid, I propose to
add a statement in the wiki explicitly mentioning that cycleways can be
restricted for specific kinds of bicycles, for future questions.


[1] https://github.com/cyclosm/cyclosm-cartocss-style/issues/208
[2] https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/86978431#map=17/41.26426/-73.91907
[3] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3Dcycleway


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