[Tagging] Confusion bicycle_road <> cyclestreet

Volker Schmidt voschix at gmail.com
Wed Aug 26 12:42:45 UTC 2020

Yes, there is a legal difference

A German "Fahrradstrasse" (which is the prototype on which this tag seems
to be modeled) is a road exclusively  for bicycles in the sense that
carries the the sign "Fahrradstrasse" without addition indicates that the
carriageway of the road is reserved for bicycles, pedestrians, people on
skayes, youn children on bicycles need to use the sidewalk (if available).
lso an implied speed limit of 30km/h applies.
In my opinion the "naked " German Fahrradstrasse is equivalent to
foot=use_sidewalk  or sidewalk=separate if there is a separate sidewalk
So what do you "save" in tagging with bicycle_road=yes ?
As far as I can see it replaces "vehicle=no" and "bicycle=designated" with
(the speed limit is not part of the the bicycle_road tag nor is there any
indication about pedestrians)

The prototype cycle street seems to be the Belgian "rue cyclable |
fietsstraat" that describes a road that is not wide enough for creating
separate cycle lanes or cycleways, hence the carriageway is shared between
cyclists and motor vehicles. Motor vehicles are not allowed to overtake
bicycles and there is an implicit speed limit of 30km/h

Such a road would be equivalent to
foot=use_sidewalk  or sidewalk=separate if there is a separate sidewalk
overtaking:motorcar=no (this tagging is not defined in the wiki)
What is the "saving" n using the cyclestreet=yes tagging?
None, as both maxspeed and overtaking restriction are not part of the OSM
tah cyclestreet=yes

Basically I see no need for separate tags like bicycle_road and
cyclestreet, as you can easily describe their properties with existing
tags. Add to this the confusion between the two tags, and then add to the
mix the myriad of variants on the subject in countries other than Germany
and Belgium, respectively.
These two tags should be discouraged.
As that most likely is not possible, maybe we can at least discourage their
"export" to other countries.

On Wed, 26 Aug 2020 at 08:51, Mateusz Konieczny via Tagging <
tagging at openstreetmap.org> wrote:

> I am curious is there any difference in practical use of this two tags.
> Aug 25, 2020, 12:13 by voschix at gmail.com:
> Hi,
> I have come across a new (to me) street sign In Italy:
> https://italy-cycling-guide.info/tips-advice/riding-in-italy/
> The road is a one-lane residential road on which bicycles and pedestrians
> can circulate.
> I don't know the legal status, however (I am inquiring).
> In that contest I have noticed that we have two wiki pages defining two
> tags, which seem to be describing nearly the same concept:
> bicycle_road <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:bicycle_road>
> created 14:54, 7 August 2010
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Key:bicycle_road&oldid=512933>
>> cyclestreet
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Key:cyclestreet>
> created 09:58, 9 May 2018
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Key:cyclestreet&oldid=1607471>‎
> The main difference, as I understand it, is that the bicycle road is for
> bicycles only, unless there are additional signs, whereas
> on a cycle street "cars are also allowed. However, this car use is limited
> by the character and layout of the cyclestreet"
> To make the confusion perfect, both wiki pages use the same (German) road
> sign as illustration for the situation in Germany.
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/File:Zeichen_244_-_Beginn_der_Fahrradstra%C3%9Fe,_StVO_1997.svg
> Taginfo:
> bicycle_road=yes
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:bicycle_road%3Dyes> 7906
> cyclestreet=yes
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:cyclestreet%3Dyes> 4076
> Volker
> Padova, Italy
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