[Talk-ca] Meaning of lcn tag - designated route, or any cycling infrastructure

Harald Kliems kliems at gmail.com
Sun Feb 4 21:04:41 UTC 2018

I agree with your interpretation of the meaning of the lcn tag. I suspect
this may be a case of mapping for the renderer, where people want bike
lanes or other infrastructure to visibly show up on OpenCycleMap or

On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 1:41 PM Mike Boos <mike.boos at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello
> I've noticed some users have begun tagging some roads in a number of
> Canadian cities with lcn=yes tags, which are intended for marking local
> cycling routes. My understanding of the lcn tag was that it was intended
> for marking designated routes, not just any old way that is potentially
> bikeable or personal preferences cycling routes.
> For many roads, the lcn tag seems redundant, since these ways are already
> tagged with cycleway=lane or something similar, and there is no
> accompanying lcn_ref tag to provide information on individual route names
> or numbers (if they exist). Other roads have been tagged, but have no
> infrastructure or signage, which suggests someone is simply marking their
> personal routes.
> I'd like to think I have some sort of expertise in what constitutes an
> official local cycling route in my area, having served as a member and
> later chair of the Kitchener Cycling and Trails Advisory Committee for
> several years. There are some signed routes that myself and others in the
> area have properly marked with relations. But is my understanding of what
> the lcn tag is for wrong? I'd like to know before I start cleaning things
> up.
> Thanks
> Mike
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> mike.boos at gmail.com
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