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

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 5 00:45:52 UTC 2018

I think locally the City of Ottawa has designated some highways as being
preferred for cyclists. They do have signs on the highway but tend to be on
major highways that I would normally avoid.

Cheerio John

On 4 February 2018 at 16:04, Harald Kliems <kliems at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> elsewhere.
>  Harald.
> 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
>> --
>> Mike Boos, MASc.
>> mike.boos at gmail.com
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