[Talk-us] Tagging Cycle Infrastructure for Cycle Layer / OCM

Richard Weait richard at weait.com
Tue Jan 27 20:54:03 GMT 2009

On Tue, 2009-01-27 at 12:27 -0800, Brandon Aguirre wrote:
> Hey all,
> I'm tagging cycle infrastructure with the lcn_ref tag but need advice  
> since it was developed for Europe where they designate routes  
> numerically like a highway system. What do you suggest I put as the  
> lcn_ref for various cycle inf. (I put yes as a placeholder but it  
> looks so lame) I have the regional bike map and the gov. hasn't  
> numbered or named them in any way. Should specify the type of  
> infrastructure?
> i.e.
> lcn_ref= bike lane or
> lcn_ref= bike boulevard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ 
> Bicycle_Boulevards)
> Also, has anyone tagged a bike box? (http://www.portlandonline.com/TRANSPORTATION/index.cfm?c=46717 
> )

Based on http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Cyclemap

I use ref* tags only for reference numbers or acronyms, so Highway 401
is ref=401,

and the Don Valley Parkway is ref=DVP,

So a typical cycle(only) way would be
lcn_ref=123; only if it has this type of short name.  It is typically
rendered on a shield.
name=Mid-town Cycle Bypass; only if it has a name. It is typically
rendered written along the way.  

On a shared road 
name= the road name.

Which is one reason why the wiki recommends that cycle routes now use

ref=              (optional)
name=             (optional)
state=proposed    (optional) 

This hypothetical relation could start as a shared lane, run through a
park on a dedicated cycle path, then scoot through a tunnel under the

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