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A system of bicycle routes typically maintained or designated by a single agency or organization. Often corresponds to a well-defined route numbering protocol.
Group: Properties
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasmay be used on relations
Documented values: 8
Useful combination
See also
Status: in use

Values for this key often parallel network=* values. Cycle routes already use network=* to indicate a route's relative level in a hierarchy (icn=international, ncn=national, rcn=regional/state/provincial, lcn=local), so cycle_network=* is used to help more precisely identify the (often government) entity or organization responsible for assignment of route numbers (or names) and administration of the route numbering protocol.


  • cycle_network=CA:CATrans Canada Trail, Canada's premier national bicycle route.
  • cycle_network=CA — A Canadian quasi-national bicycle route, not a member of any particular national cycle network. Currently, a single network=icn (international) route gets a flavor of this tag, the International Selkirk Loop, to denote that is is partly in Canada. (Parse as a ;-separated list, cycle_network=US;CA).
  • cycle_network=CA:XYProvincial bicycle routes, where XY is the two-letter postal abbreviation of the province. None are currently known or entered into OSM.
  • cycle_network=CA:XY:LocalityLocal bicycle routes, where XY is the two-letter postal abbreviation of the province and Locality is the name of the local jurisdiction.

United States

  • cycle_network=US:US – Explicitly-numbered national bicycle routes in the United States Bicycle Route System, approved by AASHTO. These are sometimes signed; improved signage is ongoing
  • cycle_network=US – The USA's four quasi-national (and quasi-private) bicycle routes East Coast Greenway (ECG), Mississippi River Trail (MRT), Western New England Greenway (WNEG) and International Selkirk Loop (ISL): while each are independent "national in scope" routes in the USA, neither ECG, MRT, WNEG, nor ISL are members of any particular national cycle network. (ISL is tagged cycle_network=US;CA + network=icn).
  • cycle_network=US:ZPublic (government-published/sanctioned) or quasi-private (neither government-sanctioned nor approved by AASHTO, but public data) wide-area regional cycleway network routes, where Z is a brief name or standardized abbreviation for the name of the regional network. For example, US Government's Department of the Interior, National Park Service's routes are in a network tagged cycle_network=US:NPS. There are also private routes characterized as wide-area regional cycleway networks which should not be in OSM as they violate our ODBL, but in some limited cases, are. For example, <3 routes in Adventure Cycling Association's private (commercial, proprietary, copyrighted) network are tagged cycle_network=US:ACA
  • cycle_network=US:XYState bicycle routes, where XY is the two-letter postal abbreviation of the state
  • cycle_network=US:XY:LocalityLocal bicycle routes where Locality is the name of the local jurisdiction (county/city/town/local routes).

While public/government-published bicycle routes are generally compatible with OSM's ODBL, use good judgement entering into OSM quasi-private route data; only enter route data compatible with OSM's license and/or with explicit permission. Public (often government-published) route data can always be entered into OSM, quasi-private route data can usually be entered, but private route data should not be entered.