Proposed features/use sideway
PLEASE SEE NEW PROPOSAL : bicycle=use_sidepath. Same thing, different name.
|Applies to:|| Highways with a classification that allows cycling generally without "bicycle forbidden sign" but with a parallel compulsory cycleway.
Countries that have compulsory cycleways.
|Definition:||This is a highway (for example tertiary) with a classification that allows cycling generally without "bicycle forbidden sign" but with a parallel compulsory cycleway.|
The main reason for this new tag
This is a proposal for a new access tag. It is a tag to mark that it is normally not allowed to use the road on a bicycle. Instead use the compulsory cycleway.
What is the new proposal (use_sideway)
This tag bicycle=use_sideway applies only to roads with a classification that allows cycling generally. When this road has a parallel compulsory cycleway (e.g. or (DE, PL) or or ) (NL) this tag can be applied. But only when this road does NOT have a traffic sign saying it is explicitly forbidden to ride a bicycle (e.g. or ). In that case use the "bicycle=no". Legal and access implications may and will vary from country to country. The implications of these traffic signs on many specials vehicles and situations varies so much that it would need a lot of new tags to express this in OSM. There is no need to do this if the legal situation is clear. With a new country specific access scheme (=concept) on compulsory cycleways and their parallel roads it should give routers and renderers enough information for any type of vehicle/situation.
This tag will add access information to the OSM database. The absence of any "bicycle= " tag may give the impression that cycling is always allowed which is not the case when there is a parallel compulsary cycleway.
This tag will improve bicycle routing. A router can now decide to propose a route that does not use these type of roads.
Because of the absence of a "bicycle=" tag routers propose routes that are illegal to take. Here are some examples.
Example1 from Openfietsmap Garmin map (cycleways are red or red/blue)
Example2 from the android app Osmand (cycleways are blue dotted, the route is purple)
Here is an example of the Android app Osmand. See how the app also fails to take the cycleway.
Below is how we like it to be.
See the discussion page of the first proposal for more details about routing.
A renderer can decide to render these kind of roads differently. A map can be made showing roads on which you are (not) supposed to ride with an ordinary (or exceptional) bicycle. The OSM based Openfietsmap for Garmin GPS devices uses the "bicycle=no" tag to add dashes to these of roads. This way a cyclist can see on his GPS device if he is allowed to ride on this road.
Something similar can be done with the bicycle=use_sideway tag.
In Bremen (DE) some roads already have the bicycle=use_cycleway tag. This makes it possible to make a map showing bicycle=no, bicycle=use_sideway (new proposal) and bicycle=use_cycleway (old proposal).
Cycleway: cycling is compulsory.
Cycleway: cycling is NOT compulsory.
Possible additional tags, i.e. tags that show that the cycleway is not compulsory or mofa=* tags
no explicit bicycle=* tags
Cycling is explicit not allowed
bicycle=no (explicit bicycle ban)
Some more examples in which all cycleways are compulsory cycleways.
Extra info about the last proposal (bicycle=use_cycleway) and some of our arguments
Read more here.