|A cycle route which focuses on functional cycling, e.g. commuting|
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A cycle highway is a cycle route, where the focus is on functional cycling, such as commuting by bicycle. It focuses on speed, safety and comfort, not on scenery and recreational value.
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Every route is mapped as one relation. This means that every cycleway, street, etc. is included as member of a relation having the following tags:
Tagging example for a Belgium cycle highway: F32 from Bruges to Roeselare.
Tagging example for a Dutch cyle highway: RijnWaalpad (F325) from Arhnem to Nijmegen.
Additionally, if the cycle infrastructure is built on an old railway bed, the ways themselves can get an additional railway=abandoned. This should not be placed on the relation though!
Jaagpaden/towpaths deserve some special attention as well, please see NL:Jaagpad
In Belgium, a cycle highway (fietssnelweg or fietsostrade) is part of a clearly defined and signposted cycle network. They (mostly) are built by the provinces.
In Flanders, the cycling highway network is always indicated with a Fxx number. The network is typically built on old, abandoned railways (but not always), quite wide (at least 2m), asphalted and two-way.
In Brussels, the cycle highways will be numbered Cxx.
In Wallonia, the RAVel-routes are similar in properties, but are built with a typical recreational and touristic background.
All Flemish cycle highways are included in this master relation. An official (but often incorrect) overview website is fietssnelwegen.be. A list of mapped relations can also be found on the wiki. Furthermore, there are some conventions on how to deal with official deviations and proposed parts
In Denmark a network of cycle highways (supercykelsti) is in development around København. These routes are signposted with a number prefixed with a C. Other cycle highways are being developed around Esbjerg and Aarhus.
Many cycle highways (Radschnellweg or Radschnellverbindung) are being planned in Germany. They are indicated with a green sign with a white bicycle and motorway symbol.
Numbering is on the level of a federal state. Prefixes are also different for each federal state:
- Baden-Württemberg: RSx
- Berlin: RSV x
- Bremen: D.xx
- Hessen (Rhein-Main-Gebiet): FRM x
- Nordrhein-Westfalen: RSx
In the Netherlands cycle highways (snelfietsroute, doorfietsroute or fietssnelweg) are marked and/or signposted routes, mainly for commuters. They are built by the provinces. The routes mostly consist of asphalted cyclepaths and cyclestreets. The typical width is 3 to 4 meters for a two-way path.
There are various ways of marking. Sometimes the number is on (cycling) road signage, sometimes the logo or number is painted on the asphalt. In 2019 a pilot started to unify the marking. This includes are green or blue line on the center of the route, which can be followed. From 2021 on uniform signage is being introduced. It consists of the route number on a coloured background.
Routes can have numbers and/or names. Numbers are prefixed with an F and use the number of a parallel road, sometimes with a leading 1. So the F35 follows the A35/N35, the F173b the A73 and the F261 the N261. Names can be either purely descriptive (Snelfietsroute Waalwijk - Tilburg) or more inventive (RijnWaalpad).
Because of their regional character, Dutch cycle highways use the tag network=rcn, not network=ncn.
Some cycle highways (velostrada) are in development in the Metropolis GZM, near Katowice.
- WikiProject Belgium/Cycle Routes#Fietssnelwegen / Fietsostrades Vlaanderen - cycle highways in Flanders, Belgium
- WikiProject Nederlandse Fietsroutes#Snelfietsroutes - cycle highways in the Netherlands