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A cycle route which focuses on functional cycling, e.g. commuting. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: cycleways
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Status: in use

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.

How to tag

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:

Tags Description

name=F32 Fietssnelweg Brugge - Roeselare

Tagging example for a Belgium cycle highway: F32 from Bruges to Roeselare.
Note that in Belgium network=ncn is preferred for cycle highways.
The tag cycle_network=BE-VLG:cycle_highway is used on the cycle highway network of Flanders

description=Snelfietsroute Arnhem - Nijmegen

Tagging example for a Dutch cyle highway: RijnWaalpad (F325) from Arhnem to Nijmegen.
Note that in the Netherlands network=rcn is preferred for cycle highways.

Additional tagging

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

Country-specific information


Logo of the Flemish cycle highways

In Belgium, a cycle highway is part of a clearly defined and signposted cycle network. A list of mapped relations can also be found on the wiki.

They are mostly built by the provinces in Flanders and the region in Wallonia, originally by upgrading abandonned railways and towpaths. The construction standard is 3-4 m wide, asphalted, two-ways.

In Flanders, the cycling highway network is always indicated with a Fxx-number and called 'fietssnelweg'. The network is currently a combination of sections at standard and interconnection links of varied quality aimed at creating meaningful routes. The provinces are currently building a lot of new infrastructures to upgrade the interconnection links to standard.

All Flemish cycle highways are included in this master relation. The official (but often incorrect) overview website is

Furthermore, there are some conventions on how to deal with official deviations and proposed parts

In Brussels, the numbering system depends on the profile (radial, circular, along valleys...).

In Wallonia, the RAVeL-routes are similar in properties, but are built almost exclusively on preexisting infrastructure and completed with interconnection links on low traffic roads and bicycle friendly tracks to form a comprehensive network.

For the moment, the tag cycle_highway=yes is used only in Flanders on F-routes. It could also be used on RAVeL routes (only the former railway lines and canals, not the ones including significant interconnection links).


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.


German traffic sign 350.1 - Radschnellweg

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

The Netherlands

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.


Cycle highway (called velostrada in Polish) activity is concentrated on the Katowice area. One exists in Jaworzno (relation 3837514), while a network of some others is in development in the Metropolis GZM (relation 14866313 relation 15069074 relation 15988827).

See also