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Fietsstrook Herenweg Oudorp.jpg
Type of cycle lane Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: cycleways
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Status: in use

Subtag for cycleway=lane and cycleway=shared_lane to distinguish between the different types of cycle lanes.

There was a proposal to add cycleway=soft_lane to distinguish between exclusive and advisory cycleways, which was rejected in 2014 and then not pursued further for a time. This tag now makes it possible to map this distinction and is the outcome of several discussions in the forum.

Eligibility in countries

In Belgium, in France and in Norway, advisory cycle lanes do not exist, all cycle lanes are exclusive to cyclists. Thus, it does not make sense to add cycleway:lane=* to a cycleway=lane there because no distinction is necessary or meaningful.

Both in Belgium and in Norway, all cycleway lanes have dashed road markings.


Tags Description Picture
cycleway=lane + cycleway:lane=exclusive A cycle lane strictly reserved exclusively for cyclists, segregated from the car lanes usually through a continuous line. In most countries, this implies an obligation for cyclists to use it. Neuss Bergheimerstr PICT8477.JPG
cycleway=lane + cycleway:lane=advisory A cycle lane which is not reserved exclusively for cyclists, i.e. cars may drive over and halt on it, exact leglislation may differ. Usually marked with a dashed line. Often used in place of an exclusive cycle lane on roads where there is not enough space for both full car lanes and full cycle lanes, so that cyclists and other road users share the same space to a degree. In most countries where they exist, these cycle lanes are not obligatory for cyclists and are generally more narrow than exclusive cycle lanes because lower (safety) standards apply.

In English, this type of cycle lane is most commonly referred to as dashed cycle lane or advisory cycle lane.

Fietsstrook Herenweg Oudorp.jpg
cycleway=shared_lane + cycleway:lane=pictogram A  shared lane marking, also known as sharrows or pictogram corridor. Consists of only bicycle pictograms on the street which usually have no legal implications whatsoever but serve to indicate that cyclists and motorists share the road. Well known in North America and increasingly seen in use in Europe.

Note: Not to be confused with... - bicycle pictograms that are painted on some one-way streets to indicate that cyclists are allowed to use the street in contraflow direction - bicycle pictograms that are painted on cycle streets (cyclestreet=*) to remind drivers they are still on a cycle street. Cycle streets have actual legal implications

Sharrows Toronto 2011.jpg
cycleway=shared_lane + cycleway:lane=advisory (Only) the Dutch and Belgians distinguish advisory cycle lanes from another type of very similar cycle lanes, so called suggestion cycle lanes ( fietssuggestiestrook), which the community tags with cycleway=shared_lane. As other shared lane markings, these have no legal implications and thus are another way to indicate that cyclists and motorists share the road.

At least in Belgium, both these kind of cycle lane marking and pictogram corridors (sharrows) exist.

Usages with :left and :right

Note: This wiki page describes the cycleway lane scheme in general. It is more precise to use the :left and :right modifier to explicitly define the situation on each side separately, in case it differs. The scheme is the same. So, for example:


[ Tag history for the full set of variants ]