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The number of the regional cycle network. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: references
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
Status: de facto

The key rcn_ref=* is a derivation of the key ref=*for nodes of a regional bicycle node network.

In past the key was used to describe a road as part of a regional cycle route. It is better to use relations to tag cycle routes instead of this tag, because cycle routes can share one road.

How to map

Road crossing

The following properties are added to the point node of the intersection.

Tags Description
rcn_ref=Number Number of the node in the bicycle node network (e.g. rcn_ref=09).
network:type=node_network Marking the node as part of a node network
expected_rcn_route_relations=* (optional) Specifies the number of routes that end or begin at this account point. This allows missing routes to be detected.

Only route relations of the node network are counted.

The node shall be selected so that each trip to/from a neighboring network node passes through this point.


A point node is created for the signpost.

The tagging scheme is described under Tag:information=guidepost.

Board with the network map

If a map is present, a point node will be created for it.

The tagging scheme is described under Tag:information=map.

Connections to neighboring nodes

For the signposted connections to the neighboring nodes, bicycle route relations are created.

The tagging scheme is described under Tag:route=bicycle

Guidepost (role 'guidepost'), map and nodes can be included in the route relations.

See also