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Public-images-osm logo.svg bicycle = use_sidepath
Radwegschaeden by Karl-Ludwig Poggemann.jpg
Compulsory cycleway aside Edit or translate this description.
Group: Restrictions
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: approvedPage for proposal

This tag bicycle=use_sidepath applies only to roads with a classification that allows cycling generally. When a road has a parallel compulsory cycleway (e.g. Zeichen 240 - Gemeinsamer Fuß- und Radweg, StVO 1992.svg, Zeichen 241-30 - getrennter Rad- und Fußweg, StVO 1992.svg (DE, PL), Nederlands verkeersbord G12a.svg (NL) or Nederlands verkeersbord G11.svg (several European countries) this tag can be applied. But only when this road does NOT have a traffic sign which explicitly forbids bicycling (e.g. Nederlands verkeersbord C14.svg or Nederlands verkeersbord C9.svg ). In that case use the bicycle=no.

This tag should only be applied in countries that have compulsory cycleways.

Please do not use bicycle=use_sidepath in combination with cycleway=track on the main highway, if there is no separate cycleway drawn on the map. This is confusing for routing engines because bicycle=use_sidepath indicates not to route on the main highway (use the separate cycleway) and this conflicts with the tag cycleway=track, which indicates that bicycles are allowed to route on (bike lanes connected to) the main highway.

Legal and access implications may and will vary between countries. 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.

How to tag

This tag applies to ways where a separate (cycle)way is drawn.


To indicate a one-way compulsory cycleway use a directional subkey, e.g. bicycle:forward=use_sidepath. Choose between :forward and :backward depending on the compulsory cycle direction relative to the direction of the OSM way way for the main road. The cycleways OSM direction is not important.

In some cases a two-way cycleway may be compulsory only in one direction. In the opposite direction cyclists are free to choose between the main road and the cycleway. Handle this case like a one-way compulsory cycleway.

For more in-depth information see this tags proposal Proposed_features/use_sidepath.


Picture Tags
Fietspad PeeWee32.jpg
This cycleway is compulsory.

Main road:
Nederlands verkeersbord G13.svg (NL)
France road sign C113.svg (FR, AT)
Zusatzzeichen 1022-10 - Radfahrer frei, StVO 1992.svg or 434c Radw ohne Benupfli St-Jürgen-Str HB.jpg (DE)
These cycleways are not compulsory.
Cycling is allowed on the adjacent roads, too.
Possible additional tags:
  • tags that show that the cycleway is not compulsory
  • mofa=* tags.
Slovenska cesta kolo nezazeleno 2.jpg
In this street, cycling is explicitly not
on the "road" (carriageway).
bicycle=no (explicit bicycle ban)


On both the German ((in English)) and the Dutch forum have compulsory cycleways been discussed.


This tag is supported on the "Bicycle tags on OSM"- map.


bicycle:forward=use_sidepath    bicycle:backward=use_sidepath

See also