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Zeichen 244 - Beginn der Fahrradstraße, StVO 1997.svg
A bicycle road is a road designated for bicycles. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Cycleways
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Status: in use


A bicycle road is a road designated for bicycles. Any other vehicles are prohibited unless marked with an addition sign. These kind of roads get more and more common in Europe. So far, this page is exclusively about the situation in Germany. In Belgium and the Netherlands, cyclestreet=* is used instead.


A signed bicycle road is tagged with bicycle_road=yes. In Germany the following tags are implied but it is recommended to add them explicitly for the sake of clarification and to guarantee correct routing instructions for other vehicle classes:


  • maxspeed=30 (since the amendment of Nov 1st 2009, maxspeed is set to 30 km/h if not explicit signed differently)
  • source:maxspeed=DE:bicycle_road
  • traffic_sign=DE:244.1 (official traffic sign)

Type of highway

For considering the tag highway=* legal status of bicycle road is not important. The value is rather determined by the state of development of the road and its importance in the traffic system:

  • highway=residential for bicycle roads which do not differ much from other streets in the residential area, e.g. with wide asphalt lane(s) and sidewalks. An additional traffic sign "Anlieger frei" (access=destination) or "KFZ frei" (motor_vehicle=yes) is a good lead that highway=residential is the proper value.
  • highway=cycleway or highway=path for roads which tend to look like a regular cycleway or bike path.
    • Note: In Germany, the use of highway=cycleway in combination with bicycle_road=yes is incorrect. A bicycle road may be used by pedestrians (on the sidewalk, if present, otherwise on the road), a cycleway can only be used by bicycles.

Alternatively, highway=service or highway=unclassified can be used.

Additional signs

Traffic sign Tagging Description
Zusatzzeichen 1020-30 - Anlieger frei (600x330), StVO 1992.svg

(Sign 1020-30)

vehicle=destination --
Zusatzzeichen 1022-12 - Krafträder auch mit Beiwagen, Kleinkrafträder und Mofas frei (600x450), StVO 1992.svg

(Sign 1022-12)

motorcycle=yes vehicle=no does still fit
Zusatzzeichen 1024-10 - Personenkraftwagen frei, StVO 1992.svg

(Sign 1024-10)

motorcar=yes vehicle=no does still fit
Zusatzzeichen KFZ frei.svg motor_vehicle=yes Same meaning as "KFZ frei"



openstreetmap-carto and the OpenCycleMap do not render bicycle roads so far. CyclOSM shows them in blue.

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