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A cycle highway is a bicycle route, that can be part of a cycle network, where the focus is on functional cycling, such as commuting by bike. It focuses on speed, safety and comfort, not on scenery and recreational value.
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Every route in the network is mapped as one relation. This means that every cycleway/street/... is included as member of a relation having the following tags:
Jaagpaden/towpaths deserve some special attention as well, please see NL:Jaagpad
In Belgium, a cycle highway is part of a clearly defined and signposted cycle network.
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. The Flemish cycle highways are mapped according to the logic outlined at cycle_network=BE-VLG:cycle_highway
In Brussels, the cycle highways will be numbered Cxx.
In Wallonia, the RAVel-routes are similar in properties, but are built almost exclusively on preexisting infrastructure and completed with links on low traffic roads and bicycle friendly tracks to form a comprehensive network.
In the Netherlands cycle highways (snelfietsroutes or fietssnelwegen) 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. A guideline is expected in 2020 or 2021.
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).