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|Using this tag is discouraged, use cycle_highway=yes instead.|
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This feature has been labeled as deprecated. The recommended replacement is: cycle_highway=yes.
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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|This tagging scheme is incompatible with the established cycle_network=* key that it uses. See this discussion. Use cycle_highway=yes instead.|
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 (mostly) are built by the provinces.
In Flanders, the cycling highway network is always indicated with a Fxx-number. The network is typically built on old, abandoned railways (but not always), quite wide (at least 2m), asphalted and two-way.
In Brussels, the cycle highways will be numbered Cxx.
In Wallonia, the RAVel-routes are similar in properties, but are built with a typical recreational and touristic background.
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).