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A cyclestreet is a street that is designed as a bicycle route, but on which cars are also allowed. However, this car use is limited by the character and layout of the cyclestreet.

Bicycles are the primary users of the street, while motor vehicles are secondary.


Country-specific information


Belgium law includes this concept (fietsstraat / rue cyclable) since February 2012. Such streets are delimited with road signs:

  • F111 Belgian road sign F111.svgBelgian road sign F111 nl.svgBelgian road sign F111 fr.svg at the start
  • F113 Belgian road sign F113.svgBelgian road sign F113 nl.svgBelgian road sign F113 fr.svg at the end
  • Note: the text 'fietsstraat' or 'rue cyclable' is optional.

Its implications are the following:

  • Bicycles can use the entire width of the tracks designated for their driving direction
  • Speed limit is 30 km/h at most (but additional road signs could impose a lower value)
  • Motor vehicles are prohibited from overtaking cyclists.

Current tagging policy is to NOT alter the highway category (leave it 'as is', based on its relevance within the routable network), but to add a key cyclestreet=yes to indicate its legal status.

WikiProject Belgium/Conventions/Highways


Since 2020, there are road signs for delimiting cycle streets (Finnish: pyöräkatu, Swedish: cykelgata).


Germany has a different kind of streets for cyclists (Fahrradstraßen) that are reserved for bicycles and may only be used by other vehicles when this is explicitly indicated. Often, these exceptions are for residents or one-way restrictions. These are not considered cyclestreet=yes in Openstreetmap and should instead be mapped with a different tag: bicycle_road=yes.

Beginn der Fahrradstraße

For more details, see Wikipedia.


Cyclestreet in the Netherlands with road sign L51

In the Netherlands this concept (fietsstraat) does not have a legal status as such, but in recent years an increasing number of municipalities have applied the concept (taginfo NL June 2020: 1476).

The idea is that motor vehicles (voluntarily) behave themselves as guests on roads marked as fietsstraat, where cyclists are considered the primary users. The fietsstraat concept mainly tends to be applied to roads below the level of collector road in residential areas, and streets with parking and residential access that run parallel to arterial roads (in Dutch: ventweg).

These cyclestreets are signed by road sign L51, as shown in the picture on the right. Historically, this sign was also called L1002. It is good to add traffic_sign=NL:L51 to the way.

Often, when applied to newly resurfaced asphalt-topped streets (surface=asphalt), the road surface uses the same red colour (surface:colour=red) used for bicycle lanes in the Netherlands.

United States

The Bike Streets project in Denver, CO has identified neighborhood streets which are safe for cyclist of all abilities to navigate. Mappers in Charlottesville, VA are using the cyclestreet=yes tag with safe neighborhood streets to build a similar, connected bicycle map for the Charlottesville/Albemarle area. However, this could be considered misleading from the lack of legal or official designation and regulation.


In the Bicycle tags map cyclestreets are rendered as a pink line.

See also

  • Key:bicycle road, a different kind of cyclestreet, in which motor vehicles are by default not allowed