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A cyclestreet is a street designed as a bicycle route, but on which cars are also allowed Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Cycleways
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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.

Tagging

Country-specific information

Belgium

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. This signs does not exist anymore since 1 august 2021. From now on, F111 only applies to the next junction. There will probably still be signs out there for a while, so we keep this wiki section for now.
  • 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.

Explicitly tagging the above would be: bicycle=designated, overtaking:motor_vehicle=no, maxspeed=30, cyclestreet=yes

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

Finland

During 2020, cycle streets were introduced in Finland. They improve the opportunities of cycling in urban areas. Motor vehicles can be driven on cycle street but cyclists have priority on using the street.[1]

The road signs for delimiting cycle streets (Finnish: pyöräkatu, Swedish: cykelgata):

Rules for driving a vehicle on Finnish cycle street:[2]

  • Cyclists must be given unobstructed ride.
  • Driving speed shall be adapted to cycling.

The road sign for cycle street doesn't imply a speed limit but speed limit is marked with speed limit signs. However, vehicle's driving speed shall be adapted to cycling. General traffic rules like driving near to the right edge of the driveway and giving way for pedestrians on marked pedestrian crossings apply on cycle street. Through traffic is allowed if there are no additional road signs disallowing it.

Rules for parking a vehicle on Finnish cycle street:[2]

  • Parking is only allowed on designated parking space.
  • A vehicle with a disabled parking permit may also be parked elsewhere on the carriageway provided that this does not cause unreasonable inconvenience.
  • Bicycles and mopeds may also be parked on the pavement provided that parking doesn't unreasonably interfere with walking on the pavement.

Germany

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.

Latvia

Latvia does not have a legal definition for a "cycle street" or any such traffic signs described in the traffic law. However, as of 2020, there is a single pilot project in Sigulda city where a section of a street is designated as a "velo iela" (lit. "cycle street") accompanied by a custom traffic sign [1] with text "Velo iela / Auto ir viesis" ("Cycle street / Car is a guest") and a 30 km/h speed limit. The relevant road portion is currently tagged as a cyclestreet=yes and maxspeed=30.

Netherlands

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

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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.

Rendering

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


  1. [2] Hallituksen esitys HE 180/2017 vp Hallituksen esitys eduskunnalle tieliikennelaiksi ja eräiksi siihen liittyviksi laeiksi. Retrieved 2021-07-24
  2. 2.0 2.1 [3] Tieliikennelaki. Retrieved 2021-07-24