|cycleway = lane|
|Cycle lanes form an inherent part of the road, separated from traffic by paint or other markings with no physical separation.|
|Rendering in OSM Carto|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: de facto|
|Tools for this tag|
A cycle lane is bicycle infrastructure that is an inherent part of the road, but set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, whilst being separated only by paint or other markings, and without a physical separation from vehicles. Where a physical separation exists either use the cycleway=track tag or create a separate way as highway=cycleway.
cycleway=lane is used to tag two-way streets where there are cycle lanes on both sides of the road, or one-way streets where there is a lane operating in the direction of main traffic flow.
How to map
Add to a road highway=* the tag cycleway=lane.
If there is only one cycle lane add:
- cycle lane only right (direction of the ways of OSM)
- cycle lane only left
Alternative, more clear tagging
If there is cycle lane on both sides add:
such tagging are better than cycleway=lane as many people used cycleway=lane where only one side of road has a cycleway lane
In many cases one-way road will have a contraflow lane. In such case following tags are useful
- cycleway:left=lane for lane on left side of way (typical in countries with right-hand side of traffic) - respectively cycleway:right=lane for countries with left-hand traffic will be typical
There is also cycleway=opposite_lane tag going out of fashion.
Buffered cycle lanes
A buffered cycle lane is separated from the car lanes with extra space. This is still tagged as cycleway=lane but with cycleway:buffer=* added. For more specific tagging, the cycleway:left:buffer=*, cycleway:right:buffer=*, or cycleway:both:buffer=* variants can also be used.
- A slippy map version is available online. OpenStreetMap detailed overlays generates a road overlay with lanes, cycleways (cycleway=lane), parking, and sidewalks rendered at higher zooms (16+).
Possible tagging mistakes