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Public-images-osm logo.svg cycleway = track
Cycle tracks Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: cycleways
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
Status: de facto

A cycle track is separated from the road by curbs, parking lots, grass verges, trees or another physical barrier, but is running parallel to and next to the road.

How to map

Add to a road highway=* the tag cycleway=track.

If there is only one cycle track add:

bicycle track only right (direction of the ways of OSM)
bicycle track only left

If there is only one cycle track, but it is designated to be used in both directions, add cycleway:right:oneway=no or cycleway:left:oneway=no respectively.

Alternatively, this kind of object may be mapped as a separate way and tagged as highway=cycleway cycleway=sidepath, or as highway=path path=sidepath bicycle=designated.

One-way roads

Use cycleway:right=track (respectively cycleway:left=track for countries with left-hand traffic)

For a cycle track operating in the opposite direction to a one-way road, instead use cycleway=opposite_track + oneway:bicycle=no.

Do not use cycleway=track + highway=cycleway

This combination doesn't make a lot of sense; it implies that the cycleway has an adjacent cycleway=track, which it obviously does not. The reason that there are quite a few of these still around is as a result of an old bug in Potlatch 1[1]. This combination is recommended to be converted into just highway=cycleway by JOSM[2] and iD[3].

Alternatives to mapping using cycleway=track

With cycleway=track, cycle paths are mapped together with the properties of the roads at the line of the road (highway=*) (mapping together). Alternatively, they can be mapped separately as a separate line with highway=cycleway or path (separate mapping). This distinguishes them from cycle lanes, which are always mapped to the line of the road (cycleway=lane). In the case of separately mapped cycle paths, cycleway=separate should be added to the road way, and if the use of the cycle path is compulsory, bicycle=use_sidepath should also be added.

Older tagging schemes

Note that cycleway=track is also often used if there is a track on just one side.

See also