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Public-images-osm logo.svg cycleway = lane
Fietsstrook Herenweg Oudorp.jpg
Cycle lanes form an inherent part of the road, separated from traffic by paint or other markings with no physical separation. Show/edit corresponding 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 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 sometimes for one-way streets where there is only a lane operating in the direction of main traffic flow (clearer tagging of that with left and right suffixes).

How to map

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

If there is only one cycle lane add:

cycle lane present on the right (direction of the ways of OSM)
cycle lane present on the left

Alternative tagging

StreetComplete, among others, uses an alternative tagging:

If there is cycle lane on both sides add:

cycleway:left=lane + cycleway:right=lane



Some people suggest that such tagging is clearer than cycleway=lane, because many taggings exist where cycleway=lane was used where only one side of road has a cycleway lane.

One-way roads

In many cases one-way road will have a contraflow lane. In such case following tags are useful

Buffered cycle lanes

A buffered cycle lane without any protection

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.

Buffered cycle lanes are distinct from protected bike lanes or tracks in that while they have paint buffer, there is no vertical element in that buffer, such as a bollard or concrete.


Possible tagging mistakes

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See also