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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.
Rendering in OSM Carto
Cyclist map-Cycleway-lane.PNG
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 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:

cycleway:left=lane + cycleway:right=lane



such tagging are better than cycleway=lane as many people used cycleway=lane 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

There is also cycleway=opposite_lane tag going out of fashion.

Buffered cycle lanes

A buffered cycle lane

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.


Possible tagging mistakes

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See also