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Public-images-osm logo.svg route = bicycle
London Cycle Network sign
Cycle routes or bicycle route are named or numbered or otherwise signed routes. May go along roads, trails or dedicated cycle paths. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Route
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasmay be used on relations
Useful combination
Status: in use

Cycle routes or bicycle route are named or numbered or otherwise signed routes. They may go along roads, trails or dedicated cycle paths.

How to map?

Bicycle routes are mapped in a relation relation of type=route.
In relations the following characteristics should be included:

Optional features

  • distance=* - The distance covered by a route in km
  • ascent=* - The ascent covered by a route in metres (meters). If a route has start and end points at different altitude, use descent=* too.
  • descent=* - The descent covered by a route in metres (meters). Use it only if it differs from the ascent=*.
  • roundtrip=yes - Indicate that the start and finish of the route are at the same location (circular route).
  • signed_direction=yes - The route is to be cycled in only one direction, according to the signposts on the ground. This is more common with network=lcn routes. The ways within the relation should be ordered, as they are used to determine the direction of the signposts.[1]


Way/node Role Description
way (blank) The ways making up the route.
way forward/backward If a route should be followed in only one direction for some or all of its length, the "role" can indicate this for some or all of the constituent ways. "forward" means the route follows this way only in the direction of the way, and "backward" means the route runs only against the direction of the way. Rendered on the cycle map (example).

See also

  • rcn_ref=* - The reference point for a regional cycle route.


  • It's preferred not to use oneway=yes anymore, as it could cause confusion with oneway=* as a legal restriction. See discussion on tagging mailinglist.