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Cycleway tagging


To describe infrastructure designed mainly for cyclists. See also: Cycle routes.

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Dedicated bicycle lanes

lane way A bicycle lane is an inherent part of the road itself. It has no physical separation from the other lanes except the painting on the road. In North America, known as a class II bicycle facility. Notably, there is no curb between the cycle lane and the road.

Some countries have two different types of cycle lanes:

  • one with a strict segregation that is reserved exclusively to cyclists and
  • one with a soft segregation, usually a dashed line.

To distinguish between these two types of cycle lanes, the cycle lane can additionally be tagged with cycleway:lane=exclusive or cycleway:lane=advisory respectively.

Cycle lane, Ormeau Embankment, Belfast (August 2014) - - 4129897.jpg

Shared bicycle lanes

shared_lane way Cyclists share a lane with motor vehicles, and there are markings (like  sharrows) indicating that motorists and cyclists should share this lane.

The road markings are usually there to highlight a cycle route or to remind drivers that you can cycle there.

Picto corridor Praha Vršovická.jpg
share_busway way A special lane reserved for public transport on which cyclists are also allowed to bike.
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Bicycle tracks

track way A cycle track is separated from the road by curbs, parking lots, grass verges, trees, bollards or another physical barrier, but is running parallel and next to the road. In North America this is called a protected bike lane, separated bike lane, greenway, green lane, or class IV facility.[1]

Alternatively, consider mapping cycle tracks as a separate way next to the road tagged as highway=cycleway (or highway=path + bicycle=designated in case of shared foot- and bicycle ways). Both methods each have their pros and cons: While adding a single tag to an existing way takes less time and still often describes the cycle track accurately, a separately tagged cycle way is generally more flexible and allows to capture more detail (note here that higher complexity increases the potential for routing errors). Add cycleway=separate to the highway if a cycle track is mapped separately (see below).

In the USA, general practice is to use this tag when the bike lane is protected by parking with or without bollards/flex posts. E.g. the parking lane is between the vehicle travel lane and the bike lane. Where the bike lane is bi-directional and protected by bollards, general practice has been to draw this bike lane as a separate way even if it is not vertically separated from the vehicle travel lanes.

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separate way Should be used to indicate that a cycle track associated with a highway has been mapped as a separate OSM element (i.e., is tagged with highway=cycleway). Meaning is similar to the use of sidewalk=separate for footways, and can potentially be used when simplifying geometries for rendering. It also acts as a hint to avoid duplicating an existing cycleway by adding cycleway=track to a highway. Don't confuse with segregated=yes.

No bicycle infrastructure

no way Explicitly marks that a street has no bicycle infrastructure. This allows to explicitly note that the road was surveyed for bicycle infrastructure.
Cyclist on Buncrana Road - - 5683688.jpg

Other bicycle infrastructure

crossing way Used on separately mapped paths to indicate that it's a bicycle crossing.
Cyclist crossing on Dunhua South Road, Taipei City 20080805.jpg
shoulder way Used to indicate that a road has no designated infrastructure for cyclists, but shoulders (a.k.a. breakdown lanes) are navigable and legal to cycle on. Especially on rural roads with high speed limits, the existence of a shoulder usable by cyclists can make the difference whether the road is usable at all (semi-)safely for cyclists. Not every shoulder=* is automatically usable for cyclists: Some shoulders are used for parking (parking=shoulder) instead, not all shoulders are paved (with asphalt, e.g. grass pavers). Additionally, shoulder=yes is typically only mapped for shoulders that are broad enough to accommodate a car. For cyclists however, a less wide shoulder is fine, too.
link way A connector between OSM segments for cycle traffic, for example to connect a separately mapped cycle path to a junction on the opposite side. Serves primarily as a routing aid and does not necessarily have to be identifiable as built infrastructure.
Cycleway link.jpg
asl node Indicates an advanced stop line or bike box at junctions. Use cycleway=asl on a node node forming part of the road's way, located at the position of the secondary stop line. Consider adding direction=forward or direction=backward for an explicitly reference to the closest junction that a ASL relates to and thus the direction of traffic that it applies to.
Cyclist advanced stop line Liverpool.jpg

Deprecated or discouraged tags



Formerly used in one-way roads before oneway:bicycle=* was used. See below how to map bicycle infrastructure in one-way roads.
shared Formerly used on cycleways which were mapped as separate ways tagged as highway=cycleway before the segregated=* tag was formalized. Its use with highway=cycleway is now considered obsolete.

This table is a wiki template with a default description in English. Editable here.

The only example (sure?) of a cycle lane in Iceland is the temporary one at Hverfisgata. An example of a cycle track is the path along the coast at the back of Reykjavik airport. Only some cycle tracks are explicitly marked for bikes with the bike symbol (e.g. back of airport), while other paths are used by bikes and pedestrians but don't have any markings (e.g. the path beside Miklabraut).

Rules for cycleways in Reykjavík

Cycleroutes in Iceland are semi-official

  • Sections of routes that have been or are planned for part-financing by the Icelandic Public Roads and Coastal Administration, have been organised in relations tagged with ncn, national routes, especially in the capital area. See e.g.
  • The proposed EuroVelo route 1 extention to Iceland will run along the south coast from Keflavík to Seyðisfjörður. Here is the relation that was created to start mapping it : Route 1 proposed Iceland part. As of ultimo October 2014 you have to zoom all the way in to see it on the Open Cyclemap layer.

Other map features important to cyclists

Please expand this section with proposed tags, description, and English and Icelandic names of the subject. For tags not related to cycling see Is:Map Features. Discuss suggestions on the talk-is mailing-list.

Details about cycleways

  • mjóir moldarstígar
  • singeltrack slóðir sem líkast mest mjóum (moldar)göngustígur, en henta til að hjóla nokkuð hratt ef maður hefur þá út af fyrir sig.
  • gangstétt sem ekki er upp við opnanlega hurði, né morandi í útkeyrslum með lélegan sýnileika
  • hefðbundin borgargangstétt
  • hjólavísar ( Eitthvað hefur þetta verið merkt á Langholtsvegi, og Einarsnesi ?)
  • hjólastígur sem er varasamur
  • hjólarein sem er varasöm
  • aðskilin hjólarein / hjólastíg ( gjarnan við hlið gangstéttar)
  • Gangbrautir
    • Ljósastýrð og ekki
    • Morandi í 5 til 7 beygjum til að komast yfir
    • úrtfærslur sem henta vel fyrir hjól með kerrur
    • fyrir Kristianiuhjól (eða almennara ladcykel upp á dönsku), og snjóruðningstæki
  • Svipað og sér tegund /attribute fyrir jarðgöng/brú.
  • Venjuleg gata /vegur sem hentar sérstaklega vel til hjólreiða í bland við og í samstarfi við aðra umferð.

Points of interest




Other amenities

In many cyclists' view bicycle_parking of the type called wall_loops in the documentation or commonly called wheel-benders are almost worse than none, and generally worse than informal, but established ones like lamp posts and low rails or useful fences (see bicycle_parking=informal). But if the wheel benders are mapped (they are after all a an area set off for bicycle parking) are mapped, please mark them as such : amenity=bicycle_parking, bicycle_parking=wall_loops (per the docs for bicycle_parking on this Wiki, even if they are on the ground). The more helpful parking places should be marked e.g. amenity=bicycle_parking, bicycle_parking=stands,capacity=10 (or the appropriate type and capacity)


  • Mark cyclestores as Tag:shop=bicycle, list from [2]
    • On the map:
      • Markið
      • GÁP
      • Örninn
      • Borgarhjól
      • Kría
    • Not on the map yet:
      • BYKO
      • Europris
      • Everest
      • Hagkaup
      • Húsasmiðjan
      • Hvellur
      • Intersport
      • Útilíf


The website hjólavefsjá.is was opened by members of the OpenStreetMap project in Iceland after a blog entry by Gísli Marteinn Baldursson, a member of Reykjavík City Council. There is real interest from within the city to develop an online cycle route planner and we want OpenStreetMap to be the first choice of tools for such a project. This is also a great opportunity to introduce open data to public officials and hopefully get them to donate some useful data to OSM. A discussion about hjólavefsjá.is takes place at the talk-is mailing list (see archives).

TODO list for hjólavefsjá.is

External links