WikiProject Iceland/Cycleways

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Cycleway tagging


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

Key Value Element Comment Rendering Photo
cycleway lane way A lane is a route that lies within the roadway. Cyclist mapCyclist map-Cycleway-lane.PNG Cycle trackinroad.jpg
lane way A cycle lane only on one side of the road. Left or right depend on the direction in which the way is drawn in OpenStreetMap. Cyclist mapCyclist map-lane-right.png
cycleway opposite way Used on ways with oneway=yes where it is permitted to cycle in both directions.

Note - such streets are common in Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark, for example, but are rare in the UK (although they do exist): often, instead, actually the street is two-way as normal for its whole length except for the very short section past the no-entry sign at the end, where cycles are excepted from the no-entry by means of a short lane separated by an island. This is called a "cycle plug". In some places this has been represented as very short oneway Way at the end with an adjacent cycleway, forming a little triangle with the road they join to, or sometimes with a short oneway Way with cycleway=opposite_lane or opposite_track.

Cyclist mapCyclist map-Cycleway-opposite.PNG Sul bxl 01.JPG
cycleway opposite_lane way Used on ways with oneway=yes that have a cycling lane going the opposite direction of normal traffic flow (a "contraflow" lane). Cyclist mapCyclist map-Cycleway-opposite.PNG Opposite cycle lane.jpg
cycleway track way A track is a route that is separate from the road.+oneway=yes if needed. Cyclist mapCyclist map-Cycleway-track.PNG Cycle nexttoroad.jpg
track way A track only on one side of the road. You can drive in both directions. Left and right depend on the direction in which the way is drawn in OpenStreetMap. Cyclist mapCyclist map-Cycleway-right.PNG
cycleway opposite_track way Used on ways with oneway=yes that have a cycling track going the opposite direction of normal traffic flow. Cyclist mapCyclist map-Cycleway-opposite.PNG 549c Spitzenkiel140923.jpg
cycleway shared way Cyclists share space with other traffic on this highway.
cycleway share_busway way There is a bus lane that cyclists are permitted to use. Busandbike.jpg
share_busway way A bus lane permitted to use only on one side of the road. Left and right depend on the direction in which the way is drawn in OpenStreetMap.
cycleway shared_lane way Cyclists share a lane with motor vehicles, but there are markings indicating that they should share the lane with motorists. The road markings are usually there to highlight a cycle route or to remind drivers that you can cycle there. Also used for the on-road shared-lane marking called a "sharrow"[1]. Sharrows Toronto 2011.jpg
shared_lane way A shared lane only on one side of the road. Left and right depend on the direction in which the way is drawn in OpenStreetMap.
cycleway asl node A cycleway advanced stop line (ASL), also known as a bike box or an advanced stop box, is a marked area for cyclists in front of the stop line for motor traffic. CyclOSMCyclOSM cycleway asl.png Praha-Černý Most cyklobox 1.JPG
cycleway user defined way All commonly used values according to Taginfo.

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 [3]
    • 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