How do I mark the bike lanes of my municipality in OpenStreetMap?

In order to be able to display bike lanes correctly in the vialytics web system and to ensure good routing for cyclists, paths approved for cyclists must be marked accordingly. Here you will find out how the marking can be done.

The procedure for adapting the geodata is described in the following article How do I update the geodata of my municipality in OpenStreetMap?.
The simplest way to mark a bike lane for the vialytics system is to assign the attribute "bicycle=yes" to a street in OpenStreetMap. Note that this approach does not mark the street in OpenStreetMap as an explicit bicycle path.

In order to correctly enter bike lanes in OpenStreetMap and thus make this data correctly available to other applications, a precise classification of the bike lanes must be made.
The main distinction is whether it is a bike lane in the sense of a separate path for the exclusive use of cyclists, or a bike lane as a lane on the main carriageway of a road. An initial overview of the designation can be found in the following table.

Type of bike lane

Bike lane for the exclusive use of cyclists

Bike lane as a lane on the main carriageway of a road

Identification in OpenStreetMap

highway = cycleway

cycleway = ...

Attention: It is important to note that "highway=cycleway" should only be used for explicit bike lanes, as this implies exclusive use by cyclists and therefore excludes other road users such as cars.

For more information on the detailed classification of bike lanes, visit Key:highway - OpenStreetMap Wiki or Bicycle - OpenStreetMap Wiki or contact your personal contact at vialytics.