Map Legend

Only Polylines differ between the Openmtbmap and the Velomap. You can see here "what you are missing" when using the Velomap. But keep in mind, simplicity is often more important than knowing everything about a way, which is only for hardcore Mountainbikers or Hikers anyhow. While the aims to show you everything you need to know for cycling as commuting, race cycling or trekking/touring - the Openmtbmap shows you more or less everything possible.

Polylines (Highways):

Explanation: There are 6 layouts in total. Colorwise however "thin""wide"  "clas" are all the same. Easy and Hiking are only slightly different. They only differ in the width of the lines to best match the different GPS. The mapsource/Qlandkarte GT layout (referred to as "trad" from now on) however has different colors, with less contrast. Therefore in this mag legend for Polylines (Highways) there are always two examples. One using the "trad" layout (on the top), and one using the "clas" layout below).

Please note, as this question often pops up, many variables like tracktype are just munged together from other keys like smoothness or surface. If you want to know what is the primary factor please read the sourcecode of the style-file (see FAQ).

Main Highways "trad" layoutMain highways "clas" layout


Ways with mtb attributes or sac_scale (clickable thumbnails for full size)

Ways with mtb attributes - "clas" layout


Additional ways and lines (clickable thumbnails for full size)

Additional ways and lines - "trad" layoutAdditonal ways and lines "clas" layout



M12 / Mr34 -- the first number is the mtb:scale, the second number the mtb:scale:uphill. "r" stands for the way being part of a mtb route. See:
G1 -- tracktype=grade1 See:

Note however - that I also map the keys smoothness and surface to tracktype G value. So I try to get the best value - also if it may contradict with the actual value for tracktype.

T2 -- sac_scale=T2 (mountain hiking) See:

Xbk --bicycle=no
Cr Or Mr -- route=bicycle / route=mtb See:


Pri=primary / primary_link




Bktrk - cycleway=track
Opp - cycleway=opposite
Opptrk - cycleway=opposite_track

4 comments to Map Legend

  • Erwin Drexler

    Hallo Felix
    Ich finde die Bedeutung der Strassenbezeichnung mit Pfeilen in beide Richtungen nicht.
    Um eine Sperre kann es sich nicht handeln, das es sich um die Zufahrt zum Flughafen Termez/Usbekistan handelt.
    Danke Erwin

    • extremecarver

      Zoom mal weiter rein – aber ich vermute fast da liegen in OSM zwei Straßen aufeinander (und zwar exakt und nicht seitlich verschoben pro Spur) – und die Richtungspfreile laufen eifnach entgegengesetzt. Im zweiten Bild rechts unten – die X ist gesperrt für Radfahrer (bicycle=no).

  • Tim Hoyle

    Dear Sir, At position N43° 23.404′ E3° 29.368′ which is in Pomerols, near Sete in Southern France the velomap shows a G2 Trk running roughly east west. This track is actually a good paved road.
    How do I go about informing the right person/organisation to get this changed.
    Tim Hoyle.

    • extremecarver

      Hi Tim,

      you can change that yourself in openstreetmap – see the tutorial participate or look at the tutorials on

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