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Does anyone know of a website that has a map of bicycle paths in Europe that are bike/walkers only, i.e. no cars?

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  • Tall order? It's not car-free, but is it a start..?
    – John
    Jul 15 '15 at 10:56
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    Do not miss out on roads that are almost car free, like many in the Netherlands. Often cars can access the roads to get to the houses on the road but will be blocked from driving through. Such roads may have cars on them for 20 minutes in a day but are not 'cycle only' in your view.
    – Willeke
    Jul 15 '15 at 16:52
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Google Maps has a Bicycling overlay that can help you. It does have a few indication that states what type of road you have :

  • Trails
  • Bicycle-friendly roads
  • Dedicated lanes
  • Dirt/unpaved trails

So you might check those dedicated lanes.

An other option would be to use Strava's Global Heatmap where you can see where people are cycling the most. You can't really see what you want exactly (dedicated lanes), but coupled with Google's map, I find it's a good start to plan a ride.

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OpenStreetMap (a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world) has a very up to date and accurate cycle route layer available. I have used it before in Europe to plan large trips. There are also lots of online add-on services that allow you to use the cycling OpenStreetMap to plan cycling routes and run them either on smart phones or on GPS cycling computers. Garmin has even used the service to create the specialized maps on their Edge GPS cycling computers.

Some example services include:

As a side note, other proprietary services such as Google maps also have good (and constantly improving) cycling maps. I however personally find OpenStreetMap is a little more up-to-date and accurate, likely due to the fact anyone can submit a fixes and new pathways.

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A lot of roads in Germany and Austria are bicycle only. Usually these are less frequented roads, turned into bike tours.

Then there is a very nice road from Lienz in Austria, to Italy.

http://bicyclegermany.com/

http://hikebikemap.org/

http://www.fahr-radwege.com/ (Austria)

http://www.eurovelo.org/

http://www.suedtirolerland.it/de/rad-mountainbike/fahrradwege-in-suedtirol/

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There is one site that might help you with bike (and other) paths is GPSies (Tracks for Vagabonds) which has a loot of nice features such as:

  • web & mobile site available in 24 languages, metric/imperial system
  • discover routes (supposedly 3,5 mil tracks) (by foot, by wheel, with animals, by motorcycle, on water, in winter...),
  • browse/search recommended routes near your location for different activities (hiking, walking, cycling, mountain biking...),
  • option to create, upload or edit your tracks and it works with following maps: Open Street Maps, Open Cycle Map, Sigma Cycle, Sigma Topo, Hike Bike Map, Google Maps, ESRI)
  • last but not least are mobile apps for Android and Iphone. (I couldn't test them because I'm unfortunately on WP :D)

One thing I like is their route creator that seems easier to use than (for example drawing and exporting tracks) on Google Earth.

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Check out http://trailforks.com/ which is a pinkbike trail platform. A huge database where people all around the world share their local trails, with short description, photos, videos and exact location and length through google maps. I live in Greece and it has helped me find some nice trails close to me.

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For the Netherlands you might use https://www.route.nl/routeplanner

There (the Netherlands) you can benefit from an extensive bicycle paths network that are marked by signposts thorough the country. One simply plans a route between two points and marks the knoppunten (knots) numbers along the way. Then simply follow the signs. At each knot you find a map with the surrounding, some other routes (with distances between the knots) should you plan to follow a different route.

All routes are bicycle-friendly. Vast majority is a separate bicycle path. Sometimes it is a marked bicycle lane.

One might also try the LF-routes (Landelijke Fietsroutes - country-wide bicycle routes) from https://www.hollandcyclingroutes.com/long-distance-cycle-routes

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