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I downloaded the cycleway layer from Geofabrik as a shapefile and was using it in ArcGIS.

On OSM I can see attributes like width, pavement type, etc.

However, in ArcGIS attribute data table I see none of this.

How can I access that attribute data for the cycleway layer?

asked 28 Jun '21, 15:12

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Can you clarify exactly what you downloaded and from where? As far as I know, the data extracts from Geofabrik are arranged by geographic region and contain all of the OSM data for that region with all tags included. I can't find a cycling-specific extract on their site.

(28 Jun '21, 17:42) alester

I downloaded from Geofabrik ( This is for the entire Washington State in U.S. And yes, I did get what looks to be all of the OSM data for that region. However, the roads layer that was within that file has different attributes than the fields/attributes you see when editing within OSM. For example, I can add a width in OSM when editing a cycleway. But in the shapefile attribute table in ArcGIS, I see no 'width' field. So I'm curious, OSM obviously has attributes for certain cycleways (ex. width) but I can't see it in ArcGIS even after downloading the entire dataset. So where would I access these attributes?

(28 Jun '21, 18:06) juradoN

Geofabrik shape files only contain a very small set of attributes present in OSM (at least in part because they sell services around more detailed extracts). You will find more details by using an OSM download (Pbf file for the area, and extracting the relevant details yourself) or through querying data via Overpass(-turbo).

(10 Dec '21, 22:40) SK53 ♦

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