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Design for Cycling

Making Space For CyclingA trio of cycle-related design documents were released this week (2 May 2014).


The guide states that the key to enabling high cycling levels is “excellent quality infrastructure, appropriate to the location, as well as bicycle

It states that people don’t like mixing with heavy traffic and so space for cycling is needed, away from motor vehicles, with care taken in relation to people who have chosen to walk.

The guide ‘Making Space for Cycling was given directly to Robert Goodwill MP, the Roads Minister, following his speech at the City Cycle Expo in Leeds on 1st May 2014. It is endorsed by many cycling groups including: British Cycling, CTC, Cycling Embassy of Great Britain, London Cycling Campaign, Cambridge Cycling Campaign, and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.


TSRGD 2015TSRGD 2015

The TSRGD-2015 signage regulations includes these key points of interest to people who choose to cycle:

  • low-level mini signals, and cycle filters giving cyclists a ‘head start’
  • new shared use cycle and zebra crossings
  • new rules of advanced stop lines
  • removing the need for traffic regulation orders for cycle lanes and exemptions for cyclists

The Roads Minister also noted that:

“We’ve developed a new format for the regulations – one that retains national consistency while providing local authorities with the flexibility to use signs that suit their own circumstances.

The proposed new regulations have been thinned out and streamlined to enable this to happen. They have also been restructured to make them more intuitive, with significantly more flexibility built in.”

Handbook for cycle-friendly design - coverSUSTRANS’ HANDBOOK

The handbook is aimed at “those entrusted with power over our highways, public space and our children’s future” with the goal of “helping to increase the current levels of walking and cycling within society and bring about much the needed improvements to public health and the environment.”

Contained within the handbook is “advice and guidance on a range of measures, encompassing a range of different situations and locations.”

Sustrans says that many of the innovative examples contained within the Handbook have involved “bold decisions” by the local highway authority.

However, the handbook has already come in for criticism:

[It] presents many sub-optimal (and even outright dangerous) designs, fails to draw on what is currently possible, and does not discuss what should be possible. The failed ‘dual network’ approach – ‘less confident’ people catered for with different kinds of provision from ‘confident’ cyclists – is still being advocated. This is not ‘best practice’.

Cycling Embassy of Great Britain

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