Making Space for Cycling

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A guide for new developments and street renewals

Making Space for Cycling

A guide for new developments and street renewals

Many modern towns and cities throughout Europe recognise that providing space for cycling creates efficient and attractive places to live. They experience the benefits that this brings, in terms of attractive streetscapes, economic use of land, simplicity of moving around, and healthy lifestyles.

Making Space for Cycling is the definitive guide for developers on achieving this in the UK. We explain the different way of thinking that is needed. The patchy inadequate provision that has characterised most developments in the UK in recent decades has failed. We show how high-quality cycle infrastructure leads to high levels of cycling and the benefits this brings.

This guide covers the design principles required, from main roads down to local streets, as well as complementary measures such as cycle parking. These 36 pages will change your view of cycling, showing it to be a mainstream and desirable mode of transport, helping create a successful development.

Second edition, 2014

Published by Cyclenation, creating a nation of cycle-friendly communities
Written by Cambridge Cycling Campaign
Funded by Bike Hub

Executive summary

Many modern and attractive cities, both in the UK and throughout Europe, incorporate high levels of cycling. They recognise the benefits that this brings in terms of pleasant streetscapes, simplicity of moving around, and healthy lifestyles. These cities offer a compact yet spacious environment that attracts families to live there.

In these cities, where 30 to 40 per cent of journeys are by bike, cycling is a normal, everyday activity. Because the cycle network coexists with the road network, people can still choose to drive for other journeys. Both adults and children appreciate the independence and ease of travel that cycling provides. Cycling is completely mainstream.

New developments and street redesigns incorporating cycling provide:

In this guide, we set out the different way of thinking that is needed. The patchy, inadequate provision that has characterised most developments in the UK in recent decades has failed. We demonstrate how only high quality infrastructure will generate high levels of cycling. We show how different this is to the current, outdated practice in the UK.

The key to enabling high cycling levels is excellent quality infrastructure, appropriate to the location, as well as bicycle parking. People don't like mixing with heavy traffic. Space for cycling is needed, away from motor vehicles, with care taken in relation to pedestrians. For instance, mixing cycles with pedestrians on narrow footways is never acceptable.

In new developments providing for cycling will free up space that can be used for more productive things, such as houses, shops, or public space. The ease of cycling, and the casual interaction that this brings, makes it easy for people to visit shops and chat with friends, fostering the sense of community which is an essential element in a successful new development.

For street renewals, designing for cycling brings the opportunity to create better spaces for people. For new developments, this same approach to placemaking avoids opposition arising from concerns about high volumes of car traffic and the resultant noise and pollution.

To obtain these benefits, new developments and street renewals should design for a third of all journeys to be made by bike. This is achievable if the right design approach is applied, as this guide explains.


People are motivated to cycle because it is faster than being stuck in a traffic jam, journey times are highly predictable, and it is a fun and social way to travel, providing an easy way to introduce healthy exercise into a daily routine. Only by providing proper cycling infrastructure can these benefits be achieved.

"I get complete reliability of journey time when I cycle to work - I'm never stuck in a traffic jam"

"it's fun chatting to other mums after dropping the kids off at school"

"changing an office car park with 400 spaces to a combined 200-space car and 200-space bicycle park reduces land area requirements by 45%."

Benefits for citizens:

Public policy benefits:

Developer benefits:

There are many benefits to be gained from designing a new development with cycling in mind, including:

NPPF - key points:

  • actively manage patterns of growth to make the fullest possible use of public transport, walking and cycling, and focus significant development in locations which are or can be made sustainable (para 17)
  • give priority to pedestrian and cycle movements, and have access to high quality public transport facilities (para 35)
  • create safe and secure layouts which minimise conflicts between traffic and cyclists or pedestrians, avoiding street clutter and where appropriate establishing home zones (para 35)

Design principles for cycling

Towns and cities with an efficient transport network and high levels of cycling have achieved this by investing in cycle infrastructure. Cycling is seen as something that everybody can do, easily and quickly. This commonplace mode of transport is used for every type of journey: work, shops, schools, leisure.

What makes people cycle?

The needs of people cycling are very similar to those of car drivers:

Direct cycle routes between housing areas and major destinations make cycling the most pleasant and easy way to travel around.

Convenient cycle infrastructure means avoiding stop-start travel caused by obstructions, lack of priority, and narrow pavements shared with pedestrians. Good cycle parking completes the journey.

Speed of travel on a bicycle can be quicker than by car through an urban area if cycling infrastructure is made integral to newly-designed streets.

Almost all British cycle infrastructure has failed to recognise these three requirements. Simply putting blue signs on pavements does not provide a direct, convenient or fast way to get about.

'Three Network' framework

Cycling, walking and driving need different networks with design requirements.

This framework is needed where there are significant volumes or speeds of traffic. The main primary roads through an area will need proper cycle infrastructure, whereas local residential streets should be designed so that people can mix safely.

Providing space for each of these groups avoids conflict between them, increasing subjective safety, making cycling the instinctive choice.

In this guide, we show what this looks like in practice.

Permeability in street layouts

Permeable street networks facilitate direct movement around an area for walking and cycling.

New developments should therefore aim for traditional street layouts because they are more successful in all sorts of ways – socially, environmentally and in general efficiency terms – than cul-de-sac housing developments. Similarly, street redesigns should incorporate new openings and cut-throughs where possible.

Traditional, inter-connected street layouts

As favoured by government guidance
(see, e.g., the Manual for Streets):

  • direct routes between places
  • convenient and pleasant to cycle and walk around
  • easier to navigate and 'understand'
  • can discourage through traffic and rat-running cars
  • easier to make cut-throughs and interconnecting routes for cycling and walking
  • viability of public transport increased
  • facilitates community interaction and safety

Disconnected cul-de-sacs and winding roads

This old style of development is increasingly discredited:

  • impermeable streets with less community interaction
  • busier, more hostile main roads
  • difficult to cycle or walk around
  • main roads divide communities
  • streets that are hard to navigate and 'understand'
  • cannot be served easily by public transport
  • less natural surveillance

The principles in practice

Design solutions

Different streets or roads perform different roles outside and within an area and therefore need different solutions to facilitate cycling.

Local streets

The majority of streets within an area are local streets where people live or work, shop or enjoy themselves. As well as being quiet and inherently safe for cycling, these will have a family-friendly environment, ideally with children able to play in the street. The principles we outline here strongly accord with those in Manual for Streets 2.

Car traffic should be minimised as much as possible by avoiding rat-runs that create through-routes for cars, lorries and other motorised traffic. By contrast, permeability for cycling and walking must be maintained.

There are a variety of design solutions that should be employed to civilise these streets and thereby make them highly attractive to potential residents.

Low speeds

Speeds should be kept low through design. A key way to achieve this is to avoid excessive forward visibility, i.e. not making the roads too straight. As a result, these areas should not require any specific cycle infrastructure. If speed humps are required, they should be of the sinusoidal type and should always include a cycle bypass to the side.

Car parking

Parking of cars should be discouraged from local streets; instead, parking areas within the curtilage of the property or within a nearby neighbourhood parking area enhances the general street environment.

Where on-street parking is provided in new developments, it should only be allowed in designated parking bays. These bays should not detract from the ability to cycle safely, e.g. requiring people to swerve around parked vehicles. One way to achieve this is to intersperse parking bays with trees.

Home zones

Home zones are residential streets that give priority to people over vehicles. Best practice for local streets with no through motor traffic is for a single level surface with minimal traffic signs and lines.

Point-closures and cut-throughs

An excellent way to restrict through traffic, while automatically promoting walking and cycling, is a simple point-closure. These are cheap and simple to create.

Where bollards are used, only use an odd number of simple bollards spaced about 1.8 metres apart, arranged to separate opposing flows, not to obstruct them or force them into conflict. Never use gates, chicanes, or similar pinch points as these exclude many legitimate users, such as people with disabilities. The risk of motorbikes using these routes is not great enough to restrict free movement of larger bicycles or pushchairs and wheelchairs. Parked cars must not block the movement of people through the bollards.

One-way streets

If one-way streets are used, cycles must always be exempted by provision of a contraflow. Such permeability is achieved by using a 'No entry except cycles' sign.

Cycle streets

Some local streets can have all motorised traffic removed, leaving just a wide footpath and a 5-metre wide central two-way cycle track. These are most appropriate in shopping areas and along routes to schools, railway or bus stations.

Primary and secondary streets

Primary roads/streets carry the most traffic. Cycle traffic will be high on these routes as these will also be the most direct routes between areas.

Significant attention must be given to the design of these streets, as correct design will be crucial for enabling people to cycle.

Secondary streets connect the primary streets to local streets in residential and commercial areas. They are designed for relatively lower volumes of car and cycle traffic. They will be narrower and have lower speeds than the primary streets. As traffic volumes will be lower, less infrastructure is required, and the level of separation of cycles and other vehicles can be lower.

There are three key aspects of infrastructure:

Primary and secondary streets

1. Space for cycling on primary and secondary streets

Space for cycling is the key principle underpinning provision on larger streets

People do not like cycling amongst traffic, or mixing with pedestrians. Therefore the primary requirement, which will give people the choice to be able to cycle, is to provide dedicated space for cycling on streets carrying most traffic. Infrastructure must be suitable for people cycling fast or slowly.

At least 2.1m of space must be provided on both sides of the road, with some degree of protection from traffic. Priority at sideroads (see later) is essential.

The key aspects of this provision are:

Shared-use pavements alongside roads are unacceptable in newly designed streets

The two design solutions to achieve space for cycling are:

What are the key aspects of this provision?

Primary and secondary streets

2. Priority at sideroads (meeting secondary streets)

Junctions with sideroads are still important junctions.

Any cycle infrastructure that runs alongside a road must be continuous: in other words, it must maintain priority over every sideroad.

Having to stop and give way at a side road makes cycling much harder work, because of the continual loss of momentum. Imagine how irksome driving would be if there was a traffic light or 'give way' at every side road.

The cycle track and footway must not change height across this junction.

Priority for cycle tracks alongside a road works best when those cycle tracks are uni-directional. This means that drivers do not need to make additional checks for cyclists crossing, because cycles will be going in the same direction as cars.

The adjacent footway should also provide continuity for pedestrians as per the cycle track. This design reinforces the Highway Code rule on pedestrian priority at side roads.

A small waiting area for cars is needed, so that drivers do not block through-traffic while waiting for a cyclist crossing on the opposite side of the road. Raised red crossings are an appropriate way of stressing priority.

For hybrid cycle lanes, simply continue the lane across the junction, as if it were another traffic lane, maintaining the red surfacing.

Primary and secondary streets

3. Junctions on primary and secondary streets

Junctions are the most common location for collisions. A well-designed junction reduces the number of decisions that need to be made by each road user. Providing space for cycling, minimising conflict points, will prevent collision blackspots. Junctions that feel subjectively safe will increase the likelihood of people cycling.

Owing to the lower volumes of traffic, simpler junctions can be used on secondary streets. Multiple lanes of traffic, which are inherently difficult to negotiate by bicycle, should be avoided.

The key requirements for creating safe junctions for cycling which remain convenient and easy to use are:

Best practice

Sadly, there are very few junctions in the UK that display best practice for cycling, hence the continuing high level of collisions. Designers must consider looking to solutions employed abroad if junction safety is to be addressed seriously. Increasingly, the DfT is considering allowing these onto UK streets.

Consider using a one-way bicycle-only roundabout with cycle traffic moving clockwise around the outside of the traffic junction.

Note how, in the Dutch design, a standard four-way junction for vehicles effectively has a bicycle roundabout around the outside. This is an example of the principles in practice.

The concepts and design of a Dutch junction are explained in this video:

The same principles from a US perspective are explained in this video:

Major roads between urban areas

Cycling is not permitted on motorways. However, major roads will normally follow the fastest route between two urban areas. An equally desirable, direct route should also be available for leisure and commuting cycle trips.

Cycle tracks along major roads must always be fully segregated with a distance of between 4 and 8 metres from the main carriageway. This provides sufficient overlooking from cars to provide visual safety whilst also being far enough away to reduce the noise of the traffic. Ideally trees should be planted in this space.

Paths need to be designed to the high standard shown in the picture above. They should be smooth, generally uninterrupted, and designed to avoid the need for maintenance. They should be a minimum of 5m metres wide, and have a marked centre line, to allow a faster cyclist to overtake a slower one safely without conflict with oncoming cyclists. Smooth surfacing should be used to ensure a solid foundation, and they should be designed to avoid weed growth at the edges or from under the path. In summary, such longer-distance paths should enable cyclists to travel as fast as they are able (i.e. up to 25mph).

Where a route would also be used by horse riders or ramblers, an additional 3 metres of regularly cut grass can help reduce conflicts between people cycling and other users. These routes should be designated as bridleways.

Cycle tracks along major roads within urban environment must be lit using street lights. Cycle tracks along major roads near urban areas or in the rural environment should use solar studs or low-level lighting.

Major roads unfortunately provide barriers to permeability and therefore cycle tracks should be built on both sides of a major road where there are few places to cross safely.

There may be cases where specific cycling and walking routes can be created to act as shortcuts between parts of a development. For instance, such links are very useful between the corner of a development and a primary street at the edge of a development or joining up other parts of the built-up area.

Such routes should be at least 5 metres wide to ensure that people walking and cycling have enough space to pass each other safely. Bear in mind that natural interaction is best when people can talk to each other, i.e. two-abreast, hence the need to avoid a narrow width.

Public art is often featured on such routes.

When sufficiently wide, sometimes these paths are best split into separate walking and cycle areas, separated by a painted centre line or even a sloped kerb with a 50mm up-stand between the two surfaces. If space permits, an area of grass between the two may be appropriate.

Facilitating shortcuts

and pleasant off-road leisure routes

To help ensure easy maintenance, a strip of at least 1 metre on each side should be planted as grass. Bushes and trees should only be planted outside of this maintenance strip and be trimmed at least three times a year. Access to these routes by maintenance vehicles must also be considered.

Cut-throughs between rows of houses are also important in creating this secondary network. They should be wide and well-lit, with good visibility.

Where a cycle track joins a road, the environment should be barrier-free, should promote good visibility, and the kerbs must be flush - to avoid unpleasant bumps or risks of falling when approached at shallow angles. Flush means an upstand not greater than 5mm. A traditional dropped kerb with an upstand of 10mm or more is NOT acceptable.

Such routes can be termed the 'secondary network' which complement the normal network of local and primary streets. These again help make cycling and walking the natural choice. These routes are also good for children learning to ride.

Cycle parking

Cycle parking is a key component in helping people choose to cycle.

Having a bike in a convenient but secure location near the front door, nearer than any car, is a great way to make people use their bike automatically, particularly for local journeys to shops and other amenities.

Cycle parking is also an extremely efficient use of space, compared to car parking.

In planning applications, never refer to 'cycle storage' – use 'cycle parking', which reflects the concept that cycles will be used regularly.

The cycle parking guide referenced on page 34 contains a set of technical drawings and more information on cycle parking.

Key requirements

Convenience: Part of the beauty of cycling is that it can be quick and convenient, so cycle parking should be located near main entrances.

Security: It must be possible to lock the frame of the bike securely to an immovable object, namely a cycle parking stand.

Quantity: There must be sufficient cycle parking for the number of residents or, for amenities such as shops, the likely number of visitors and employees.

Sufficient space: There must be sufficient space for people to approach and leave the cycle parking easily. Squeezing bikes into too small a space reduces capacity as stands cannot be reached or used.

A convenient location

A key aspect of providing cycle parking is location. Cycle parking should be easier to access than the equivalent car parking, to reflect their frequent use for short trips, encouraging people to cycle rather than take the car.

  • Cycle parking is needed at all types of locations: residential houses and flats, workplaces and businesses, shops, schools, local amenities, and entertainment venues.
  • Spaces should be included for visitors: for instance, workplaces need an allocation for both employees and visitors.
  • Have a balance of 75% convenient, 25% high-security cycle parking: sometimes it is useful to provide a lockable cage as part of a car-parking compound. This is useful, but in practice many people prefer convenience over the increased security.
  • Cycle parking must be near the entrance: 50 metres from each entrance to a building should be considered the maximum, or bicycles will be left untidily and insecurely.
  • Cycle parking should always be at ground level: if this is impossible, a cycleable (shallow) ramp is essential. Cycle parking must never be accessible only via stairs or a lift. It must always be step-free, for both usability and disabled access reasons.
  • Visibility is important: if it is overlooked, and conveniently located, the likelihood of theft is naturally reduced. Lighting - consider movement-activated security lights.
  • Cycle parking is particularly important at transport interchanges: for instance, providing cycle parking next to bus stops increases the accessibility of the bus network.

Quantity of cycle parking

The required quantity of cycle parking is typically underestimated within new developments or when improving streets to encourage cycling.

In determining the level of provision when allocating land:

  • In some Local Authority areas, Cycle Parking Standards are set out in the Local Plan for new developments, and these will be a significant objective consideration that the development must meet or exceed.
  • The number of cycle parking spaces should at least match the number of car parking spaces throughout a development.
  • For schools, it is expected that three-quarters of children and staff should be able to park their bicycle at school.
  • For office and industrial sites, it is expected that at last half of the workers should be able to park their bicycle at work.
  • For retail, it is expected that at least half of the staff and visitors should be able to park their bicycle.
  • For train stations, 5% of all residents living within 5km should be able to park their bicycle.
  • For housing, there should be space to park at least one bicycle for each expected resident.

Ensure there is space allocated for potential future expansion.

Security and installation

When designing cycle parking provision:

  • Use only stands to which the frame can be locked. Anything else is useless as the bike can easily be stolen and insurers may refuse to cover such loss.
  • Allocate sufficient overall space. As a rule of thumb, eight cycles (four stands) can be parked in the space of one car. For 40 cycle parking spaces, 100 square metres of space needs to be allocated.
  • Install the stands at least one metre apart.
  • Ensure there is space for people to approach and leave the cycle parking easily. A 1.8 metre wide access path is needed.
  • Ideally, cater for a range of frame sizes, e.g. children's bikes and those with baskets.
  • Consider adding a covering for shelter, and to keep bikes dry.

Special considerations for large buildings

Ideally, cycle parking should be provided at ground level within a secure area of the building that only residents or employees have access to.

If cycle parking on the ground level is impossible, a basement bicycle parking structure would need to be accessed via a shallow ramp. Lift access would be needed in addition to the normal access, and must be large enough for two large bikes or a cargo bike to enter.

Special considerations for residential cycle parking

There are a variety of possible cycle parking solutions for homes. The key requirement is always to ensure that cycles can be parked near the main entrance.

Possibilities include providing additional space within a utility area so bicycles can be parked within the house. For larger houses, a slightly longer and wider garage could accommodate the additional bicycles.

Areas of cycle parking within the streetscape work well. Although these are not as secure as a fully-locked compound, in practice, people will often prefer the convenience of this arrangement. We recommend a balance of 75% convenient, 25% high-security cycle parking.

Allocate 100 square metres of space for every 40 cycles parked.

A walking-friendly environment

A genuinely cycle-friendly environment, if done correctly, will be naturally pedestrian-friendly.

However, much current practice seen around the UK unnecessarily puts cyclists into conflict with pedestrians.

Cycling and walking have different needs. However, they both share the desire for direct, pleasant routes and the ability to stop easily at local shops or destinations.

Avoid shared-use alongside roads

Cyclists should not be sharing paths alongside roads with pedestrians. These are totally inappropriate in new developments and in street renewals. Neither group likes such provision. Pedestrians do not like cyclists approaching unannounced, and cyclists do not like being slowed down by pedestrians.

Paths across parks and green areas should always be allowed for cyclists to use, and be 3m width minimum.

The only other time shared paths may be appropriate is on key routes between major areas, or in rural areas, and these should be at least 2.5m width and of high quality. Shared use is broadly acceptable where pedestrian flows are less than 100 people per hour per metre of width.

People should be able easily to distinguish the areas designed for walking from those designed for cycling or driving. For example, segregated cycle tracks alongside roads in urban areas should normally use red-tinted tarmac (except where this would be visually intrusive), so that they are easily distinguishable from walking areas. The walking surface should be constructed from paving slabs, bricks, or setts.

Small kerbs should be provided to raise the level of the footpaths above those of cycle tracks and then roadways. People tend to walk on the highest areas, and this should continue even if there is no motor traffic along a road.

Shared-use pavements alongside roads are unacceptable in newly-designed streets


Walking routes should be as permeable as possible. There should be no dead-ends where the only way out is the only way in. There must be no place where walking is forbidden within a new development.


Crossings should be level: bumping up and down is unpleasant whether walking or cycling.

Signalised road crossings should be single-stage, with sufficient time to cross fully. A central refuge should be provided, so that people who can only walk slowly can cross over in two phases.

Guard rails should never be used: it is an old-fashioned and ugly design tactic that is now discouraged in all government guidance, e.g. the Manual for Streets. Pedestrians are annoyed by such railings by forcing them to make a detour; they often bypass them, resulting in more risky manoeuvres. Such railings also cause safety problems for cyclists, as they remove a key escape point if a cyclist has to get off the road quickly.

Shared space

Shared space is a design approach that seeks to blur demarcations between vehicles and pedestrians, such as by reducing road signs and markings, so as to reduce the dominance of streets by drivers. More controversially, particularly for those with visual impairments, it can mean removal of kerbs: this is sometimes called a level surface. This approach only tends to work where vehicle speeds are generally less than 15 mph, such as at junctions where there is no explicit priority for vehicles from any direction, or where the number of people using a road on foot and cycle outweighs the number of motor vehicles.

Shared space is most appropriate on local streets with little car traffic. It is not suitable where there is a high volume of car traffic or where drivers may be overly assertive towards pedestrians or cyclists.

Complementary measures

There is a range of complementary measures that go hand-in-hand with encouraging cycling. In the case of new developments, many of these could also be seen as real selling points to sway prospective buyers.

Cycle-friendly sells new developments

The principles outlined in this guide are applicable to a range of schemes – from street redesigns to major housing developments or new towns.

In the case of larger housing developments, significant benefits can be realised for both developers and future residents when these developments are genuinely cycle-friendly.

A cycle-friendly new development is a place people want to live in: safe, family-friendly, accessible, peaceful. The attractiveness and quieter environment are a significant selling-point over competing developments.

New developments planned around the bicycle will also use land more efficiently. Accordingly, this means that the density of the development – and therefore the number of saleable units – will be increased whilst enhancing the amenity of the area.

For instance, provision of an attractive and comprehensive cycle network and good-quality cycle parking reduces the need for people to own a second car. Accordingly, future homeowners will find units more affordable because of the lower land requirement.

Low-carbon transport is an essential component of development, if claims about sustainability are to be met. Cycling is a tangible and genuine way to demonstrate the sustainability of the development.

A key benefit of cycling that is perhaps not obvious to those who do not cycle is the total predictability of travel times. This is most evident when cycle infrastructure in the development links fully to major office parks and railway stations. Traffic congestion is simply not an issue when travelling by bike.

Advertising campaigns, depicting parents with children on everyday bicycles with wicker baskets, have proved to be an excellent way to market developments, associating the freedom and joy of cycling with the location and buildings.


Manual for Streets 2

The Manual for Streets 2 (MfS2) is intended to bring about a transformation in the way streets are designed. MfS2 focuses on lightly-trafficked residential streets, though its principles may apply to other types of streets such as high streets. It replaces DB32 and other older guidance. It is eminently extremely relevant to new developments. We agree very strongly with its approach and with the vast majority of its recommendations.

Design manual for bicycle traffic: CROW-25 (The Netherlands)

CROW-Record 25 describes best practice for the design of bicycle infrastructure as used in The Netherlands. We strongly encourage all developers to design the bicycle infrastructure in their new developments based on the guidelines from this publication. The Netherlands has significantly safer roads and much higher bicycle usage rates than the UK.

National Cycle Parking Guide

Cambridge City Council and other local authorities have adopted standards under the Local Plan to ensure that good levels of high-quality cycle parking are provided at all new developments. We strongly urge developers to ensure their developments meet at least these standards.

CTC Briefings

CTC is the national cyclists' charity. Its briefings cover a range of topics focussing on six core themes: commitment to cycling; designed for cycling; off-road access; promotion and encouragement; safe drivers and vehicles; and public transport.

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation has a wealth of information on active travel and travel planning. The information includes The Hub, a free source of carefully selected guidance, from the former Cycling England, for anyone working to get more people cycling.

CPRE Transport Toolkit

CPRE's Transport Toolkit will help improve local travel options and the streets where people live.


Major organisations and bodies promoting cycling in the UK support the guidance in this publication.

The Bicycle Association, on behalf of the Cycle Industry, is pleased to fund this publication. The future of everyday cycling is crucially linked to making our cities, towns and streets attractive for people to live and work. "Cycle proofing" every new development is a vital part of that. The industry is committed to supporting every effort to make space for cycling.

Cyclenation, the federation of local cycling campaign groups, is helping local people push strongly for space for cycling on streets around the country. This guide, which we commissioned, and is generously funded by Bike Hub, represents best practice which shows developers and decision-makers how we can get more people cycling.

There are huge benefits to individuals and to society if we promote cycling and walking. It has health benefits, reduces congestion, and makes streets more human. This excellent guide shows us how to do it.

Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, Julian Huppert, MP

Encouraging more people to cycle is a great way to create a healthy and attractive environment, for people and businesses alike. This guide provides excellent advice on how to do so, providing huge benefits for the local economy and our overall quality of life.

Two-thirds of people want to cycle more if it is made safer and easier to do so. Designing the needs of cycling in at the early stage of development, as this guide explains, gives people a real choice of how they get around.

"This is the most ambitious attempt at outlining best practice in the UK that we have seen, and a huge step forward from the current guidance."

Building a safe street environment depends on including, from the outset, safe and inviting infrastructure for people on bicycles. This guide gives the essential information needed to bring British design practice up to international standards.

CPRE supports the designing of urban areas as attractive places to live so that people do not feel they must 'escape' to the countryside. This guide gives practical advice for pleasanter and safer living environments.

Cambridge proves that high levels of cycling are achievable in the UK. Growth of the city and the health of its economy are absolutely dependent on continued investment in cycling, and Cambridge is healthier for it.


Published by Cyclenation

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Guide written for Cyclenation by Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Authors: Robin Heydon and Martin Lucas-Smith.

Sponsored by the cycle industry through its Bike Hub funding scheme backed by the Bicycle Association and independent bike dealers.

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Design by Ayesha Garrett, making use of concept in first edition by David Earl.

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