5. Revise existing design guidance to ‘think bike’

Recommendation…

This recommendation is grouped into the topic: Redesigning our roads, streets and communities

5. Revise existing design guidance, to include more secure cycle parking, continental best practice for cycle-friendly planning and design, and an audit process to help planners, engineers and architects to think bike in all their work.


Official Department for Transport Response…

The Department’s guidance for local authorities on providing for cyclists, Local Transport Note 2/08: Cycle Infrastructure Design, was published in 2008. It provides comprehensive advice on designing and installing a wide range of measures. It already includes many of the design principles highlighted by the Inquiry as good practice.

The Department will also consider endorsement and promotion of TfL’s new cycle infrastructure guidance outside London when it is published next year.

DfT will be organising a summit later this year on cycling infrastructure which will focus on training for designers and practitioners. It is intended that input will be sought from professional bodies such as ADEPT, IHE and CIHT.

The Department is currently working with local authorities to trial innovative new measures for cyclists, particularly looking at different signals to make junctions safer for cyclists. At the same time work is underway to revise the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions, which will include many changes to benefit cyclists. These changes will need to be referenced in subsequent guidance, but the focus is on making revisions by April 2015 to improve traffic regulations for all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.

Many of the measures identified as good practice in other countries are already possible in Britain, for example fully segregated cycle lanes and providing a form of priority for cyclists at side roads. Decisions on how best to provide for cyclists on local roads are rightly matters for the local authority – not only do they have a duty to balance the needs of all road users when considering how to design and manage their road networks, but they also have a detailed understanding of their roads.

The Department for Transport also plans to take action to help local authorites to:-

  • Share good practice, knowledge and experience on the engineering and traffic management solutions already available to address common challenges to making roads more cycle-friendly;
  • Investigate opportunities for local government collaboration in the preparation and testing of new engineering and traffic management solutions; and
  • Help local authorities identify how best to involve cyclists themselves in identifying the right solutions to local challenges.

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