Cycle Design Standards

On this hub we have brought together the key national and sub-national design standard guides for cycling schemes (that we are aware of) as a reference guide and resource for transport authorities that are developing and implementing cycling schemes.

National bodies

There are a number of national bodies that have produced cycle design guidelines, including the following organisations:

Department for Transport

Transport Scotland

Welsh Government


NACTO (American)

Sub-National Bodies

Alongside national guidelines, some transport authorities have developed their own cycle scheme design standards. National guidelines can sometimes  be short on specific details that are important in a local area, such as how to plan cycle infrastructure in relation to tramways. The design standards and guides developed in our member areas, which we are aware of, are:

Transport for London

Nottingham City Council

Greater Manchester

West Midlands + Midland Metro Guidelines

Related Documents

The Case for Active Travel

November, 2016

This report sets out the fivefold economic benefits of greater investment in active travel: saving costs to the health sector; the economic value of active travel trips; the economic benefits of an improved urban realm; promoting inclusive growth; and direct employment and spend.

The report also sets out a concise and accessible summary of the wider evidence base for investing in active travel which urban transport planners and practitioners can use as a basis for building the case for policies and projects.