This page is not a comprehensive guide to cycle facilities, rather it aims to illustrate the different categories of typical cycle provision. More detailed guidance can be found in:
- Department of Transport Cycle Infrastructure Design Note 2/08
- London Cycle Design Standards
- Sustrans Design Manual
Cycle tracks alongside roads
The cycle track can be divided from the pedestrian path, as shown in the photo below where it is divided with a white line, or shared with no separation between cyclists and pedestrians.
Cycle lanes on roads
Cycle lanes are painted on to the road and can be a broken white line ('advisory') or a continuous white line ('mandatory'). Cycle lanes can also be 'contraflow' to allow two-way cycling on a one-way road.
A 'greenway' is a name often given to a path that is away from the road altogether. Greenways can be dedicated cycle paths but are often bridleways with a surface suitable for cycling.
The 'toucan' crossing enables people to ride across without having to dismount.
An 'advisory' route is marked by signs and is generally along quiet roads. Advisory routes can signpost an alternative to using a busy road, for example, or may direct people towards a cycle path. In some cases, such as the Surrey Cycleway, they designate leisure routes.
Cycle-friendly traffic management
Measures such as traffic-calming are often implemented to discourage vehicles taking shortcuts along residential roads, to ensure vehicles speeds stay at speed limits or to make it easier for people to cross the road. Road closures can have the same aim but the closure can have a gap for people riding bikes.