Part of: Design Principles of Cycling [Draft Version]

What Are the Main Design Principles for Cycling?

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Cycling is a healthy, carbon-free, fun means of transportation that facilitates enhanced access to school, work, leisure, and can integrate well with other modes of transport.

This guide offers six design principles for cycling. It will describe the elements for each principle and share evidence for implementing these measures.

The individual characteristics of each community must be taken into account when planning the cycling infrastructure. Moreover, cycling infrastructure must be adapted according to the characteristics of the local population, land use, topography, and other factors.

Principle 1: Bike networks must be planned to provide a cohesive, safe and direct route for cyclists.                 

Principle 4: Improved intersection design reduces conflicts for cyclists.

Principle 2: Basic needs of a cyclist, including adequate room for movement and safe travel, must be taken into account during the design phase.

Principle 3: Segregated bike lanes provide a higher perceived and real safety for cyclists.

Principle 5: Shared streets must be low speed and have a low volume of traffic.

Principle 6: Plan off-street paths along green routes.