Paths for Everyone

We have two priorities - to make the Network safer and more accessible for everyone.

We want to see a UK-wide network of traffic-free paths for everyone, connecting cities, towns and countryside, loved by the communities they serve.

By 2040 we want to see

5,000 more miles

of traffic-free paths

£7 billion

potential economic benefit realised

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Paths for Everyone report 2018

We published a report of the review of the National Cycle Network in November 2018.

Download the National Cycle Network: Paths for Everyone review report 2018

Download the Welsh language version of the National Cycle Network: Paths for Everyone review report 2018


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Our role as custodian of the National Cycle Network

As part of the Paths for Everyone review report we set out our role as custodian of the Network

Our role as custodian
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Our recommendations from the review

As custodian of the Network, we will lead on 15 recommendations, working in partnership with local authorities, private and charitable landowners, national governments, agencies, users, local communities and all the many organisations that make the Network possible.

Read our recommendations
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National Cycle Network design principles

Take a look at the 9 design principles that all National Cycle Network routes should meet.

Find out more about the Network principles

Your feedback

Back in November 2018 we introduced a map tool to capture feedback on the National Cycle Network. In the past year, the map had over 32,000 visitors and 2,000 comments.

Thank you all very much for taking the time to add your comments and suggestions.

The following issues were those most commonly reported:

  1. Traffic-related safety
  2. Accessibility
  3. Surface quality

All of this feedback has been captured and is serving as a very useful reference for informing our Network Development Plans.

Where appropriate your comments and suggestions are also used to help support funding applications for network improvements and as ‘evidence of need’ in negotiations with local authorities, other landowners and partners.

We are working to make the Network safer and increase the number of traffic-free miles.

Click on the map to find out more about each project, or open the map in a new window here.

To become a partner and help deliver our vision for the National Cycle Network get in touch with: