An introductory guide to low traffic neighbourhood design

We've created this introductory design guide to outline the approach, tools and techniques needed to design a low traffic neighbourhood (LTN).

We hope it can be a useful reference for engineers, urban designers, planners, and anyone else interested in creating liveable cities and towns.

While the principles outlined should apply to most schemes, the detail will always be context-specific.

A great design is not enough to guarantee a successful low traffic neighbourhood, which will require complementary monitoring, community engagement and behaviour change programmes.

The guide also includes links to existing research on LTNs.

1. Making the case for a low traffic neighbourhood

Take a look at part one

2. Street classification

Head to section two

Children In Cheltenham Mapping A Safe Cycling Route Map

3. Low traffic neighbourhood definition

Head to section three

4. Low traffic neighbourhood prioritisation

Move on to part four

two women sitting on their bikes having a conversation in the street in a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in London

5. Designing a Low traffic neighbourhood



Filter locations

Detailed considerations

people cycling on 20 mph road

6. Beyond the Low traffic neighbourhood (boundary roads)

Move on to part six

A family talking to a Sustrans officer outside school

7. Beyond design

Move on to part seven

LTN Kings Heath Birmingham

8. A guide to the evidence on low traffic neighbourhoods

Move on to part eight