A network or route that is kept in good condition will be more useful, attractive and popular than one allowed to deteriorate. Maintenance can sometimes seem like an afterthought compared to the exciting world of designing and building new routes, but having invested time and money by building the route, it is important that it remains attractive to users.
Walking and riding quality should be maintained, particularly keeping routes clean and ice free in autumn and winter. Roadworks should provide suitable diversionary routes for walkers and cyclists – without cyclists needing to dismount.
Maintenance and management of routes for cyclists (draft), Sustrans Design Manual Chapter 15, 2014 (1.4MB pdf)
Our design guide offers useful tips and advice including:
- planning maintenance from the start
- determining who is in charge
- on and off road maintenance
- maintaining signage
- maintaining artwork and furniture
- flood avoidance
- bridge maintenance.
Other Sustrans guidance:
- Trees, 2012
- Side Road Crossings, 2011
- Ecology Note 01: Hedge Management
- Ecology Note 02: Grass Verge Management
Other external guidance:
- Cyclign England Archive, Design Guidance: C.06 Maintenance
- Department for Transport, Cycling Infrastructure Design 2008 and Cyclists at Road Works, 1999
- Transport for London, London Cycling Design Standards, 2005
- UK Road's Board, Footway and Cycle Route Design, Construction and Maintenance Guide, Application Guide AG26 (Version 2), 2003