Network planning for cyclists

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Network planning is critical to help ensure that routes and facilities are coherent and provide for the travel patterns in the area, including target growth in cycling and planned changes in land use.

A network plan can provide the basis for budget and programme setting and prioritising implementation, and can ensure that opportunities arising from land-use development, transport projects and routine highway maintenance are captured to deliver and enhance parts of the network.

A network plan also helps to demonstrate a local authority’s commitment to encouraging and facilitating cycling.


Network planning for cyclists (draft), Sustrans Design Manual Chapter 2, 2014 (3MB pdf).





Our design guide gives helpful advice about the function of a cycle network plan, breaking it down into five key stages:

  • Stage 1 - estimate cycling demand and network function
  • Stage 2 - define route alignment and concept design
  • Stage 3 - implementation priorities, budget and programme
  • Stage 4 - detailed design, construction & publicity
  • Stage 5 - monitor, evaluate, maintain and upgrade

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To discuss how we can help you, please contact our design and construction team.

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