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20/06/2014

Cycling infrastructure: Resources for planners

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Dutch cycle crossing

With the Tour de France starting in England, we’ve gone cycling mad this month, leading with Bike ability, our look at why the UK has such poor cycling infrastructure and what we can do about it. We’ve also got an interview with leading cycling campaigner Mark Ames of the I Bike London blog.

What’s come out of all our interviews is that while there may be a will to create more cyclist (and pedestrian) friendly towns and cities in the UK, there’s a lack of knowledge among UK planners about how to achieve this.
 
Here’s a short list of useful sources and resources – but there are plenty more out there. Please do add your own suggestions to the comments field below.
 
 
These have the potential to change the face of cycling infrastructure in London and beyond – once established, it’s likely they’ll be taken up by the Department for Transport, which currently has no guidance for designers of cycling infrastructure. The standards are up for consultation until 25 July. You can take part in the consultaion here
 
 
This is widely considered the most advanced and effective technical guide for infrastructure planners and designers. The CROW manual is published by CROW, the Dutch provider of guidance to government and business on how to build and manage roads, traffic and transport facilities. It’s available for €90 from the CROW website.
 
 
The Cycling Embassy of Great Britain is a leading campaign group for better cycling infrastructure in the UK. They’re collating a Wiki of best practice for planners, designers and contractors. Why not contribute your expertise?
 
 
The all-party Parliamentary report into what’s required to improve the experience of cycling in the UK.
 
 
A short film telling the story of the Stop de Kindermoord (Stop the Child Murder) campaign that inspired the Dutch to make a firm commitment to create cycle and pedestrian friendly towns and cities.
 
Dutch shared space street
 
 
Camden Council has released plans for a scheme to turn Tottnahm Court Road and surrounding areas into a Dutch-style bike- and pedestrian-friendly zone to coincide with the opening of the new Crossrail station in 2018. You can take part in the consultation until 18 July.
 
 
Danish architect Jan Gehl wrote the influential Cities for People and is the man who pedestrianised New York’s Time Square. He also designed Brighton’s New Road – one of the few genuinely shared public spaces in the UK.
 
 
Mayor of London commissioned report arguing that promoting greater cycling and walking would deliver economic benefits of more the £2billion a year.
 
 
A classic about the benefits of urban living and how to achieve them, Jane Jacob’s tome is more than 50 years old but carries relevant lessons for modern planners – particularly around the relation ship between motorized vehicles and pedestrians in city spaces. It’s quiet weighty, so here’s a useful primer from The Guardian.
 
We’d love to see your suggestions and contributions, too – please leave them in the comments field below.
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