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This part of the CNG provides users with best practice guidance, either directly or through links to appropriate sources for all stages of planning a cycle network.

The figure below shows the broad planning process including how it overlaps with the concept design process since it is generally an iterative process.

For example, on a particular route, a facility type that meets the needs of the chosen target audience may not be feasible. This can only be determined by looking at the space available and how much space the facility may require, therefore a concept design process is undertaken. Also, the concept design may be altered due to the consultation that occurs in the planning phase. Following the planning process the concept design is progressed to detailed design.


The planning and policy context



People who cycle

Safety issues for people who cycle

Network planning considerations

Hierarchy of provision for cycling

Cycle route components between intersections

Cycle route intersection and crossing treatments

Complementary facilities



Assessing cycle demand

Identifying cycle route options

Road space allocation toolbox

Evaluating cycle route options and facility type

The cycle network plan



Monitoring and reporting

Engagement and consultation

Further information


Glossary of terms