Bicycle Network: Good Design Guides
Good Design Guides
There are also several state guides for good design:
- NSW (NSW Bicycle Guidelines, under NSW Government endorsed resources heading)
- QLD (Under Design and Engineering heading). The City of Brisbane has a series of standard drawings for bicycle paths and furniture (under Roads starting at UMS 249 and Traffic from UMS 861).
- ACT (Under DS13 heading)
- VicRoads produces parallel advice in the Cycle Notes series.
- The Australian Cycling Resource Centre, which is maintained by the Australian Bicycle Council, is another good source of cycling information and design material.
On some design topics, the Australian guides are lacking in detail or are not clear (for instance slip resistance for bike path surfaces and recommended lengths of slope of differing grades). In these cases reference to overseas guides is useful. Amongst the most useful available in English on the internet are:
- The Presto fact sheets on cycling infrastructure provide excellent guidance on the how cities can be adapted to make cycling a daily transport mode
- In the United States, NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials) has an up to date (March 2011) Urban Bikeway Design Guide that showcases numerous treatments currently used in US cities
- The Cycling Embassy of Denmark’s Collection of Cycle Concepts 2012 provides advice not just on facility design but the needs and potential of cycling and the role of urban planning.
- Portland recently published a guide to Bikeway Design Survey of Best Practice (as an appendix to their bike plan, published 2010, 2.86Mb file) which has some newer concepts.
- Chicago has a Guide to Bike Lane Design (Oct 2002, 1.18Mb file) which has some good road geometry templates for roads of differing widths and road use (e.g. with bike lanes with buses).
- And the United Kingdom's Department of Transport published in 2008 a comprehensive Cycle Infrastructure Design Guide (3.27Mb file).