Cycling Embassy of Great Britain publishes draft Design Principles for Mass Cycling for public comments

Cycle campaigners have today published a comprehensive guide to the design principles that would bring about mass cycling in the UK. The policy explains in clear terms what needs to be done to support long-term, sustained and high-quality provision for cycling, to rival the provision in Denmark and the Netherlands.

The Cycling Embassy of Great Britain's Design Principles for Mass Cycling is based on a detailed understanding of successful approaches in other countries. The focus of the policy is on conditions in urban and rural areas, emphasising the provision of attractive and safe environments, rather than relying on training, education or changes in the law. A key part of the policy is the long-term need to address the purpose of roads to help unravel conflicting uses, and either reusing existing space - or rerouting and reducing motor traffic - to make space for cycling.

Mark Treasure, chair of the Cycling Embassy, said “We are now at an exciting stage in the UK, and in the best cases we are starting to see provision for cycling here that emulates the conditions that enable mass cycling elsewhere. However, we know that this is only happening in limited areas, and rarely involving anything approaching a comprehensive network. We’ve therefore written this draft policy to explain how we believe over the long-term it is possible to provide for mass cycling everywhere, enabling millions of new cycle journeys throughout the country. We welcome comments to help ensure the policy when complete is as clear, helpful and applicable to the UK as possible."


The draft policy is published on the Embassy website: