From the archive: Widely-endorsed design guide shows how to make space for cycling

This article was published in 2019, in Magazine 142.

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Making space for cycling

An abridged version of the article from Newsletter 114 (June – July 2014)

Making Space for Cycling is a major new publication we have put together for Cyclenation (the federation of cycle campaign groups). It was made possible by a grant from Bike Hub, the cycle industry’s levy fund, and was written by our very own Robin Heydon and Martin Lucas-Smith.

The guide explains how the key to enabling high cycling levels is excellent quality infrastructure, appropriate to the location, as well as bicycle parking. It stresses the importance of infrastructure suitable for everyone – whether people new to cycling or those who wish to cycle at speed without hindrance. It is unashamedly aspirational.

We made extensive efforts to create wording which groups across the cycle campaigning spectrum would agree with and buy into. And they did. It has been endorsed by Cyclenation, CTC, British Cycling, Bike Hub, the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain, London Cycling Campaign, CPRE – and of course Cambridge Cycling Campaign. Sustrans have also since been in contact. We invite others to come forward to add their endorsement.

Our guide was launched at the Cycle City conference in Leeds at the start of May. The Minister for Transport, Robert Goodwill, was handed a copy at the end of his keynote speech which opened the conference (see photo above). We look forward to hearing his views on it.

The guide is available as both a PDF and a browsable web version at

Directness, convenience, speed: our Making Space for Cycling guide set out the key principles for designing successful cycle facilities. The Coton Path to new areas in West Cambridge (photographed here in 2013) provided a good example of creating cycling and walking links.
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