Planning guidance

Our own publications

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Making Space for Cycling

Our new publication is a guide for developers on how to create high-quality cycle infrastructure. Making Space for Cycling (2014) was written by members of Cambridge Cycling Campaign on behalf of Cyclenation (the federation of cycle campaign groups). Providing space for cycling creates efficient and attractive places to live, but infrastructure must be suitable for everyone – people new to cycling as well as those who wish to cycle at speed, and it must avoid failed low quality solutions, such as narrow shared-use paths which mix cycles with pedestrians.

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How to provide Cycle Parking (2008)

A 12-page Cambridge-specific cycle parking guide, giving all the information you need in one place.

Guidance from other organisations

Key guidance that developers should familiarise themselves with, includes:

Manual for Streets

Transport for London Streets Toolkit

This includes the London Cycling Design Standards.

Manual for Streets

Manual for Streets

The Manual for Streets (MfS) should be the most influential document on urban design in 50 years. It is intended to bring about a transformation in the way streets are designed in order to give priority to environmental quality and to promote sustainable and truly mixed user communities. It is a replacement for the Government’s old Design Bulletin 32 (DB32) and Places, Streets and Movement, which have now been withdrawn.

MfS focuses on lightly-trafficked residential streets, though its principles may apply to other types of streets such as high streets. It is extremely applicable to the new developments around Cambridge.

We agree very strongly with its approach and with the vast majority of its recommendations.

Cambridgeshire Design Guide

Cambridgeshire Design Guide

A copy of the guide can be found here

Cambridgeshire County Council, supported by Cambridgeshire Horizons and the City and District Councils, has developed a design guide to promote the highest possible standards in all new developments, large and small. Much of the Guide follows the principles of the Manual For Streets.

Again, its approach is sound, though we would urge greater emphasis by developers on on-road routes (rather than pavement cycleways) and the need for high quality cycle parking as outlined above.

Cycling England – design checklists

An archive copy can be found here

These guides, produced by the (now defunct) Government cycling body, Cycling England, contain more detailed technical guidance on designing for cycling.

Cycling Infrastructure Design

Cycling Infrastructure Design

This is the follow-up to the widely acclaimed publication ‘Cycle-Friendly Infrastructure’.

It contains much sensible advice, but many of the examples given are poor and it arguably does not set out a visionary approach that would rival the best of European infrastructure.

We would urge caution in its use.

Cycle parking standards

Cambridge City Council and other districts have adopted standards under the Local Plan in order to ensure that good levels of high-quality cycle parking are provided at all new developments.

We strongly urge developers to ensure their developments at least meet these standards. In the past, we have unfortunately had to submit objections in the past where this has not been the case.

Guides on cycle parking

We have collated a number of guides which explain best-practice installation of cycle parking, accessible via our website.

Cycling in the Netherlands

A document produced by the Dutch for an international audience, showing how their way of planning for cycling results in an amazing 30-40%+ of journeys being by bicycle.