What makes a road attractive to a cyclist?

  •  Considerations leading to "Cycling Friendliness".

Cycling_Friendly.jpg (5156 bytes) Cycling facilities should be perceived to be safe and “Cycling Friendly” by non-cyclists or less skilled cyclists thereby drawing them to cycle.
Cycling facilities should be designed to encourage a continuous increase of people to use bicycles for commuting, shopping, utilitarian, recreation, touring and other types of trips.
Cycling facilities should be designed with consistent design and standards.  A consistent approach should be used, wherever possible.

However, Some cycling facility is better than nothing.  It may be sub-quality.  It may not be consistent with local guidelines or standards.  But having a sub or lesser quality cycling facility is better than nothing, when normal design standards or preferences cannot be accommodated due to natural constraints.

A cyclist should never be confused, hesitate, or uncertain where one should be cycling.  Pavement markings and road signs should provide Destination, Direction, Information, and Warnings in a timely manner to the cyclists.

Cycling facilities should be designed for:

o     A just below average cyclist in cycling skills and confidence.

o     A heavily laden touring cyclist traveling at 20 kph with speed increasing to 25 kph or so when descending a hill. 

A cyclist pulling a trailer.
Motorists should be aware that cyclists are on the road and know where to look for them.

Cycling as a Transportation Option, Our Contribution to a Better, Healthier Future

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