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Cycle network design guidance

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The Transport Agency is leading a process in collaboration with local government to develop best practice guidance for nationally consistent cycle networks and facilities

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In direct response to, and in support of the Urban Cycleways Programme(external link) and the New Zealand Cycling Safety Panel’s report(external link) recommendations, the Transport Agency is leading a process in collaboration with local government to develop best practice guidance for nationally consistent cycle networks and facilities. The Transport Agency has engaged consortium Abley Transportation Consultants and ViaStrada to progress the project on behalf of the sector.

The Cycling Safety Panel’s report highlighted that the "current design guidelines for cycling infrastructure are inadequate resulting in a range of infrastructure that lacks consistency and is often not fit for purpose".

One of the high priority actions suggested by the Panel was that the "Transport Agency develop consistent national guidelines and descriptions for cycling infrastructure".

The Cycle Network Design Guidance will be an on-line ‘point and click’ framework that enables cycle network planners and designers to take a design approach that is appropriate for the outcomes sought and local context.

Transport Agency Project Manager Mark Haseley says that “The sector is already doing some great things to encourage cycling across New Zealand. We want to make sure we get the right type of design solutions across the country that allows this to continue. Developing this framework will build on, integrate and improve our existing knowledge of planning and designing cycling networks and facilities. It will provide links to existing guidance considered best practice, show where guidance is in need of updating, and over time fill any gaps in guidance. It is not intended to replace any local guidance that has already been developed but rather complement and support that.”

The Cycle Network Design Guidance and Framework will be launched early 2016.

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