A non-motorised user (NMU) audit or review identifies the matters that affect how well a situation meets the needs of people who use modes of transport not involving motor vehicles – ie people who cycle, as well as pedestrians including those with mobility or sight impairments and equestrians. Unlike safety audits or peer reviews which are undertaken by independent peers, it is intended that non-motorised user reviews be undertaken by the designers themselves. This is to enhance designers’ understandings of the site-specific issues faced by non-motorised users and improve the quality of their design. This should help eliminate many issues before the project reaches the safety auditors at each stage of the project.
The NZ Transport Agency provides Non-motorised User Review guidelines (external link)(external link)for use in New Zealand.
Note that, whilst these guidelines are intended for designers, many of the principles included can be usefully incorporated by safety auditors assessing provision for cycling in projects.