Robust guidance for cycling infrastructure and unambiguous message from Boris Johnson

This is the Government notice - crucially including sentences that are deliberately worded and unambiguous.  No longer will Councils and HE be able to get away with shoddy or substandard schemes.    Let’s hope that the Government follows through with action, although it has a get out clause by calling this ‘guidance'.*****This email is to let you know that on 27 July the Department for Transport published revised national guidance for highway authorities and designers on cycle infrastructure design. LTN 1/20 can be viewed here:  It updates and replaces guidance previously contained in LTN 2/08. LTN 1/20 also updates the advice given in LTN 1/12: Shared Use Routes for Pedestrians and Cyclists, and accordingly, LTN 1/12 is now withdrawn.   LTN 1/20 was published alongside the Prime Minister’s Cycling and Walking Plan - titled Gear Change - available at As this sets out, the core principle behind the updated guidance is that cycling will become mass transit in far more places. It is therefore of the utmost importance that local authorities follow this guidance closely in designing any cycle infrastructure scheme in future. It will also be a condition of any future Government funding for new cycle infrastructure that it is designed in a way that is consistent with the guidance.

The Department will say more in due course about the further steps it will take to drive up the standards of cycling infrastructure, including the role of an inspectorate to deliver and enforce this.

If you have any questions about the guidance please contact:





Fiona O'NeillInformation and Casework Manager, Traffic and Technology Division

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