Cycling infrastructure : summary

Road Safety Observatory
Road Safety Observatory
Publication date:
11 December 2017


Cycling infrastructure is infrastructure provided for and used by cyclists. This infrastructure can include on-road provision such as cycle lanes, or off-road provision such as cycle tracks and paths. There are many different types of cycling infrastructure; a number of these are discussed in this synthesis. The risk for cyclists is greatest at road junctions, and when infrastructure changes are made for capacity, safety or network reasons, cyclists' needs should be considered.

Cyclists have differing and potentially conflicting needs from cycling infrastructure. Some cyclists who are often more confident and might be cycling to work prefer to use cycle lanes on the carriageway. Other cyclists wanting to avoid conflict with motorists prefer off-road provision i.e. shared use paths and cycle tracks.