Shropshire Council is keen to ensure that highway schemes and new developments provide the best quality infrastructure to encourage more walking and cycling.
Shropshire Council does not currently produce its own cycle design guidelines, but it does provide advice for developers on travel plans and cycle parking, and preferred specifications for cycle track design within the recent mobility guidance document (follow link to 'Mobility guidance for Shropshire').
There is also detailed guidance on layouts of residential and industrial estate roads (follow link to 'Housing and industrial estate roads').
Planning a new scheme?
If you are considering a new development project or highway scheme in Shropshire, and would like to discuss how to provide for cyclists, from cycle parking stands to cycle tracks, please contact us via the details on this page. We can also provide details of proposed cycle routes in Shropshire.
Shrewsbury is designated as a ‘growth point’, and as such planners and developers will need to consider building sustainable transport into new developments (follow link to 'DfT - building sustainable transport into new developments').
Designing a new scheme?
The DfT have published cycling infrastructure design guidelines which are relevant to all highway schemes. (follow link to 'DfT - cycling infrastructure design guidelines').
The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges also includes guidance about non-motorised users. (follow link to 'Design manual for roads and bridges').
For projects which form part of the National Cycle Network or Connect2, Sustrans also produces guidelines and practical details (follow link to 'Sustrans guidelines - NCN routes and Connect2).
Reviewing existing schemes?
Road safety audits are undertaken on most large highway projects implemented by Shropshire Council.
The Highways Agency is responsible for trunk roads including the A5, A49 south of Shrewsbury and A458. The safety audits which they use can be viewed by following the link to 'Highways Agency - safety audits'.
Other examples of cycle audits and vulnerable road user audits are given in the useful websites section.
- Cyclists’ Touring Club benchmarking programme – lots of examples of best practice and photo library. Follow link to 'Cyclists Touring Club benchmarking programme'.
- Examples of best practice from the Netherlands. Follow link to 'Fiets Beraad - examples from the Netherlands'.
- Telford and Wrekin cycling design standards. Please contact us for details of these.
- DfT Cycling Infrastructure Design. Follow link to 'DfT - cycling infrastructure design guidelines'.
- Sustrans National Cycle Network Guidelines and Practical Details. Follow link to 'Sustrans guidelines - NCN routes and Connect2'.
- Nottinghamshire Council cycling design guide. Follow link to 'Nottinghamshire Council cycling design guide'.
- For off-road routes and greenways, follow link to 'Information about greenways and off-road routes'.
- Manual for streets, follow link to 'DfT manual for streets'.
- Historic Environment Local Management: Street For All.
Cycle audit and review
- Department for Transport cycle audit advice. Follow link to 'DfT cycle audit advice'.
- Lancashire County Council Vulnerable Road User Audit. Follow link to 'Lancashire vulnerable road user audit'.
- Scotland's national cycle design guide `Cycling by Design'. Follow link to Scottish Parliament - cycling by design.
Other sources of cycling information
- Please see Department for Transport bibliography, follow link to 'DfT - bibliography'.