Papers and reference
Why Cycle Audit & Review?
The encouragement of cycling is a key transport goal of the 21st century and local cycling strategies are now produced by most local authorities. Government is keen that local authorities should demonstrate that their strategies are achieving results as part of their Local Transport Plan submissions.
Key to increasing cycle use is to make the highway infrastructure of Britain more cycle-friendly. This requires looking at roads and other networks from a cyclist's perspective, identifying where problems exist and judging how they might best be resolved.
Cycle Audit is a procedure to ensure that opportunities to improve conditions for cycling are properly considered in new transport schemes, and that conditions are not inadvertently made worse for cyclists. It is best repeated several times as development of the scheme progresses.
Cycle Review is a systematic process applied to existing roads or networks, to identify their pros and cons for cycling and to assess ways in which changes might be introduced to encourage cycling. It can be carried out as a part of wider transport analyses, or independently.
Cycle Audit and Review are similar, but are carried out differently to optimise their particular benefits.
Professional expertise is needed to carry out Cycle Audit and Review well. Extensive experience as a cyclist is a prerequisite, as is familiarity with the capabilities and aspirations of a broad cross-section of existing and potential cycle users. The needs of cyclists differ, and what some may find useful can have a detrimental effect on others. Cycling safety is a complex subject that is often poorly understood. Well-intended 'safe routes' sometimes prove counter-productive, whilst much controversy surrounds some types of cycle 'facility'. The potential of cycle training also needs to be considered. This can sometimes be a better way to address problems, whilst it is important that infrastructural changes do not conflict with the encouragement of good cycling practice.