Standards & Guidelines

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It is useful to be aware of the relevant Standards & Guidelines, as they can be used as concrete discussion points when raising concerns.

Sometimes it is useful to be aware of the Standards & Guidelines used in other locations, as they may be more sophisticated and contain more ideas & options to be explored.



Austroads undertakes leading-edge road and transport research which provides input to policy development and published guidance on the design, construction and management of the Australasian road network and its associated infrastructure.

Austroads Cycling Aspects of Austroads Guides contains information that relates to the planning, design and traffic management of cycling facilities and is sourced from Austroads Guides, primarily the Guide to Road Design, the Guide to Traffic Management and the Guide to Road Safety. The document is intended as a guide for engineers, planners and designers involved in the planning, design, construction and management of cycling facilities. Throughout the document practitioners are referred to relevant Austroads Guides for additional information. (Note: free, but you will need to register/login)

Common sections[edit]

Guide to Road Design Part 6A - Paths for Walking & Cycling

Bicycle Parking Facilities: Guidelines for Design and Installation

New South Wales[edit]

NSW Bicycle Guidelines are designed to assist road designers, engineers and planners to design and construct high-quality bicycle transport facilities for the people of NSW. The document is intended to provide technical assistance on a range of conditions particular ot the State and should be read in conjunction with: Austroads Guide to Traffic Engineering Practice, Part 14 - Bicycles and Australian Standard AS1742.9 - Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, Part 9 Bicycle Facilities, which has now been superseded by Austroads Guide to Road Design Part 6A: Paths for Walking and Cycling (2017 Edition).

A useful Technical Direction from RMS on Contra-flow Bicycle Facilities and the research on which it is based.


Queensland are probably the most advanced Australian jurisdiction, in terms of evidence-based technical guidelines.

Selection and Design of Cycle Tracks is possibly the best Australian guidance on separated cycleways/tracks. And Appendix B - Drawings

Providing for Cyclists on Roundabouts and Appendix B - Bicycle Crash Prediction Tool for Queensland Roundabouts.

Guidance on the widths of shared paths and separated paths

More cycling and non-cycling technical guides from Queensland here



London Cycling Design Standards

London Streetscape Guidance


The Dutch CROW Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic is in english, and excellent, but not available on line. It can be purchased for 129 Euro

There are some great blogs about Dutch infrastructure design which are informative and educational