Mobility and Transport

Clean transport, Urban transport

1.6 Contra-flow cycling

1.6 Contra-flow cycling

Overview

Contra-flow cycling allows two-way cycling on streets that are one-way for other traffic, improving convenience and/or safety for cyclists.

Considerations for applicability

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Level of cycling

Contra-flow cycling should be considered where there is reasonable cycle use already, or where the current road layout (e.g. use of one-way roads) is hindering cycle use. Therefore, it is likely to be most suitable for implementation in Climber or Champion cities.

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Urban layout/topography

Contraflow cycling should be considered where there is a network of one-way roads for motorised traffic, which may act as a barrier for cyclists.

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Population

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Finance resources

The time required to implement contra-flow cycling will vary according to the level of engineering planned. However, it is anticipated that simpler schemes could be implemented within a few weeks/months.

As with time, the human resources required varies depending on the level of engineering required but anticipated low levels of input, followed by ongoing maintenance.

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Time & human resources

The time required to implement contra-flow cycling will vary according to the level of engineering planned. However, it is anticipated that simpler schemes could be implemented within a few weeks/months. As with time, the human resources required varies depending on the level of engineering required but anticipated low levels of input, followed by ongoing maintenance.

Measure impact highlight

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Contra-flow cycling can contribute to improving conditions for cycling, including increased accessibility, coherence and convenience. Contra-flow cycling can also contribute to improving conditions for cycling more generally within a city, through the removal of selected barriers to cycling (e.g. indirect routes, perceived safety), resulting in increased bicycle usage.

Note: An overview of the direct and indirect impacts resulting from correctly implemented cycling measures is available in Challenges that cities face and how cycling can address them

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