Design manual for bicycle traffic

  • Productgroep:Drukwerk / Publicatie
  • Soort:Eenmalige aanschaf
  • Vakgebied(en):Infrastructuur, Verkeer en Vervoer
  • Datum uitgifte:01 jan 2017
  • Aantal pagina's:300
  • Druk:0
  • Artikelnummer:REC28

The Netherlands has the highest rate of bicycle use, provides the widest range of cycling know-how and is famous worldwide for its cycling infrastructure. Worldwide there is increasing interest in the use of bicycles. This manual contains all important aspects for creating and maintaining effective cycling infrastructure.

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Creating quality cycling infrastructure and facilities

Encouraging bicycle use is seen as a way to resolve accessibility problems, make a substantial contribution to sustainability targets and offer a healthy and reliable means of transport. This manual will help designers en policymakers to give the bicycle a full-fledged place in the traffic and transport system and offers a wide array of arguments, empirical data, ideas and tips for effective cycling infrastructure and appropriate cycle facilities.


New Edition: update knowledge and new topics

The 2006 design manual for bicycle traffic has been fully revised for 2016. The revised edition includes new topics, such as bicycle highways, appropriate cycle paths and roundabouts for cyclists. In addition, extra focus has been given to proven measures and facilities. But facilities cannot be realized without policy. The Design Manual thus pays ample attention to the policy-related aspects of bicycle traffic and supersedes the Policy Manual for Bicycle Traffic issued by the Dutch Bicycle Council (Fietsberaad).


Sharing (worldwide) knowledge and experiences

CROW is a company which has published knowledge about cycling facilities since the early 1990's. We want to share Dutch expertise and practical knowledge about cycling facilities and urban design with the world so professionals can make big steps in creating a top-bicycle infrastructure. The knowledge is used worldwide by hundreds of professionals in the field of (bicycle) traffic, mobility and urband design (countries ranging from the United States, Germany, Norway to Russia, Japan and Australia). This project was partly funded by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, as well as the Collective Research Fund.


Service and support

Do you have any questions about ordering the publication? Please let us know. Send an e-mail to our sales support team. You may also be interested in the Dutch edition of the design manual. Order a copy of the Dutch translation of the book (together with online information) via the following link: Ontwerpwijzer Fietsverkeer.

Table of content


1. The development of bicycle traffic
1.1 The importance of the bicycle
1.2 The history of the bicycle
1.3 The bicycle and government policy
1.4 The role of the bicycle

2. Cycle-friendly design
2.1 Policy as foundation
2.2 Cycle-friendly infrastructure
2.3 The cyclist as a measure for the design
2.4 Main requirements cycle-friendly infrastructure
2.5 Integrated designing

3. Basic data
3.1 Bicycle dimensions
3.2 (Design) speed, accelerating and braking
3.3 Stability, deviation and clearance
3.4 Bends and view
3.5 Inclines
3.6 Patterns in bicycle use
3.7 Fellow users of cycle facilities

4. Design of the cycle network
4.1 The basis of any design
4.2 Levels in quality
4.3 Requirements for the main cycle network
4.4 Establishing main cycle network
4.5 Bicycle highways
4.6 Recreational cycle network

5. Road sections
5.1 Function, design and use
5.2 Requirements for a road section
5.2.1 Directness
5.3 Solitary cycle paths and cycle/moped paths
5.4 Bicycle traffic and motorized traffic within built-up areas
5.5 Bicycle traffic and motorized traffic outside of built-up areas
5.6 Special situations

6. Junctions
6.1 Function, design and use
6.2 Requirements for a junction
6.3 Junctions according to road type

7. Implementation, maintenance and furnishings
7.1 Road surfacing
7.2 Verges and plants
7.3 Lighting
7.4 Signage
7.5 Personal safety
7.6 Other facilities

8. Evaluation and management
8.1 Inspecting and evaluating bicycle connections
8.2 Inspecting surfacing for cyclists
8.3 Measures in the case of work in progress
8.4 Winter maintenance for the benefit of cyclists

Design sheets