At a national and local level we are asking individuals, politicians, government, state agencies and other groups to sign up to higher standards which are based on international best practice, and sufficient funding to back that up.

The main elements include:

The detail of these elements can be found by clicking on the above links.

The idea is that individuals, councillors, TDs and groups who sign up will look to push for or adopt higher standards into plans, policies, and law at national, regional and local levels.

Councillors should also strive to make sure these standards are upheld when councils are changing their areas and TDs should look to ensure transport funding is well spent on high quality projects.

Blaming those who design such routes is simplifying it too much — often politics, a limited budget, a poor or limited brief or limited options in official design manuals gets in the way.

Design guidance and laws

IMAGE: A cycle route scheme built in 2013 which mixes cycling with buses, which is not compliant with Cycling for All standards.

National guidelines — including the Manual for Urban Roads and Streets, the NTA National Cycle Manual, the NRA/TII rural route cycle manual — are generally sound in principle. But these and other guidelines are lacking or flawed when it comes to many details and need to be partly rewritten to follow best the international design standards (to be clear: that’s the Netherlands).

All such manuals need to be made clearly and more elements need to be legally mandatory to follow for those designing any road and street open to the public. It may also be advisable to put the oversight of these and other roads and streets design manuals under a single authority.

The details on this website are core to the policy. Without being offer watered down, the details need to be integrated into current design guidelines, law and any relevant policy documents. The points made on this site should generally be seen as complementary to most of the existing guidance, although where there are conflicts, the points made here must override existing guidance.

A sample of Dutch design:

Published by Cian Ginty

Cian is a freelance journalist and editor of - continuously writing about poor cycling routes for years has led to, in the campaigning journalism tradition and the hope that things can be changed.

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