streetscape design guidelines | brighton + hove city council
Commissioned by B&HCC, John Dales and Oliver Davey prepared a good practice guidance note on cycle track design. With the majority of details of cycle lane design well documented and established elsewhere, the note focused specifically on how to achieve consistency in cycle track provision across Brighton, bearing in mind the different space and other constraints of different streets, the level of priority that might reasonably be accorded cycling relative to other users on a location-by-location basis, and the overall importance of cycle route continuity in encouraging more cycling.
The guidance adopted a user-focused approach to cycle track provision, recognising that the key is to understand how such facilities will actually be used, not how the designer hopes they might be. Arising from this a recommended for of cycle track provision was described and justified, as were alternative forms that will need to be adopted instead in streets affected by differing types and levels of constraint.
A summary of the guidance note was subsequently incorporated within the first edition of B&HCC’s Streetscape Design Guidelines document. John also helped prepare a B&HCC policy statement on ‘temporary’ traffic signs, and it is understood that this may likewise be summarised and incorporated within future versions of the SDG.