July 2024

Technical & research documents

Only really useful and/or comprehensive technical links are listed here!!

Note that our website also has a downloads – technical page.

online tools

Crashmapwww.crashmap.co.uk   official data mapping crashes by location, traffic mode, and injury severity

Datashineblog.datashine.org.uk   self-mapping for data from the 2011 census (e.g.  includes travel to work, so you can map home to work for any given locations)

Scotland Open Datastatistics.gov.scot is the open data platform for Scottish Official Statistics. You can explore, visualise and download from over 250 datasets

Cycling Open Data – usmart.io/org/cyclingscotland – over 90 datasets re active travel in Scotland, managed by Cycling Scotland


Contraflow Cycling Research Paper:  Contraflows and cycling safety: Evidence from 22 years of data involving 508 one-way streets

Floating Bus Stops (FBS)

2203 The Road Forward: Cost-effective Policy Measures To Decrease Emissions From Passenger Land Transport – free book [17MB download]  Excellent compilation of measures including demand management (financial & other) & behaviour change

1412 International Cycling Infrastructure Best Practice Study [link to 5MB pdf] Very useful report for Transport for London, taking lessons from infrastructure and politics in 14 varied cities which are boosting cycle use.

1405 Guides on Design for Cycling  The three guides below were all published on May 1st 2014(!)(to coincide with a UK cycle event) and are attracting interesting comparisons. They are to a fair extent complementary, dealing with different audiences and situations.  The CycleNation guide is less detailed and emphases more extensive segregation from motor traffic.  As its title says, it is geared primarily to locations where new developments and street makeovers are planned, though it is also relevant for smaller projects. The Sustrans guide is more geared to existing locations where there are many constraints and/or funding is tight. Neither guide covers the funding implications in any detail, though obviously funding is often an important criterion.   The CTC Guide is an illustrated guide to principles, rather than details, for political decision-makers such as councillors. For commentaries on the guides, see road.cc 1.5.14 article  CEoGB blog 2.5.14   Sustrans blog 2.5.14.

‘Essential Evidence’ Over 100 1-page summaries of research evidence on a huge range of sustainable and active travel issues, by cycling & health specialist Dr Adrian Davis.

Scottish Cycling Design and Policy documents – including Designing Streets and Cycling by Design see Legislation and National Policy page.

CROW – Dutch not-for-profit government/business organization specialising in design, construction and management of traffic and transport facilities.  Its Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic [2017 edition] is widely acknowledged as the standard for Dutch-style provision.  The manual unfortunately costs around 90 euro.  Some of its ideas, and how they might apply in the UK, are in a blog from Pedestrianise London [use the ‘Content Quick Index‘ on right of page].

Scottish Transport Statistics – extremely useful Scottish Government contents page to all main transport stats sources (including link to a page on cycling statistics).

Presto (European) factsheetsinfrastructure factsheets, from cycle lanes to residential bike storage.   Ditto factsheets on promotion and see Presto home page for even more links, policy documents, etc, etc.

Transport Advice Portal – Very well indexed TAP database of technical documents on cycle infrastructure (UK only?)    TAP is sponsored by the Dept for Transport and CHIT.  It covers all forms of road transport infrastructure.

Urban Bikeway Design GuideUS NACTO online design guide for urban area bike infrastructurebased on the experience of the best cycling cities in the world.”

Cycling Embassy of GB – research documents page –  listing/commentary on useful research papers, categorised under Safety, Policy, Health, Economics, Statistics.