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Footways and Cycletrack

In May 2018, the UKRLG published a number of documents to support asset management associated with footways and cycle routes.


Asset Management Guidance for Footways and Cycle Routes: Task 1 - Pavement Design and Maintenance

CTF Task1v6 high res_Page_01.jpgThis sets out a process for the design and maintenance of footway and cycle route pavements, signposts existing legislation, codes of practice and guidance and provides further advice where appropriate.  
This first part of the guidance is intended for designers of footways and cycleways, but is broad enough to be useful to assist anyone who is involved in the development, design or delivery of them.

This guidance is specifically focused on footways and cycleways with bound surface construction (similar to Cycle Superhighway 3 in London) and is not particularly aimed at provision that is part of the main carriageway, leisure trails or unsurfaced tracks.

Asset Management Guidance for Footways and Cycleroutes: Task 2 - An approach to risk based maintenance management

CTF Task 2v9 high res_Page_01.jpgThis second part of the project provides practical guidance on risk based management of maintenance on footways and cycle routes.  It includes the 'Footway Safety Risk Tool' [see below] that can be used by practitioners to identify where and when maintenance is best placed.  
Key steps include:  
  • Reviewing hierarchies, including with regard to temporary or seasonal changes;
  • Identifying safety risk factors (22 identified in the tool), serviceability risk factors (17 identified) and sustainability risk factors (11 identified)
  • Analysing risks by assessing their relative importance and weighting, and describes the usage of a 'pairwise comparison' as a robust way of doing so.

Footways and Cycle Route Research - Task 3 Cycle Service Levels and Condition Assessment

The third section of the guidance uses results from a user survey in London to define an approach to the assessment and management of cycle infrastructure that is tailored to the specific need of cyclists.
This piece of work looks at whether current methods of assessing and determining levels of service for cycling infrastructure are the most appropriate and reflects aspects of condition and usability that are important to cyclists - and which impact on safety and take up of cycling.  
It identified that ironwork related issues, potholes and condition relate ride quality were key priorities for most cyclists.
The in depth survey of cyclists provides an understanding of defect importance, defect priorities and the application of asset management to dedicated cycle infrastructure.
Cycle Tracks and Footways Guidance Risk Modelling Tool
This quantifies and compares the cost and effectiveness - in terms of numbers of potential accidents mitigated - of different safety inspection and maintenance regimes on footways.