Hierarchy of Provision


The official Hierarchy of Provision says “When designing improvements to cycle infrastructure, the hierarchy of provision (Table 1.2) offers useful guidance on the steps to be considered. These hierarchies are not meant to be rigidly applied, and solutions in the upper tiers of the hierarchy will not always be viable. However, designers should not dismiss them out of hand at the outset.”

The hierarchy says to consider these options in this order:

  1. Traffic volume reduction
  2. Traffic speed reduction
  3. Junction treatment, hazard site treatment, traffic management
  4. Reallocation of carriageway space
  5. Cycle tracks away from roads
  6. Conversion of footways/footpaths to shared use for pedestrians and cyclists