Hybrid Cycle Track

Strategy behind the Standard

Hybrid cycle tracks (sometimes known as ‘stepped cycle tracks’) are cycle tracks set below footway level, typically protected from the carriageway by a lower height kerb and usually directly next to it.

Hybrid cycle tracks are created by reallocating carriageway space and are usually provided on both sides of the road. They provide greater separation from traffic and enhance the perception of safety compared to cycle lanes, while facilitating cycle access between the hybrid track and the carriageway. Hybrid tracks can be used for contraflow cycling.

Cycle tracks within the highway are created through an order made under section 65 of the Highways Act 1980. Further details on legal procedures are given in Appendix C of LTN 1/20.

Best Practice Guidance to be used by Essex Highways.

For further detailed guidance on the design of Hybrid or Stepped Cycle Tracks, please see LTN 1/20: Chapter 6.2.

ECC Recommendations

For information on hybrid / stepped cycle track width requirements, please see the widths page.

Best Practice Examples in Chelmsford

New Street

How the Standard should be applied

They are to be used on roads with speed limits of 30-40mph, and would be suitable for roads with medium to high traffic volumes and/or a high proportion of HGVs.

Internal Stakeholder Engagement

Whenever designing new or upgrading existing cycling infrastructure ensure the following depts./teams are consulted: Maintenance, Asset Management, Network Assurance, Road Safety,