Light Segregation

Strategy behind the Standard

Light segregation describes the use of intermittent physical features placed along the inside edge of a mandatory cycle lane to provide additional protection from motor traffic. This can create an enhanced perception of safety, which is important in encouraging people to cycle.

The relatively low cost of light segregation means that it can, in appropriate locations, be considered as a beneficial addition to mandatory cycle lanes. A variety of features can be used, such as traffic wands, proprietary raised features constructed from PVC or recycled rubber, or other similar objects. The features are intermittent to allow cyclists to enter and leave the cycle lane as necessary, avoiding any impact on drainage and allowing the layout to be cost effective and flexible.

Planters may also be used but if so, a plan should be put in place for ongoing maintenance, as without this they are likely to become unsightly.

Best Practice Guidance to be used by Essex Highways.

For best practice guidance on contraflow cycle lanes, see Section 6.3 of the LTN 1/20 Cycle Infrastructure Design

Best Practice Examples in Chelmsford

Broomfield Rd, Chelmsford

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

How the Standard should be applied

The guidelines stated above should be used when designing any cycleway in Essex. Only in exceptional circumstances should there be a departure from the standards set above. This standard applies to any new cycleways created, and when reviewing an existing cycleway which needs updating, if the benefits are deemed sufficient.

Light segregation features are not considered to be traffic signs and therefore require no special authorisation. As with other types of street furniture, Local Authorities will need to satisfy themselves as to the balance of benefits and risks. They should be used on the cyclist side of a mandatory cycle lane marking to TSGRD diagram 1049B so that the light segregation features physically enforce the restriction on motor vehicles entering the lane.