Strategy Behind the Standard
Quietways are low-intervention cycle routes on links, with largely unsegregated cycling provision because they are on low speed and low traffic volume roads where cycle traffic is combined with motor traffic.

They are not principally aimed at existing fast, confident cyclists. They are aimed at new cyclists who want a safe, unthreatening experience.

Best Practice Guidance to be used by Essex Highways
Cycle Infrastructure Design LTN 1/20 – Chapter 7

London Cycling Design Standards – Chapter 1.3

How the Standard Should be Applied
A maximum motor traffic volume of 2500 vehicles per day and a speed limit of 20mph applies to quiet streets.
Key Principles for Quietways include:

  • Routes should be on the quietest available roads.
  • Routes should be as straight and direct as possible, avoiding unnecessary turns.
  • Where quietways have to join busier roads, or pass through busy, complicated junctions, segregation should be provided.
  • Routes should use the same road in both directions unless it is absolutely unavoidable.
  • Right turns which require cyclists to filter in busy traffic should always be avoided. If unavoidable, a short stretch of segregation or other road rearrangement should be provided.
  • Signs should be used where appropriate.
  • Routes need to operate full-time wherever possible.
  • Partners should consider ‘social safety’ including lighting and CCTV provision as a central and integral part of Quietway design

Examples of Best Practice in Colchester