Wheeling Ramps

Strategy behind the Standard
Wheeling ramps can be provided to enable cycles to be rolled up or down a flight of steps that interrupt a cycle route. While they are better than simply requiring people to carry their cycle up and down stairs, they are not inclusive; they do not cater for non-standard cycles and are inaccessible to many people.

They will therefore only form part of an inclusive system if an alternative facility, such as a cycle lift, is provided which will cater for all users.

Best Practice Guidance to be used by Essex Highways
Cycle Infrastructure Design LTN 1/20 – Chapter 10.8.25

ECC Recommendations:
Wheeling ramps at steps shall be a minimum of 100mm wide and be positioned 200mm from a vertical feature (for example a parapet or hand rail) to avoid handlebars and bags from becoming snagged.

Where wheeling ramps are used at steps signing for a suitable, alternative route should be provided.

The wheeling ramp can be provided on one or both sides of flights of stairs as a channel or by infilling a section of the steps.

To avoid incidents and injuries these ramps should not be located where pedestrians, particularly young children, the elderly and those whose mobility is impaired, would expect to put their feet.

How the standard should be applied:
Wheeling ramps should only be installed either, as a part of an inclusive system where alternative facilities are available, or, as an interim solution until there is acceptable alternative provision that is accessible to users of all types of cycle.

Example of Best Practice

Cycle Point, Cambridge Station