Big step forward for footways and cycle route management

21/05/2018
Dom Browne

The UK Roads Liaison Group (UKRLG) has published a suite of documents to support asset management associated with footways and cycle routes.

Asset Management Guidance for Footways and Cycle Routes: Pavement Design and Maintenance, sets out a process for the design and maintenance of footway and cycle route pavements and outlines existing legislation, codes of practice and guidance, as well as providing further advice.

Asset Management Guidance for Footways and Cycle Routes: Pavement Design and Maintenance, sets out a process for the design and maintenance of footway and cycle route pavements, signposts existing legislation, codes of practice and guidance and provides further advice where appropriate.

The UKLRG said the document ‘is specifically focused on footways and cycleways with bound surface construction (similar to Cycle Superhighway 3 in London) and is not particularly aimed at provision that is part of the main carriageway, leisure trails or unsurfaced tracks’.

It is intended for designers but is broad enough to assist anyone involved in the development, design or delivery of such routes.

The second document is entitled Asset Management Guidance for Footways and Cycle routes: An approach to risk based maintenance management.

This guidance provides practical advice on risk-based management of maintenance. It includes a Footway Safety Risk Tool to help identify where and when maintenance is best delivered. The Cycle Tracks and Footways Guidance Risk Modelling Tool quantifies and compares the cost and effectiveness of different safety inspection and maintenance regimes on footways.

The UKRLG said key steps to risk based maintenance include:

  • Reviewing hierarchies, including with regard to temporary or seasonal changes;
  • Identifying safety risk factors, serviceability risk factors and sustainability risk factors – 50 are noted in total
  • Analysing risks by assessing relative importance and weighting. It describes the usage of a 'pairwise comparison' as a robust way of doing so.

Finally there is the Footways and Cycle Route Research - Cycle Service Levels and Condition Assessment.

This third section of the guidance takes results from a user survey in London to define an approach to the assessment and management of cycle infrastructure tailored to the specific need of cyclists.

This analysis reflects aspects of condition and usability that are important to cyclists and discusses methods of assessing and determining levels of service for cycling infrastructure.

It identifies that ironwork related issues, potholes and condition relate ride quality are key priorities for most cyclists.

 

 

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