Building a cycle path – Day 1

On one of my construction projects we are required to provide a new cycle path running alongside the public highway and into the development. It is often a planning requirement of larger projects that the developer must contribute in some way towards improving the local transport links. With this particular project a cycle path was recommended by the local authority.

Initial site meeting with the contractor and local highways inspector

Initial site meeting with the contractor and local highways inspector

This morning we commenced the cycle path which required some on-site redesign to eliminate a couple of glaring errors. Rather than having a sharp bend at the exit of the development with a crash barrier to stop people cycling into the busy main road, we re-routed it slightly and introduced a sweeping bend. And the route of the whole path was also adjusted to give greater clearance from the existing street furniture. All fairly obvious and straightforward stuff, but also disappointingly common problems with many cycle paths.

Agreeing the route of the path

Agreeing the route of the path

Once these changes had been approved by the local council officer and the client we starting digging.

Works commence

Works commence

Excavation down to firm virgin soil

Excavation down to firm virgin soil

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9 thoughts on “Building a cycle path – Day 1

  1. AndrewGills says:

    Great to see bike paths being installed. Wish we had more of them here. Our estate has no footpaths and the nearest bus stop requires us to walk along a major road with an 80kph (50mph) speed limit and no verge.

  2. traumfahrrad says:

    can’t you just extend it a bit, say about 5 miles out, then under the roundabout and back, finishing roughly at the same point on the other side? could have some practical uses.

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