Streets account for 80% of London's public spaces. They play a fundamental role in moving people around safely, and well designed streets can help enhance quality of life.
We are committed to being more ambitious for streets with a collaborative, design-led approach. The design guidance documents in our toolkit will help planners, designers, highway engineers, contractors and others to meet the standards we've set and to design high quality streets and public spaces.
The toolkit contains:
Streetscape Guidance provides a standard for London's streets and spaces for those who will be working on or affecting London's streets. Whether a one-off major project or a smaller local adjustment, it defines our aspirations and outlines the criteria for good design, material selection, installation and maintenance.
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This guidance shows how Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) can be incorporated into London's streets and wider public areas to help manage surface water run off, reduce flood risk and provide other environmental benefits. Revised and updated in November 2016, the guidance highlights potential opportunities and constraints, aimed at encouraging the relevant authorities across London, including the boroughs, to consider their streetscape and the possibilities of successfully integrating SuDS.
Comprehensively revised and updated in 2014, LCDS sets out requirements and advice for cycle network planning and for the design of dedicated cycle infrastructure, cycle-friendly streets and cycle parking. This guidance applies to all streets in London and must be adhered to for relevant funding programmes. In October 2016, minor updates were made to the document, for consistency with the revised Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (2016).
The New Cycle Route Quality Criteria published in May 2019 describes the quality we expect for proposed cycle routes in London, based on London Cycling Design Standards best practice guidance.
A spreadsheet tool and technical note are on the Cycling page in Publications and documents.
Guidance on design of temporary traffic management to support cycling may be found in the TfL temporary traffic management handbook (2018).
Chapter 1: Design requirements
Chapter 2: Tools and techniques
Chapter 3: Cycle-friendly streets and spaces
Chapter 4: Cycle lanes and tracks
Chapter 5: Junctions and crossings
Chapter 6: Signs and markings
Chapter 7: Construction, including surfacing
Chapter 8: Cycle parking
Index and glossary
For comments and further information on LCDS contact email@example.com.
This Urban Motorcycle Design Handbook explains how road and traffic conditions affect motorcyclists. It also details how how risks can be reduced and hazards can be minimised for this vulnerable group of road users.
This guidance describes the importance of both roads and street design so that bus services are accessible for all bus users. This updated guidance also reflects the importance of Healthy Streets and considerations of the needs of cyclists. Updated in March 2017.
For comments and further information on accessible bus stop design guidance contact firstname.lastname@example.org.