Cycle routes and shelters

A supportive site environment will encourage building users to arrive by bicycle, reducing the need for vehicle parking and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Cycle entrances, routes and shelters should be convenient and safe to use.

Barrier access systems need to be in a location that makes it easy to operate them. Cyclists may have hearing or speech impairments so operating an access system that requires aural or oral communication may be difficult. CCTV coverage is a simple way to monitor access points, especially where communication is by spoken word.

The site layout and facilities need to be designed to make the environment safe and comfortable for cyclists. To keep everyone safe, cycle paths should be located to avoid conflict with vehicles and pedestrians.

Design considerations

  • Arrange for cycle entry, circulation and exit points to be separate from those for vehicles and pedestrians.
  • Pedestrian routes should be prioritised over cyclists as they are more vulnerable.
  • Ensure the barrier access system is at a comfortable height and position for a rider, easy to operate and covered by CCTV.
  • If spoken communication at the barrier is needed, ensure a visual indication of answer is provided.
  • Indicate the location of cycle shelters stands and racks on entry to the site.
  • Divide large cycle parking areas into appropriately marked sections to make retrieval as easy as possible.
  • Site cycle shelters, stands and racks away from pedestrian routes.
  • Provide long cane detectable features and contrast for the safety of those who are blind or have low vision.

This information is published by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Executive. It is a general guide only and, if used, does not relieve any person of the obligation to consider any matter to which the information relates according to the circumstances of the particular case. Expert advice may be required in specific circumstances. Where this information relates to assisting people: