Joining highways

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In terms of safety and comfort, the transition area between paths and roads is critical to the success of many path projects. You may need to consider ways of managing road traffic as well as path users in order to minimise the dangers posed to them. Structures and techniques such as signs, crossings, bollards, flush dropped kerbs, and suitable markings are best incorporated at the planning and design stages, rather than ‘retro-fitted’. You may also need to ensure that there is adequate surfacing and drainage around path/ road junctions to prevent water flooding onto a road.

flush kerb

Flush kerb...

The following publications provide general guidance about what to consider when planning and designing paths that meet roads, as well as giving specification details:

The Interface Between Highways and Greenways’ (Sustrans National Cycle Network Information Sheet).

Cycling by Design’ (Transport Scotland) - chapter 7 deals with junctions.

Cycling Infrastructure: Design Guidance and Best Practice’ (South East of Scotland Transport Partnership).

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