London Borough of Croydon

Cycling is an efficient, cheap, quiet, healthy and non-polluting sustainable form of transport. We seek to provide safe, convenient and clearly identified cycle facilities, both to make cycling easier and more fun and as part of our traffic management measures. Our aim is to reduce accidents and casualties involving cyclists and to increase the number of cyclists on the road.

To date, we and participating agencies have installed a number of features within the borough as part of the London and National Cycle Networks. These include:

Cycle lanes

Cycle lanes are the primary measure to provide cyclists with safer, quicker journeys as well as raising awareness of other road users.

Advisory and mandatory lanes are differentiated by the lining used - solid for mandatory and dashed for advisory. Green surfacing across junctions also backs up cycle lanes. These routes may be:

  • on the carriageway
  • on footways shared with or segregated from pedestrians
  • on specially designed cycle paths.

Toucan signals

These are special traffic signals, similar to pelican crossings, that are designed for cyclists when crossing the road.

Advanced cycle stop lines

Within ordinary traffic-signalled junctions, there are two sets of stop lines on each approach. The one further from the signals is for general traffic, and the one nearer to the signals is for cyclists. This gives space for cyclists to turn right safely, changing from the nearside to the offside.

Contra flow cycle lanes

A one-way street can mean that cyclists have to travel much further. A contra-flow cycle lane lets a cyclist travel against the direction of flow of the one-way street in safety, without being diverted from the road.

Contraflow cycle lanes require traffic signs to inform drivers that they can expect to see bicycle traffic coming towards them. This can be supplemented by road markings such as bicycle symbols to further highlight the presence of cyclists. A contraflow cycle facility can be physically segregated from oncoming traffic with a kerb, it can have a lane indicated by a white line, or it can operate without a marked out lane. The type of facility used depends on the width of the road and the speed and number of vehicles using it. Contraflow cycling will not be allowed where roads are too narrow or it is found to be unsafe for any other reason.

"Plug" no entry

This is a road which is is two-way throughout its length except for a short length of one-way working at one end.

Entry into the road is banned at one end and traffic is only allowed to exit. To help cyclists, a short length of contra flow cycle lane lets them travel past the no entry signs.

Cycle parking

The council has installed cycle parking stands for public use at locations throughout the borough such as at shopping parades, district centres, civic buildings, transport interchanges and other area of public interest. The Croydon Cycle Hub and Brompton bike hire dock is located in College Road, opposite East Croydon station. The hub provides free sheltered cycle parking for 80 bikes, including DDA compliant disabled cycle parking docks. There is also a cycle work station for carrying out small repairs and a cycle pump on site.

Cycle safety

Croydon has an element of the local safety schemes programme, called cycle safety schemes, which is intended to identify and treat danger sites for pedal cyclists. Aspects currently being investigated include the development of a series of local cycle routes that aim to link the strategic network with local destinations and attractions. Exemptions for cyclists at existing traffic management measures, where practicable, is to be a high priority, as will further enhancement of existing cycle lanes.

Cycle maps

Free cycle route maps are available from TFL or you can collect one from the Healthy Living Hub in the Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon.

Cycle strategy

Following consultation with external organisations such as the police, health authorities and cycling groups within the borough, we adopted our own cycling strategy.

The strategy seeks to consider cyclists as a whole throughout the borough and sets out how cycling should be promoted and encouraged for both recreational and utility purposes, thereby seeking to increase the proportion of journeys made by bicycle.

If you have any questions please contact the walking and cycling programme manager, Tom Sweeney tel. 020 8726 6000 ext 62575 email


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