Design and Build Checklist design goals

  1. Plan
  2. Design and Build
  3. Sell
  4. Evaluate

How to select your design goals?


  • Do the identity and route alignment scan to be sure you are designing a cycle highway on the right place.
  • Learn from the planning phase. Certain design goals directly refer to the specific bottlenecks and challenges you encountered in the earlier planning stage (f.i. compensation for nature, specific guidelines for railways,...).
  • If you don't want to miss an interesting design opportunity, a quick win or a no regret measure, we recommend to broaden your perspective with the 22 criteria of the maturity assessment tool.This tool will also help you to select your ambition levels (4 levels).
  • Be inspired by CHIPS' vision 2030
  • Now that you have a better view on your design ambitions, you can zoom into the related design guidelines and measures in the design and build chapter.
  • If you decided to focus on cycling infrastructure, please keep in mind that certain design choices on the level of infrastructure may also improve the infrastructural aspect of readability of your cycle highway. Crossings, a new cycle highway bridge, markings on the pavement, lighting, services or landmarks can also be designed as strategic touchpoints that bring new (potential) users in contact with the cycle highway brand.  
  • If you want to turn your existing cycle highway into an attractive mobility product that can be promoted on the mobility market, browse the readability toolbox and learn more about wayfinding.
  • The manual provides inspiring examples and reflections on intermodal connections and services.  
  • Are you interested in mistakes to avoid? In several sections you have the opportunity to learn from mistakes. Did you f.i. consider design goals for other transport modes like pedestrians?
  • In your design project you might also want to involve future users. Take a look at the tools to improve user involvement.














Explore related tools

Explore related tools

Maturity Assessment Tool

CHIPS developped the cycle highway Maturity Assessment Tool to create a common understanding of cycle highways among Cycle Highway professionals:

  • 22 criteria to assess your cycle highway 
  • 4 maturity levels: from threshold level 1 (minimum) to level 4 (European benchmark).

Readability Toolbox

Step-by-step guide to turn your cycle highway into a plug&play mobility product that can be promoted on the mobility market. The toolbox contains:   

  • Readability tools: branding strategies, wayfinding measures and best practices
  • Reviews: CHIPS recommendations and mistakes to avoid
  • Framework: 10 playlists of measures
  • Search engine: different filters

Design goals & guidelines

There are many existing guidelines on how to design cycle highway infrastructure. If we compare them, what are the:

  • common trends?
  • points where guidelines diverge?
  • areas yet uncharted?


What kind of infrastructural measures can be used on cycle highways? Browse this toolbox to view:

  • various infrastructural- and traffic management measures
  • inspiring examples
  • mistakes to avoid

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