This research investigates the safety implications and practical methods of allowing contra-flow cycling in one-way streets in the UK. Five 'alternative' contra-flow cycle schemes (ie schemes not including a mandatory cycle lane or physical segregation) were examined. Video filming and interviews with cyclists were used to collect data from the sites. The results were supplemented by data supplied by the local authority responsible for the schemes; this data included vehicle speeds and reported accidents. The schemes appeared to operate safely, supporting the wider use of alternative contra-flow cycle schemes in the UK. Design advice is proposed on how this can be best achieved. Important factors to consider when designing contra-flow schemes are motor vehicle flows, motor vehicle speeds, delivery vehicles, parking and side roads. (A)

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