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How to light for bicycles: New guidance available

A bicycle lane with road markings
Designing lighting for bicycle lanes, parks and other infrastructure? Help is at hand: the Institution of Lighting Professionals has launched two brand new Professional Lighting Guides.

DESIGNING lighting for bicycle lanes, parks and other infrastructure? Help is at hand: the Institution of Lighting Professionals has launched two brand new Professional Lighting Guides.

PLG23: Lighting for Cycling Infrastructure updates and supersedes Technical report 23 Lighting of Cycle Tracks. 

It’s a comprehensive review of current lighting standards and guidance and applies them to cycling infrastructure. 

This document includes guidance for cycle tracks where surfaces are shared with pedestrians and cycle lanes forming either part of the carriageway sharing the space with motorised vehicles or sharing the footway with pedestrians. 

The document also discusses the need for lighting, environmental and ecology impacts and explains how appropriate lighting levels should be determined including facilities such as storage and parking facilities. 

There’s an appendix that includes e-scooters and electric bikes, stating that the requirements for lighting are identical to those for pedal cycles.

A second guide out this week is PLG09: Ensuring Visibility Within Short Tunnels.

British Standard BS5489-2: 2016 Code of practice for the design of road lighting, Lighting of tunnels, is the go-to standard that defines and advises the lighting requirements in road tunnels. However, when is a tunnel not a tunnel? When it’s a short tunnel!

BS5489-2 defines a tunnel as being over 150m in length, but with motorway widening and other infrastructure projects, many highway bridges do not meet the full tunnel lighting requirements but need consideration for all road user groups. This is where PLG09 could be used.

  • If you would like to purchase a copy, please email [email protected] to register your interest and he will let you know when the hard copy is available.
  • ILP members can view it for free here
  • To order a copy of the cycling guide, click here
  • ILP members can view it for free here