As reported in the latest edition (May 2011) of the Austroads newsletter (brought to our attention by the kind folk in the Department of Transport and Main Roads), the Cycling Aspects of Austroads Guides is now available as a free download from Austroads.
This 157-page publication is an invaluable resource for cycling advocates interested in the nitty-gritty of technical design issues. It contains the cycling-related parts of the Guide to Road Design, the Guide to Traffic Management and the Guide to Road Safety, which together are thousands of pages and cost almost $2000.
From the newsletter:
Cycling Aspects of Austroads Guides
The Cycling Aspects of Austroads Guides has now been released by Austroads. The publication brings together cycling related information found in various Austroads guides, primarily the Guide to Road Design and the Guide to Traffic Management.
It contains key information that relates to planning, design and traffic management of cycling facilities. This publication has been produced specifically to ensure that this information is easily accessible by cycling interest groups and practitioners who have an interest in cycling issues and facilities.
It also provides an overview of planning and traffic management considerations, and a summary of design guidance and criteria relating to on-road and off-road bicycle facilities.
Cycling Aspects of Austroads Guides cross-references the Austroads Guides for more detailed information.
To maximise the accessibility of this publication, particularly with community and bicycle user groups, Austroads is offering Cycling Aspects of Austroads Guides for free download in electronic format. It can be downloaded from Austroads Publications Online.
The publication can also be purchased as a hard copy from the website.