Spaces for people - interactive map of measures

Joining up with existing paths and cycle routes

You can use our interactive map to see the temporary measures across the city. Many of the measures make it easier and safer for you to get about the city and surrounds. The map shows how they join up with our existing network of paths and cycle routes so that you can plan walking, wheeling or cycling routes around the city.

Our temporary measures

  • give extra space in our local shopping areas so you can physically distance or queue
  • include city centre streets where people have priority
  • routes to travel more safely including 'pop up' cycle lanes
  • spaces for exercise where people have priority over cars.

How to use the map

  • Open the 'legend' using the double arrows at top left of the map.
  • Decide which theme or type of measure you'd like to view for example spaces in shopping streets.
  • Select the arrow to the right of title of the theme / type to show the colour key for all the temporary measures within that theme. As we have many different measures, each tab has a slightly different key so please check them all out.
  • Alternatively, if you click on any of the lines on the map, a pop-up box will appear. This will tell you the name of the scheme and what theme / type it is.


Advisory cycling

  • Advisory cycling refers to an advisory cycle lane.
  • This means a cycle lane that is painted on the road. This painted lane highlights a space on the road for people cycling. Sometimes the lane is painted in red to help alert drivers that there are likely to be people cycling on this part of the road.
  • Advisory cycle lanes tell drivers that they should not use this space on the road, unless avoidable.

Advisory markings

  • This refers to where a section of the road is not wide enough for any kind of cycle lane, but it is part of a route that has cycle lanes on either side.
  • In these cases, cycle logos are or will be painted on the carriageway to guide people cycling as to where they may wish to position themselves on the road. The cycle logos also alert people driving to expect to be sharing this part of the road with those cycling.

Blue badge holdlers

Blue badge holders can park

  • in public and shared on-street parking bays
  • on single or double yellow lines when loading is allowed
  • in greenways parking places when parking is allowed
  • in disabled parking bays.

Bus gate

  • This is when a road, or a section of road, can only be used by buses.
  • In some cases, a bus gate will be in operation 24 hours a day.
  • In others, the bus gate only applies during certain hours of the day. If the bus gate is only for part of the day, general traffic will be allowed to use that part of the road during the other times of the day.
  • If a bus gate is only part-time, the road signs will make this clear.
  • For clarity, we have labelled the bus gates on the map as ‘part-time’ or ’24-hours’

Contraflow cycle lane

This means that on a street that is one-way only for motor traffic, there is a dedicated cycle lane on the streets that allows people cycling to still use the street as a two way street.

Cycle segregation integrated with bus lanes

On some roads where we’re installing measures to help people cycle, there are also bus lanes. In most of these cases, the bus lanes will remain, as cycling is allowed in the bus lane. The cycle lanes will be provided on the stretches of the road that don’t have dedicated bus lanes.

Quiet link

  • Where a quiet link has been shown on the map, the streets identified are a suggested connection for people cycling.
  • The link either provides a connection between different Spaces for People schemes, or a scheme and the existing cycle network.
  •  In some cases, it highlights the streets that form the connection from where a Spaces for People scheme starts on the street into surrounding neighbourhoods.
  • Quiet links highlight streets that typically have lower volumes and/or speeds of traffic and are therefore more likely to feel comfortable to cycle along. We know that the volume and speed of traffic are barriers to people choosing to cycle.
  • The types of streets identified as quiet links are similar to those that form parts of our existing ‘Quiet Routes’ cycle network.
  • To help people find their way whilst out and about, as well as looking at the map to plan a route, we aim to install street signs for these links in due course. In some cases this will be done as part of the installation of the wider scheme and for others it will follow on.

Mandatory cycle lane

  • Mandatory cycle lanes are dedicated areas of the road provided for people to cycle in. These lanes are not shared with traffic, but unlike a segregated cycle lane there are no kerbs or wands between the dedicated cycle space and motor vehicles.
  • Vehicles are legally not allowed to enter mandatory cycle lanes, with exceptions for emergency vehicles and vehicles and when entering/existing private driveways or making turning movements.

Point road closure

  • A point road closure is where the road has been closed to motor traffic at one location on the road.
  • This means the road is no longer a through-road that people drive along as part of a journey to somewhere else, but that all parts of the street can still be accessed by vehicles from one end or another. This means the street is still accessible to residents, delivery vehicles and emergency services.

Quiet Connections

  • Quiet connections are schemes where we have created a safe cycling connection between different parts of the city, by combining quiet links with a few key road closures or one-way streets for motor vehicles.

Segregated Cycling/cycle lane

  • Refers to a cycle lane on the road, where people cycling are physically separated from motor vehicle traffic.
  • In the case of Spaces for People, the segregated cycle lane is separated from the motor vehicle traffic by kerbs and upright poles.
  • Protected cycle lanes is another term for describing segregated cycle lanes. Both mean the same thing.

Signalised crossing

  • A signalised crossing refers to a push-button crossing, where people walking can press the button to call the green man. Motor traffic on the road is stopped by the traffic lights to allow people walking to safely cross the street.

Traffic calming

  • Traffic calming refers to any changes to the layout of a street that are introduced to encourage drivers to slow down.
  • Traffic calming might involve putting in speed bumps or narrowing the road.

Two-way segregated cycle lane

  • A two-way segregated cycle lane means the same as a segregated cycle lane, except that people can cycle either direction along the street within the one area of protected space.
  • This normally means that the protected cycle space is only on one-side of the road, rather than on both sides of the road.