How do I know where I can cycle?

Knowing the difference between a pavement for pedestrians only, and a path where pedestrians share the space with cycles can be tricky – especially where there are few clues.

All the cycle paths in Swindon are marked on the Swindon Cycle map (they are shown as a solid orange line where the path is traffic free, and a dotted line for recommended routes that are on-road).  If you don’t have a map to hand, then there should be signs and markings on the routes themselves to help you.

Look out for the following signs;

This sign means it is a path for cycles only.  Pedestrians must not walk on this path.

We only have one example of this in Swindon, where a path connects Medway Road to Church Walk North.

This sign means no cycling. You may dismount and push your cycle.

You will mainly see these signs on narrow footpaths and alleyways where cycling would be hazardous.

This sign means the path is for both pedestrians and cycles, but you have to stick to the correct side of the line.  The path will be painted with a white line in the centre, and sometimes a picture of a bike or pedestrian will be painted on the ground to reinforce which side you should be on.

There are many examples of these in Swindon.

This sign means the path is for both pedestrians and cycles, but you don’t have a white line and can cycle anywhere on it.  Please be courteous though – neither path user has right of way over the other.

There are many examples of these in Swindon.

The “End of Route” signs are placed when a cycle route comes to an end.  You will normally have to rejoin a road, or cross the road where the cycle path may continue.  We are trying to stop this happening in Swindon, as cycle paths need to connect up and provide seamless routes.

The “Cyclist dismount” sign has also been used in the past but this is now considered inappropriate.

When you see a red circle on a black post, this means that the cycle way has come to an end, and the path is turning into a pavement.  Cyclists can rejoin the road, or sometimes there are alternative routes.

There are examples of this on Queens Drive, where the cycle path becomes the Eastern Flyer to the left, and the path ahead is for pedestrians only.  Other examples are where pavements continue to a bus stop, and the cycle path is diverted around this hazard.

Blue signs along the routes will help you navigate.

Some signs have numbers in white – these are the miles to the destination listed.

When you see a number in a red box, this refers to the Sustrans National Cycle Network route.  Route 45 comes from Chisledon, through Swindon and onto Cricklade and beyond.

We hope this guide has been helpful.

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