MobilityCyclingUseful Guides to Cycling

Useful Guides to Cycling

Jo Helme
Jo Helme
I studied (and cycled) at the Universities of Cambridge, Nottingham and Vienna. My day involves squeezing information out of cycling advocates, experts and policymakers, and then writing all the juicy bits into articles. When the climate crisis gives you lemons, ride bicycles.

Looking for a handy handbook on cycling? We’ve found some of the best freely available ones, saving you from ceaseless searches. 

Sieving through the endless sheets of information on cycling can be overwhelming. 

If you’re looking for condensed articles with only the juicy bits included, then look no further than our pieces on cycling. We’ve read these guides and spoken to many the authors, so you don’t have to. 

If more detail or a behind the scenes peek is what you are hankering for, then below is a list of some of the major freely available English handbooks. This covers both general and specific guides: given the range of topics cycling encompasses, many deserve their own dedicated handbooks. 

Guides to Cycling

General Guides

  • PRESTO’s four handbooks on cycling: General FrameworkInfrastructure, Promotion and Pedelecs. Whilst rather dated (2010), this EU project still stands as the most comprehensive policy guide and features additional smaller fact sheets within each topic. 
  • MOBILE2020’s general handbook gives a very detailed account. It’s slightly more up to date than the PRESTO guides (written in 2012), but it is less readable.
  • The EU Commission’s Mobility and Transport webpage on cycling provides an overview of various cycling sub-topics.
  • MIMOSA’s “Ingredients of Success” provides a more generic account of the key ingredients that drive cycling change.

Cycle Tracks



  • EU project CARMA’s handbook on how to market cycling campaigns professionally
  • The London Cycling Campaign’s handbook on building a cycling campaign 

Inclusive Cycling

Bike Sharing Schemes

Cycle Highways

  • EU project CHIPS website on cycle highways


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