Viet Nams First Technical Guideline for Bicycle Infrastructure Design in Urban Areas

Make Cycling Attractive Again

In the past, cycling was a primary mode of transport and common throughout cities in Viet Nam. However, decades of rapid increase in private motorised vehicle ownership have turned bicycles into a fewer/less common means of transportation in cities and they receive little attention in urban transport policies. The Guideline will enable to ride bicycles safer, more conveniently, to promote cycling again as a daily travel option for people of all ages and abilities.

On the 29 May 2023, the Technical Guideline for Bicycle Infrastructure Design in Urban Areas was launched at the first of its kind in Viet Nam.

The launch is key to Vietnam’s efforts in addressing the fast-growing urban population that is projected to reach 50% of the total population by 2025. Rapid urbanization leads to pressure on the management of urban public services, including a number of issues related to urban transportation and the environment. The existing urban road network often poses risks to cyclists and other vulnerable road users, and many smaller streets lack the necessary space and facilities for safe bicycle and pedestrian use.

We encourage urban planners, urban designers, road engineers, and city managers to use this guideline as a reference in their works. This guideline provides both theoretical and technical solutions to problems related to bicycle facilities that in line with newly issued standard 13592:2022 Urban Roads -Design Requirements in Viet Nam.

Mr. Ta Quang Vinh Director General of ATI/MOC

This guideline comprises wide-ranging recommendations for designing bicycle infrastructure, highlighting five key areas of action:

  1. Bicycle infrastructure design
  2. Bicycle intersection design
  3. Design for minimizing traffic conflict
  4. Traffic signals, pavement markings and traffic signs
  5. Supporting facilities

​​​​​​​For further information, please find the press release at:

The development of the Technical Guidelines for Cycling Infrastructure Design in Urban Area was led by the Administration of Technical Infrastructure (ATI) and the Ministry of Construction (MOC) in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Ministry of Transportation (MOT), with technical support from GIZ, WRI, and HealthBridge. 

The development, design and printing of the Technical Guidelines for Bicycle Infrastructure Design in Urban Areas are supported by Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and under the framework of the DeveloPPP project “Promote and Pilot a Public Bike-Sharing (PBS) Scheme in Viet Nam towards Sustainable Urban Mobility and Smart Cities”, Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) Project, and HealthBridge Livable Cities Programme.

Two of GIZ colleagues with the finished guideline ©GIZ/ Trang Truong Thi Quynh

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