Cycle routes - A guide to objective assessment

Imagine that each input aspect of a cycle route shown in the fourth column is either good, (worth 2 points), adequate (worth one point) or useless, in which case give it zero. Total these points and you will have your rating! You may think the ratings are not perfect. I agree, but they are consistent. Basically these criteria give the objective grade of the route. Low scores are bad, and high scores are good. Any route which scores less than four is probably not worth cycling on. Ordinary roads generally score 6 7 or 8.

Route The name of the route
Length (km) Total distance of route as described Rating Verbal indication of quality, relative to the scores below (see footnote)
Authority The authority responsible for the route or the area where the route is located Surface None = 0
Friable = 1
Metalled = 2
OS Sheet The Ordnance Survey 1:50000 "Landranger" map sheet number Width <1m = 0
1 to 2m = 1
>2m = 2
Between The Westernmost end Traffic >10 cars/hour = 0
1-10 c/h = 1
0 traffic = 2
OS Ref. The Grid references of the above Stops Enforced stops = 0
No enforced stops = 1
and The Easternmost end Danger If there are external dangers = 0
Safe = 1
OS Ref. The Grid references of the above Navigability Confusion in route = 0
Obvious route = 1
Date Date route was surveyed Route If there is a faster alternative route = 0, if it is the fastest route = 1
Author Name or contact for surveyor Score Sum of the above seven. The crux
By Rail Nearest Railway stations (and their distance from the nearest point on the route)
How to find Brief instructions on how to find the route
Connection Indication of any adjacent or near cycle routes with links
Comments Brief comments by the surveyor or editor

Footnote. The following totals give the following grades

0,1,2 & 3 = "Use the road" 7= Good
4= Poor 8= Very Good
5= Passable 9= Excellent
6= OK 10= Perfect

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