The Erection of Cycle Event Signage

Guidance note 17, "The Erection of Cycle Event Signage", has recently been revised.  Click "Read More" to see the updated guidance note. 

Also, if you are looking for forms etc, the Information section on this website contains a link to the Forms and Guidance Notes section of the CTT website.


The original Road Time Trials Council (RTTC) passed a motion that Guidance Notes should follow national legislative guidelines regarding particular aspects of our sport.  Cycling Time Trials (CTT), since our inception in 2002 recognised changes were made to the original Cycle Racing on Highways Regulations 1960 (CRHR), allowing our sport to take place on the highways.  Since 2002, amendments have been made to the CRHR with CTT mindful that policies should be reviewed periodically to reflect changes. This Guidance Note has been revisited and revised with these changes in mind.



The note provides guidance to event organisers/those tasked with erecting and removing cycle event signage.

Its objectives are:

       To ensure signage is placed appropriately and safely, with minimum risk to those erecting and removing signs, the general public, competitors and other road users

       To provide a vehicle to inform the general public, competitors and other road users that an event is taking place on the highway ahead


The siting of cycle event signage

In undertaking the initial course design and risk assessment, due diligence must be given to the safe placing and erection of signage.  To be effective, signage must be visible and secure. The placement of signage should provide sufficient time for a driver of a motorised vehicle or a competitor to read, absorb and react to its message.

Warning and direction signage should:

     Be placed in accordance with the approved course risk assessment

     Be clearly visible to approaching vehicles, competitors and other road users, from all appropriate directions

     Not be obscured by long grass, bushes, tree branches, etc,

     Not obscure other highway signage

     At Start/Finish areas adopt the “Gateway” philosophy of erecting cycle event signage directly opposite each other on each side of the road

     Be placed well in advance of a junction or roundabout. (Appropriate distance for placement is 30 to 100 metres for a low speed road (up to 40 mph), and 100 to 200 metres for a high speed road (40 – 70 mph)

     Not pose a danger to others.  It is vital that signage is securely attached/placed so as not to be effected by turbulence from passing vehicles

     Not inconvenience the general public, for example by blocking driveways or the pavement with signage, or a vehicle.


The safety of signage erectors

The safety of personnel placing signage on a public highway is paramount.  It is strongly recommended that signage erectors wear Hi-viz upper garments that meet the EN471/EN1150 Standard. (These can be obtained from the National Secretary – Competition & Development).

Other factors to take into consideration are:

       Signage erectors must assess their own personal safety when placing signage and not take risks

       Wherever possible park the vehicle on the verge or footway, but be aware that stopping on a road designated as a “Clearway” except in an emergency, is considered a traffic offence by the authorities.   

       Placing the vehicle between the erector and on-coming traffic in a safe manner.  Vehicles should point in direction of travel of passing traffic.  Using the vehicle’s hazard warning lights when stationary

       Exiting the vehicle safely by using the passenger side/nearside door

       When erecting signage, risks can be minimised by facing oncoming traffic


       Signage should be visible to all road users and should be securely fastened/anchored and not able to become detached in strong winds/ turbulence from passing vehicles


Cycling Time Trials are currently reviewing a ‘bespoke’ signage erection training programme, similar to that given to road construction workers1, which would be appropriate for our needs.



1 Safety at Street Works & Road Works – A Code of Practice (ISBN 0-11-551144-X)