The Sunday Times)
November 11 2018, 12:01am,
Mark Hookham and Laura Laker
Campaigners want to create another 5,000 miles of traffic-free cycling
Britain’s 16,500-mile cycle network contains “crap” and unsafe sections that urgently need to be improved, the charity boss overseeing it has told The Sunday Times.
Xavier Brice, chief executive of Sustrans, a cycling and walking charity, said the speed limit on some rural roads should be lowered from 60mph to 40mph to increase the quality and safety of national cycle network (NCN) routes across the country.
The network, which is designated by blue and red signs, includes 5,273 miles of traffic-free cycle paths, bridleways and canal towpaths and 11,302 miles of “on road” cycling routes, ranging from rural lanes to busy A and B roads.
A review to be published tomorrow by Sustrans reveals that 42% of the network has been rated as “poor” and…