National Cycle Network has many 'crap' paths, says charity in charge
Almost half of the network has been rated ‘poor’ in a review to be published on Monday
It spans 16,505 miles, is seven times longer than our motorway system and carries half as many people each year as the UK’s creaking railways – all for free and with no carbon emissions. But the National Cycle Network is so starved of funding that many of its bike paths are “crap” and desperately need improvements, according to the charity responsible for its development and upkeep.
The network, marked by blue and red signs, includes 5,273 miles of traffic-free cycle paths, bridleways and canal towpaths used by millions of cyclists and walkers each year. It also incorporates 11,302 miles of “on-road” sections, covering the length and breadth of the UK from the Shetland Islands to Land’s End and from East Anglia to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
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Source: Guardian Transport
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