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If only 10 cyclists a day use John Edwards' cycle paths (NCE Letters 20 June) then it is perhaps due to their poor design. Here in Watchfield the cycle facilities are used by over 150 primary school children cycling to school, students, shoppers and commuters all reaping the benefits.

Land purchase for cycle facilities may well be expensive but not as expensive as that for new roads.

What a pity that an engineer with such negative attitudes towards cycling should be involved in integrating cycle facilities into new highway schemes.

The number of cyclists killed on the roads is not 'statistically insignificant'. In 1998 there were 22,923 pedal cyclists killed or injured in road accidents, only 30% of whom were children according to government figures.

Dr Richard Barnes (M), 75 Eastrop, Highworth, Swindon, Wilts, SN6 7AT

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