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Uphill battle for cyclists

Letters to the editor

Alasdair DV Massie (NCE 10/31 December 1998) seems to be confused about which came first, the cyclist or the cycle path. The Low Countries had a large population of cyclists many years before it had a network of cycle paths. The paths were created to accommodate the existing cyclists. In Great Britain we have a tiny cycling population that does not merit the building of cycle ways. The argument that building cycle paths will encourage cycling is ridiculous. I agree that cycle paths are cheap to build compared to motorways, but they represent very poor value because only a tiny minority of people use them.

The pipe dream of 'a cycle lane on every urban road' would result in vast tracks of urban greenery being paved over for no apparent purpose.

Finally, when are the advocates of cycling in Great Britain going to stop comparing us with two of the flattest countries in the world, the Netherlands and Denmark. Would cycling in these countries be so popular had they our hilly, some might say mountainous countryside?

JA Edwards (AM), 222 Holmlands Drive, Prenton, Wirral, Merseyside L43 0UU.

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