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Half UK cycle routes unsafe for under-12's

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Almost half of the UK's flagship cycling routes are unsafe for a child of 12 to use, a transport charity says.

Sustrans says poor surfaces, traffic, and too many barriers are making more than 7,500 miles of tracks inaccessible to young users, and other groups.

"There may as well be a 'no entry' sign on their local path," the group's chief executive Xavier Brice said.

The group is calling for an overhaul of the 16,575 miles of cycle routes "to make the network safer for everyone".

It says its long-term goal is to make the network traffic-free and "safe for a 12-year-old to use on their own".

A route being safe for a 12-year-old is a safety benchmark set by the UK government.

But according to Sustrans, two-thirds of the network is on the road - including nearly 2,000 miles of A and B roads.

Full sad report: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46179270

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