Magazine article Geographical

Get on Your Bike

Magazine article Geographical

Get on Your Bike

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The Department of Health estimates that deaths from air pollution in the UK total 10,000 a year. In addition, there are thousands of cases of bronchitis and asthma reported annually. In many of these cases traffic pollution is a major contributory factor. Add to this the 3,500 deaths on the roads each year and it's clear that traffic and pollution can seriously damage your health.

The National Cycle Network (NCN) boasts over 8,000 kilometres of continuous traffic-free paths, traffic-calmed routes and minor roads connecting all the UK's urban centres. "The National Cycle Network provides a place where novices can become confident. It is raising the profile of cycling and is acting as a catalyst for area-wide change," said John Grimshaw, the network's director. Half the network is totally traffic-free because it follows old railway lines and canal towpaths.

Statistics show that the majority of car journeys are not necessary, and almost three-quarters are less than eight kilometres long. …

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