Letter: Cycle network

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Sir: Your correspondence (Letters, 13 and 15 September) on cyclists driving to the Forest of Dean, in order to enjoy the excellent trails provided by the Forestry Commission, demonstrates just how overdue the National Cycle Network is. Its routes will enable your correspondents to cycle by safe and attractive ways from the centre of Bristol, Newport, Gloucester and other nearby settlements, hopefully enjoying the journey itself so much that some will not even reach the Forest!

In the meantime, the very popularity of the Dean's cycling routes gives us confidence that there is a large suppressed demand for cycling which will be realised as we resolve the present intolerable conflict with traffic.

JOHN GRIMSHAW

Director, Sustrans

Bristol

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