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Old Shoreham Road route picked as one of UK's best new cycling initiatives
A Brighton and Hove cycle route has been named as one of the country’s best for promoting, protecting and inspiring two-wheeled travel.
The Old Shoreham Road route has been chosen as one of 15 cycling initiatives to make up a charity’s imaginary town showcasing the best cycle friendly schemes.
Cycletopia, which has been created by the national cycling charity CTC, includes a main road inspired by the city’s £700,000 project.
The cycle route, which was opened in June this year, includes an extra wide bike lane where cyclists have priority over traffic turning out of side roads.
Cyclists are also given a head start over motorists at traffic lights and junctions.
Rob Fuller, the charity’s development director, said: “Brighton introduced new hybrid cycle lanes along one of the main roads in the city.
“These lanes have priority over traffic turning out of side roads and at main junctions cyclists are given a few seconds head start with a separate signal.
“CTC would like other local authorities across the UK to be inspired by the wide cycle lanes on Old Shoreham Road and install cycle lanes that encourage people to feel safer cycling on busier roads.”
Other initiatives on the list include London’s Barclays Cycle Hire, a work cycle scheme in Milton Keynes and a car free bridge in York.
CTC is the largest cycling organisation in the UK with 70,000 members.
Chief executive Gordon Seabright added: “Great Britain proved this summer that we have the best cyclists in the world.
“Now, we need to create towns and cities that are world class for cycling. There are already great things being done right here in the UK to improve cycling; they just need to happen across all our towns and cities.”