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Thursday, 11 October, 2001, 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK
Cyclists boosted by internet map
Children cycling on a cycle route
The internet map may encourage more families to cycle
Green transport charity Sustrans is hoping to convert more people to pedal power with a virtual tour of the national cycle network.

The Bristol-based charity is providing detailed Ordnance Survey maps of the cycle routes across the country in an update to its website.

The tour provides details of attractions along each track and encourages families to take to the saddle for a day out.

The cycle network is being expanded from 6,500 miles currently to cover 10,500 miles by 2005.

Rusting bikes

"There's an awful lot of bikes in Britain and an awful lot of them are sitting in garden sheds getting rusty," said Kevin Saunders, spokesman for Sustrans.

"If people find out there is a nice route in the countryside it may provide the opportunity to dust off the bike and start pedalling, with all the benefits that brings.

"If it is a replacement to a car journey or an extra journey it keeps them fitter and gets them out in the fresh air."

Map showing Sustran routes
The cycle network covers 6,500 miles
Previously maps of the network were available from local centres and from Sustrans.

Mr Saunders said the internet guide makes cycling easy.

"This makes the whole network available to everyone that has access to a computer.

"It means if you fancy a trip to Cornwall but don't know what opportunities there are for cycling you can find out straight away without having to find maps in shops."

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