I know Slow Ways partly came about from awareness of Sustrans cycle routes and the need for something similar for walkers. But whilst Sustrans routes are great for planning long distance leisure rides, they leave huge gaps for commuting or normal travel by bicycle. Google maps tries to present the most cycle friendly route but it is often the best of a bad set of options, and isn't particularly smart. Would it be possible to extend slow ways to cycling between important hubs - villages, towns, business parks, industrial parks, tourism points, stations etc? Partly this would be about finding the best route, buy also could be used to highlight where safe, efficient routes by bicycle are almost impossible with current infrastructure, and therefore priorities for public investment, such as the recent £2bn funding package? I think one of the biggest blockers to more people cycling is safety, and as so many journeys by car are easily cyclable, especially with an e bike, identifying and developing safe cycle routes would be a great way to reduce car use and GHG emissions, and improve health and wellbeing.
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