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Cyclists told to leave Tour de France racing at home

Thursday 1st August, 2013

For anyone inspired by the exploits of Chris Froome over the last month, it's the perfect time pull on some cycling shorts and hit the roads on two-wheels.

But cyclists tempted to emulate their Tour de France heroes by racing on shared-use paths are being warned that they need to leave their yellow jersey ambitions at home on the sofa.

Sustrans has called for apps like Strava, which encourage cyclists to virtually race each other, to highlight when routes are being inappropriately recommended for racing.

The charity says cyclists should slow down or keep off traffic-free paths, which are designed to also be used by pedestrians and wheel-chair use.

While disputes between cyclists and pedestrians are rare, "irresponsible" behaviour by a small minority can spoil it everyone.

Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans chief executive, said: "Traffic-free walking and cycling paths are not the place for reckless cycling speed demons; they cater to a variety of users by providing a safe, non-threatening environment to travel in.

"The anti-social behaviour of a very small number of cyclists is making everyone feel less safe – it would be great for the online community to take action by pointing the finger at people doing the wrong thing."

Meanwhile, Sustrans is calling on people to pull on their cycling clothes and helmets for its Pedal On UK tour around the country.

The charity is teaming up with former TOWIE star Lydia Bright to encourage people of all ages to take to two wheels this summer.

"Last year it was so exciting when Team GB pedalled their way to Olympic victory, and now Pedal On UK will make us fall in love with cycling all over again," said Ms Bright.

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