'Crap Cycle Lanes' a great read

'Crap Cycle Lanes' shows off the delights of the UK's so-called bike-friendly routes in all their glory. Each offending path is pictured, with a full description - including location.

If you've ever thought your local bike paths were laughable, a new book proves the joke really is on you.

Crap Cycle Lanes shows off the delights of the UK's so-called bike-friendly routes in all their glory. Each offending path is pictured, with a full description - including location. Among the highlights are cycle lanes six inches wide, 10 feet long, and even one blocked by a phone box.

The book is published by northern campaign group, the Warrington Cycle Campaign.

It's a compilation of the tongue-in-cheek Facility of the Month series which has been running on the group's website for years, highlighting the poor quality of many cycle routes - and the eccentric planning behind them. Our sister publication Cycling Plus also runs photos each month.

The group were approached by a publisher this year and immediately jumped at the invitation.

But the popularity of the book in the run up to Christmas has taken the Warrington cyclists by surprise.

Group member Rod King said: "About 5,000 have been printed, which is quite respectable for a print-run. We certainly require a second print-run, which is being ordered as we speak."

The Warrington group is not campaigning for better 'segregated' cycling, however. Instead, it is focusing its efforts on calling for 20mph speed limits in residential areas of towns and cities across the UK.

Mr King told Bikeradar: "If you think how many people that would affect and how there would be safer and better environments for both pedestrians and cyclists, you can see it provides more bang for your buck."

Fellow Warrington campaign member Jonathan Wood was recently invited to speak about the book at the New Yorker Festival.

Cyclists in the Big Apple have been facing their own battle to get decent cycle paths constructed.

And the book is not just a gimmick - all profits go to the Cyclists' Defence Fund. Crap Cycle Lanes, published by bike specialists Eye Books, is priced at £4.99. It's available in the UK from large branches of WHSmith, Borders and Waterstones, and online at Amazon.co.uk.

UK cycling charity Sustrans is currently bidding for a £50million Lottery fund which would pay for 79 new bike and walking routes across the country as part of the Sustrans Connect2 project.

To find out more about the national call for reduced speed limits, visit www.20splentyforus.co.uk.

© BikeRadar 2007

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