A new cycle map of Norwich has been launched to coincide with the start of national Bike Week today.

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The large fold-out map has been made tough and waterproof so that it can be carried by cyclists.

It was revealed at an event held at Cinema City, in St Andrews Street, in front of various staff from Norfolk’s district and county councils, cycling entrepreneurs, health, tourism and cycling campaign representatives.

The venue was chosen as nearby St Andrews Plain is the hub of the new network, which includes seven main routes, called pedalways, and many neighbourhood routes.

These form a network connecting the whole urban area, from Sprowston to Cringleford and Bowthorpe to Broadland Business Park.

Leader of Norwich City Council, Brenda Arthur, said: “The city council are delighted to be able to make the cycle network easier. Cycling is obviously a low-carbon activity, it keeps people fit and it’s very social activity, so I’m delighted with the map our officers have produced.”

Jonathan Denby, head of corporate affairs for rail operator Greater Anglia, said that a cycle hire scheme is due to be established at Norwich Rail Station.

While Dawn Dewar, transport co-ordinator at the University of East Anglia, said the maps will be given to new students so that they can explore Norwich.

To request a copy of the cycle map, email info@norwich.gov.uk or call 0344 980 3333.

- Are you planning a new project for Norwich? Contact reporter David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

6 comments

  • They are having a laugh aren't they; Norwich and Norfolk for that matter have got to be one of the most inhospitable places to cycle. Little has been done for the cyclists other that the odd white line scrawled down the side of a road; and to anyone who complains about cyclists riding on the path obviously doesn't ride a bike. They should try it some time.

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

  • I've already seen the map, it is very good and shows what is a very good cycle network across the city. Let's hope all cyclists use the network sensibly and cycle considerately, and not aggressively. As a postscript to this story, a cycle that was being used by one of the attendees and had been carelessly chained up in a narrow lane outside the venue, was run over by a delivery van, going about it's business reversing up the lane beside cinema city. Seemed somehow apt to me to illustrate carelessness and a seeming attitude of divine right amongst many cyclists (although not all, naturally all those replying will all be paragons of velocipedic virtue!).

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    lockers

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

  • I hope that this will make Norwich easier to explore. It is missing out, as is Norfolk, from vast amounts of cycle tourism. Unless cyclists are safer from motorists cutting them up at junctions, and or force them into emergency situations, by not indicating and breaking hard to stop, the situation and fatalities will not change. Some seem to think that cyclists are to be hunted down, they feel inferior, somewhat challenged in the head, when cyclists chug up the hill whilst they are helplessly stuck in traffic congestion of their own making.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

  • Most cyclists dominate the pavements and scare innocent walkers.Nothing will be done about it.

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    bookworm

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

  • The map is indeed a really good step forward. There appears to be a great divide in opinions about cyclists and other road users, I only hope that those quick to criticize are also open to alternative opinions and that some perspectives are subjective and relative to personal thoughts, opinions and experience. I am all for promoting conscientious and responsible walkingcyclingdriving etc... and at the same time provide a clean and safe environment to move in. I have witnessed some pretty inept comments on this site before now, and the comments here contain a few, I won't try to defend bad cyclists, much in the same way I don't defend bad drivers, but remember that its all relative, and I am willing to bet that bad drivers cause a lot more damage and pain than cyclists, and so we should direct our energy toward them.

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    Al

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

  • All cyclists over the age of 16 should take out insurance for using pavements and roads, cycling should not be endorsed by local councils - as it appears from recent events, to be rather unsafe mode of transport in Norfolk.

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    nrg

    Saturday, June 16, 2012

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