superlative cyclists and reluctant riders in the city are being encouraged to explore
Coventry by bike.
Coventry City Council and Coventry Health Authority have teamed up to produce a leaflet
showing how easy it can be to cycle around the City.
The publication, which is designed to encourage those who might not have cycled for
years, comes with this warning, "Regular Cycling can seriously benefit your
The leaflet unfolds to reveal a street map of the city that is nearly two feet wide.
The map will help people plan their cycle journey in and around Coventry using quieter and
safer routes. Copies of the free map are available from libraries, cycle shops and the
tourist information centre.
The map gives the locations of existing cycle routes and advisory routes. Advisory
routes are on the road but follow the quieter streets and lanes. Information not normally
contained on street maps but of great use to cyclists, such as the locations of steep
hills and cycle parking facilities, is also shown.
The positions of Pedestrian and Toucan crossings are marked. Toucan crossings are
designed to allow both cyclists and pedestrians to cross together, the cyclists do not
need to get off their bikes. They get their name because "Two can cross".
The leaflet is also crammed with useful information to enable you to get the best out
your bike including reminders of what cycle signs mean, contact details for local and
national cycling organisations, and top tips to bear in mind when cycling.
READING THE CYCLE MAP
"Nearly half of all journeys in the UK are under two miles and nearly three
quarters are under five miles. Most people would find these distances easy on a bike"
said Councillor Heather Parker who speaks for the council on Sustainable Transport
issues. A keen cyclist herself, Councillor Parker continued:
"Cycling is often the quickest way to get around. Its the healthy way
to travel. Getting about by bike is a great way to get the daily exercise we need while
saving on fuel and parking costs. The Council hopes that this leaflet will help more
Coventry people to enjoy cycling, whether for work, school, shopping or leisure