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Safer cycling campaign launched in Gravesham and Dartford

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 November 2012 | UPDATED: 10:10 05 November 2012

Arthur Hills cycling

Arthur Hills cycling

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Cyclists are campaigning to get more Gravesham and Dartford residents on two wheels - and make the roads safer at the same time.

The local branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England has launched “Get Kent Cycling” and is asking people to log dangerous cycling routes on a Facebook page.

Campaign leader Alex Hills said: “The cyclopark in Gravesend is a fantastic facility. It does however have a dark side – it is extremely dangerous to get to for many cyclists as it is situated near three roundabouts.

“The safety of cyclists should be of paramount importance to help our country become a more sustainable place. The fact is that the safer cycling is made, the greater the number of people who will cycle.”

Istead Rise resident Arthur Hills, 80, (pictured) cycles regularly and supports the campaign.

“Even simple things like cutting undergrowth back can make a big difference,” he said.

Fellow cyclists can list dangerous routes on cprekent.org.uk or on facebook.com/ProtectKent which Mr Hills hopes will create “political will” for Kent County Council to act.

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