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Sustrans is a charitable organisation that aims to encourage more people to walk and cycle.Patrons include the great and the good such as Jeremy Paxman and Jon Snow.From its humble beginnings only a decade or so ago, Sustrans has built itself into a major campaigning charity, which has already developed 8,000 miles of the National Cycle Network throughout the UK.This will increase to more than 10,000 miles by 2005.

Those of you who partake in cycling, especially those who have taken it up since the explosion of leisure cycling in this country in the past few years, will know that the network provides, where possible, traffic-free cycleways for adults and children to cycle without fear of major traffic accidents, notwithstanding the emergence of what the Guardian has nicknamed the 'lycra-lout'brigade.

Safety is an important feature of Sustrans'design guides and where secluded routes are not available, as on about 65 per cent of the entire network (approximately 5,300 miles), then demarcated quiet lanes on traffic-calmed roads are deemed to be acceptable.

The Sustrans project is funded from grants, trust funding, commercial sponsorship and voluntary donations.

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