Roads in non-built-up areas account for only 9% of all cyclist casualties, but almost one half (45%) of all cyclist deaths. The reasons for this imbalance are examined, paying particular attention to the relationship between severity of accidents and speed limits. The issue of rapid growth in vehicle numbers is examined, particularly on rural roads that once provided a tranquil setting for cycling and walking. The report considers the provision made for cyclists on rural roads. Recommendations are made for traffic management initiatives to improve conditions for all non-motorised modes incorporating the use of a rural hierarchy of roads. (A)

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