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A cycle network named after Sir Chris Hoy in Edinburgh has been approved in principle by councillors, and meanwhile he is to be approached to become a public face of Better Together, the cross-party campaign group against an independent Scotland.

A network of segregated on-road cycle lanes, traffic-free paths and routes on less-trafficked roads to allow safe cycling throughout the city was proposed by Edinburgh's Green Party, and will now go before the council's transport committee for a report.

Earlier this month we reported how appetite had grown for such a network, fuelled by a redesign of Edinburgh's streets to accommodate trams.

Meanwhile the Labour Party campaign team against Scottish independence are said to have set their sights on Hoy as a poster boy for the movement after he spoke of his pride at being part of Team GB at the Olympics.

Labour sources have suggested Hoy has already been approached.

But a Better Together spokesman told the Mail on Sunday: "There are a number of people, including sporting figures, who will be approached about taking part in the campaign. It would not be fair to single out Chris Hoy."

Speaking after his emotional  triumph in London, Sir Chris said: : "I’m British. I’m Scottish and British. I think you can be both – they are not mutually exclusive."

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.