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CTC says some schemes and projects demonstrate you don’t have to go abroad to see examples of good practice

It often feels as though a town built for cyclists is but a fantasy, and to look at these cartoons commissioned by the CTC, you'd be convinced of it.

But in fact each of these illustrations (and there are 15 in total) represents a real scheme that's operational in the UK - much as it might look like a European cyclist's dream.

The illustration below shows York's Millennium Bridge, which enables cyclists to cross the River Ouse without negotiating heavy motor traffic.

And this one is of a long distance cycle path; the Comber Greenway in Northern Ireland, a green corridor that provides a safe environment for beginner cyclists to escape Belfast’s busy road network.

Another below shows an urban main road - Old Shoreham Road in Brighton - a wide cycle lane where cyclists have priority over traffic turning out of side roads. At main junctions cyclists are also given a headstart.

CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright said: “Great Britain proved this summer that we have the best cyclists in the world. Now, we need to create towns and cities that are world class for cycling.

"There are already great things being done right here in the UK to improve cycling; they just need to happen across all our towns and cities.

"Cycletopia aims to help every local authority learn from what other places are doing to increase the numbers of cyclists and reduce traffic congestion.”

So is a cycling Utopia in the UK rather closer than we think?

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.