Greater Manchester has today unveiled plans to create what it says will be the largest cycling and walking network in the UK, comprising 1,000 miles of routes including 75 miles of Dutch-style segregated cycle lanes.

There will also be 1,400 safer road crossings on most routes as well as 25 filtered neighbourhoods, with streets prioritising people and incorporating areas to socialise, sit and play.

The network will be known as Beelines, taking its name and logo from the worker bee that is one of the emblems of the city of Manchester and which achieved national prominence following last year’s Manchester Arena bombing when it was used as a symbol of commemoration of the victims.

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