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Cycling benefits outweigh risks

Allan Ramsay (Write Back, July 26) should be rejoicing in Bradley Wiggins's fantastic achievement and the positive effect it will have on cycling in this country.

Department of Transport statistics show reported deaths of cyclists UK-wide fell from 111 in 2010 to 107 in 2011.

We should be looking forward. Things are improving. There are more cyclists out there than ever.

There is a wealth of training opportunities available for all ages and abilities. Subsidised (and often free) training is available to children aged 10 and over through Bikeability Level 2.

There is a major problem with obesity. We should, therefore, be encouraging and supporting people to have a more active lifestyle.

There is risk associated with most activities, but with cycling the health benefits outweigh the risk.

JUDITH BILLINGHAM

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