Cycling idyll or danger zone? Spike in deaths on rural French roads

Cycling deaths shoot up on the roads that have long been renowned for safe and respectful driving

Cycle touring in France
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Has our favourite cycling holiday destination just become less appealing? The French Cycling Federation (FFC) has called for urgent action following a report showing that cycling deaths and injury had shot up by 30% compared to pre-pandemic figures, reports Connexion France. The rise is particularly apparent on rural roads, which have long been viewed by British riders as among the best, and safest, in Europe with riders often making the trip across the Channel to enjoy them.

The FFC says it deplores what it calls "increasingly aggressive" behaviour by drivers, and has called for a meeting of cycling and motoring groups in order to decide upon a way forward.

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