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Cycling safety summit to be held

A CYCLE safety summit aims to identify measures needed to prevent more deaths on Scotland's roads.

The meeting of road safety professionals, cycling groups and Transport Minister Keith Brown was called after a number of cyclists were killed on Edinburgh's roads in recent months, including Bryan Simons, who died from a serious head injury sustained in collision with a black cab at Corstorphine Road on Monday.

The March 21 summit was welcomed by cycling and sustainable transport charities yesterday.

A key demand may be the abolition of 40mph zones in cities and more 20mph limits in residential areas. Campaigners want roads to be more cycle friendly.

Mr Brown said: "My thoughts are with the families and friends of those whose lives have been lost in Edinburgh in recent months. I will continue to work to make sure tragedies like these become a thing of the past."

Ian Aitken, chief executive of national charity Cycling Scotland, said: "Better infrastructure to protect cyclists at junctions and more segregated and on road cycle lanes are certainly what prospective cyclists say they want to see more of."

John Lauder, of sustain-able transport charity Sustrans Scotland, said: "I don't think we need roads in city boundaries that are 40mph."

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