The artwork has been installed at @Bristol, a Millennium Commission funded visitor centre, and was designed and constructed by Bristol artists Marion Tucker, Sue Ford and Carol Arnold.
Sustrans commissioned the artwork to celebrate the creation of the Network and the fact that they are a Bristol-based organisation.
The National Cycle Network, two-thirds of which is traffic-free and the rest on quiet minor or traffic-calmed road, already covers 7000 miles of the UK and is due to extend to
10 000 miles by 2005.
Bristol saw the creation of one of Sustrans' first routes - the Bristol to Bath cycle path - which is amongst the busiest in the UK with around 1.7 million trips made on it every year. From its experience building this path grew the concept of the National
Cycle Network that was initiated by a grant of £43.5 million from the Millennium Commission. This funding was unlocked by the £1m raised by the cycle trade via the levy prior to 2000.
Unveiling the artwork, Jerry Michell of the Millennium Commission, said :
"The Millennium Commission is proud to have supported the National Cycle Network. It is the only Commission project that geographically reaches the whole of the UK. The network engages the whole community in the idea that cycling is a healthy, effective and efficient way of travelling in the twenty-first century."