The River Dee round is really safe to cycle we did however modify the route just by extending into Conner Quay for a bit of a explore, the River Dee round route is downloadable from www.chestercyclecity.orgif you fancy a go at this.
Overall we found Chester very cycle friendly, for access to NCR5 we are following the towpath and then onto a disused railway line for NCR5. Turning disused railways and recycling them into cycle paths is brilliant and from safety perspective reduces the chance of accidents dramatically and especially for children, I have found cycling on the roads more of a ordeal these days, the amount of traffic on the roads much abundant unless i can cycle the quiet hilly lanes of mid-wales.
You can we from the Photos i took the River Dee Round it really is truly flat with the exception of a few slight gradients, i have not written to much of our ride as the download and map provides lots of details, i downloaded the details onto my phone but the route is perfectly sign posted.
The cycles we use are as follows-
myself- GT transeo 4.0
Glenys - Carrera Crossfire
both very capable hybrid bikes, Glens is fairly new and proved itself the day after purchase on the Mawddach trail, a rugged no nonsense ladys bike, if i ever needed a new hybrid i would buy one of these myself the mens version of course.
My GT like Glens rugged and perfect for cycling canal Tow paths of which i brought for the purpose of,
it has a upright position as i can no longer ride a bike leaning down due to arthritis of my wrist another reason why i love my hybrid is it is so versatile.