Bespoke’s Old Town Cycleway

Stephen Lloyd hired his bike from Black Bikes at the Enterprise Centre
Stephen Lloyd hired his bike from Black Bikes at the Enterprise Centre
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Members from cycling campaign group Bespoke were joined by Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd for a bike ride last weekend.

Bespoke organised a cycle ride along the route of a proposed new cycleway which would be called The Old Town Cycleway.

Bespoke members are campaigning for a cycle path to be laid to link the Cuckoo Trail with Willingdon, Old Town and the town centre.

Robert McGowan, Bespoke member, said, “It would provide a safe and enjoyable link from the start of the Cuckoo Trail in Polegate, through Willingdon and Old Town into the town centre.

“The Old Town Cycleway would also link the many schools in this area and so make it easier and safer for kids and parents to cycle and thereby reduce the number of cars needed for the school-run.

“Another aim of the Old Town Cycleway is to make it easier and safer to cycle to Little Chelsea and the town centre.

“The proposed new route has been received well by East Sussex County Council as it would help link up some of the existing cycle plans.”

Bespoke believes Eastbourne offers a perfect environment for cycling with its many flat areas. Its campaign has the support of Eastbourne Borough Council.

Councillors John Ungar and Steve Wallis showed their support for the proposed route by joining Bespoke in Polegate and at the Wish Tower at end of the ride.

Stephen Lloyd said, “It was a great experience riding with Bespoke for a couple of hours, seeing their proposed new cycle route from Polegate to the seafront.

“The route took in some of the prettiest parts of Eastbourne. Black Bikes, by the Enterprise Centre, generously loaned me a ‘Dutch bike’ and I used some muscles that haven’t been used for 35 years.”