Councillor accepts cycling petition

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THREE thousand people have signed a petition calling for changes to cycle routes in Eastbourne.

Parents, youngsters and members of the town’s cycle campaign group Bespoke met Councillor Steve Wallis on the steps of the Town Hall to accept the petition.

Bespoke has been running for three years and campaigned for safer and more extensive cycle routes across the town.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Wallis said, “Ensuring the safety of residents and visitors while cycling around town is a high priority. We appreciate cycling reduces traffic congestion, is good for the environment and is a healthy and cheaper option to driving.

“Eastbourne Borough Council has already consulted extensively and will continue to do so. Previous consultations have resulted in a new cycle route being installed in the St Anthony’s area, with a new route set to be laid in Meads.

“Other areas, such as Eastbourne Park are also ideal for cyclists and we hope to insert a cycle path adjacent to the railway line.

“I’m always pleased to hear what people think about our vision to create a safe and more accessible cycling network.

“We are reviewing the latest responses alongside the draft Eastbourne Cycling Strategy which has been jointly developed with the county council to ensure the best cycling provision possible.”

The petition and responses will help shape the final Eastbourne Cycling Strategy as part of the consultation process which ends December 22.

See eastbourne.gov.uk and follow the ‘Cycle Strategy’ link.