Eastbourne seafront cycling bylaw to be lifted

Seafront No Cycle Sign Eastbourne Prom SUS-150618-070831001

Seafront No Cycle Sign Eastbourne Prom SUS-150618-070831001

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The issue of whether cyclists and pedestrians will be able to share the seafront promenade between Fisherman’s Green and the Wish Tower will go out to public consultation.

Eastbourne Liberal Democrats gave the green light to the initial lifting of the bylaw last night (Wednesday).

Now it will go out to consultation for 28 days and if there is overwhelming support, it will be down to East Sussex County Council to come up with a cycle path for segregated use of the promenade for cyclists and pedestrians.

Bespoke, the Eastbourne cycling campaign group, and cycle shop owner Stephen Kittoe spoke in favour of a seafront cycle lane at the meeting.

Bespoke says cyclists will be safer riding on the promenade and Mr Kittoe said Eastbourne was behind the times in providing safe routes for cyclists.

The opposition Conservative group on the council however, fiercely opposes any lifting of the byelaw.

Tony Freebody, leader of the Conservatives on the authority and himself a keen cyclist, said, councillors had listened to many local residents and believe the lifting of the bylaw will allow cyclists to use parts of the promenade that are not designed for segregated cycling or indeed shared space.

“The lifting of the bylaw could open up the possibility of cycling along the length of our seafront,” he said.

“Whilst improvements need to be made to our cycling infrastructure, potentially allowing cycling between Fishermans Green and the Wish Tower is not the answer.”

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