Petition for safer cycling in Eastbourne

MP Stephen Lloyd with councillors and petitioners for the BESPOKE cycle campaign group
MP Stephen Lloyd with councillors and petitioners for the BESPOKE cycle campaign group

A PETITION calling for safer cycling paths in Eastbourne has been signed by more than 3,000 people and presented to the town’s MP.

Bespoke cycle campaign group handed over a petition of 3,210 signatures to Stephen Lloyd on the Wish Tower slope.

Mr Lloyd said, “I am delighted to see so many of Eastbourne’s residents backing the call for safe cycle routes around Eastbourne and along the seafront.”

Cllr Carolyn Heaps, mayor of Eastbourne, was also at the presentation.

Felicity Goodson from Bespoke said, “98 per cent of the people we asked were very keen to sign and many expressed their disbelief that anyone could be against it, bearing in mind the benefits it will afford the town and its people.”

The cycle group says cycling is good for health, environment, tourism, freedom for children and the economy.

Felicity added, “Many more people have taken to their bikes since the recession.

“We need a safe comprehensive cycle system so we can bring order and safety for the new wave of cyclists.

“In other towns and cities where this has been introduced, the interaction of cyclist, pedestrian and car has been very successful and more people have taken to bikes.”

n THE next Bespoke meeting is on September 11, at 8pm, at the Prince Albert pub in Old Town.

The next mass ride is on September 25. Everyone welcome. For more information see www.bespokecyclegroup.org