Eastbourne police, local schools, community and cycle groups and the Fire & Rescue Service celebrated the launch of a new cycle route in Eastbourne on Friday.
The new section of cycle path, which links Ringwood Road to Lottbridge Drove, is the second phase of the Horsey Way cycle route, which connects with Eastbourne railway station and will ultimately continue across Willingdon Levels to the Langney roundabout.
Police joined children and their parents from Stafford Primary School, and representatives of sustainable transport charity Sustrans, Bespoke, Eastbourne Borough Council and East Sussex County Council in a bike train which cycled from the school along the new path to the Bridgemere Community Centre.
From there David Tutt, East Sussex County councillor and the leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, officially opened the route. A ‘bike doctor’ offered free cycle checks and participants also received bike security and safety advice and enjoyed free refreshments.
Councillor Tutt said, “I have always felt it was right to have a cycle path here as it is safe and away from the road. This is particularly important for the children and the parents in this locality as they can cycle to school in a safe way and get the health benefits at the same time. This is just a small part of what I hope will eventually be a fully integrated cycle route across Eastbourne.”
Felicity Goodson from Eastbourne cycle campaign group Bespoke said, “This is a great location as it links up with the town centre, avoids busy roads and will make a massive difference to children and their parents as they know they can get to and from school in a safe and healthy way.”