SEAFORD: Accident fears over a shared promenade

Seaford promenade
Seaford promenade

A SEAFORD resident says a shared promenade for cyclists and walkers in Seaford is an ‘accident waiting to happen’.

Ernie Hill, who was lived in the town all his life, said currently a number of cyclists were ignoring the ‘no cycling’ signs of parts of the promenade and added, “You cannot walk safely with cycles coming up behind you without warning and going into you if you move sideways.

“Not all bikes have bells on them these days. For years now it has been in the pipeline to continue the cycle lane from Edinburgh Road along the seafront but it must be along the road.”

Cycle Seahaven, which is a community amateur sports club set up by local residents to promote cycling in the Seahaven area, is behind the initiative which treasurer Denis Bass said had gained support. Although there are no specific plans at the moment the group has been in talks with East Sussex County Council (ESCC) about the idea.

Currently there is cycling on the promenade to the west side of the Salts and Cycle Seahaven is keen for this to be extended until the Martello Tower.

Mr Bass said there was a lack of cycling facilities in the area and added, “We recognise that some people don’t want cycling on the promenade.

“We will be working towards it because we believe it’s the right thing to do as far as we are concerned.

“We’re all about promoting safe cycling. If there was cycling on the promenade we would urge our members to cycle in a responsible manner.”

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said, “We are working with Cycle Seahaven to look at how a new cycle route along the seafront in Seaford could be achieved but there are no specific plans at this time. Any proposals for a cycle route would be made with full consultation of local people on the route.”