Town’s seafront cycling plans set to gather speed

A campaign to open up Eastbourne’s seafront to cyclists is gaining momentum.

Bespoke, the local campaign group, is behind the plans to make the seafront more accessible to people on two wheels.

Although a cycle lane has recently been established by Eastbourne Borough Council from Bede’s School to the Wish Tower, Bespoke now wants to see a coherent and safe route from Redoubt to Fisherman’s Green.

The group is arguing that stretch of the seafront is wide enough for both cyclists and walkers and should be made into a shared use promenade as soon as possible.

To boost their efforts and raise awareness the group is holding an Open Up the Seafront event and ride on Sunday February 10.

Cyclists can meet at the bottom of the Wish Tower Slopes at 1.30pm for a 2pm ride along the seafront.

A spokesperson said, The ride is to encourage a healthy heart and fitness through cycling as well as to promote the need for a seafront cycle lane, no different than Bexhill, Brighton and Hastings, and to make the seafront promenade, starting with

Redoubt to Fisherman’s Green, accessible to cyclists of all ages with shared use or a designated cycle lane.

“We are calling for support from all Eastbourne cyclists and parents of children who use cycles, motorists, and those 3,200 people in Eastbourne who signed a petition in 2011 for safe cycling in Eastbourne and a seafront cycle lane.

“The general public can come and meet us on the day and give us their views about cycling in Eastbourne.”

Bespoke was started by local residents in the summer of 2008 and meets regularly and organises cycling events as well as lobbing for improvements.

Further information is at www.bespokecyclegroup.org