Cyclists take lives into their hands

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AS one who has often decried the notion of cycling on the seafront, I share wholehearted enthusiasm for the news of dedicated cycle tracks across the town’s transport networks.

On ever-congested roads I have always recognised that cyclists take their lives in their hands.

It is admirable to think that young people especially are going to be able in due course to ride to their schools in increasing safety.

Of course it can only be good for health and good for the environment.

Furthermore, Steve Wallis is to be congratulated for the balanced approach he has always taken to the matter.

Cllr Wallis himself highlights the nub of the question in referring at the beginning of his statement to: ‘The benefits of cycling over many other forms of transportation.’

There we have it: it is a form of transportation, which renders it entirely different from attempts to justify it on the seafront.

Even your own editorial (February 10) comes round at last to the shortcomings of Brighton’s seafront arrangements. One might also add those of Hastings.

In both cases the pedestrian having taken his life in his hands to get across the main road to anticipated safety on the promenade has to look left and right again to negotiate the two-wheeled traffic.

We are about to face the desecration of the sea side pavement of King Edward’s Parade.

Is it really too late to create the cycle path on the road – the transportation route?

Surely it would not be beyond the collective whit to construct a cycle track parallel to the pavement, separating it with a bricked kerb so that the car parkers would not encroach upon it.

Cyclists should be catered for on as many transport routes as possible, not on pedestrian ways.

EDWARD THOMAS,

Collington Close.