On behalf of The Classic Cycle Group, Bexhill, I would like to express our support for the proposed amendment which would permit safe cycling along the promenade in Eastbourne and we commend Eastbourne Borough Council for taking this initiative.
At present, the Eastbourne seafront is a road which causes agitation, fear and concern among family and social cyclists since many do not have the assertiveness to ride along this congested section of road which, by the way, is also exacerbated by dangerous potholes.
In addition, this section of the Coastal Cultural Trail which is designed to connect the Towner, De La Warr and Jerwood Galleries by bicycle is at present rendered fundamentally flawed resulting in it being unattractive for cyclists to make Eastbourne a destination point.
By permitting this facility, it would definitely add to the attraction of visiting Eastbourne by bicycle, expanding on the fine seafront amenity which in turn improves tourism and trade. Shared use and dedicated cycle routes are an amenity which adds to the enjoyment of all as proven in Bexhill, St Leonards and Hastings with few incidents, and we hope that Eastbourne will take note of the asset benefits and that the council will endorse this proposal with swift implementation.
Lionel Road, Bexhill
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