I agree wholeheartedly with the letters of last week opposing rights of cyclists to use the promenade. The word “promenade” derives from the French “se promener”, to walk, and should be kept for the use of walkers. At the moment, pedestrians who venture onto the promenade have to avoid children on tricycles and scooters, parents with prams, teenagers on roller blades and skateboards, adults who are serious roller-blade racers, dogs, disabled in motorised vehicles, wheelchairs, the Dotto train and now bicycles. Will there be a cycle lane each way? Will there have to be traffic lights or a pedestrian crossing to allow walkers to cross these lanes? Will there be a speed limit and who will enforce it? Obviously there is no enforcement now in place where it is illegal to cycle on the prom. Last week my husband (who has to use two walking sticks) and I had to stand aside on the pavement to allow a seasoned middle-aged couple to pass on their bicycles. I must have missed the passing of a new law permitting cyclists to make full use of pavements.
Ponder plight next year
Regarding the letter in newspaper on July 18 from Mr A Richards, Spencer Road, cyclists on seafront, tell him have a look at Stage 1 of the Horseye Section. It starts in the spring 2015 from the railway station, through Ashford Road, across to Cavendish Avenue, Firle Road, Stansted Road, Waterworks Road, Moy Avenue, to Ringwood Road, where pedestrians will have to share pavements (some extended) with cyclists. Cavendish Avenue will have a coloured cycleway in the existing road. God only knows how very large buses and lorries are going to be able to pass one another, its almost impossible now. Firle Road will have shared pedestrian/cyclist pavement. All sounds like we will be having a great time dodging cyclists - we do now, but I reckon getting knocked down by cyclists then will definitely be on the cards, the speed they go. And I assume that cyclists will now consider it legal to ride on pavements, as they do now here, even when not shared. Hey ho, what a carry on eh! Especially for us old wrinklies. We shall wait and ponder our plight next year.