Calls for improvements to cycle parking around town

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There is a new focus on parking for bicycles in Eastbourne as Bespoke continue its attempts to encourage more people to cycle around the town.

Twelve-year-old Abby McNally, a member of the voluntary group, is a firm believer that cycle parking should be given more consideration. She took her suggestions to Eastbourne Borough Council, where she received unanimous support.

As part of the plan, Bespoke has launched ‘cycle parking standards’ that demonstrate how cycle parking can be installed very cheaply outside businesses and shops. These include hoops or ‘Sheffield Stands’, which can have any part of the bike locked to it.

Abby said, “If there is no cycle parking, it’s one of the reasons people don’t cycle.

“And the cost of petrol is very high. Many people can’t afford cars, especially young people.

“Planning for parking should include spaces for bikes as well as cars. The whole economy relies on someone getting somewhere and doing something.”

East Sussex County Council have been updating their guidance on planning for parking, currently focusing on what employees want from a cycle park.

It’s hoped the use of ‘cheap and cheerful’ hoops outside buildings and shops will encourage shoppers, visitors and customers to consider cycling for short journeys, improving health, the economy and easing congestion.