Have your say on town’s seafront bicycling plan

Seaford seafront, new cycling signs. SUS-140304-120148001
Seaford seafront, new cycling signs. SUS-140304-120148001

A controversial consultation into a trial scheme which allowed cycling along Seaford seafront is underway.

Residents have until October 17 to give their views to East Sussex County Council about the plans.

This will help the council decide whether the scheme becomes permanent or not.

Some residents raised concerns there would be collisions between cyclists and pedestrians, making it dangerous for people to walk along the seafront.

However others welcomed the idea, saying it would make it safer for people to cycle through Seaford, create a safe space for children to learn to cycle and encourage more people to cycle instead of use their cars.

Some readers said they had been nearly knocked off their bikes by car doors opening on the Esplanade.

During the trial the use of the shared cycle path and footway was monitored.

The county council said Sustrans’ National Cycle Network Route (NCR) 2 passes through Seaford.

A section of shared cyclepath and footway was constructed along Marine Parade in Bishopstone, which means that there is now a continuous off road cycle route connecting Seaford with Newhaven.

The route is well used and provides a safer alternative to the busy A259 coast road, the county council said.

The off road cycle route from Newhaven currently finishes near Edinburgh Road at the western end of Seaford.

Cycling was prohibited on Seaford promenade, which means cyclists have to use the carriageway along Marine Parade between Edinburgh Road and the Martello Tower.

The county council said the section of route along Marine Parade was not ideal for cyclists owing to the presence of parked vehicles on either side of the road.

Allowing cyclists to use the promenade would provide a safer alternative to Marine Parade, it argued.

The scheme is being promoted jointly by East Sussex County Council, Seaford Town Council and Cycle Seahaven.

The trial scheme began at Easter this year and continued during the summer.

Residents will be allowed to legally cycle along the promenade until a decision is made.

A decision on the future of cycling along the promenade is expected from the county council soon.

To take part in the online consultation follow this link: https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/economy-transport-environment/cycling-seaford-promenade-trial