CYCLING: Consider old and disabled

I read last week of the extraordinary decision of Eastbourne Council to recommend that cycling be allowed on the promenade.

I note with some amusement that the OED definition of a promenade is as follows ‘a paved public walk, typically one along the seafront at a resort’. The council obviously wishes to re-define the meaning of the word.

Do any councillors ever walk along the prom? Judging by this decision I very much doubt it. If they had they would realise the problems, not to mention, dangers that cycling would bring.

Has any consideration been given to the elderly, disabled, partially sighted visitors or residents?

Or young children, who for obvious reasons tend to get excited and unpredictable when they’re about to go on the beach? Dogs?

It seems to me that the council has been bullied by the minority cycling lobby to recommend this change. I’m pretty sure that a vote of Eastbourne residents and visitors would produce a resounding no to this proposal and not the preposterous figure of 73 per cent supposedly in favour according to Bespoke.

Cycling (or any powered transport) and pedestrians do not mix. That’s probably why cycling on pavements in somewhat frowned upon!

I see no difference in this case. Surely they must see that our seafront, thanks to the sterling efforts of our tourist department, is thriving and at weekends, school holidays, bank holidays and at events like Airbourne, Magnificent Motors, etc is a very busy place and quite unsuited to promenade cycling.

This scheme will also have a detrimental impact on Eastbourne tourism.

In addition to this at a time of financial restraint the council will no doubt spend tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of pounds, implementing the scheme, whilst the cycling fraternity will contribute zilch. The rest of us will pick up the tab in Council Tax or reduced services.

I visit Brighton on occasion and contrary to the suggestion that cyclists would ride with added caution and due consideration I can assure you that they generally don’t.

Having to look both ways to avoid being hit a speeding cyclist is quite ludicrous when the pedestrian is crossing the promenade.

I intend to contact the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Mr Eric Pickles and urge him to overrule this plan as should the seemingly silent majority who also oppose these proposals.