Before councillors press green for ‘Go’ to lift the cycling ban on the promenade, I would like to suggest they take careful note of the flashing red light of common sense.
If the safety of cyclists is a driving factor behind this proposal , then surely the obvious solution is to introduce a dedicated cycle lane on the road that runs parallel to the promenade. Surely moving people riding self-propelled vehicles onto what is essentially a pedestrian pavement is simply taking the risk of collision and accident from the highway to the promenade. Added to which, the greater number of the promenade users, pedestrians, will now be placed in a jeopardy they never had to worry about before. So can an advocate for this change please explain how cyclists slaloming through crowds that include small children and vulnerable pensioners can be anything but a series of serious accidents waiting to happen.
Another motive for the change is the opinion that somehow resistance to this proposal is reactionary, and almost anti-democratic. In fact a utilitarian view would hold that the greater good of the greater number would favour the ban being retained to protect the peace, safety and security of the pedestrian majority.
Finally, I suggest that Eastbourne would be guilty of spitting on its luck, in having such a rare and much valued extended zone of leisure and exercise, if it blindly followed the fetish of fashion by wantonly imperiling the safe enjoyment of the promenade by introducing the alienating stresses of the highway.
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