Sharing the town’s pathways between cyclist and pedestrian is to be the new order in Eastbourne’s busy thoroughfares: town centre and promenade alike.
However, has the balance swung more in favour of the cyclist than the pedestrian? Cyclists often complain that their weight is no match against a motor car. So they would do well to remember the imbalance also applies to the vigorous, speeding cyclist versus the walker, sometimes frail or possibly blind or deaf.
Common sense suggests that Eastbourne needs safe, segregated pathways. Not just for pleasurable walking but to avoid nasty injuries or even a preventable death. The inevitable result of a “free for all” shared pathway.
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