Afoot Eastbourne has responded to the latest situation surrounding cycling on the promenade.
They’ve written to Eastbourne Buzz saying:
The Government has made it clear that Active Travel (any form of movement which requires our own energy – walking and cycling for example) is a priority. It also suggested that the best way to achieve this is to deliver dedicated safe walking and safe cycling schemes.
Evidence across the World (and closer to home towns like Cambridge) prove that only dedicated cycle routes will “explode” the hidden demand for cycling in Eastbourne. Since 2008 safe pedestrian space has been given over to cycling the result being that those cycling on a regular basis in Eastbourne has halved from 2% to 1% yet our council and the cycling lobby group wish to launch more of the same i.e. take safe walking space on the promenade for cycling. This is so frustrating and completely ignores the following Government guidelines;
LTN 1/11 Notes it states that shared space should meet the needs of all users
Shared use is a cheap quick cure all which is proving highly unsuccessful. Let’s see our council focus on delivering quality dedicated schemes which will deliver growth in both walking and cycling.