It is good news indeed to hear that Carl Maynard, Lead Member for Transport and Environment, has agreed to a trial allowing cycling along Seaford seafront this Easter. The trial will start in April and last for 6 months.
The proposal is for ‘shared access’ across the whole width of the prom. Cycle Seahaven fully suport the ethos of a shared, fully inclusive path without the ‘automatic rights’ suggested by white lines. It will be up to everyone to share this wonderful place with mutual respect. The prom will be for leisure cyclists who keep their speed down, and definitely not for ‘racers’.
Marine Parade and the Esplanade are popular roads for on-street car parking, which presents additional hazards. An off-road promenade route will reduce the risk to leisure cyclists, especially for the young and less abled. We’ve had strong support from residents and local authorities for this welcome trial –
“ Seaford Neighbourhood Policing Team are keen to support any initiative which makes cycling safer, especially for more vulnerable cyclists. We hope that this will do just that and encourage more people to get out on their bikes, whilst at the same time respecting the rights and enjoyment of pedestrians.” Sgt. Stuart Mullins, Sussex Police
“We are rightly proud of our promenade and it is an area that is greatly enjoyed by everyone. Opening it up for shared use will widen participation in cycling which is a wonderful form of exercise, and families with young children will also have a safe space to teach their children to cycle.
It will also mean that we can sensibly extend the Sustrans National Cycle route which connects Newhaven and Seaford. I am encouraging the County Council to also look at improving the fair weather route that was recently opened connecting Chyngton Lane North with Exceat.
I hope Seaford Town Council who are going to work in partnership with East Sussex County Council on this scheme will also include Cycle Seahaven, our local cycle group who have particular expertise and who already do a lot of work with local families and cyclists.” Councillor Carolyn Lambert
Cycle Seahaven will continue to work with the local policing team, Seaford Town Council and East Sussex County Council to help ensure that all cyclists respect other users in the way they ride, particularly along the promenade.