Southease to Rodmell under way

Despite the recent apalling weather the Southease to Rodmell section of The Egrets Way is now under construction, linking up the SouthDowns Way to the bridleway from Rodmell. This is an important step in creating a full length cycle way between Lewes and Newhaven. This second stage (the first being the Lewes to Kingston link) will open up the possibility to take your bike on the train to Southease then ride along the banks of the Ouse before turning left to Monks House and the Abergavenny Arms at Rodmell – all on the flat. For the time being only half the route will have a rustic all-weather surface, so at some times of the year this may not be suitable for thinner-tyres. We hope this will change in the near future so access will be given to all ages and abilites, whatever the weather.

The Ouse Valley Cycle Network project (OVCN.org.uk) continue to strive for a full length cycle and walk way, sensitively surfaced to match the beauty of the valley while providing access for all abilites. The OVCN steering group are spending considerable time on making this happen, and Cycle Seahaven are proud to offer support. You can donate a few quid to help make this exciting project a reality by visiting on our online store: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/store/. Thank you.

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Stay up to date on the latest developments at http://egretsway.org.uk

Cyclists and Police talk Safety on the Roads

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CES members meet with Katy Bourne

Tuesday 28th January.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne & Sgt. Stacey Ellott of Sussex Road Policing Unit recently met with members of Cycle East Sussex to discuss issues of Road Safety and Cycling. Cycle East Sussex consists of eight cycling campaigning groups throughout East & West Sussex. These include: Cycle Seahaven,  Hastings Urban Bikes,  1066 Cycle Club,  Eastbourne Bespoke,  Bexhill Wheelers,  Ouse Valley Cycle Network,  Cycle Lewes & Bricycles of Brighton & Hove.

The meeting offered the opportunity to discuss Road Safety and to hear how those concerns might be met. Key issues included: Dangerous parking at junctions obscuring vision for traffic,  how 20mph limits could be effectively enforced,  the appropriate collection of data following collisions involving cyclists so that action could be taken against those responsible,  the need for clarification over the advice to cyclists regarding the position on the road they should take,  concerns over the safety of cyclists in rural areas,  and several other topics.

Attention was drawn to the Road Justice campaign and the debate in Parliament on dangerous driving. Both raise important issues that need addressing.
The cyclists were keen to emphasise they do not condone dangerous or illegal riding by cyclists and expected the law to be upheld by all road users. It was agreed that the key principle is to encourage mutual respect. However, for some drivers, there is clearly a need to appreciate the vulnerability of cyclists and pedestrians on the roads.
Katy Bourne and Sgt. Stacey Ellott offered advice and clarification where necessary,  promising to investigate some of the concerns raised.
This constructive dialogue bodes well for the future. Many people do not cycle because of concerns over safety on the roads. Yet travelling by bike offers huge benefits: it is good for your physical and mental health, it reduces carbon emissions, and it is cheaper than other forms of transport. The cycling groups are hopeful that,  by working in partnership with the Police and Local Authorities,  more people will begin to feel that the roads of East Sussex and Brighton & Hove are safe enough for them and their families to ‘get on their bikes’ and enjoy the freedom that cycling offers.