Peacehaven Cycle Route Ideas pt.2

Further to our previous post asking for ideas on routes around Peacehaven we’ve come up with a draft map as a way of keeping track.

Here are the ideas so far.

  • NCN2 along Arundel Road is spoilt by cars parking over the cycle infrastructure, and the cycle gaps created by the islands fill up with debris. These need addressing.
  • Regarding the Peacehaven end of the new A259 shared path from Newhaven – the corner to Downland Avenue is a bit tricky to negotiate. Footpath Peacehaven12 onto Ashington gardens is a possible alternative if it can be opened up to cyclists.
    *UPDATE: Under consultation
    *UPDATE: In Progress
  • Footpath Peacehaven 1  (along the cliff top) is a cracking route for MTBs and hybrids. Much of it appears to be highway and it’s used a lot by riders already, even though there’s no apparent right of way designated in some sections. It would be nice if it could formally be changed to allow cyclists.
  • Crossing from Restricted Byway Telscombe 9a (popular with walkers and cyclists) from the Tye to the shared path on the South side of the A259 is not a nice experience.
  • The wide metalled Footpaths Piddinghoe5 and 13b are a great route from the Big Park to Piddinghoe, and would be nice to be designated a shared path. A lot of cyclists use it already. It would make more sense if/when Egrets Way ever got finished.
  • Glynn Road is another cracking route from The Big Park. It goes past Meridian Primary School and takes riders up to Telscombe Road and onto the Tye. Being a dead-end in the middle (passable by walkers and cyclists) makes this road quieter than others.
  • Many roads often have cars parked along them making navigation tricky – especially with/for youngsters. A large number of roads in Peacehaven have wide grassy verges which could be converted to shared paths, especially those roads going to schools and shops. . Some suggestions would be:
    • Rowe Avenue, back of Police Station, Sutton Avenue, Roderick Avenue as a central spine connecting NCN2 and the Meridian Centre and the back way to the Community School by Horsham Avenue North;
    • The entire length of Telscombe Cliffs Way would link up much of the proposed route on the West side;
    • Park Avenue, through the park, Balcombe Road to Peacehaven Heights primary, The Joff youth centre, Sutton Avenue spinal route and Peacehaven Community school;
    • Connect Glynn Road to Roderick Avenue by the tree-lined path from the North of Horsham Avenue North via Firle Road.

 

Here’s a link to a draft map for Peacehaven: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zLlVG8i4AAa0.kY22qa7v5vuU

And here’s an old one we did for Newhaven: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zLlVG8i4AAa0.kUSpFPn93Eyo

 

If you have any further ideas then please get in touch by leaving a comment below or select ‘Campaigns’ from our contact page at http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/contact/

 

Lockup Needed

Cycle Seahaven is looking for secure premises where we can store bikes and cycle gear. We would need our own key for access at all times of the day, and enough room to store a large bike trailer and some loan kit such as bikes,  helmets and lights. It needs to be low cost because we run the club with very little income.

We are also considering buying a 10-20 cycle trailer to transport bikes to locations like Friston Forest and the Cuckoo Trail, so we can give people the opportunity to enjoy the pleasure of riding in new and interesting places without having to get there by riding on busy main roads. But we can’t do this without somewhere to store it.

If you can help please use the contact form on the Cycle Seahaven website,  choosing ‘general’  from the selection box.

Life Saving Helmet Stickers Come to Sussex

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership is supporting the rollout of QR code stickers that carry personal information about the rider.  This is important if someone is involved in an accident.  The stickers are designed to be fixed to a crash helmet and can be scanned by emergency services for personal and medical information.

Throughout 2015, SSRP will be demonstrating and educating motorcyclists/cyclists at events across the region on the use of technology to enable faster sharing of critical personal information in emergencies, with free iCEQR stickers being given out to the first 5000 visitors to their stand.

More information about the initiative can be found at one of the following events;

  • June 13th / 14th – Eastbourne Cycle Festival
  • June 16th – Brighton Biker Night
  • June 25th – 28th – Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • July 11th / 12th – Eastbourne 999
  • July 26th – Bexhill Motofest
  • August 18th – Brighton Biker Night
  • August 22nd / 23rd – Shoreham Air Show

For more information visit www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk or jump direct to the iCEQR page: http://www.sussexsaferroads.gov.uk/news/in-case-of-emergency-stickers

 

Thursday Pub Ride Report – 7th May

Last night we had 25 riders of widely varying ages and abilities congregate on The Flying Fish,  some joining us en-route from as far away as Polegate. It was great to see some newcomers to Thursday’s regular pub ride:  welcome to Lou and her son Cam (13),  Alan,  Steve, and Fergus.

A number of members and guests rode over from Newhaven via the Ouse Estuary Trail (the walking and cycling track between Newhaven and Seaford),  so they had already completed half of the ride and wouldn’t need to join us on the return journey after the pub. We set out on the 4-mile ride from The White Lion,  a popular meeting place for our rides,  and headed en-masse along Belgrave Road towards the mini roundabout,  turning left up Firle Road. After about 250 meters we waited for everyone to re-group before turning left along the bridleway that goes past Costcutters on Princess Drive,  continuing a straight line onto Grand Avenue where we stopped again to regroup and catch our breath.

Junction of Grand Avenue and bridleway Seaford 8b

Junction of Grand Avenue and bridleway Seaford 8b

One of the benefits of using quiet  bridleways is that it’s easy to stop just about anywhere without fear of blocking the way for motor vehicles,  and we always put this benefit to good use on our easier rides where we need to stop regularly to allow everyone to keep together. It’s much more fun in a big group,  and the faster riders know it’s an easy ride so are happy to wait and encourage new riders.

The route into Bishopstone was along Silver Lane,  passing the long flint wall to our left which is embedded with the Pelham family badges (a diamond shape and a buckle, click for Historical info),  before the descent to St Andrews Church.

Dropping down to Bishopstone Village

Dropping down to Bishopstone Village

Bottom of Silver Lane, opposite St Andrews Church, Bishopstone

Bottom of Silver Lane, opposite St Andrews Church, Bishopstone

Bridleway Seaford 8b

Bridleway Seaford 8b

The above map of the bridleway  between Firle Road and Bishopstone is from the East Sussex rights of way map, which can be viewed here: http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/leisureandtourism/countryside/rightsofway/rightsofwaymap/LargeMap.htm

After another breather we turned right along the quiet road towards Poverty Bottom pumping station. With a tarmac surface all the way to Norton, this road turns into a bridleway with a short but steep climb to the top of Cantercrow Hill. Once at the top crossroads we all stopped for another breather before heading downhill to the pub.

Route from Norton to The Fish

Route from Norton to The Fish

The above map of the bridleway between Norton and The Flying Fish is again from the East Sussex rights of way map.

Once at the pub we were treated to huge plates of superbly roasted potatoes and gravy,  all supplied free to the riders courtesy of the Pub. The roasties didn’t last long enough for pictures to be taken of them.

Roast spuds, gravy and laughter outside 'The Fish'

Roast spuds, gravy and laughter outside ‘The Fish’

On the return journey we waved goodbye to the Newhaven-based riders who didn’t have far to get home. The rest of us rode along the Ouse Estuary Trail to Seaford and The White Lion where the ride ended – but the evening’s laughter continued.

 

Next week’s ride is to the Eight Bells in Jevington. Twice as far but still a gentle pace.

Route Map to the Eight Bells

 

Family Forest Ride Report – 2nd May 2015

17 riders took part in our second Forest Family Ride for 2015. We met at the first forest car park at 2:00 and rode along the Family Trail to the Candy Canes where we went into the pump track allowing the kids (including the adult kids – namely Mr Lock) to have a go at the pump track. A number of the kids had not done this before and really enjoyed learning how to pump round the track without pedalling and learning how to take the berms (banked corners).

Following this we headed along the fire road towards the pumping station before turning left onto a section of the forest Red Route. We then heading back towards Cardiac dropping down what is now named as ‘Harvey’s Hill’ where the kids enjoyed a bit of speed and learnt the valuable lesson that after every hard climb comes a great fun descent!

From here we carried on around the Family Trail before turning right up to the Look Out where some members of the group had a go at the crater there before all heading down the Snow Run and Final Descent and then back to the car park for a 4:00 finish.

We had a few non-members join us for this ride who all took membership forms and are now looking at joining the club. One Mum commented on how she had heard that this was a community minded and very friendly club and testified to how coming on the ride with us had confirmed this for her.

Keep an eye on our rides calendar for more Forest Family rides through the summer months.

 

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