Dr Bike is Back!

The Dr Bike Surgery Run by Cycle Seahaven is back for the beginning of March.

Ethos:- Bikes out of sheds and back into safe use

What we are:- 

‘Dr Bike’ is a group of cycle enthusiasts from Cycle Seahaven who want to help local people to use their bikes more. If you are not pedalling because of dodgy brakes, stiff gears, rattles, creaks or soft tyres, then bring your poorly cycle to the Cycle Seahaven Dr Bike surgery.

We are all passionate cyclists, some even have maintenance qualifications, but we will give your bike a safety check and try our hardest to get your cycle fixed, so you get back in the saddle!

What we are not :-

We do not offer a fully equipped bike repair shop – The area is fortunate to have two of these already – but we do have the skills, tools & enthusiasm to carry out basic repairs & maintenance.

Cycle Seahaven Dr Bike Activities 2018  from March to October

Seaford Council Offices / Police Station Forecourt first Saturday of the month from 10:00 – 12:15

Big Park Peacehaven third Saturday of the month from 10:00 – 12:15

Any queries or offers of help to Dr Bike via our Contact page

Egrets Way Planning Update

The Egrets Way project have applied for planning permission at two locations:

  1. to create a link from Railway Lane (just off Cliffe High Street, Lewes) through the Railway Lands past the Linklater Pavilion, and on to Ham Lane. This will join up to an existing section of Egrets Way that goes from Kingston, past Spring Barn Farm, through the Stanley Turner ground, along Ham Lane to The Cockshut, and on to the Lewes waste disposal site;
  2. to create a link through Piddinghoe village using existing footpaths along the river bank. This take the route past the boathouse and onto the newly-laid footpath and round the sailing pond. The new section of footpath retains its No Cycling status, so we will need to walk this bit.

The full planning application (SDNP/17/05291/FUL) is available on the South Downs National park website HERE, or you can jump directly to this planning application be clicking HERE.

Finding a route through Piddinghoe has proven to be tricky for many years, so we urge everyone who wishes to see a flat, traffic-free walking and cycling route between Newhaven and Lewes to support this proposal. There are already some objections to these plans, so every letter of support will help secure the next steps in achieving the whole route.

There are a few ways in which you can show your support:

  1. log into the SDNP site (you will need to set up an account) and go HERE then click on the button ‘Make a comment’ to leave support as a member of the public;
  2. use the form at the bottom of this page to leave comments which we will collate and add as part of the club’s formal response.

This is very short notice and we only have till noon on Friday 5th Jan, so please do it now.

Thanks in advance.


If you don’t use the SDNP website to leave comments then please use this one –
This option has now lapsed. You have until the end of Friday 5th jan to use the above links to leave your support.


other stuff
Pointers for supporting comments:

  1. when completed Egrets Way will be a flat, traffic -free route from Newhaven to Lewes;
  2. suitable for kids and the less able, as well as cycle commuters between Lewes, Peacehaven (via Valley Road and Dean’s Farm) and Newhaven;
  3. it will link up –
    • our  International sea port to our county town;
    • the villages all along the West bank of the Ouse: Pidinghoe, Rodmell, Southease, Northease Swanbourough, Iford, Kingston and Cranedown;
    • the South Downs Way, pubs, farm shops, wildlife areas, the Railway Lands & Linklater Pavillion;
    • rail stations at Newhaven, Southease and Lewes (meaning you can get the train for part of the way if you wish).

Click HERE for more on the Egrets Way project.

Click HERE for the Egrets Way website

 

A27 up-grade – some positive news.

 

Following the publication of the Preferred Route for the eventual Up-grade to the A27 (see http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/a27e2/) members have made representations to various bodies complaining about the lack of north-south crossings on the A27.

 

The following is a response to letters concerning this lack of north-south crossings and the proposed “ghost” crossing at Wilmington received from the ESCC Lead Member for Transport, Cllr. Nick Bennett.

 

 

Mr Rowswell,

Thank you for your email of 19 October in relation to pedestrian and cycle provision as part of the A27 East of Lewes smaller scale interventions.

Highways England has engaged with the County Council, and other key stakeholders including Sustrans and the South Downs National Park Authority, over the last couple of years as they have developed and consulted upon their proposals for the A27 East of Lewes. The Preferred Route Announcement made by Highways England in late September identifies a package of localised improvements on the A27 corridor between Lewes and Polegate which will increase capacity and improve safety.  Whilst the package of improvements are welcomed, these will only deal with the issues with the current route in the short term.  Therefore, along with the local MPs, other local authority leaders and the business community, we are lobbying for a more comprehensive solution (ie. an offline dual carriageway) to address these capacity, journey time reliability, safety issues in the medium and long term as well as support housing and employment in the area.

As you highlight, the preferred route announcement package of improvements includes a shared use path along the length of the A27.  At present Highways England are still considering whether the shared use path will be north or south of the road, but from ongoing discussions with Highways England on the package of improvements, our understanding is where possible they would like the shared use path to be away from the main road, albeit that might not be practicable in some locations.

I note your comments in relation to the provision for cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians going north – south across the A27.  The funding for the A27 is specifically for improvements on the section of the road between Lewes and Polegate and cannot be used for improvements off the strategic road network. 

However we have had separate discussions with Highways England and the National Park in relation to how improvements can be made to non-motorised user routes either side of the A27 and thereby make the case for monies from the HE’s Roads Investment Strategy Cycling Programme, which is a designated fund of £100m available up to 2020 to deliver safer cycling infrastructure near or across the Highways England road network. As part of our ongoing engagement with Highways England on the design of the smaller scale interventions, my officers will also continue to make the case to them for monies from this funding pot to improve pedestrian and cycle facilities north and south of the A27 into the National Park.

Finally, in relation to your comments regarding the lack of crossing facilities as part of the proposals for Wilmington, the scheme does include the introduction of a signalised crossing to the west of the staggered ghost island junction which will provide a safe place for pedestrians and cyclists to cross and thereby address the concerns you raise.

I trust the information above is of interest.

Yours sincerely,

Councillor Nick Bennett

Lead Member, Transport and Environment

East Sussex County Council

Proposed “upgrading” of A27 – Beddingham to Polegate

A27 East of Lewes road improvement scheme

Preferred Route Announcement from Highways England

The preferred route is detailed in the linked document.  Briefly, there is a shared use path from Beddingham to Polegate for pedestrians and cyclists; there are small changes at Drusillas Junction and very small changes at Wilmington, together with changes at Polegate junction.

However, there are no changes proposed for Firle nor Selmeston, and no centre refuge at Wilmington, only a “ghost island” !  Guess who’s going to end up as ghosts!

See the document at Preferred Route document

Our original assessment of these proposals was posted on 21st Nov 2016, here: A27 East of Lewes – infrastructure schemes

Peacehaven Cycleway now open

Footpath Clearance, ready for the cycle way


Footpath open and ready for use

 



By Andy Lock, on October 31st, 2016:

The footpath at the end of the A259 walking/cycling path between Newhaven and Peacehaven is being upgrade to allow cyclists. This is an ideal alternative for cyclists looking to ride between Peacehaven and Newhaven whilst avoiding the bottleneck on the approach to Downland Avenue. The official notice suggest this will be complete by the end of November.

As one of the items identified by Cycle Seahaven’s review of Peacehaven (http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/peacehaven-cycle-route-ideas-pt-2/)  it’s great to see this short section being upgraded to allow safer cycle journeys between Newhaven and Peacehaven on National Cycle Network route #2.

A259 to Ashington Gardens

Footpath ‘Peacehaven 12’ between A259 and Ashington Gardens

Additional:

Cycle Seahaven’s list of ideas for Peacehaven: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/peacehaven-cycle-route-ideas-pt-2/

Our campaigns page: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/campaigns/

Cycling and the Justice System

The ‘All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’ have posted a request for evidence to allow them to review the case for cyclists and how incidents are handled by the Justice system. Our members may like to assist by forwarding their own experiences. The deadline for submitting evidence is the 16th of January 2017.

The below text was taken from their website at https://allpartycycling.org/inquiries/justice

In early 2017 we will be conducting an inquiry called ‘Cycling and the Justice System’. The select committee styled enquiry will seek the views and experiences of cycling organisations, Government departments and ministers, individuals and members of the general public on whether the current judicial system is serving all cyclists.

We are calling for cyclists who have been involved in road traffic incidents, or friends and families who have sought justice in their absence, to participate in their public inquiry which will run until 28 February.

The APPCG will run four oral evidence sessions in January and February 2017 on the following issues:

  1. Road users and victims
  2. Enforcement and investigation
  3. Criminal Law
  4. Driver awareness and civil justice

These are some of the issues that could be investigated:

  • Should there be greater priority of traffic law enforcement and’ road crime’ for all police forces?
  • Should police forces enforce 20mph speed limits, and speed reduction?
  • Should there be a revision of careless and dangerous driving charging standards
  • Should the ‘presumed liability’ civil compensation system be introduced?
  • Do police investigation, criminal prosecution, sentencing and inquests need reviewing?
  • How are prosecutors trained on the distinction between “careless” and “dangerous” driving?
  • Should there be more use of lengthy driving bans and resisting hardship pleas by the courts?
  • Should the DfT, Home Office and MOJ collaborate on collision and conviction data?
  • Should the Police and CPS be required to report on how they deal with road collisions?
  • Should there be a National Standards on collision investigation?
  • Should road crash victims be covered by the Victims’ Code?
  • Does the Highway Code need updating to reflect an increased duty of care on drivers?
  • Should there be a clearer definition of what is the standard of the competent and careful driver?
  • Should police forces/the CPS release the collision report when complete, and prior to conclusion of the criminal process?

If you would like to submit evidence to the inquiry, please email us your comments or experiences. Please submit a maximum of two pages of A4 and choose no more than five issues that you consider are the most important for us to consider in this inquiry. Please use ‘APPCG Justice Inquiry’ as the subject of the email.

The deadline for submitting evidence is the 16th of January 2017.

 

Local footpath being upgraded to allow cyclists

*** Update – 27th March 2017.  The path is now open for use.

Footpath Clearance, ready for the cycle way


Footpath open and ready for use

Footpath open and ready for use


 


By Andy Lock, on October 31st, 2016:

The footpath at the end of the A259 walking/cycling path between Newhaven and Peacehaven is being upgrade to allow cyclists. This is an ideal alternative for cyclists looking to ride between Peacehaven and Newhaven whilst avoiding the bottleneck on the approach to Downland Avenue. The official notice suggest this will be complete by the end of November.

As one of the items identified by Cycle Seahaven’s review of Peacehaven (http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/peacehaven-cycle-route-ideas-pt-2/)  it’s great to see this short section being upgraded to allow safer cycle journeys between Newhaven and Peacehaven on National Cycle Network route #2.

A259 to Ashington Gardens

Footpath ‘Peacehaven 12’ between A259 and Ashington Gardens

 

Additional:

Cycle Seahaven’s list of ideas for Peacehaven: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/peacehaven-cycle-route-ideas-pt-2/

Our campaigns page: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/campaigns/

A27 East of Lewes – Cycle Seahaven reposnse

The consultation for the improvements to the A27 is now closed (on 8th Dec 2016). Cycle Seahaven responded to the consultation to ensure that non-motorised traffic could safely use and cross this main highway.

The summary of our response based on feedback from members, committee and Cycle East Sussex is:

Many of our club rides make use of the extensive network of bridleways on both sides of the A27 necessitating in the need to cross this busy road to continue to the villages, roads and bridleways on the other side. There are some particular crossings where we would like to see such cycling provision: Firle; Middle farm; Selmeston; Drusillas; Wilmington. Without such crossing points there is a real risk  to cyclists, pedestrians and drivers because individuals often have to dash across the road or risk hovering half way waiting for a break in the opposing traffic. Whilst we understand that traffic needs to flow freely we would argue without safe crossing points communities are segregated and people excluded from visiting areas they would choose to go. Central reservations help but on a fast flowing road like the A27 the risk to novice riders, children, less able pedestrians and mobility scooters is significant and any collision is likely to have a very serious impact on traffic flow (as recent road closures have demonstrated). Ideally, controlled crossings would be installed at the locations mentioned above because, in our view, they would provide the following benefits for ALL road users:

  1.  Safety would be improved for drivers of vehicles, pedestrians and cycle users as the risk of serious collision would be greatly reduced. The risk of major traffic congestion or the closing of the A27 as a result of a collision is  also significantly less.
  2. Communities and vulnerable people would be less segregated with greater benefits for tourists and visitors to East Sussex (cycle and pedestrian links to tourist attractions such as Drusillas, Middle farm, South Downs Way, Rail services, etc)
  3. Pedestrian crossings operate on an on demand basis and only restrict the free flow of traffic when there is a need to do so. The majority of the time vehicle users would be unhampered by their operation.
  4. Improved linking of existing cycle routes on both sides of the A27 building on the investment already made by the county to improve health, reduce pollution, etc.

To read our full and detailed response you can download a copy here: Our response

Our original news entry on these proposals was posted here: A27 East of Lewes – infrastructure schemes

A27 East of Lewes – infrastructure schemes

Highways England (used to be Highways Agency) are consulting on improving access along the A27 between Lewes and Polegate. All of these schemes appear to include better cycling provision. Cycle Seahaven often runs club rides that need to cross the A27, so this could be great news for both our Road and MTB cyclists, but the devil is in the detail. The cycle provision appears to favour cyclists going along the A27. But if you want to make use of the pedestrian/cycle paths while crossing the busy main road (for example with kids or the less able, with cycle trailers or part of a larger organise ride), the proposals do little to help.
For example:

  • All the crossings state ‘Pedestrian Crossing’, rather than pedestrian/cycle crossing
  • Turning right by bicycle onto the A27 is expected to be done by road, rather than on the shared path. This is evident by the lack of crossings along the minor roads to get onto the walking/cycle paths on the other side of the minor road.
  • Cycle routes are cut short where one exists on the other side of the road at junctions. Short sections of cycle path are required as waiting zones when crossing onto the shared paths, or to facilitate quicker and safer crossings.

The consultation documents are not easy to read on-screen: the photographic overlays and lists of objectives/benefits are awkwardly split across two pages. However, the large 19Mb download of the Consultation Displays are easier to read on a PC screen.  You’ll need to refer to these when filling out the survey, which we urge you to look at.

Cycle Seahaven would also like to see better provision for cyclists to get to these new cycle lanes, for example along the Alfriston Road to Berwick (part of national Cycle Route 2, Avenue Verte, and links the zoo park and Berwick rail station to Litlington and Alfriston). Unfortunately this is outside the scope of the A27 proposals, but once they are completed the case for better access to the A27 is greatly enhanced. This is why we need to ensure that the infrastructure for cyclists joining and leaving the A27 is already put in place, ready for later improvements to allow cyclists to reach these main routes form our villages and towns.

There are still some consultation exhibitions that can be visited by the public:

  • 23rd Nov: Eastbourne – William and Patricia Venton Centre – noon to 7pm
  • 26th Nov: Berwick – Village Hall – 10am to 2pm
  • 28th Nov: Lewes – Town Council – noon to 7pm
  • 29th Nov: Lewes – Town Council – noon to 7pm

More details and the online survey can be found here: https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a27-east-of-lewes/

This consultation closes on 8th December 2016.

*** UPDATE ***
The proposed schemes have been published. For full information follow the link to our page at http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/a27e2/