Entries by Simon McFarlane

East Sussex Highways surface dressing programme

Message below from East Sussex Highways: I am contacting you to advise that East Sussex Highways are soon due to start this year’s programme of surface dressing which could impact cyclists locally. Surface dressing is a surface treatment method which improves safety by increasing skid resistance and can extend the life of the carriageway by […]

Sustrans Network Development Plans consultation tool

Sustrans have developed an online tool that enables people to comment on our Network Development Plans across the South of England which you can browse: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/d1ed77fda65544c79a979882f44d1b22/ How it works: “We have highlighted on this map the improvements we think are needed to the National Cycle Network. While we won’t be able to implement all the […]

Surface upgrade on Falmer Road Multi-user Path between Woodingdean and Falmer

Update below from ESCC: In 2013, a partnership scheme between Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC), East Sussex County Council (ESCC), the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), with funding support from the Department for Transport, installed an unbound path along a permissive bridleway adjacent to Falmer Road between Woodingdean and Falmer. On the doorstep […]

Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan – Public Consultation

The public consultation for the Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) is open from 30th October 2020 for a six-week period. This is East Sussex County Council’s (ESCC) proposed plan for the next 10 years. https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/economy-transport-environment/escc-lcwip-2020/ Alongside the consultation, ESCC are also proposing to commission a feasibility study to identify the potential for providing […]

Why the Highway Code should protect riding two abreast

If you’ve not heard yet The Highway Code is under review. The proposal is to amend The Highway Code to introduce a hierarchy of road users, clarify pedestrian and cyclist priority, establish safer overtaking. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-the-highway-code-to-improve-road-safety-for-cyclists-pedestrians-and-horse-riders Just imagine that… it would change our roads for cyclists and pedestrians. In my opinion this is way overdue. Over […]

Why the Dutch cycle…

People often comment on the Dutch and their obsession with the bicycle. Why do they cycle? The fact is they haven’t always. “Before World War II, journeys in the Netherlands were predominantly made by bike, but in the 1950s and 1960s, as car ownership rocketed, this changed. As in many countries in Europe, roads became […]

Cuckoo Trail User Survey, Autumn 2020

From Neil Smith, Chair of Hastings and St Leonards Cycling Club. “Wealden District Council is surveying users of the Cuckoo Trail, whether they are cyclists, runners or walkers. I appreciate that your members may not get this far east too often, but it would be great if local cycling clubs could respond. It’s important that […]