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Trial scheme for seafront cyclepath in Seaford begins

Signs go up for the cyclepath along Seaford seafront.

Signs go up for the cyclepath along Seaford seafront.

A controversial scheme which will allow cyclists and pedestrians to share a section of Seaford promenade will begin on Sunday April 13.

Cyclists will be able to use the section of the promenade between Edinburgh Road and the Martello Tower throughout the summer on a trial basis.

The public will be asked to give their views on the cyclepath during a consultation to help the council decide if the change should be permanent.

East Sussex County Council’s lead member for transport and environment cllr Carl Maynard said: “This is great opportunity to encourage more people to cycle in Seaford.

“Our experience with other seafront schemes of this type in the county has been very positive.

“Rather than asking people what they think of a potential scheme, running it as a trial will enable the public to try it out and give us feedback based on their views before any decision is made as to whether or not it should be made permanent.”

A launch event for the trial scheme will take place on Sunday April 13.

The ‘Share with Care’ event will be held at the Martello Tower between 10am to 4pm and will be attended by representatives of Seaford Town Council, Cycle Seahaven, East Sussex County Council and Sustrans.

Cycle Seahaven will have a stand at the event and trained mechanics from Mr Cycles in Seaford will be on hand to offer free bike tune ups and other freebies.

And if you fancy a smoothie, Bike-It Phil from Sustrans will be there with his smoothie bike - a pedal powered blender to make delicious smoothies.

During the trial scheme people will be able to give their views by filling in an online questionnaire at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/haveyoursay

Copies of the questionnaire are also available from Seaford Library and Seaford Tourist Information Centre.

Those using the seafront will also be asked for their views at various times during the trial.

The consultation on the trial is due to close on Friday October 17.

A decision about the scheme’s future will then be made taking into account all responses received.

 

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