Trial for cycling along Seaford Promenade next year

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Cycling along Seaford Promenade will be allowed during a trial period next year.

Seaford Town Council said the trial will start in Easter and run throughout the summer.

The council will then talk to residents before East Sussex County Council decides whether to give a shared path the go-ahead.

Town council clerk Sam Shippen, who admitted opening up the seafront to bikes could prove controversial for some, said: “For ages we have been talking about having shared use because at the moment all those people who are cycling on the Promenade, are breaking the law, although people are cycling there anyway.”

A survey carried out by Seaford Community Partnership indicated that people were in favour of cycling along the Promenade.

The town council will collect data about cycling on the Promenade in Seaford on Saturday October 5, Monday 7 and Sunday 13, from 7am to 7pm.

Once the trial is over the town council will carry out questionnaires and surveys to establish residents’ views.

It will give the data to the county council so it can decide whether the changes should be made permanent.

The cycle path will run from Edinburgh Road to the Martello Tower.

A shared use path is the most likely outcome.

Sam explained the scheme followed on from similar schemes in Bexhill and Eastbourne. What do you think? Should cycling be allowed on the Promenade?