Seaford seafront cycle path gets seal of approval

The Promenade will now be a permanent shared space for both cyclists and pedestrians.
The Promenade will now be a permanent shared space for both cyclists and pedestrians.

A trial scheme allowing cycling along Seaford seafront has been made permanent.

East Sussex County Council said the majority of those who took part in a consultation or who were interviewed about the scheme were in favour.

It said extra signs and a code of conduct would be introduced to make elderly pedestrians feel safer.

A spokesperson for Cycle Seahaven said: “Cycle Seahaven are thrilled that the people of Seaford have supported cycling on the seafront with such a resounding majority in favour of the scheme.

“The survey results are conclusive with 83 per cent of those interviewed saying they were happy for the trial to be made permanent.

“This is excellent news for young, inexperienced or less able people who were looking for somewhere flat and safe to cycle.

“There have been no reported incidents, and levels of cycling remain unchanged since the ‘Share With Care’ scheme was adopted.

“We are pleased to see that good natured sharing of this wonderful resource is something that comes naturally to the residents and visitors of our seaside town.”

There were no incidents recorded during the six month period which began in Easter 2014.

However some concerns were expressed about the safety of pedestrians, particularly those who were less mobile, or had hearing or visual impairments.

The county council said extra signs and the introduction of a code of conduct should help address these concerns.

Cycling will be allowed on the promenade between Edinburgh Road and the Martello Tower.

It will be shared by cyclists and pedestrians. Amongst the concerns expressed were that cyclists did not use the promenade considerately, that the promenade is for pedestrians and that there was not enough space for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as saying cyclists should use the road.

Some also called for a separate cycle lane and called for cyclists to use bells.

The consultation revealed that the main comment received from members of the public was that the scheme was working well.

Cyclists were using the promenade before the trial began but it has now been made legal.

The promenade forms part of National Cycle Route 2, which runs from Brighton to Camber for 70 miles.

It is one of a number of cycle routes around the country. In total there 14,000 miles of National Cycle Network Routes around the UK which are on quiet roads or traffic free paths.