I write in response to your correspondent John Hywel Williams, who wrote the other week (Observer, January 2) in regards to the proposed Greenway Network through Alexandra Park.
Mr Williams imagines that there will be ‘accidents and confrontations’ between cyclists and other users of the park. I would expect these confrontations to stay imaginary. In my experience there are many parks and open spaces in the UK, Europe and around the world, that have shared use paths for cyclists and other users, and they all function well.
Hastings and St Leonards has a high quantity of motor traffic and very poor standards of driving, which, combined with poor traffic policing and road infrastructure means cyclists, along with pedestrians, face unnecessary risk when using the road network.
Any proposal which provides safe routes for cyclists and walkers should be welcomed.