Brighton seafront road closed to motor traffic

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Now with traffic reduced to 1955 levels due to the Covid lockdown, Brighton and Hove City Council has closed Madeira Drive to motor traffic. This road is right next to the sea and stretches east from Brighton Pier.  Conditions for cycling and walking are perfect and people are enjoying the freedom of the wide new traffic-free space.

 

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Barriers to cycling must be removed!

2020-01-27 ETS committee (2)We’ve told Brighton and Hove City Council that the gates appearing in Brighton must be removed and a better solution applied that doesn’t prevent cycling. 

Our Campaigns Officer made the case at the Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee in January.

Our deputation with text and photos is here.

See the webcast. The relevant bit starts at 0:24:00.

The gate below is at the junction of Natal Road and Dewe Road near the University of Brighton’s campus on the Lewes Road. It is permanently locked. No consultation was carried out on its placement. Not good enough!

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Help the homeless in 2020!

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“Bike It Brighton” is on Sunday 7 June 2020 at Preston Park Velodrome, Brighton.

Early bird registration now available until Friday 31st January

Brighton Housing Trust’s flagship cycling event is returning this year with a new name and look, and new, exciting activities planned for the day. Join us for Bike It Brighton on Sunday 7th June 2020 at Preston Park Velodrome and play your part in combating homelessness across East Sussex. Choose between a 60 mile or 30 mile challenging ride across the South Downs, or a family-friendly cycle on Preston Park Velodrome. There will be food and entertainment throughout the day at the Velodrome. Join us and help someone who is homeless get the support they need to find a place they can call home.

Find out more and register here

The organisers are also inviting charities to partner with them for this event to help raise money for local causes. Charities can purchase places in the event in blocks of five. They particularly welcome smaller charities in the Sussex area to come on board. If you are interested in becoming a charity partner then please contact fundraising@bht.org.uk

Respond now – last chance!

Use this simple template to respond about transport in the South East before the January 10th deadline! It will save you from filling in a long questionnaire. If we don’t respond and this regional body sticks to its preferred strategy, cycling and walking will drop by about 13% or more in the South East! The link above takes you to Friends of the Earth’s website where you can respond easily.

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Spare time over Christmas? Some ideas for activities below!

  • Respond to the Transport for the South East consultation by Jan 10th .  See Friends of the Earth for useful template if stuck!
  • Sign the East Sussex petition to claw back funding for walking and cycling that was used to cover an overspend in road building in Hastings and Bexhill by Jan 14th . (You have to register and log in).
  • Respond to Adur and Worthing’s Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan by Jan 6th .  See Shoreham by Cycle’s description of the plan where there’s also a link to respond.

See you in 2020!

Strategy, what strategy?!

2019-10-28There are many failings in transport, especially for cycling. The total lack of strategy is plain at all levels.

Transport for the South East (TfSE) wants to plan strategic transport across the South East and is consulting from now until 10 January 2020. The consultation documents are here

TfSE draws together Councils, Local Enterprise Partnerships, businesses, transport providers and some stakeholder groups.  What are they going to come up with? The scenario put forward by the TfSE results in a reduction in cycling and walking by 7%!

It is essential that sustainable transport and cycling infrastructure gets much more investment if we are ever going to have a cycle-friendly region.

Join with others in working out how to influence this strategy and get the best result! Attend this half-day meeting at Gatwick organised by the Transport Action Network, a new organisation assisting people and groups calling for sustainable transport in their local area. More information about Transport Action Network here.

Transport Conference on June 15th

We have to do better on transport! We need a new approach that helps people cycle, walk and get to where they want to be without destroying the countryside and having traffic everywhere. Come along and support the campaign! Come to the conference at the Brighthelm Centre in Brighton on June 15th and hear about a new perspective.  Book your ticket here! https://www.facebook.com/events/347059775923479/

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