Sign this petition to keep the Old Shoreham Road cycle lanes!

Sign this petition to keep the Old Shoreham Road cycle lanes extension!

We are at risk of losing these lanes unless we show support. Sign now and share widely.

IMG_3477The temporary cycle lanes were put in place on the A270 as an urgent measure in line with statutory guidance issued by the government. They extend from the Drive to the Hangleton Road junction. They’re not perfect, but they are enabling more cycling, more social distancing and it’s much better now with the lanes, than it was without them.

IMG_9525Traffic goes fast on the A270 and it is used by HGVs. We need a City-wide cycling network and links with neighbouring authorities so that people feel safer to ride.

 

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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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.

Labour MPs and Green Councillors turn out for our Space for Cycling ride

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Stephen Morgan MP rides a BTN Bike Share bike on the ride.

Our Space for Cycling ride at the Labour Conference was a great success!

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In front, holding flags from left to right: Stephen Morgan MP, Andy McDonald MP, Fabian Hamilton MP, Tom Guha of Cycling UK and Becky Reynolds of Bricycles

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Andy McDonald MP for Middlesbrough, made a pledge to increase funding to £10 per person per year for cycling and walking if a Labour government were elected.

Many thanks to Andy for coming and also to Stephen Morgan MP for Portsmouth South and Fabian Hamilton MP for Leeds North East (below).

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Fabian Hamilton MP with a BTN Bike Share bike.

We were also very glad to welcome two Brighton and Hove City Councillors who arrived on bikes, both from the Green Party: Councillor Alex Phillips and Councillor Dick Page.  

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Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner also stopped by for a chat!

Many thanks to Tom Guha from Cycling UK for arranging the speakers. Cycling UK’s press release here.

 

Space for Cycling ride on 25th September

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Don’t forget the “Space for Cycling” ride during the Labour Party Conference in Brighton on Monday 25th September at 6.30 pm.

We are organising the event in collaboration with Cycling UK, the national cycling charity.

It’s not party political, but we do want to ensure that cycling is on everyone’s political agenda!

We are inviting Labour Party delegates, Brighton and Hove City Councillors and MPs from every party to join us.

The details are on Facebook and below:

Meet opposite the Brighton Hilton Metropole Hotel on the seafront cycle track on Monday 25th September at 6.30 pm.

We will have photos and a mini ride to Hove and back.

Space for Cycling encourages the politicians (of whatever persuasion) to make cycle-friendly decisions i.e. plan, invest, build high quality cycling infrastructure.

Come along and impress the Labour delegates with your enthusiasm for cycling!

Coombes A27 crossing at risk of closure

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STOP PRESS! EASY WAY TO OBJECT: Email planning@adur-worthing.gov.uk  quoting planning application AWDM/0961/17. You must include your full name and address.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 2 NOVEMBER 2017 (OR LATER) WHEN THE SCHEME GOES TO COMMITTEE

New flyer here

A4 poster here

Please spread the word! Print and distribute if possible!


Why object?

The crossing over the A27 from the old Shoreham Toll Bridge to Coombes Road will be removed and the Old Shoreham Road junction will be permanently closed if the New Monks Farm proposals are approved!

The proposed alternative crossing for cyclists involves at least a 1km detour with four new sets of traffic lights over a new roundabout and an upgraded A27.

Off-road alternatives have not been agreed and might prove non-viable. Meanwhile this major development would go ahead.

The plans are out NOW for consultation on Adur and Worthing Council’s website. The deadline is 29 September 2017 extended to 2 November 2017. Use the easy method to object by email given at the top of this post.

You can also comment on the consultation here but you will need to register, log in and find planning reference number AWDM/0961/17

See this flyer Please distribute if you can! Some suggested points of objection are below. Please feel free to change or add your own:

  1. I object to the closure of the existing crossing from the Old Shoreham Road to Coombes Road at the Sussex Pad junction for cyclists, pedestrians and other non-car users.
  2. I object to the lengthy, inadequate and hazardous replacement for the existing crossing.
  3. If the existing crossing is removed, it must be replaced by a bridge or underpass which gives safe, direct access across the A27 from the Old Shoreham Road to Coombes Road for all non-motorised road-users. It must be usable in all weathers and at all times of day i.e. well lit, not vulnerable to flooding and with a tarmac surface, not gravel.
  4. The proposed replacement crossing does not fulfil high quality standards in walking and cycling. Reference: Highways England’s Interim Advice Note 195/16.
  5. I disagree with the Transport Assessment on Page 38, Paragraph 4.3.19 which claims that there are “…very low cycle demands for crossing the A27 within the carriageway and using existing pedestrian crossing during the various peak hours, and on a daily basis.”
    This crossing is well used and invaluable for cyclists, cycling groups and cycling events that often use this crossing in large numbers throughout the year.
  6. The proposal also needs to provide more safe, direct and attractive walking and cycling routes and links so that people, including those with disabilities can have easy access to all destinations e.g. shops, schools, health centres, railway stations etc. and that cycling/walking can reach its full potential and deliver all the accompanying public health and environmental benefits.
  7. Sustainable transport needs to be much more clearly prioritised in this scheme in line with Government and West Sussex County Council sustainable transport policy. The “Technical Note: A27 Access Strategy” section of the Transport Assessment should include proposals for high quality walking and cycling facilities. Reference: Highway England’s Interim Advice Note 195/16.
  8. This proposal will encourage car use. The housing development includes a car parking space for each dwelling (i.e. possibly 600 cars). The proposed IKEA car park would have 1000 spaces, but the A27 is already at capacity and alternatives to car travel should be more strongly encouraged and invested in.
  9. Horse riders need to be better accommodated in any proposed new crossing.
  10. Issues of flooding will be problematic for the proposed development. Flooding must be resolved for any facilities designed for cycling /non-motorised users.
  11. This application is baffling for most ordinary citizens who will be confronted with 400 documents. The key points for cycling are difficult to discern among jargon, spin and complexity with information embedded in so many documents, many of which are slow to download and difficult to view.

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Brighton Bike Share launches today!

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We’re up and running! Paul of South Coast Bikes delivered the BTN Bike Share bikes to their seafront locations and to many other points around the town. Starting from September 1st, these handy bikes will be available for hire. See BTN Bike Share for all the details. See the Council news release. Happy cycling!