Brighton seafront road closed to motor traffic


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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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!

Brighton Bike Share launches today!


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!

Old News New News

Bricycles members will have had the latest newsletter popping through their letterbox or inbox this weekend – and a treat of a read it is. Non members will need to wait a while for it to appear on this website for viewing. Being issue 108 suggests that Bricycles news has been around a while, and back issues are available on the website, but only going back to the early noughties. For last century stuff, a visit to the Keep is required, where the earliest copy on record is issue 21 from September 1984.

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The front page news back then describes how we were within a hairs breadth of achieving a two way cycle lane along Western Road, but the scheme – which included a ban on all vehicles except cycles and buses –  was dropped following opposition from “taxi drivers and private motorists”.

The other big spread in this issue complains of the illegality of cycling along the seafront.

“In 1934… Special constables were being drafted in to keep order during the summer. One of their duties was to prevent cycling on the undercliff walk. Hans Roth argues that it is time to change the two generations old attitude that still makes cycling illegal along most of the Brighton area coast”

So while Western Road remains a semi hostile, semi mess for all modes and a possible solution slipped away 30 years back, staunch and stalwart campaigning has changed minds and opened up the seafront as probably the most useful and pleasant cycle route around.

If you would like to read the 1984 edition in full, then click HERE and HERE. If you want to be among the first to receive Bricycles news of today, join HERE.


Brighton cycle lane extension plans scrapped

The Argus has reported that plans to extend a seafront cycle lane from the cliff top path at the east end of Marine Parade to the Palace Pier at the Western end have been scrapped due to safety and budgetary concerns. Local cyclists had requested the route’s feasibility be investigated, however the Aquarium Roundabout was considered a barrier to the scheme, given the expense of incorporating it safely into the proposed cycle route.


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Consultation on seafront cycle lane extension

An exhibition on plans to extend Brighton & Hove’s popular seafront
cycle route is being held from January 8 to 10. Brighton & Hove
City Council is proposing to extend the route from Brighton Pier to the
Marina. The proposed route – filling a ‘missing link’ in the seafront
cycleway – will run for two kilometres along Madeira Drive.

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