Please sign the petition to save the Sussex Pad crossing over the A27 at Shoreham!

The Sussex Pad crossing is the best, safe road crossing of the A27 for cyclists for miles around.

Most local cyclists know it well and use it to get from Shoreham across the A27 to Coombs and Steyning.

It’s also used by charity bike rides, pedestrians and horse-riders. But now it’s threatened with closure and only inferior alternatives have been put forward. We need your help to save the crossing.

Can you join us and take action?

Sign the petition at https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/save-our-sussex-pad-crossing/

Please share widely!

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Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge – Sunday 1st July

This year Brighton Housing Trust has teamed up with The Living Coast to create the Greater Brighton Cycling Challenge, comprising three exciting cycling experiences.

For further information follow the link below.

https://www.bht.org.uk/about-the-greater-brighton-cycle-challenge/

Old Steine & Palace Pier Roundabout Valley Gardens Phase 3 – Have your say

The council will shortly begin designing improvements for the third phase of the Valley Gardens project. This will include the Old Steine area and the Palace Pier roundabout.

The council is inviting people to tell them what they think about the area at the moment. The responses will be used to help inform the proposed designs.

To make sure your views are included please complete the survey by 29 June 2018 following the link below.

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/steine-to-sea-survey

Take action! Cycle safety: make it simple

Cycling UK needs your help to get more people cycling more safely.

The Government in Whitehall wants to hear what type of cyclist you are, and what you think would make cycling and walking not just safer, but also feel safer. They’re especially keen to hear from people who are less certain on our roads or who have been put off from cycling altogether.

You can use Cycling UK’s automated reply by on this important consultation:

https://action.cyclinguk.org/page/23078/action/1?ea.tracking.id=TW

Cycle Safety consultation ends 1 June 2018

PS Apologies for the late posting of this post.

A New Transport Vision for the Sussex Coast

Fed up with air pollution, masses of traffic and politicians promoting yet more road-building?

Come to Lewes Town Hall, 10.30 – 12.30, Saturday 21st April for the launch of “A New Transport Vision for the Sussex Coast”.

Get your free ticket from Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-transport-vision-for-the-sussex-coast-tickets-44634826969

Organised by SCATE of which Bricycles is a member

Rights of Way Improvement Plan – Public Consultation

Brighton & Hove City Council is currently facilitating a consultation on the draft of the local Rights of Way Improvement Plan for 2017-2027. Information on the consultation along with an online questionnaire can be found on the council website at:
https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/leisure-and-libraries/parks-and-green-spaces/rights-way
The closing date for responses is the 18th of May 2018.

Brighton Bike Hub – Opening event

On Saturday 17th February from 1pm to 4pm
at
Brighton Bike Hub
28 St Martin’s Place (off Lewes Rd), Brighton, BN2 3LE.

Join us to celebrate the re-opening of the Brighton Bike Hub community cycle workshop at our new premises at 28 St Martin’s Place (off Lewes Road, between Elm Grove & Franklin Rd).

Check out our new workshop facilities and our range of affordable second-hand bikes.
Enjoy food, drinks and music with our members, neighbours and other supporters.

Find out:
– how we can help you maintain your bike by accessing our tools and advice and support from our volunteer team.
– how we bring dis-used and unloved bikes back to life and back out on the streets
– how you can get involved (you don’t need to be a bike expert just be up for helping out)

Come on the Labour Party Conference ride!

Bricycles ride at the 2015 Labour Party Conference

Join us for a short, refreshing “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.

Speakers include: 

  • Andy McDonald (Shadow Secretary of State for Transport) – Confirmed
  • Andy Burnham (Mayor of Greater Manchester) – Invited
  • Labour members of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group
  • Cycling UK representatives
  • Bricycles representatives
  • More TBC

We will have photos and a short ride to Hove and back so that we can achieve maximum participation without interrupting anyone’s conference programme!

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

 

 

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.

New Monks Farm overview