Cyclists illegally use Shoreham boardwalk

DM15114683a.jpg Shoreham Beach resident upset with cyclists using boardwalk. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-150915-165447008
DM15114683a.jpg Shoreham Beach resident upset with cyclists using boardwalk. Photo by Derek Martin. SUS-150915-165447008

RESIDENTS have said cyclists who ride illegally along the boardwalk at Shoreham Beach are causing ‘fear’ among pedestrians.

Councillors joined members of the Shoreham Beach Residents Association (SBRA) on Tuesday to stand united against the danger of cyclists who have been using the boardwalk, despite warning signs that prohibit them from using it.

Tony Wallington, of SBRA, said the boardwalk was never intended, nor designed to be a cycleway.

“The purpose and construction of the boardwalk is geared towards pedestrians and wheelchair-users, but apparently some cyclists are now seen using the boardwalk, which is causing surprise and even fear to some who are using the amenity for its intended purpose,” said Mr Wallington.

“However, the council has duly erected no cycling signs at key entrance points to the boardwalk, but a minority of cyclists are still either ignoring them or not understanding the meaning of the actual sign.

“Therefore, on behalf of local residents and visitors to the beach area, SBRA now appeal to all cyclists and skateboarders in future not to ride on the boardwalk.”

Adur district councillor Ben Stride said some cyclists do not understand what the warning signs meant.

He said: “Some of the cyclists have been ringing their bells at pedestrians to let them pass. One woman with a buggy had to lift it off the boardwalk.

“It’s an ignorance over what that sign means. It’s one of the only prohibition signs that doesn’t have a red line through it.

“The boardwalk wasn’t put in as a cycling facility. It’s an extension of a footway and it’s illegal to cycle on it.”

Mr Stride said a few suggestions have been made to West Sussex County Council, including adding a subplate to each sign that states ‘no cycling’.

“We’ve also requested the council to put additional signs onto the boardwalk itself,” said Mr Stride.

Adur district councillor Liza Mckinney said she would raise the issue with MP Tim Loughton to take to Parliament and ask that all cyclists are made to take a cycling proficiency test.

She said: “The sign the council have put up is the correct sign according to the Highway Code.

“I’m saddened by the fact that cyclists are using the boardwalk. It has a sign clearly stating that they are prohibited from using it, and what worries me is that cyclists do not know the Highway Code and regard the sign as allowing them to use it.

“I’m going to contact Tim Loughton to bring this up in central Parliament. There’s been such a huge increase of cyclists and they’re not made to learn the code. We need a campaign to make cyclists aware of this.”

Councillors are urging cyclists not to ride along the boardwalk.

Mr Wallington added: “All in all, this scheme offers a fresh new amenity for pedestrians and particularly for those with infirmities to enjoy the wide sea vista. With the addition of the new Adur Ferry Bridge and the forthcoming makeover for Ferry Road, our historically-named ‘Bungalow Town’ is meeting the challenges of inclusion and progress.”

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