Active travel plans in Hove on hold over traffic implication fears

A plan to build a dedicated cycleway by losing a lane of traffic on the A259 in Hove has been put on hold over concerns about the design of a cycleway and reduction in the number of lanes of traffic.

Councillors in Brighton and Hove made the decision to review seafront pedestrian and cycle provision and create a bi-directional cycle lane for the area between West Street and Wharf Road, with additional investment needed.

The review is looking at three key areas:

  • Where possible the cycle lanes in both the east and west direction should be adjacent to each other and not separated by footways, effectively providing bi-directional cycle lanes in line with national standards. 
  • The scheme is redesigned to reduce the loss of traffic lanes wherever possible. 
  • Ensure the cycle route is as direct as possible and avoids detours, for example around King Alfred Leisure Centre.

The committee has decided to stop the current work and look at developing a new design and securing funding for the new scheme.

Councillor Trevor Muten, chair of the Transport and Sustainability Committee, said:

“Cycle lanes are hugely important to our city and are a crucial part of travel and sustainability plan. We have to get them right. Most importantly, they must be safe and accessible for cyclists and pedestrians. 

“And remember that our seafront is an arterial route into and across our city for motorists, including those visiting the hospital, especially because we keep other city centre routes clear of all traffic except taxis and buses. 

“We need a better transport system that works for everybody however they choose to travel. Cycling, walking and driving along Hove seafront must be safe for all. Providing safe cycle routes encourages more people to cycle. Good traffic flow along main roads avoids cars on smaller roads and avoids congestion. Accessible pavements, distinct from cycle routes, make walking safer.

“Two lanes for vehicles in both directions means good access for buses and car-users including our disabled residents, the elderly and those with mobility issues.

“A two-way cycle lane separate from the pavement avoids putting pedestrians amongst cyclists and avoids having cyclists along the prom in front of Medina Terrace. 

“These common-sense improvements within the space available on the A259 in Hove will be better, safer, more accessible and more enjoyable for all.”

(Picture – Brighton and Hove City Council)


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