Adur and Worthing Councils have published the draft version of their Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). The Shoreham-By-Cycle team contributed to the information that went into this document, working alongside other organisations like Worthing Cycle Forum and Sustrans.
This document will help Adur and Worthing Councils to secure funds that will make cycling and walking easier and safer for everyone. Now the plan is open for consultation, the councils want your help in checking it’s the right way forward.
Take a look
You can browse the draft version of the Adur and Worthing plan. It’s quite big and detailed, but really interesting if you want to learn more about making sustainable transport easier.
If you just want a quick overview of what’s currently proposed, this map of the Adur area provides a useful glance of the network of cycle routes that are likely to form part of the LCWIP.
We think this plan is generally good. It includes routes that currently have no cycle infrastructure – AND existing cycle routes that may be ripe for improvement. Key routes between many of Shoreham’s most important locations are covered.
You can learn more at a consultation event on Thursday 19 December at the Shoreham Centre, from 2pm to 5pm. We’ll be there, alongside officers from the councils.
When you’ve had a look at the proposals, fill in the consultation questionnaire, to tell the councils what you think. You need to complete the questionnaire by 6 January 2020.
Don’t worry about detail. That comes later. At the moment, this public consultation is about the overall plan: Which routes are the important ones to make Shoreham easier to get around?
Where is most important?
When you fill in the questionnaire, you’ll be asked to decide on priorities. This is your chance to express a view on which parts of the network should be addressed with most urgency.
See what you think. The Shoreham-By-Cycle team has considered this, and we think these three routes should top the list at first:
- A259 Brighton Road, linking Shoreham to Southwick (and beyond). A high quality separated cycleway is needed on this important direct route. This will enable easy safe commuting for many.
- Upper Shoreham Road. This road runs east to west across the whole town, north of the town centre. For much of its length, the road is very wide, meaning a high-quality separated cycleway is achievable.
- Middle Road. Running through the heart of east Shoreham, Middle Road is a popular, often crowded, route for children and parents going to Shoreham Academy and several other schools.
What could be better?
There are some aspects of the LCWIP that Shoreham-By-Cycle would like to see changed – to make this plan even better. We’ll be mentioning these proposals in the consultation. When you offer your feedback, you may want to consider whether you agree with these suggestions…
- Shoreham Beach. This popular area needs a safe route east of Adur Ferry Bridge – along either Riverside Road/Harbour Way or Old Fort Road.
- Manor Hall Road. This residential road, linking Southwick to Portslade, should be included in the plan.
- Nicolson Drive. The current National Cycle Network route 2 would be improved by moving it from Rosslyn Road to the quiet Nicolson Drive – cutting out the narrow path beside Ham Field allotments.
- Church Lane, Southwick. NCN2 could also be made better by moving it from Park Lane to Church Lane.
- Buckingham Park. North of Upper Shoreham Road, a proposed route up The Drive would be better within the eastern side of Buckingham Park.
- A foot/cycle bridge connecting Middle Road recreation ground to the new riverside developments would be very ambitious, but useful, connecting two parts of Shoreham currently separated by the railway line.
- Widewater section of the seafront NCN2 . This very convenient route is increasingly busy, used not just among people on bikes, but people on foot – often with dogs. Given the importance of this route, let’s consider an additional separate ‘superhighway-style’ route beside the A259 to Lancing, reducing conflict and discomfort by the beach.
So, there you go. Exciting times. Make the most of your chance to have an input into the future of cycling around Shoreham.
- Check out the plans
- Meet the council team on 19 December if you want to know more
- Talk to us if it helps
- Fill in the questionnaire before 6 January 2020