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What ‘quick fixes’ would help cycling in Shoreham?

We need your help.

We are having conversations with Adur District Council and with West Sussex County Council about the future of cycling in Shoreham.

There are long-term plans and strategies in the works – new and improved cycle routes, and other big changes.

But in the meantime, what about the small stuff? What are the little changes that could make cycling in Shoreham easier and/or safer? What could the councils do NOW (or soon) that would make life better?

Give us your ideas. You don’t have to be an engineer or an accountant, but your perspective, from your neighbourhood of Shoreham, might make all the difference.

Comment here – or if you prefer, you can tell us via our contact form or our Facebook post.

‘Save Our Crossing’ – 15th July 2018 – A27 Sussex Pad Crossing Protest

At 10am on 15 July around 250 people gathered at the Sussex Pad crossing of the A27 to protest against the changes to the transport infrastructure proposed by the developers for New Monks Farm (Shoreham IKEA).

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Protestors calling for the Sussex Pad crossing to be saved

As well as 250 people on bicycles, tricycles, foot and horse there was a BBC South East camera crew and other media.

The protest was organised by Bricycles and Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth, and was not a protest against the development as a whole, but against sub-standard proposals not intended to give the people of Shoreham-by-Sea, Lancing and surrounding areas the infrastructure they not only deserve but that is recommended under the Government Standard for Highways Advice IAN195/16.

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Chris Todd of Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth, talking to a BBC reporter.

A few days later, the Adur Planning Committee met on Wednesday 18 July to decide on the Monks Farm Development. This public meeting, at the Woodard Academy, Lancing, led to the planning decision being deferred while the developers compile evidence of how they will enhance the area’s environment:
https://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/meetings-and-decisions/committees/adur/planning/committee,149643,en.html

A July update from Shoreham-By-Cycle

These early days for Shoreham-By-Cycle have certainly been busy. Things are moving quickly, and our work is expanding.

In order to keep co-ordination and plan our next steps, the core team at the heart of Shoreham-By-Cycle get together every few weeks, to look at our progress, identify challenges, and make plans.

Here’s an overview of what we’re working on at the moment…

Sussex Yacht Club

Plans for the redevelopment of Sussex Yacht Club make for very positive news. We’re pleased to see that a cycle route – of some kind – will be provided along the northern edge of the site, but we are concerned about limited space and the precise design of the space. We’re in conversation with West Sussex County Council to get further clarity. As part of the improvement of National Cycle Network Route 2, it is vital that new facilities beside the A259 are of the highest quality – eventually connecting up to create a major direct cycle route between Shoreham and Southwick.

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New Salts Farm Road

The new speed bumps installed by Hyde Housing remain problematic, presenting a safety risk for people using bikes to travel between Lancing/Shoreham Beach and the airport area. We’re persisting with our conversation with Hyde Housing, offering to help with examples of how the design may be easily adjusted to provide a safer solution.

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Bike-Sharing in Shoreham

Many people have asked us about the possibility of extending bike-sharing schemes (like Brighton’s BTN BikeShare or Worthing’s Donkey Republic) into Shoreham, as our town is currently lost between the bike-sharing in our two larger neighbours. We know the huge benefits of bike-sharing, so we’ll be discussing the possibilities with councils and providers.

Riverside changes

We recently took part in a tour of the large-scale flood defence work that is currently underway beside the River Adur. Of particular interest were changes along the western riverbank beside the airport, where there will be an improvement in the path that runs parallel to Cecil Pashley Way. We’re on the case to press for maximum utility for people on bikes, with regard to factors like width and surfacing.

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As a temporary measure, an ad hoc ramp has been re-opened providing pedestrian access between the airport area and Shoreham Recreation Ground. This is a big improvement for people using bikes (or other mobility aids, like wheelchairs) to access the businesses around the airport, Lancing College, and recreational routes like the Downs Link. We’ll be contacting the airport management to thank them for this ramp, and asking them to make it a permanent facility. Our full report of the tour is on Facebook.

Adur and Worthing Cycling and Walking Action Group

We are now members of Adur and Worthing Cycling and Walking Action Group, which is a very positive gathering of parties interested in improving the situation for cycling a walking in our area. We’re working with AWCWAG to gather evidence that will help plan for better infrastructure for active travel.

New Monks Farm, IKEA and the A27 crossing

The proposed developments at New Monks Farm will have a major impact on Shoreham. We are extremely grateful to Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth, who have commissioned and submitted a report to Adur and Worthing councils. Their report makes some clear constructive criticism of various aspects of current proposals, including proposed cycle infrastructure within new housing, and the removal of the ‘Sussex Pad’ crossing – currently a very useful facility for cyclists.

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Meeting local politicians and groups

It’s important that Shoreham-By-Cycle represents everyone in Shoreham who stands to benefit from better cycling facilities, so we’re always keen to make connections and have useful conversations with others.

We recently met with Catherine Arnold, councillor for the St Mary’s area, and also with the Shoreham Society, who keep a close eye on developments and changes in our town. We’ve also met with other cycling advocacy groups, like Sustrans, Bricycles and Horsham District Cycling Forum, all of whom have been really helpful and welcoming.

We’re lining up other meetings and chats with people involved in important conversations. If you’d like a chat, get in touch!

 

 

Our visit to Shoreham Port’s public meeting

On 15 May, we went along to Shoreham Port‘s annual public meeting. Many of us cycle through Shoreham Port, as it hosts part of National Cycle Network Route 2 between Hove and Southwick.

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It’s always good to hear what’s going on with the life of the port, and the Shoreham Port team made Clive and Irv very welcome, alongside representatives from residents’ groups, businesses, commercial mariners, leisure boaters, local politicians and others.

For most of the meeting, the topics being discussed were interesting, but not necessarily related to cycling.

However, towards the end of the meeting, a few cycling-related matters did crop up. Here’s a brief summary:

– It is acknowledged that the lock-gates can be very congested with pedestrian/cycle traffic. There is a potential opportunity to change the way people flow over the locks at Southwick, to make things easier and less crowded., but this would be part of a much larger, expensive, plan to widen the main lock, so won’t happen any time soon.

– Some local people do get annoyed when people ride bikes across the lock gates at Southwick. While we don’t want to get drawn into defending the behaviour of individuals, it does seem relevant to acknowledge that this was brought up. We can appreciate people’s annoyance, though we feel that rather than the port’s management focussing solely on prohibition and enforcement, there could be an opportunity to look at the design of the access. (If it was easier and quicker to cross over without breaking or bending rules, would fewer people do so?)

– Rodney Lunn, the boss of Shoreham Port, observed that one option he has thought about might involve keeping NCN2 cyclists to the A259 coast road, rather than Basin Road South. At this point, we spoke out to point out that the A259 really is a dreadful environment for cycling, and that Basin Road South is far preferable. We acknowledged that the HGV drivers visiting the port are – in general – very courteous drivers and we asked Rodney to accept our appreciation of this.

– There was a mention of the numerous developments that are planned for the area long the northern side of Shoreham Harbour, and some concern was voiced about the possible related parking and traffic issues. We feel there’s an opportunity to think boldly here about making decent bike infrastructure part of new developments, rather than assuming an inevitable two-cars-per-household situation.

We’re glad we went along to the meeting. We heard some interesting things, we had some worthwhile conversations, and we’ve decided we’d really like to arrange a more in-depth conversation with Shoreham Port to look at some of the issues that affect cycling through the port.

AREA public meeting – 16 April 2018

Monday night was our first public outing as Shoreham-By-Cycle! Clive, Irv and Alastair went along to the Adur Residents Environmental Action meeting.

There were about 150 people there – many with strong opinions about pollution in Shoreham and the prospect of new building development. (Our opinion on new developments is neutral, but we feel improvements to Shoreham’s cycling environment would be a great thing – with or without new developments.) A panel included key people from The Shoreham Society and Adur Residents Environmental Action, as well as a local representative from Friends of the Earth.

We got the chance to ask a question, so we asked if the panel agreed with us that cycling is currently under-utilised as a way of getting around Shoreham, and if the invited panel had any views on what steps could be put in place to improve the situation.

Sadly, there wasn’t time to get a response from the panel, but the really great thing was the response we got from those present in the room. In a room of around 150 people, there were many words of agreement, and only a couple of heckles of objection!

When the event finished, many people came to speak to us and to ask us about Shoreham-By-Cycle. Thank you to everyone who did.

What we learned:
– There are many people in Shoreham who agree with us that cycling is a great way to get around our town, but it could be better.
– We don’t all agree on the exact details of what needs to change, but we’re happy to share ideas.
– Many people want to stay in touch, and get involved with whatever we do next.

Many of you asked about our website. We don’t currently have one, but when it’s built, we’ll be sure to share its details here.

So thank you, and onward we ride!