The future of Upper Shoreham Road: What are our options?

As part of efforts to untangle the complicated business of Upper Shoreham Road’s disappearing cycle lanes, Tim Loughton MP is conducting a survey (top tip – turn your phone sideways if filling in the survey on mobile) to help understand the feelings of local people when it comes to what form a cycle lane in this location should take – assuming funding can be found to establish something more permanent.

First things first: While this discussion goes on – and while future funding is sought – there’s no reason not to keep our existing pop-up lanes for the time being: especially during the winter months when children travel to school in gloomy conditions. If you agree, do write to Tim, and to your county councillor, to make this point.

The Department for Transport’s new design guidance

But turning to the future, we think all decisions should be informed by access to information and ideas. How else can we have a meaningful conversation? So we’ve assembled some of the options open to us as we discuss what the future of Upper Shoreham Road should look like.

Research shows most people agree that safer spaces for cycling should be created in our towns. Let’s look at some of the choices available to help us make that a reality. Many of the tricky points of cycling design have been made much easier by the publication of a new Department for Transport guide to Cycle Infrastructure Design, and some of the ideas below can be found in its pages.

Let’s get started…

Location, Location, Location

Is Upper Shoreham Road the right position for a cycle route? We know some people are suggesting alternatives. It’s worth knowing that in every single survey or study, Upper Shoreham Road always emerges as a key part of a future cycle network. It’s easy to see why: it’s a wide, useful road that connects together so many useful destinations. West Sussex County Council, the Department for Transport and Sustrans all agree on this – as do Adur & Worthing Councils, whose Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan received a huge positive response during its public consultation phase.

Separation for protection

It’s now standard practice in street design for people on bikes to be physically separated from motor traffic. But there are many ways to do this. Most don’t involve orange plastic wands. There are posts of other colours and materials; there are barriers, kerbs, and even flower beds. Which would you prefer?

Minimum width

Government guidance says one-way cycleways should be a minimum of 2m. This allows for safe overtaking, for parents riding beside children, and for people using trikes or wider cycles. Yet our current pop-up lanes are only 1.5m at their very widest. A longer-term lane must meet standards, and most of Upper Shoreham Road has enough space to easily accommodate this. Where possible, wider widths than this would create even more space for safe, easy use.

A smooth ride

No-one likes pot-holes and road debris. And when a cycleway is narrower than standard, it can be even harder to steer round irregularities in the road surface. So should an improved surface be part of future plans? Should it be a standard road material, or coloured?

One way or two?

Not all cycleways look like Upper Shoreham Road’s current pop-up lanes, with a lane each side of the street. Some other designs use a two-way layout, like a miniature road of its own. This way of using space has pros and cons. What do you think?

Better junctions

One of the weaknesses of our current pop-up lanes id the way they work at junctions. People on bikes can be vulnerable if they’re not noticed at junctions. Luckily, new government guidance makes is clear how junctions can be designed more safely – with greater visibility as lanes pass turnings, and reshaped corners to make crossing easier on foot – and encourage caution in people who are driving.

Creating more space for car parking

Even on roads where most people have large driveways, it can still be useful to allow for additional parking, for things like deliveries and visitors. Parking should never interrupt a cycle lane, and painted lanes running along the outside of parked cars are not safe, so there’s another option, called ‘floating parking’ – where parked cars act as a kind of protection between people and motor traffic.

Floating parking doesn’t work on every road – and sometimes it’s best used only for particular sections, rather than along a whole street. Might this be a good idea on parts of Upper Shoreham Road? Could it allow the best of both worlds?

End-to-end connection

We all know that the most useful cycleways connect up to other parts of a network, so journeys can continue. And that’s something our current Upper Shoreham Road lanes don’t do well. So what should happen by the River Adur, to allow journeys to connect to the Old Tollbridge and the Downs Link? Should there be a ‘toucan’ or ‘parallel’ crossing (a crossing that can be used on foot and by bike), as per WSCC’s original plans?

And at the Holmbush end, how should the scheme be improved to allow easy, safe journeys to places like Shoreham Academy, Tesco, M&S and onwards towards Brighton?

Tell Tim Loughton what you think

Whatever you think, fill in Tim’s survey (remembering to turn your phone sideways), to help inform the conversation about the future of Upper Shoreham Road. The more we discuss this, the more we all realise there are multiple ways to approach this challenge. Let’s work together to find the best one.

Upper Shoreham Road: Tell WSCC what you think

The temporary cycle lanes on Upper Shoreham Road are nearing completion. Work still remains to complete some gaps and deal with parking blockages, but we hope there will soon be near-continuous cycle lanes to and from the River Adur to the Holmbush roundabout. There’s already been a noticable increase in cycling levels – and this looks set to continue when the project is complete.

Though West Sussex Highways are still working on the scheme, they’ve asked people to feed back, via an online form. The results of this survey will help West Sussex County Council to conduct a review in early November that will help them make important decisions on the future of the scheme.

We have taken a look at the survey wording, and we do think some of the questions are unfortunately put together – not always helping to build an accurate picture of how Shoreham people feel about using the lanes. We’ve told WSCC of our doubts with the form.

We would really encourage you to complete the survey – but taking particular care over the questions that aren’t clear.

It is important that enough of us fill in the form, so here are our tips and thoughts. You should complete the form personally and honestly, but if you find our observations helpful, then here they are:

The first question asks:
“We would like to understand the MAIN PERSPECTIVE from which you are responding to this survey (e.g. pedestrian, cyclist, motorist, business owner etc.).”

You can probably guess why we don’t like this question. We don’t think the people of Shoreham fit into boxes defined by a preferred mode of transport. But this question can’t be skipped – so fill it in as best you can.

Soon after this comes a very important question, that we think is unclearly worded:
“Would you support or oppose the Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham (2.7km) temporary (or pop-up cycle lane being made permanent in its current format?”

This is tricky. We don’t know exactly how literally the phrase “in its current format” will be interpreted, so our advice is, if you support the lanes in any form (even if you want to see major improvements), we suggest ticking ‘Support’ or ‘Strongly support’.

But importantly, there then comes a question that includes:
“If you would like to provide any additional comments”

Here’s the place where you can really open up with your thoughts. Even if you’re a fan of the cycle lanes in general, which parts aren’t up to scratch? What needs to change? What can be improved?

You’re very likely to have your own thoughts on this, but here are some ideas you may want to consider…

  • Would the lanes be easier and safer if they were wider? The Department for Transport says cycle lanes should be a minimum of 2 metres.
  • Are the ‘advisory’ sections with dashed lines too prone to blockage by parked cars? Would ‘mandatory’ sections with solid white lines discourage illegal parking?
  • What do you think of the orange ‘wands’? If you dislike them, what else would you suggest goes in their place?
  • Does the road surface need repairing, to make for a safer ride?
  • How safe do you feel when passing left turns? Are drivers aware that they musn’t cut across you? What would help here?
  • When passing parking spaces near Southlands shops and Southlands Hospital, how do you feel about riding in ‘door zone‘ of cars? Would you prefer a design that avoids this proximity?
  • By the Red Lion pub, a ‘toucan’ crossing (for people on foot and on bikes), was proposed, but then removed from the plans. Would a proper signalled crossing here be a helpful change, to help journeys to and from the Adur and north Lancing?
  • How about the other end of the cycle lanes, near Holmbush? Is the layout safe and clear? Should the pedestrian crossing be converted to help people make the connection when cycling? And how is the crossing over Stoney Lane?

Near the end comes an invitation to “provide any additional comments. Here’s where you can share anything else that’s on your mind. You might want to mention the difference that the cycle lanes are making to you, and your family.

WSCC’s review of Upper Shoreham Road’s lanes will take place in early November, so we would encourage you to fill in your feedback form as soon as possible.


More to say? Why not write?

If you have more to share, then emails can also be useful.

We would suggest emailing your county councillor to tell them how you’ve been using the cycle lanes. Additionally, you may want to copy in your district councillor, and WSCC’s specific email address for this project (but you might want to indicate that you don’t need an additional response from the addresses you copy in).

  • To find your county or district councillors, use WriteToThem.

Upper Shoreham Road: and so it begins!

Work has begun! West Sussex County Council contractors have made a start on installing temporary bike lanes along Upper Shoreham Road.

We’ve shared lots of information about what’s happening in an earlier detailed post.

But here are some additional thoughts from us, as the new lanes become real. We know that while some of us are excited about the temporary lanes, others are concerned. Alongside the celebrations, will there also be arguments? Disagreements? Very possibly.

1. Let’s hold our judgement until the lanes are finished

It’s hard to get the measure of the new lanes until we’ve seen them in full. The design being used is very different to the shape of projects you may have seen in places like Hove and Worthing. We predict it will have very little impact on the way we drive along Upper Shoreham Road.

2. Let’s give them time

When cycling becomes safer, we don’t always see an immediate rush in numbers of people on bikes. If takes a bit of time for people to get used to the idea, overcome their doubts and try and change in their transport habits.

3. Let’s be constructive in our feedback

Whether you are a fan or otherwise, let’s make our feedback to the councils as helpful as possible. If you’re a fan of the lanes, can you explain why? Are there any bits that are better than others? If you don’t like the new lanes, can you explain why? And if you could change them, how would you do this?

4. Let’s give them a try

When the new lanes are fully open (maybe in about 10 days), it’ll be time to try them out! These cycle lanes are being created so that more people in Shoreham have a wider choice about how they get around. Even if you wouldn’t describe yourself as ‘a cyclist’ (in fact, especially if you wouldn’t), this could be an opportunity to try a bike more often for those short journeys around our town. If you need help, you know we’re here if you need us.

Temporary cycle lanes for Shoreham: an information resource

Heard rumours about new cycle lanes for Upper Shoreham Road?
Excited? Worried?

We’ve put together this overview of what’s happening and what you may need to know and consider. As things change and develop, we may make edits to this page, so do look back later.

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What’s going on?

West Sussex County Council will soon be creating some temporary cycle lanes Upper Shoreham Road. This is part of the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund.

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday 7 September.

(Originally, there were plans to build temporary lanes along Old Shoreham Road, but this part of the project was cancelled.) 

Why is this happening?

As we recover from Covid, our transport habits are changing. During lockdown, huge numbers of local people got back on their bikes, and rediscovered how easy it can be to get around on two wheels. 

Now, with public transport still being considered risky for some, there is a proven appetite for people to continue using bikes. But without good quality road design to separate bikes and cars, many people don’t feel safe enough to ride, so may feel they have no option but to get back in their cars. With temporary cycle lanes, we have more options.

In particular, a return to school in September is looming. Will we have car-based school-run chaos, with congestion and pollution worse than before? Or can we help parents and children feel safe enough to ride (or walk) to school in greater numbers? If so, we’ll need more safe routes for them.

What are the details of the temporary cycle lane designs?

The designs have been published by West Sussex County Council. Most of the route will be made up of a 1.5m lane on each side of the road, separated from the main flow of traffic by plastic wands. In some sections, these wands are absent. 


(You may have heard other rumours. Not all will be accurate. Did you know, for example, that there’s never been a plan to route a cycle lane around the Holmbush roundabout as part of this project?)

Will the temporary cycle lane designs be high quality?

The government has a new standard for the design of cycle infrastructure, and virtually no aspect of the scheme’s design is up to these standards.

Parts, however, are not bad. Most of the route sees cycle lanes separated from traffic by plastic wands – so much safer and more effective than just a line of white paint.

There are some worrying parts of the design. For example…

  • At certain stretches of the route, the plastic wands will give way to ‘advisory’ sections. These sections can be essential for junctions and bus stops, but our fear is that some advisory sections, added late in the design phase, will attract dangerous parking, blocking the route for people on bikes.
  • In other parts of the route, painted cycle lanes are routed beside lines of parked cars. This brings a risk of drivers opening doors into the path of people cycling past.

We’ve stressed to councillors that badly designed cycle lanes can be dangerous – and we’ve encouraged them to follow the latest in government best practice. If the Department for Transport judges the designs to be poorly implemented, they may take their money back.

Why use a major road for these cycle lanes, not side streets?

Good question. Some of us may feel uneasy at the idea of routing cycle lanes along significant roads. But best practice – and the latest government guidance – points out that people on bikes need an easy, direct route to get to where they’re going, rather than being forced to wiggle through side streets full of parked cars and junctions.

Why do cyclists get special treatment?

It can be tempting to think of cyclists and drivers as an ‘us and them’ situation, can’t it? But we really don’t think this is the way it is. People who ride bikes aren’t a distinct group. They’re just regular people – including children -making short journeys on two wheels. Something we learned during lockdown is that cycling is an option for so many different types of people. Let’s make it easier for them – and for you, if you’d like.

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Will I have to change how I drive, or where I park?

In some cases, yes, road layouts will change and parking spaces will change.

Parking will be suspended along most of Upper Shoreham Road.

Parking bays will stay by Buckingham Park, by the shopping parade, and near Southlands Hospital.

At the western end of the road, this probably won’t be very disruptive, as most houses have ample driveway space.

In areas near schools and nurseries, it may now be more difficult to make quick drop-offs by car. We suggested a design option for retaining more parking (a solution used elsewhere), but WSCC decided not to try it.

Around the Southlands area of Upper Shoreham Road, we know the reduction of parking on Upper Shoreham Road might be annoying for some. It might mean a slightly longer walk from home to your car or van. We know no-one wants added hassle.

But changes like this can be the key to freeing up space so that people can feel safer on their bikes. We think some changes are worth it, for the benefit of our friends, neighbours and children. Let’s see how this goes. It could be a change worth making – or it could be that between us, we work out how things can be improved for the better, and ask WSCC to make changes to the scheme.

I don’t ride a bike. Why would I want these temporary cycle lanes?

Even if you don’t think you’ll use the cycle lanes, there are plenty of reasons why they might be good news for you – even if it doesn’t seem that way at first.

  • Your friends and neighbours will feel safer and more able to use bikes
  • When more people decide to cycle, instead of driving, there’s an opportunity to reduce congestion, making essential driving easier.
  • We can reduce air pollution as people increasingly choose bikes over cars for local journeys.
  • Cycling on pavements causes annoyance, but often happens because people don’t feel safe on the road. Well-designed cycle infrastructure reduces people’s tendency to ride on pavements.
  • If people cycle instead of taking the bus, then buses become safer spaces for people who need to use them.

Who’s paying for this?

Central government, via the Department for Transport, has shared funds around councils who are willing to try ambitious new ideas to help improve the way we get around post-Covid. If West Sussex County Council do a good job, more money becomes available to improve our streets.

This is all very well in the summer. But will people cycle in the winter?

Another fair question. Of course, more people use bikes in the summer than in the colder, wetter months. But the decline in numbers isn’t as great as you may think. For most people, it isn’t actually cycling in the winter that they dislike, but the idea of dealing with motor traffic in the winter months. When people feel safe, they’re more likely to ride year-round. Let’s give them that opportunity.

What about consultation for local residents?

This is an important question. And it has three answers:

  1. The routes of these new lanes are included within a long-term plan called the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan, published by Adur and Worthing Councils. There was a consultation last year on this plan, that received a very large number of responses, and a good level of support.
  2. These lanes are temporary, to help people adapt to new transport habits. They won’t become permanent without some serious procedures coming into play.
  3. Paper-based consultations are important, but they are not perfect. Without seeing actual schemes in the flesh, it can be hard to form an opinion. So, as these lanes are being built on a trial basis, this is a kind of consultation in itself, to help us all try out a new idea. As a temporary scheme, it’s a chance to ‘Try before you buy’!

Haven’t similar lanes caused congestion in Brighton and Hove?

You have probably seen or heard about cycle lanes further along Old Shoreham Road in Hove. The cycle lanes on Upper Shoreham Road will NOT be of the same lane-width design as used in Hove or Worthing. 

(By the way, did you know that since the trial scheme was constructed, cycling along Hove’s Old Shoreham Road has increased by 61%.)

Will anyone actually use the temporary cycle lanes?

If you’re driving, it can feel frustrating to see a cycle lane that looks like no-one is using it. We understand that. But a couple of things to bear in mind:

  • Cycle lanes move people very efficiently. A lane that doesn’t look busy might be moving more people than it seems.
  • People’s habits don’t change overnight. Many of us feel so wary about the current state of our roads that it’ll take us a while to get used to the new ability to ride in more safety. Some things need a little time.
  • Schools have not yet returned from summer holidays. These cycle lanes will provide ways for children to get to school.

Won’t plastic bollards be ugly?

Let’s face it, the kind of orange plastic bollards used for these schemes aren’t beautiful! But that’s OK. This scheme is temporary. If a trial period leads to a decision to make them permanent facilities, we can hope for the construction of something a little easier on the eye!

I still don’t like this idea. Why should I have to put up with it?

We know that not everyone will be a fan of the temporary cycle lanes. Of course. But our suggestion? Let’s give it a try. The way we get around is definitely changing. Let’s allow new ideas to be tested. They might just work! 

And if you do find yourself feeding back to councillors that you’re not a fan, our request is to be specific about the parts you don’t like – and to consider how else we can solve the problem of improving conditions for cycling and walking. What would you do?

We will keep listening

We know there’s lots of uncertainty about the new temporary cycle lanes. So we promise we’ll keep listening to people’s thoughts, and we’ll keep asking questions of the councillors and officers who have been tasked by central government to come up with ideas to help us get around more sustainably.

WSCC announces Adur’s first temporary Covid cycleway

West Sussex County Council has announced the first of what we hope will be a series of short-term measures to help us move around Shoreham easily and safely.

Why do we need short-term changes to our streets?

As the UK works out how best to transition from Covid-19 lockdown to a new kind of life-as-usual, the Department for Transport has issued statutory guidance for West Sussex County Council and all local authorities – effectively ordering them to take bold temporary measures to help people get around their towns and cities. And now we are starting to see these changes come to Shoreham.

In Adur, as elsewhere, we’ve all noticed a huge increase in the numbers of people riding bikes. Of course, during lockdown, some of this was due to a sudden increase in leisure time, but when we asked people for their feelings about cycling, hundreds of you told us you feel safer and more able to ride bikes when the fear of sharing space with motor vehicles is reduced.

As schools and workplaces begin the process of re-opening, and with public transport still being discouraged, there’s a possibility that the use of cars for short journeys will increase – with the pollution and congestion that goes along with this.

So the point of temporary cycling measures is to make transport options easier. If more people feel able to make short journeys without using cars, what a difference we can make to life in Shoreham.

Where will the changes be?

The first temporary measure will be a cycleway along Upper Shoreham Road and Old Shoreham Road, connecting the River Adur to our border with Brighton & Hove. We don’t yet know the details (these are being worked on by engineers), but it’s likely this will take the form of a lane to separate people on bikes from cars and lorries. Usually, we feel strongly that a simple painted line isn’t enough to provide real protection, so we’re keen to see the details when this is ready.
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Where’s next?

We are hoping that further measures will follow shortly. We hoped that Shoreham’s Middle Road – a major school route – would make the first cut, but sadly, this was not the case. This really must be a priority before many more children begin returning to school.

What about people in Shoreham who don’t ride bikes?

Of course, riding a bike isn’t for everyone, and we know some people are worried about losing road space for motor vehicle use. We understand this, but there are some things worth remembering:

  • Many people who don’t currently ride bikes feel more able to do so when danger is reduced. We saw this during lockdown, and research bears it out.
  • People who don’t ever ride bikes still stand to benefit. By encouraging others to leave their cars at home, there’s a hope of increased air quality, reduced congestion and fewer delays for people who need to drive.
  • We know there’s often discomfort and conflict when people ride bikes on pavements. With somewhere safer to ride, we know people feel less tempted to ride bikes where they shouldn’t.

Funded by central government

West Sussex County Council is being awarded £784,000 to introduce various changes around the county. And if successful in reducing pollution and congestion, more funds will follow.

Temporary facilities are a chance to experiment

Will this work perfectly? Maybe. Possibly not. But that’s the great thing about temporary measures, in that they can be tried, tested, and then decisions taken later for longer term changes.

Thanks to everyone who has worked on this so far

This recent decision is the result of much conversation between district, county and national levels of government. We know Cllr Kevin Boram has been working hard on getting things sorted out at County Hall. Support has come from across political parties, including from Cllr Catherine Arnold, who has been involved in really understanding what will most help the people of Shoreham.

This is Bike Week 2020. Be a hero.

Bike Week is the week each year when, across the UK, organisations and enthusiasts celebrate and promote cycling, cycles and cyclists.

But of course, this year feels quite different to most, doesn’t it?

Usually, as Shoreham-By-Cycle, you won’t ever hear us talk about cycling as a challenge, or anything heroic, because we think getting around by bike should be one of the most normal, ordinary, easy things in our town. No big deal.

But 2020 is different. Our lives have changed, and the way we use various modes of transport has also changed. With public transport still discouraged, there’s a real risk that a boom in car use will soon make our roads crowded, polluted places.

Of course, for some people, cars are indispensable, and many are dreading the threat of more cars on the roads.

So here’s what you can do: Ride a bike.

Each time you decide to make a short journey by bike, rather than by car, you’re helping your neighbours. You’re freeing up road space for people who have no choice but to use a car.

So usually, while we avoid talk of cycling being a heroic act, this week, and this year, it’s different.

Be a hero, Shorehamites. Ride a bike.

A plan for the future of cycling and walking in Adur and Worthing: Time to have your say

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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

It’s good, but what could be better?

There is lots of good stuff in the LCWIP – but the Shoreham-By-Cycle would like to see details changed or added – 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…

These points are not our only thoughts on what’s needed in Shoreham. They are the changes and additions we would suggest to improve the draft LCWIP.

    • 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





Beach Green: a promising development that needs to look beyond its boundaries

The proposed new cafe development at Beach Green in Shoreham-by-Sea has been generating increasing amounts of interest. The prospect of an attractive destination for eating, drinking, relaxing, walking and cycling is appealing – yet some local residents are concerned about the potential impact of the Boxpark development.

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We went along to the display of plans – hosted by architects Chalk – to discover more about what’s planned.

It’s looking good…


On the whole, we like the proposal for this new development. Shoreham Beach is one of the town’s greatest assets, and if more people are encouraged to spend time enjoying it, this is good news. A cafe, watersports facility and other features will provide a great way to enjoy our beach – perhaps in the same way that Perch has become such a hit in Lancing.

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However, we do have some significant reservations and concerns:

How will the cafe relate to the cycle and walking path?

The developers’ plans appear to relate purely to the boundary of the building itself.


National Cycle Network Route 2 runs along the edge of the development, between the cafe and the sea. As a very popular ‘shared use’ path, there is already an unfortunate tension between people using bikes and people on foot. With many more people coming to visit the area, and moving between the cafe, the path and the beach, we are concerned about the safety and comfort of everyone using the path.

We’ll be asking Adur District Council, West Sussex County Council and Sustrans to consider how best this area can be designed with safety in mind. Should this path be segregated between people on foot and on bike? Could NCN2 be routed in a way that passes to the north of the new building, lessening the risk of conflict? It won’t be enough just to ‘ask people to slow down’: NCN2 is a key commuter and tourism route that needs improvement, and we shouldn’t downgrade its important functionality.

How well will the café connect with the rest of Shoreham?

Many local residents are already deeply concerned about the poor standard of driving and parking on Shoreham Beach. The new development risks attracting excessive amounts of cars to the beach. So it needs to be connected to Shoreham in a way that makes people feel able to walk or cycle to the location if they choose. A lovely spot for walking and cycling by the coast loses much of its value if people feel they must use a car to reach it.

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The current route of NCN2 between the Adur Ferry Bridge and Beach Green really isn’t great: there’s a confusing layout at the southern end of the bridge; a zebra crossing neglects the needs of people riding bikes; Ferry Road is dominated by parked cars and Beach Road isn’t up to scratch as a major bike route. This all needs to change.

So while we’re supportive of anything that will enable more people to enjoy our coastline, we’ll be seeking reassurances that the relationship between this development and Shoreham’s cycling infrastructure is seriously considered and planned for.

The future of Kingston Wharf

There was a public consultation last Thursday with Hyde Housing on their Kingston Wharf development proposals. Shoreham-By-Cycle went along to have a chat with Hyde from a cycling perspective.


We asked about the NCN2 route which is due to be moved from its current Middle Road position to a riverside position by the A259 between the Adur Ferry Bridge to the lighthouse.

Hyde has apparently moved its development further away from the A259 to allow provision for West Sussex County Council to build the cycle path. 

We spoke to Hyde about cycle parking as there are 255 homes and they are providing car parking but only for 231 cars. They did say that there are areas in the basement which are not suitable for cars to park, but can be used for cycle storage and they said up to 500 bikes can be stored there with the use of the two tiered cycle racks, like they use at the station. Hyde did tell us that people might chose to use the space to store kayaks or other things instead of bikes though.

We’re hoping that with this many cycle parking facilities there will be suitable investment in the cycling infrastructure and transport links.

In regards to the ‘riverside walk’ they said that they see it as a shared use path for people to enjoy a ride and a walk down. However at the moment it isn’t connected to anything so isn’t part of a useful link to transport people. We’re not sure how we feel about this and would either like the NCN2 route to use that instead of being by the road with a dedicated segregated path – or possibly for it to just be for walking and not to confuse the matter.

We spoke to the head of land and planning for Hyde who said they were meeting with the council transport people to discuss all of this. So we wish them luck and of course offer any help that we can to make Shoreham a better place to get around on two / three wheels.

New Year resolutions in Shoreham: Some ideas…

Welcome to 2019! With a new year stretching out before us, we know many like to pick a resolution or two to help us get good habits off to a new start.

To help with the task of choosing a resolution, we’ve put together some ideas.

We know not everyone rides a bike as much as everyone else, so here a few suggestions to suit everyone.

Which one will you choose?

sbc new year's resolutions (3)

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I don’t ride a bike and don’t think I ever will

Choose from:

  • Have a cup of tea with someone who rides a bike. Ask them what it’s like cycling in Shoreham.
  • If you drive, commit to giving at least three feet whenever you overtake a person on a bike.
  • Walk a local journey you might otherwise have driven.
  • Are you an employer? Do what you can to enable your staff to cycle to work.

I haven’t ridden a bike for ages


Choose from:

  • Ask a bike shop or expert friend to take a look at your bike and check it for safety
  • Next time you need to buy a couple of small items from a nearby shop, trying making your journey by bike.
  • Take a small ride around the block, or through the park.
  • Remind yourself how it feels to ride a bike! Register for an account with BTN BikeShare or Worthing’s Donkey Bikes.

I ride a bike now and then

Choose from:

  • See how much shopping you can do by bike. Can you fit a week’s shop in a pannier?
  • Ride your bike to the pub. (Don’t have too much before the ride home!)
  • Try a longer ride than you usually do. Brighton or Worthing via NCN2? Steyning, via Downs Link?
  • Know a bike-friendly cafe or shop? Pay them a visit. Let them know you appreciate them.

I ride a bike often

Choose from:

  • Offer to take a look at a friend’s bike if it’s been in their shed for a while and needs fixing.
  • Have a cup of tea with someone who doesn’t ride a bike. Listen to their opinion of transport in Shoreham.
  • Join an organisation like Cycling UK, British Cycling or Sustrans.
  • Take a beginner friend for a ride. Show them the best routes around Shoreham.