Options for new bike paths in Shoreham receive more public opposition than support

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Last year’s pop-up cycle routes on Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham. Photo Steve Robards

Two options for new cycle routes in Shoreham do not have enough support to move forward, West Sussex County Council revealed this week.

Then, in early 2021, the County Council assessed views on possible measures to further encourage cycling and walking in Shoreham.

Over 1,600 responses were received and although these showed support for improving cycling and walking facilities across the city, especially to help children get to and from school in a safe way. more sure.

But neither of the two separate cycling facility options in Upper Shoreham Road has been well supported.

A total of 51% of respondents opposed a one-way cycle lane on both sides of Upper Shoreham Road, compared with 45% in favor, while 65% opposed a two-way cycle lane on the south side of Upper Shoreham Road. the road compared to 25 percent support.

County Council says it remains committed to making improvements to cycling and walking and will engage with stakeholders to see if there is a solution for Upper Shoreham Road and surrounding area that would make significant improvements while allaying residents’ concerns.

Part of this work will be to engage more closely with schools, which would help the board understand what detailed proposals might be feasible.

Joy Dennis, WSCC Highways and Transportation Cabinet Member, said, “First of all, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the consultation and provided feedback.

“Although there was strong support from some people, the creation of a cycle path on Upper Shoreham Road has raised concerns at the local level. However, there is an appetite to advance some of the measures to encourage walking and cycling in the region, with an emphasis on school travel.

“The best way to move forward is to stay engaged. I realize this can be frustrating for some people, but it is important to take concerns into account to see if any answers can be incorporated into the proposals. It would also give all of the suggested improvements the best possible chance of securing the necessary funding to move them forward.

“Stakeholder engagement will take place over the next few months and we will engage more closely with schools, which will allow us to work on more detailed proposals for further consultation in 2022.”

Tim Loughton, Member of Parliament for East Worthing and Shoreham, said: “I am grateful for the very extensive consultation carried out by County Council following the earlier investigative work carried out by local councilors and myself. It is disappointing that there is no clear consensus on a cycle path on Upper Shoreham Road at the moment and it is essential that we can take a large number of local people with us if we can move such a project forward and it is also a financing qualification of the ministry of transport.

“While we need to look at other options on Upper Shoreham Road, I am delighted that work on the very popular suggestion for crossing over Steyning Road will continue shortly and that work will now progress on Middle Road and other surrounding roads. to reduce congestion and make cycle paths safer for local schoolchildren and families in particular.

Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK’s campaigns manager, said they hoped to set a precedent and “put an end to short-sighted decisions like this happening across the UK”.

He added: “Although we are a cycling charity that fights for the removal of a cycle lane, at the heart of our legal challenge, it is really not a cycling problem. We are fighting to ensure that children can go to school safely, so that people do not have to breathe stale air, and for healthier and safer streets where we live and work.

The cycling charity relies on crowdfunding through its Cyclists Defense Fund for his legal challenge and is asking for donations to cover the costs of the trial and to support the broader work of the CDF.

Mr Dollimore added, “We are truly grateful for all the support we have received from the public so far for our legal battle at Shoreham and hope that they can continue to support us and our ongoing work to make the difference. UK a better place for everyone. . “

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