Showdown over Previous Shoreham Street cycle lane

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A BATTLE is raging over a controversial “Covid cycle lane” on a significant twin carriageway.

In Might, residents woke as much as the brand new cycle route taking over two lanes of the A270 Previous Shoreham Street, one of many foremost arteries into and out of Hove to the west of the town.

Since then, campaigners have battled over the way forward for the lane with some wanting it made everlasting and others wanting it scrapped.

The showdown is about to return to a head at a Brighton and Hove Metropolis Council assembly on July 23 the place the rival factions will current their petitions to councillors.

Talking on the cycle lane’s junction with Olive Street in Hove yesterday, Conservative councillor for Hangleton and Knoll Daybreak Barnett stated: “That is Bedlam, it’s horrendous and I don’t perceive how anybody can suppose that is an enchancment.

The Argus:

“I don’t disagree with cycle lanes, however not one large enough to drive a tank by way of.

“This was underhanded and carried out in a single day and I, together with my residents, need to know when will probably be eliminated.

“The Greens and Labour suppose they’re going to eliminate vehicles, however I’m sorry, they’re not.”

Some individuals have raised considerations the cycle lane just isn’t being utilized by cyclists.

When The Argus visited the part on the junction with Olive Street between four.25pm and four.40pm yesterday, we noticed six cyclists.

The Argus:

A petition from Peter Challis entitled Take away Previous Shoreham Street Cycle Lane Extension has been signed by 2,318 individuals.

You possibly can signal it your self by clicking right here.

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The petition says the lane was carried out irrespective of the setting committee, nor all of the affected councillors” and with none session with the citizens or any transport teams apart from the biking charity Sustrans.

It says: “It doesn’t meet the Authorities’s standards for a ‘Covid cycle lane’ as there may be little public transport utilizing this part of street.

The Argus:

“Since its introduction, the use by cyclists is minimal, primarily on account of the route being hilly and never linking anyplace of any actual curiosity.

“The remaining single lane used for different site visitors is seeing growing site visitors and subsequent congestion at junctions as Authorities lockdown restrictions are relaxed.

“It appears there was no energetic monitoring of site visitors flows within the Previous Shoreham Street or in adjoining roads, nor any measurement of emission ranges to establish whether or not or not it is a internet enchancment to the native setting.”

Regardless of the backlash, the brand new cycle lane has proved well-liked with some individuals.

The Argus:

Picture credit score: Joe Taylor

Environmental activists Extinction Revolt Brighton held a weekend “bike carnival” to rejoice the introduction of the lane.

Rick Lyons, a spokesman for the group, stated: “It’s necessary to recollect the Conservative Authorities has instructed councils to reallocate street house to types of energetic journey.

“There’s a consensus throughout the political events that we want extra biking and strolling so individuals can journey safely in the course of the pandemic whereas slicing air pollution and greenhouse fuel emissions on the similar time.

The Argus:

“By creating the brand new cycle route, the council has carried out the Conservatives’ imaginative and prescient and made a extremely constructive step in the direction of reaching protected and clear transport in our metropolis.

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“Proof from site visitors counts on the route present that site visitors is flowing freely alongside the street and cyclists are utilizing the brand new lane. The numbers of cyclists utilizing the route will solely improve as it’s linked up with different protected cycle routes.”

A rival petition from Chris Williams, referred to as “Make the Previous Shoreham Street cycle lane extension everlasting and set up a city-wide cycle community” has been signed by 2,185 individuals.

You possibly can signal it your self by clicking right here.

It states: “About 30 per cent of households within the metropolis do not need a automotive.

“Given present recommendation to keep away from public transport, strolling and biking are apparent choices.

“With the diminished site visitors in lockdown, there was an enormous rise within the variety of individuals biking however many individuals who want to cycle really feel unsafe doing so in dense, fast-moving site visitors, reminiscent of that discovered on the Previous Shoreham Street. The answer to that is segregated cycle lanes.

The Argus:

“Cities which have invested in cycle networks, reminiscent of Copenhagen, have seen an enormous rise in biking and a drop in automotive use. Which means streets are much less congested, the air is cleaner and individuals who don’t have any various however to make use of a automotive can get about extra rapidly and simply.

“Though remoted cycle lanes on key roads are higher than nothing, we won’t see a big shift from automotive to bicycle use till there’s a full community.”

Chairwoman of the Surroundings, Transport and Sustainability Committee, Anne Pissaridou stated: “We’re seeing large change in the best way persons are shifting across the metropolis, with many extra individuals selecting to stroll and cycle.

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“The Previous Shoreham Street cycle Lane is amongst a spread of non permanent measures which have been put in place to make sure biking and strolling is protected and to encourage individuals to bodily distance, whereas additionally supporting Brighton & Hove’s financial restoration.

“I’m dedicated to creating certain residents are requested for his or her views on these adjustments. I might urge individuals to have their say and I look ahead to seeing the outcomes.”

Have your say in a session by clicking right here. 

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