More people of all ages want to get around on a bicycle safely. At the same time transport is the biggest cause of pollution in Adur and road congestion a problem. It makes sense for us to improve things.

We would like to make it easier for people to choose to leave the car behind. Many of our pavements are poorly maintained. Many of our roads have potholes that are a danger to cyclists and drivers. It should be easier and safer for local people to cycle to work, to school, to the shops or for leisure. We support more cycle lanes, more places to park cycles in town or village centres, workplaces and stations, more 20mph speed limit zones, and an affordable integrated public transport system – a shared ticket system across all bus operators and train services. It’s time for change.

On cycling:

  • Safe cycling routes benefit individuals and families and, of course, school students. They can help to reduce pollution – and congestion – through giving more people an alternative to car travel for many trips. Many plans for doing this have been published but it’s hard to find any action under the current Conservative-led Adur or West Sussex councils.
  • We believe cycling choices must be available to people who are young, old, individuals or families, children going to school, adults going to work and for those with a physical disability. That means safe cycle lanes.
  • We welcome and support the introduction of a cycle hire scheme. We would work with local businesses, trade associations and residents to ensure pick up points are located in poor air quality areas and convenient locations
  • We would implement the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure plan so families can cycle safely – well designed and planned with local residents who walk cycle or drive.
  • As part of our ideas to reinvigorate Adur’s town and village centres we would fit more cycle parking spaces – too often cycles are locked against lampposts and obstruct pavements because there are not enough parking places. We would encourage business park employers to install large and secure bike storage facilities.
  • In considering proposals for new developments, it is essential that their impact on roads and transport is taken seriously. Developers must also contribute to local infrastructure. That includes support for active travel and public transport.
  • The Conservative record has been to produce many plans, to repeatedly consult (in a poorly designed way), to waste money installing and then removing a cycle lane on Upper Shoreham Road, while doing nothing to deliver opportunities and routes to allow more people and families and school student to cycle safely. It’s all talk and no action.

Recent plans were consulted upon which include cycle routes in Sompting, Lancing, Shoreham and along the A259 through Southwick to Hove. There were many good ideas there which we would like to see made real. One suggestion we do not support is shared use pathways used by cyclists and pedestrians. Dedicated cycle lanes and footpaths are preferable.

 

Everyone should have the right to walk and cycle safely Jude Harvey, Labour candidate for Southwick Green
Jude Harvey, Labour candidate for Southwick Green
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