Online petition seeks to save Brighton cycle lanes
Council unmoved and still planning to rip out facility
On online petition protesting at plans to remove continental style cycle lanes in Brighton has garnered well over 2000 signatures.
However, it appears that Brighton and Hove’s Conservative led council is determined to press ahead with their plans, ignoring the wishes of many local cyclists.
We reported earlier this month on how the council wants to remove the semi-segregated lanes on Grand Avenue and The Drive an estimated cost of up to £1.1m. And there could be a further £300,000 to be paid back to the Department for Transport, as this was the sum provided by the now defunct Cycling England to help pay for the facility, installed in 2008 at a cost of around £800,000.
Sustrans has also got behind the campaign to save the cycle lanes and Simon Pratt, Sustrans' Regional Director for the South East, said: "If the Council wants to spend money wisely, it seems utter madness to remove routes at such a huge cost especially when they are well used by local people.
"The cycle lanes in Grand Avenue form part of the National Cycle Network in this area, linking the seafront to the South Downs, and losing them would be a step backwards."
But at a recent council cabinet meeting, Council chairman Mary Mears was questioned by Labour councillor Gill Mitchell about the wisdom of spending over £1m scrapping the cycle lanes in light of significant cuts to services for vulnerable people, and anticipated council worker redundancies.
Cllr Mears indicated that the removal would go ahead as she claimed the cycles lanes were insufficiently used by cyclists. According to the online petition set up to help save them, at the latest count, 2427 people would beg to differ.