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Cycling on the prom is so popular it should be legal

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:55 19 July 2013

Should cycling be allowed on prom at quiet times?

Should cycling be allowed on prom at quiet times?

Archant

IT’S time cycling along Felixstowe prom was permitted. So many people are now doing it, it doesn’t make sense for it to be outlawed – just controlled properly.

Most cyclists don’t even realise they are breaking a by-law.

There are fewer than a handful of “no cycling” signs along the prom, and none at the natural entrances for cyclists at Manor End, Orford Road and Undercliff Road East, so prosecutions – if the police or the council were of a mind to take enforcement action – would probably not stand up in any case.

During our almost daily walk along the prom – we do it at least four or five evenings a week – one night last week we spotted 15 cyclists and six barbecues on the beach (also banned). Walkers? Around a dozen.

The prom is wide enough for sensible cyclists and walkers, and most riders would not be reckless on such a route.

Most are cycling at times when there is no-one, or very few people, walking. I know several people who work at the port and use it as their route for an early morning shift.

I cannot believe anyone would cycle the route on a Sunday afternoon when it is packed with people enjoying a post-lunch stroll. Or while there is a major event taking place. There would be no fun cycling then anyway.

Rules, though, would help everyone.

Cycling should be permitted before 9.30am and after 4.30pm each day – when there are few people walking and plenty of space.

Riders should also be required to cycle at a moderate or slow speed and keep well clear of any pedestrians.

A new by-law in these terms would highlight the issue, make legal what is already practised by a growing number and make the situation clearer.

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