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Cycling on the prom is so popular it should be legal

14:00 16 July 2013

Should cycling be allowed on prom at quiet times?

Should cycling be allowed on prom at quiet times?

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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.

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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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14 comments

  • Why not have a shared scheme like they really work well there?

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    JC

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Its the elderly people in motorised carts that are the danger around felixstowe. They are not supposed to travel at more than 4mph in areas where there are pedestrians. Lets split the prom into 3 lanes and we can all have a race :-)

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    Ashley Barrett

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

  • No no no we do not need cycling on the prom. I don't have eyes to the back of me so cannot be aware of someone cycling behind me. Only last Sunday whilst walking with my daughter and granddaughter a cyclist rushed past me, I had no idea they were behind me, and this was in the middle of the day. There seems nowhere these days one can walk safely, I always understood one could feel safe on a pavement but not any more.

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    October girl

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • The key word in the above piece is `most`. `Most` people don`t commit murder, `most` people aren`t drug dealers. It is `most` of the young families and elderly who will be endangered if Felixstowe allows these selfish cyclists to threaten pedestrians. They already have a road surface they should use it the big babies.

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    Supernova6

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • The promenade is for what is says, walking along the prom. On Sunday 22072013 we were walking along and 4 boys on bikes were racing along. Accident waiting to happen. There are now large red signs to say no cycling. So folks NO CYCLING.

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    biggles the pilot

    Monday, July 22, 2013

  • The fact that a number of people break a law is not a reason to change the law to suit them. The promenade is there for what the word means - walking. This mania for drawing out cycle lanes is already a waste of money on our roads, which in most cases are not wide enough to ensure their effectiveness, or safety, for the cyclist as they inevitably lead to traffic being much closer when trying to make right turns etc and are often blocked anyway by other road users. The same would apply to the prom and would lead to incidents between cyclists, young children wandering about, dog walkers, pensioners out for a stroll, buggy pushers, beach hut owners etc etc. If anything the law should be enforced more often. One can well imagine the result in legalising the average fast cycling, headphoned yob, weaving about, hands often in pockets, amongst ambling daytrippers. Were cyclists held to account more often when cycling on paths, their increased numbers forced onto the roads would do far more to improve traffic safety for themselves than all the cycle lanes, by making car drivers more aware of them as was the case in the 50's and 60's when thousands of people commuted on bikes and cars had to fit in. I am a car, motorcycle and bicycle user and when on two wheels, I obey the highway code at all times. The sooner everyone else does, the better.

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    Sarky Sage

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

  • I propose that anyone who rides on the prom should have insurance and be forced to have number plates so that any injured pedestrian knows who to sue. Quite apart from endangering the public people walk on the prom to relax not have to keep checking for idiots weaving in and out. OAPs seem to be able to bike on the roads quite safely, but then again they are proper cyclists not like the selfish little weeds you get today.

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    Supernova6

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • I'm a cyclist, motorist, pedestrian, resident etc. I cycle on the prom because Sea road is busy with cars going too fast and is unpleasant to use. However I appreciate that the prom is a pedestrian area so I defer to the walker, go slowly, am courteous and prepared to stop. I can't abide people on bikes that speed along the prom with no regards. That's not how I ride and they don't represent me and cyclists I know. I would applaud the shared use of the prom by walkers and cyclists and would fully support the punishment for anyone abusing others enjoyment by riding too fast or in an aggressive manner.

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    Peter Cook

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Why do we need a by-law? No-one pays any attention to the existing by-law, so why do you imagine that a new one would be any more effective? Just a thought ...

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    Marc Turner

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

  • I was reliably informed by a local PC that the prom is recorded as a road and NOT a foot path so cycling is legal and that you could even drive your car along it with out being fined!!

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    MARTYN GREGORY

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • @ Shed Kev: I sure do have issues with path cyclists...I`ve been crashed into, verbally abused and threatened with violence in the past. I`m 6ft of solid, handsome muscle and if it can happen to me it can happen to kids on holiday or out for the day who move more erratically than I do. Why should young children or oaps have to worry about bike traffic? Bikers should grow a pair and ride on the road not harass vulnerable pedestrians.

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    Supernova6

    Saturday, July 20, 2013

  • I have often heard people refer to this by law, but they are vague no one says which bylaw, does it exist, or is everyone assuming it does? Which bylaw? Who owns the bylaw? and when was it enacted. It would be great to establish the shared use. It does not need new bylaws to restrict it. Just to be subject to usual codes of practice for shared use, in that cyclists should give way to other pedestrians. We manage to share the town centre quite happily motorists cyclists and pedestrians. Events will effectively police themselves. If this established as a right way of we could get rid of that ridiculous part of National cycle route 51 down Bent hill where as a cyclists you are directed onto the pavement round a blind bend down a steep hill. Cycling could be a big draw to Felixstowe with the bigger and new ferry's being planned if the national cycle route was along the prom it would be a great attraction. Get this sorted and proper cycle route through Trimley rather than the abomination of painted lines that’s there now and you could have a major boost for the town and the Sea front. Most people don’t realise that Felixstowe is on part of the North Sea cycle route a route of some 2000 miles that takes in the best of the North seas coastlines on all sides of the water. Let’s try and make the best of it

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    martin

    Friday, July 19, 2013

  • @ Supernova6,,,You clearly have issue's with cyclists and them riding up & down the prom. The Prom is all that Felixstowe has left to attract visitors so why not have a shared scheme from one end to the other??

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    Shed Kev

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

  • Well said Shed Kev. I think cycling should definitely be allowed on the prom. Law abiding responsible cyclists are no problem.

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    Fair Deuce

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

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