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Felixstowe prom cycling ban to be temporarily lifted

10:22 31 December 2015

Cycling may be permitted on Felixstowe prom after being banned for 32 years.

Cycling may be permitted on Felixstowe prom after being banned for 32 years.

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Tourism chiefs believe there is “a lot of merit” in removing the ban on cycling along Felixstowe’s promenade.

Town councillors have agreed that cycling on the prom should have a year’s trial – and if it is a success, then the current by-law restrictions would be removed permanently.

Cyclists though will have to fulfil their part of the bargain by riding sensibly along the two-mile walkway at reasonable speeds, moving slowly past pedestrians and being aware of the unpredictabilty of children running or playing on the beach and prom, and to avoid using it during busy times and events.

Inspector Roger Salmon, the resort’s police chief, said the current bye-law was unenforceable, and because of the bureaucracy involved, the work bringing anyone to prosecution would be wholly disproportionate to the time spent by an officer in producing the file.

However, he has warned that cyclists misusing the right to cycle could be dealt with under anti-social behaviour offences.

A Suffolk Coastal spokesman said: “We have received the request to trial safe cycling along the promenade in Felixstowe for a year.

“We think this proposal has a lot of merit and could add further to the increasing vibrancy of Felixstowe.

“We are currently exploring all the issues surrounding the removal of the signs that currently prohibit cycling and are liaising with our colleagues in Felixstowe Town Council and Suffolk County Council highways who own the promenade and have responsibility for its upkeep.”

Dozens of coastal resorts have already scrapped their bye-laws, deciding they are outdated and promenades are acceptable places to cycle – especially with the drive to increase exercise and to attract visitors.

Many people of all ages already cycle along the prom, including some early in the morning and in the evening to and from work at the port.

However, removing the ban has not been greeted with approval by all community leaders.

During the debate at Felixstowe Town Council, councillors Andy Smith and Nick Barber spoke out against the idea – saying the ability for all ages to walk along the prom in safety and without fear was a cherished feature of the seafront that had been enjoyed for more than a century.

Mr Smith said the prom was “the essence, the being” of Felixstowe and it was unthinkable its use could change.

21 comments

  • Inspector Salmon "However, he has warned that cyclists misusing the right to cycle could be dealt with under anti-social behaviour offences." So... in other words the ban on cycling could equally be upheld then, as opposed to being "unenforceable". His quote is obviously self defeating tosh.

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    Sarky Sage

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • I agree with the view of many respondents that this is just another capitulation on the part of the police who seem only too keen to go for the low hanging fruit as far as law enforcement is concerned. As regards cyclist behaviour, this also seems to be condoned by police. I have many times seen cyclists jumping red lights and going the wrong way along one way streets. Admittedly this may be a minority but it is a large one. How could such riders be trusted? Is there any firm commitment to a police presence on the prom to ensure good behaviour? I doubt it.

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    Concerned of Felixstowe

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • If they couldn't enforce the currant bye law when cycling was banned on the prom how are they planning on enforce that cyclist ride sensibily and any that don't get an anti social behavior order. You need officers on the prom for that and I'm sure there is the money for that. This is just an accident waiting to happen.

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    Jacqueline Norlem

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • As a regular visiter to Fel8ixstowe and spending a fair amount of time on the promenade I believe the walk way is possibly wide enough to allow cyclist to use it The only thing i would suggest is that Felixstowe do as our council have done on our promanade and that is to mark out a possible cycle track as we find this works very well as cyclist have there lane and walkers have theirs then all have to use it with care

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    Bert

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • The prom is certainly wide enough to accommodate cyclists if they rode with a bit of care and consideration ( as most cyclists do) and pedestrians kept their wits about them. It's the butt up, head down, lycra clad brigade you have to watch out for!

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    Paul Wauly

    Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Normal anti cyclist brigade out here ! Vast numbers of cyclists ride with courtesy and consideration for other people , are all car drivers maniacs causing havoc ? If the promenade is a highway then laws exist to control misbehaviour , aren't there Roger Salmon ?

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    Mr chandler

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Well I would say from viewing these comments here that its a BIG MISTAKE and many accidents waiting too happen. Council remember this equation, accidents these days = compensation claims. My opinion, that should not be taken as fact.

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    richie w

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • A really bad idea.

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    Fair Play

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • As someone who has been struck and threatened with violence by a path cycling yob I view this as capitulation and cowardice by authority. How on earth anyone can switch off and enjoy a stroll on the prom when these selfish, ignorant path cycling boneheads could smash into them at any moment is beyond me. If the police are too lazy or incompetent to prosecute, they should think about another line of work. They took an oath to uphold ALL laws not just the ones they fancied. Path cyclists should be hammered wherever they are found - end of.

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    Supernova6

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • It seems that those who live in and those that visit Felixstowe are in the main pretty adamant that they do not want cyclists on the prom.I am a cyclist myself and suffer from car owners, who incidentally are promenaders when out of their cars, not really wanting me on the road either. But I have to admit that it can be pretty concerting when a bike hurtles by from behind when not heard beforehand due to the bike being quite noiseless and maybe having a little wind in one's ear. Unfortunately there is no compromise to be had as it cannot be all or nothing either because if the ban remained then there would still be cycles on the prom albeit illegal. The best option therefore must be to allow them as planned then at least it will be shown after a year that it is unworkable or that it may not be so bad. Meanwhile a campaign to re-open Felixstowe pier would provide safe walking for all.

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    easylec

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • What ban? Cyclists have been using the prom as long as I can remember, without fear of prosecution or enforcement. The total withdrawal of policing on the seafront (called here "unenforcement") has encouraged the same selfish arrogance that sees car parking anywhere (double yellow lines, junctions, driveways, etc), that is now making the seafront an un-regulated mess. It looks shabby and shambolic. This in turn has encouraged the litter louts to run free creating, especially on Sundays, an unseemly pile which the poor cleaners can't keep up with. As Scuzzer says, it is indeed a strange society today where people ignore all others in the certain knowledge that they can!

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    Disbeliever

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Having been struck by a cyclist and spent 13 weeks recovering from my injuries a few years ago I live in fear of being hit again by cyclists on the pavement and in public areas. The is no redress or insurance payouts for people injured by cyclists. Even less redress if they leave the scene. As I become older I feel safer travelling by car. Thanks for out of town shopping zones. Since when did pedestrianisation mean give way to cyclists .

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    Transol

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • It will become a racetrack, the elderly will be better off staying at home, what a ridiculous idea, its bad enough now with the supposed ban.

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    dahlia

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • "Inspector Roger Salmon, the resort’s police chief, said the current bye-law was unenforceable..." how nicely summed up - todays inherent lack of respect for authority, and each other, now so deeply seated in the minds of the 21st century public. Not a move forward as far as I'm concerned.

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    Sarky Sage

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • This debate has been had before. The prom is a designated highway so the only thing stopping cyclist is the current byelaw. Many people already cycle on the prom without causing problems and many more would like to do so, and have requested the repeal of the byelaw. All groups have some who are inconsiderate but if we ban everyone because of the few then we should also ban mobility scooters and dog walkers as they have caused accident and injury in the past. Finally on the many other proms around the country where cycle is already allowed there have been NO recorded injury accidents cause by cyclist.

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    A Smith

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • .... dictionary definition of promenade:- 1) a stroll or walk, especially in a public space, as for pleasure or display 2) an area used for such walking ..... says it all really .....

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    floradog

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • This sounds a pretty silly idea, and is the result of complete defeatism on the part of the police in enforcing laws. It seems that nowadays, if people don't like a law, they brazenly flout it, with the only result being that the law collapses and ceases. Where I live, we are just (thank goodness) coming to the end of the Christmas and New Year period where every self-entitled "visitor" seems to think that the rules aren't for them, but just for the local yokels, and make the place a veritable hell on earth for a fortnight.

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    T Doff

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • I take it that Salmon the copper and the council chief can be Sued if somebody was injured by one of these cycomanics going crazy on the prom. They have been warned about the dangers of cycling on the prom and ignored the them.

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    a west

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Oh come on...there is absolutely no merit in cyclist using it. Many can't even be trusted to use the public highway 'sensibly'. Just because the ban is unenforceable doesn't mean the bylaw should be repealed. Where would that lead us to? Car smoking, mobile phones whilst driving, lane hogging, cycling on pavements! All proving to be unenforceable so why had they been brought in in the first place. What a strange society we have allowed to develop. Sigh......

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    Scuzzer

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • Roads are for cyclists not promenades where people are enjoying a pleasant walk. Please keep the ban in place.

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    another day in the mad house

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

  • In other areas where this has been tried it has not worked well with anti-social cyclist treating the promenade as a race track and also harassing pedestrians

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    Bill Jackson

    Thursday, December 31, 2015

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