The final section of Horsey Way Cycleway in Eastbourne has been opened for consultation, and the plans in general are lacking in provisions for cyclists in all ways. The majority of the plan is to provide a widened footway and a few dropped kerbs in places to provide for cyclists, with it lacking in priority throughout and mixing with general traffic in much of the scheme. In comparison to the rest of Horsey Way, phase 1B is by far the worst.
The plans are open for consultation from the 16th August to the 24th September if you wish to make your comments.
Lack of segregation between pedestrians & cyclists
Where the route isn’t mixed with motor traffic, it is almost entirely mixed with pedestrians. This usually isn’t a problem in areas with minimal pedestrians such as in rural environments, however much of the shared use area would also be subjected to moderate levels of pedestrians. This is especially an issue as much of the cycleway isn’t proposed to be wider than 3m usually with adjacent boundary walls/fences on one side and parked cars on the other, making the actual useable with the of the cycleway less than 2 metres – just about enough for two cyclists/pedestrians to pass each other.
Lack of segregation from motor vehicles
Nearly half of the cycle route is on the main carriageway with motor vehicles, some of this is acceptable like on Stansted Road, however the section along Waterworks Road, Moy Road & Courtlands Road should be avoided.
Lack of priority at junctions
Along the 1.8km scheme, there are 10 junctions/side roads. Only 1 has cycle/foot priority across it (by giveway lines), 1 has a raised crossing with no priority and 2 are traffic signal controlled (1 as toucan, 1 as mixed traffic). There are 6 other crossings which have no improvement for cyclists or pedestrians. Some of these could be closed while the others should get either a parallel crossing and/or a raised crossing.
Ashford Road / Cavendish Place Junction
The arrangement of crossing twice and dismounting between the crossings is the worst attempt possible at this junction. It should be possible to provide one crossing diagonally across the junction which would fix both issues, the junction at the moment should operate as a single pedestrian crossing phase, so this would not negatively impact on any aspect.
Firle Road arrangement
How both the Northbound and Southbound cycle routes interact with Firle Road is terrible. It should be possible to provide cycle provision going southbound by removing the parking spaces, and a better crossing to the other side of the road while going northbound is also possible by putting in a parallel crossing.
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