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Cycling on the prom trial begins

Cycling is now officially permitted along Felixstowe’s Promenade as part of a year-long trial that launches on Tuesday 18 October.

The byelaw which prohibited cycling on the Prom was lifted to allow for safe and considerate cycling for a period on 12 months.

New, temporary signs have now been installed to promote the trial and inform pedestrians and cyclists that this is now a shared space and cycling is permitted on the Prom from October 2016 to October 2017. Cyclists are asked to be mindful or pedestrians and to prepare to dismount in crowded or narrow areas.

The trial has been put in place after the request from Felixstowe Town Council, which led to a consultation conducted by Felixstowe Forward earlier this year; the results of which concluded that the majority of people would like to see cycling allowed on the Prom.

The trial period will continue to be monitored by Felixstowe Forward throughout the year and a final report at the end of this period will determine e the trial’s success.

Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Leisure, said:
“We want to promote cycling as a healthy and safe form of exercise across the District, so we’re pleased to see the Prom officially opened up to cyclists.

“The trial has been put in place in response to feedback from the public and we hope it will be a success.

“We are pleased that the seafront can become a shared space for pedestrians and cyclists to enjoy together and ask that cyclists use the space safely with respect for pedestrians and to use their common sense during busy periods and in narrow areas.”

If you have any comments, please send them to Felixstowe Forward by emailing: felixstowe.forward@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

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