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Prom needs cycle lanes

PUBLISHED: 15:16 21 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:29 05 July 2010

HAVING lived in Hastings for a number of years, a seaside resort with a shared promenade and, like Lowestoft, also undergoing major regeneration, I thought I would add my comments and experiences to the current discussions being held in The Journal.

HAVING lived in Hastings for a number of years, a seaside resort with a shared promenade and, like Lowestoft, also undergoing major regeneration, I thought I would add my comments and experiences to the current discussions being held in The Journal.

It's clear that the promenade is a very popular destination during the summer months and it seems selfish to reserve the wonderful views for on-foot visitors; the walkway is certainly expansive enough to allow pedestrians and cyclists to co-exist happily but I feel designated cycle lanes or areas are a necessity if accidents are to be avoided.

As a cyclist I'd feel much more secure in the knowledge that I'm riding in the right place.

In my experience Hastings, where the cycle lanes on the front are clearly defined by tactile lineage and coloured tarmac, is a success story. Both those on foot and on wheels happily make their way from the pier along the front and there is even enough room for street artists, skate-borders and other talented, minority and often neglected performers to display their talents - a welcome and diverse addition to the English seaside in summer.

In my opinion, this current proposal gives Lowestoft a great chance to bring some much needed cosmetic changes to one of its greatest assets, and improve the town further for local people along with providing a holiday experience for our summer guests.

SAM EDWARDS

Hastings


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