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PUBLISHED: 10:44 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:24 05 July 2010

ON THE PROM: Cyclists and pedestrians enjoy using the Promenade at Lowestoft's South Beach.

ON THE PROM: Cyclists and pedestrians enjoy using the Promenade at Lowestoft's South Beach.

CYCLISTS and pedestrians using Lowestoft's promenade were this week urged to respect each other and prevent accidents.

Ever since Waveney District Council approved a change in by-laws to allow cycling along the promenade the subject has been a hot topic throughout the town.

CYCLISTS and pedestrians using Lowestoft's promenade were this week urged to respect each other and prevent accidents.

Ever since Waveney District Council approved a change in by-laws to allow cycling along the promenade the subject has been a hot topic throughout the town.

The letters on The Journal's Postbag pages have found people both in favour and against.

Some readers believe that the promenade is wide enough to cater for both pedestrians and cyclists and welcome the change.

Others, however, are convinced that there could be accidents and are especially concerned about the busy summer months.

Mike King, of Sandbank Road, Lowestoft, is generally in favour of allowing cyclists to use the promenade and points out that this already happens at a number of other resorts including Walton-on-the-Naze, in Essex.

“Pedestrians are asked to allow space for cyclists to pass safely and keep children and dogs under control. Cyclists are asked to be considerate at all times, particularly to children, the elderly, and dog walkers,” he writes.

Jane Knights, of Selby Street, Lowestoft, a keen cyclist, and believes cyclists and pedestrians will both benefit if they act responsibly. But Alan Hines, of Beaconsfield Road, Lowestoft, wants to keep the promenade a pedestrian-only zone. “To let cyclists ride on the seafront in the summer is madness,” he said.

A spokesman for Waveney District Council said there would be plenty of signs along the promenade warning people the area was being used by pedestrians and cyclists.

“This will be the first year that cycling has been allowed so we will be monitoring the situation closely and seeing how it works. If both cyclists and pedestrians respect each other, both should be able to enjoy our beautiful promenade,” he said.

There are no plans to create cycle lanes at present.

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