Seaside cycling: the coast, promenades and sea fronts (England & Wales)
CTC View (formal statement of CTC's policy):
- A good proportion of the English and Welsh coast could be safely and beneficially opened up for cycle use.
- The provisions of the Marine Act are extremely weak in terms of delivering cycle access along the English coast. Ultimately, it still depends on gaining the landowner’s agreement and, as such, on sustained local activity and campaigning.
- Councils should revoke bans and allow cyclists to use sea fronts and promenades as scenic, traffic-free routes and links for recreational and utility purposes.
- Segregating cyclists and imposing speed limits on them along sea fronts and promenades is unnecessary: research shows that cyclists modify their behaviour in the presence of pedestrians (e.g. by slowing down, taking avoiding action or dismounting as necessary).
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Publication Date:June 2012