Bikes and walkers to share seafront

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CYCLISTS in Hastings will soon be able to bypass a busy seafront stretch.

Hastings Borough Council this week announced plans to introduce a section of shared use cycle route – meaning bikers will no longer have to tackle the road between Robertson Street and The Stade.

The path will be shared with pedestrians and cyclists will have no right of way – but the local authority says this approach has actually reduced collisions elsewhere in the country.

Councillor Trevor Webb, head of leisure at the council, said: “The purpose of this plan is two-fold.

“First, it aims to make cycling safer in Hastings.

“At the moment many cyclists are forced to use the A259, and second, it will connect Bexhill to the Old Town which we think will be very useful for residents and tourists alike.”

The plan has already been welcomed by local cycling group Hastings Urban Bikes, but the council also wants to hear from residents.

Detailed outlines of the plans will be on display at the Beach Retreat coffee shop in Marine Parade, next to Pelham Place, today between noon and 6pm and tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and 4pm.

Alternatively, people can leave their thoughts online at www.hastings.gov.uk.