Cyclists ride delayed Hastings park cycle route in protest

The protestors in Alexandra Park. Photo by Fraser Irving SUS-161130-145017001

The protestors in Alexandra Park. Photo by Fraser Irving SUS-161130-145017001

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A cycling group protested in Alexandra Park in Hastings demanding the council put in a safe cycling path on Sunday (November 27).

The protestors called on East Sussex County Council and Hastings Borough Council to stop delaying the shared cycle route which was agreed in January.

The demonstration attracted 35 people, both on foot and on bikes, who rode the proposed route in spite of the council warning they could be fined £7,000.

Hastings Urban Bikes’ Tim Godwin said: “We had four to 84 year old people riding bikes through the Alexandra Park route on Sunday, the benefits of cycling are for everyone.

“ESCC and HBC need to provide safe routes, so everyone who wants to can feel confident to ride a bike in Hastings whether that is to work, school or the shops.”

The group vowed to keep the pressure on the council and believes the protests will have an effect.

Hastings Greenway Group’s Ian Sier said: “Sunday was the first time that I have cycled in Alexandra Park and it reinforced my view about just how valuable and needed this cycle and greenway route is.

“It avoids very unsatisfactory busy roads with dangerous junctions and will make the journey so much safer for cyclists.

“The local authorities need to get on with it and complete the approved route.”

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