New group will enable cycling enthusiasts to pool resources

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A NEW group, Cycle East Sussex, has been formed to share ideas between cycle groups within the county.

Some local groups are campaign groups, while others run social rides, and Cycle East Sussex will meet regularly to embrace all cycling interests.

It has already helped East Sussex County Council with bids for support from sustainable transport fund. Bexhill cycling enthusiast Ian Hollidge, of College Road, said: “Cycling is the best form of exercise there is. Yet across the county people are put off cycling by the road layout. With financial constraints, more families are reducing their car use, and in many cases cycling should be the natural alternative.”

He added: “Cycle East Sussex understands that there are many types of cyclists, and many potential cyclists. The infrastructure needs to change. We would all like to see less congestion and less fighting for car parking spaces, yet most people could cycle the few miles they do each day to local places. Cycling is not just for fit men in lycra. It should be a normal means of transport – and fitness – for almost everyone.”

Cycle East Sussex is a collection of groups who share common goals to encouraging cycling. A key area is to improve safety. They bring local knowledge to identify where new schemes would help people get on their bikes. The group promotes healthy communities and cycling should be the key to regeneration – anyone who can cycle has access to employment. The many other items on their wish list include helping pedestrians, children, parents with pushchairs and those using mobility scooters.

Cycle East Sussex comprises groups from Lewes, Eastbourne, Rye, Bexhill, Seaford, Ouse Valley, Peacehaven, Battle, rural Rother, Hastings, Brighton and Hove. Anyone wanting to help campaign for better cycling facilities, or interested in joining a local group should contact: Eastbourne: www.bespokecyclegroup.org Lewes: www.cyclelewes.org.uk, Battle, Robertsbridge and the surrounding 1066 area: www.1066cycleclub.org.uk, Seaford and Peacehaven: www.cycleseahaven.org.uk, Ouse Valley: www.ovcn.org.uk, Hastings: http://hastingsurbanbikes.yolasite.com/, Bexhill: www.bexhillwheelers.org.uk, Brighton and Hove: www.bricycles.org.uk.