Proposal for new cycle and pedestrian route in Hastings

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A new route for cyclists and pedestrians is being proposed.

In recent years, Hastings Greenway Group (HGG) has been promoting the setting up of a network of footpaths and cycle ways throughout the borough.

Steve Foreman, from HGG, said both the county and borough council have adopted a cycling and walking strategy that largely incorporates the routes that HGG has been promoting.

He added: “The first part of the new network is proposed through Alexandra Park which will link up the town centre with a proposed route linking the top end of Alexandra Park to the Link Road where a shared route between pedestrians and cyclist is being currently constructed.

“Once a route is completed through Alexandra Park people will be able to cycle or walk a circular route linking Hastings and St Leonards to Bexhill although there will be a few gaps that will need to be completed.”

Hastings Borough Council is beginning to consult residents on a shared cycle and pedestrian route through Alexandra Park and some initial designs have been drawn up which will be on the council’s website.

Mr Foreman said: “We would like to encourage residents to support the proposed route through Alexandra Park. The work to create the route would include safety measures and signage to ensure the safety of all.

“And as there would only be one route available to cyclists this will help to ensure that other parts of the park are pedestrian use only.

“The benefits cannot be overemphasised. Firstly, for health by encouraging people to walk and cycle for pleasure. Secondly, to reduce journeys using motorised transport. It will become safe to cycle away from motorised vehicles.

“It will become more and more possible, for example, to cycle to work or school reducing congestion on the roads.

“It will also open up Alexandra Park to a wider group of residents and will bring much-needed business to facilities such as the Café in The Park. By being placed in the park access for cyclists will encourage family use with more young people encouraged to cycle.”

The borough council will be holding an event on Sunday, June 28 in Alexandra Park to highlight the proposed route.

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