Rickshaws offer new way to get around Hastings seafront

Mayor Bruce Dowling enjoying the Seashore Rickshaws
Mayor Bruce Dowling enjoying the Seashore Rickshaws

A new way to travel along the Hastings and St Leonards coastline without lifting a finger celebrated its launch on Monday (July 20).

Seashore Rickshaws offer leisurely tours up and down the promenade from Rock-a-Nore to the Old Bathing Pool.

The bright yellow rickshaws are hard to miss and provide an eco-friendly mode of transport available for tourists and residents alike, even mayor Bruce Dowling.

There are currently five rickshaws at the moment but founder Lucy Culshaw hopes to eventually go to 10 with 20 riders.

“It’s a lot more fun than waiting for a bus,” she said.

“We’ve not been running long but we’re getting orders coming in and some fantastic support on social media.

“It’s a quality tourist offering as well as something for residents to use.”

The idea for the rickshaws came from adversity as Lucy was inspired while on the verge of redundancy.

“I was sat in a restaurant one day and I wondered why there weren’t more people there as it was a lovely day,” she said.

“I realised it was because the restaurant was difficult to get to so that’s where the idea came from.”

Lucy originally wanted to have a type of bus or train service along the seafront but rickshaws offered a better employment opportunity with the cyclists and it’s much greener.

The company offer tours, wedding and special occasion rides as well as group bookings and discounts for language schools.

Local cyclist and manager John Knowles said: “This is a great idea and one that has met with universally positive feedback.

“We can’t wait to be peddling and adding a distinctive new presence to the Hastings seafront offer.

“The team of cyclists we’ve picked are all great guys, though I am sure we’ll have some female company joining us soon and they are all looking forward to building up their legs and stamina over the summer as they cycle the two mile route back and forth.

“We think they’ll average about 20 plus miles a day but they won’t be shaving their legs, this is a leisurely and relaxed tour, not a race.”

Lucy has high hopes for her new venture with plans for Christmas rides with the cyclists dressed as elves and Cupid on Valentine’s Day.

“You have to have a sense of humour to work for us,” she said.

“The only thing that can knock our plans is high wind speeds.”

Prices start at £3 for a child and £15 for a guided tour but for more information visit: www.seashorerickshaws.com, or call Lucy on 01424 421231 or email info@seashorerickshaws.com.

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