Local Cycling & Walking Update Jan 2022

Campaigns and Projects 2022

 

The Access Group is involved in several local campaigns and projects. Here are the updates on Local Cycling and Walking and Eastbourne Town Centre.

 

Local Cycling and Walking

 

Government and local councils have been tasked with delivering significant growth in walking and cycling numbers (Active Travel). Eastbourne Access Group are supportive of these ambitious plans and are campaigning for dedicated safe walking spaces to ensure vulnerable people remain safe in their own space. Likewise we agree with the majority of UK cycle groups that safe dedicated cycle lanes are installed to ensure space is available to manage the long term growth of sustainable safe cycling, in accordance with Government guidelines;

 

The updated Govt regulation LTN 1/20 requires that: 

  • Shared use routes in streets with high pedestrian or cyclist flows should not be used.
  • Accessibility is a core design principle
  • An Access audit must be completed and Public Sector Equality Duty under the Equality Act fully complied with. This forms part of the Equality Impact Assessment, but an access audit is a separate and additional good practice requirement. Safety assessments are also paramount.
  • Tactile paving must be provided for properly segregated cycling lanes where pedestrians are required to cross safely as per the guidance on the use of Tactile paving surfaces. Tactile paving must be provided at all crossing points.
  • Speed restrictions must be in place in areas where there are more pedestrians, such as humps in the cycle track to slow cyclists down as they approach crossing points for pedestrians.
  • There are other requirements for surfacing and segregation between cyclists and pedestrians contained in LTN 1/20 which must be followed.
  • Cycle lanes need to be wide enough and 3 metres width is best practice.

 

It is also vital for ESCC to keep up to date with tactile paving, ban on shared space/parking on pavements and inclusive design for streets updates which are found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inclusive-transport-strategy/the-inclusive-transport-strategy-summary-of-progress

 

The latest tactile paving guidance is:  TRL, Accessible Public Realm, published January 2020.

 

We are calling for funds from the LCWIP to be allocated to the repair and smooth surfacing of identified key and core walking spaces, to ensure required growth in safe walking is met to achieve the walking element of Active Travel targets. A Government positioning paper (National Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy) published in February 2020 stated that we must maintain and build walking numbers whilst dramatically raising cycling trips. The government document further stated that pedestrian walking space should not be taken or compromised in order to deliver new cycling schemes.

 

LTN 1/20 is further supported by Government with guidelines to be published in an updated Highway Code (January 2022). This document states clearly that Pedestrians, especially children, older people and disabled people are the number one priority in terms of safety. The document sets out a whole new relationship between cyclists and pedestrians – one in which cyclists are asked to ensure they give priority to pedestrians (simply put Cyclists need to give way to pedestrians at all times and ensure they allow safe passing space whilst passing at safe speed). The guidelines are comprehensive and we urge you to review the new advice on our website. Given this new direction we will work to establish pedestrian priority across our local area. We will campaign for “pedestrian priority” signage in existing shared spaces and work to establish new and innovative walking spaces as proposed in the National Walking and Cycling Strategy.

 

  • Cyclists should give way to pedestrians on shared use cycle tracks.

 

  • Only pedestrians may use the pavement. Pedestrians include wheelchair and mobility scooter users.

 

  • Pedestrians may use any part of the road and use cycle tracks as well as the pavement, unless there are signs prohibiting pedestrians

 

  • Take care when passing pedestrians especially children, older adults and disabled people. Slow down when necessary and let them know you are there; for example by ringing your bell or by calling politely. Remember pedestrians may be deaf, blind or partially sighted. 

Eastbourne Access Group has requested East Sussex County Council to incorporate these significant changes to protect pedestrians into existing and future designs within the Local Cycling and Walking Investment Programme.

 

We will also seek a high profile educational programme designed to brief cyclists and pedestrians on these new priorities which we believe will make pavements and existing shared areas safer for all pedestrians.

 

 

Update re Town Centre Issues

 

Phase 1: we are still awaiting the removal of the cubes by the blue badge parking spaces in Cornfield Road.  This will be pursued until they are removed.

 

Phase 2a Bolton Road /Langney Road proposals- it has been confirmed that blue badge parking will be made available outside Stone carpets between 9am -6pm. With regard to the side of the road near the Iceland Car Park we are awaiting confirmation from Jacobs that this area (which had been previously agreed) will be treated the same as a shared space with blue badge holders and permit holders between 9am – 6pm.

Langney Road – we have requested that the proposed blue badge parking be transferred from outside Domino’s to the opposite side of the road in order to avoid potential chaos with delivery drivers blocking spaces. We have also pointed out to ESCC that with the proposed taxi rank being on the Curzon side it will ease two way traffic flow.

2 way traffic will be a feature of both Bolton and Langney Roads which will blocked off with barriers between 10am and 6pm to allow for pedestrianization of Terminus Road. Turn round points will be in place by the barriers. Access to both roads after 10 am and before 6pm will be limited to blue badge holders and taxis with appropriate signage at the entrances to both roads.

 

Enforcement is another matter as ESCC have refused ANPR cameras and CCTV. The doctors’ surgery car spaces in Lismore Road will become Blue Badge parking spaces although we have requested that these be specifically enlarged for the use of Wheelchair Accessible vehicles.

As agreed when permission was granted for phase 2a all these have to be in place prior to any work on phase 2 being started. We shall monitor  this as well as the fact that we hold written confirmation that no builders’ permits will be issued covering blue badge parking spaces as happened outside Marks and Spencers’ during the phase 1 construction.

 

Phase 2b is in the early stages of planning. This involves the pedestrianization of Victoria Place (sea end of Terminus Road). An initial walk round has happened with various representatives from both councils and organisations, including the access group. There is a lot of work to do on this as again there are serious issues with the proposals over access, lack of public parking (e.g. blue badge parking with spaces being removed and not replaced) and drivers will be directed to Trinity Place Multi Storey car park. Bus routes will have to be changed around which again may result in parking spaces being removed and not replaced in surrounding roads. The other issues are that the Eastbourne Ring Road will be altered to run via Cavendish Place over Cavendish Bridge and down the Avenue.

Pedestrian crossings will be created on all junctions such as at the War Memorial Roundabout (again contentious as partially sighted and blind people will be at a disadvantage as there are no proposals for additional traffic Controls other than the existing traffic lights in South Street which at busy times already clog up traffic flow at a busy roundabout).

 

Phase 2b is a work in progress.  It will happen – as a group we shall do our utmost to see that disabled people have equal access to all town routes and roads. NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US.