What better time to send another newsletter than during lockdown. Hope you have all kept well and active.
Things have scaled back somewhat but there are still important issues that need addressing and we ask for your help.
UPPER SHOREHAM RD CYCLE LANE – WSCC has decided to pull all the Covid pop up cycle lanes! The cycle lane along Upper Shoreham Rd while not perfect, was very different from those in Worthing and was proving successful. The government provided funds but allowed a matter of days for councils to bring forward a plan before the money was lost. The purpose was to reduce the number of cars, the pressure on public transport and the amount of air pollution.
CYCLE JOURNEYS HAVE MORE THAN DOUBLED FROM A BASE OF 800 PER DAY BEFORE THE SCHEME TO A CONSISTENT 1600+ AND AS MANY AS 2,000 PER DAY. There has been no increase in car journeys times.
The majority of the journeys occur during times in the morning and early afternoon when children are cycling to school. As the numbers of children going to Sir Robert Woodard increase there will be even more children needing a safe route to school. All cyclists deserve a safe cycling route .
SAFETY – One of the most dangerous moves for cyclists is to be forced by parked cars to move out into the main stream of traffic. In fact, on roads without cycle lanes cycling organisations advise cyclists that it is safer to proceed further towards the middle of the road, avoiding parked cars by at least 3 feet.
So by removing the Upper Shoreham Rd cycle lane WSCC is removing a safer route for all cyclists, discouraging school children in particular from developing a healthy life style habit. Surely the positive benefits in terms of air pollution, health and safety should outweigh any complaints that have been received from the residents along Upper Shoreham citing the inconvenience for tradesmen and others.
ASAP – Tim Loughton has spoken out against the blanket removal of all the cycle lanes and would like your help by completing his survey at: www.timloughton.com/cyclesurvey aimed at getting WSCC to keep the Upper Shoreham Rd. pop up cycle lane.
I know from personal experience how much safer I feel knowing there should be no parked cars and that there is a clear spatial definition between myself and the traffic. I have spoken to drivers who also find that helpful.
THIS IS AN URGENT APPEAL TO SUPPORT SAFER CYCLING
To voice your objection to WSCC’s decision before November 11 please email:
Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure – email@example.com
Other people to contact are: firstname.lastname@example.org Shoreham south, cyclist and in favour of the lane
email@example.com (Lancing councillor )
firstname.lastname@example.org (Shoreham North councillor)
email@example.com (Adur councillor)
The West Sussex report that explains how successful the scheme has been can be viewed at: https://westsussex.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s19661/Appendix%20C%204%20Shoreham.pdf
The removal of the cycle lanes goes against central and local government’s declaration of a climate emergency.
Ironically, in the latest edition of the Connections magazine in an article headed “ A healthier way to get to school” it states, “families and older children who could walk, cycle or scoot to school or college are being encouraged to leave the car behind.” A contradiction to what is actually being done!
With thanks for your support on this important issue.
TRAFFIC COUNT – Members of AREA undertook a traffic count on Shoreham High Street from 7am to 7pm on Thursday 15th October. It was primarily aimed to see if the effect of lockdown and home working had any effect on traffic movements.
For the twelve hour period 15043 vehicles were counted. It was noticeable that in between 7am and 9am the majority of vehicles were travelling towards Brighton and in the period 4pm to 7pm the majority were travelling towards Worthing.
Compared to the traffic counts AREA undertook in 2017 and 2018 the average number of vehicles per hour has not significantly changed in the three years. The average being 1280 vehicles per hour.
This traffic count and a full analysis of it will form part of a project that AREA are undertaking to examine the effect of traffic movements on the A27 and Shoreham High Street.
Thanks for your patience in getting through to the end of a rather long, but important, newsletter
Barb , Jenny, Gerard, Peter, Alan, Chrissie, Geoff, Bill