COUNCILS have approved plans to convert one lane of the A259 into a cycle lane.
The proposals, backed by Brighton and Hove Councilors at a meeting yesterday, see the A259 cycle route being extended further west along the Hove seafront – from Fourth Avenue to the Hove Lagoon.
The £475,000 project will replace one lane of traffic on Kings Esplanade with a cycle lane, separate from other vehicles, and additional sidewalk along the Shops Parade.
Around 70 bicycle parking spaces will also be created, along with 26 parking spaces for blue badge holders and redesigned bus stops along the route, removing an existing bus stop opposite the foot of Westbourne Villas.
The decision comes about a year after a controversial cycle lane on Old Shoreham Road was removed following a council vote.
Withdean Green Councilor Jamie Lloyd, vice-chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said he was pleased the consultation had shown a positive response to the cycleway plans, saying: “I’m really glad we’ve given road space for it.” get cyclists and mobility users and connect to Shoreham and beyond.”
However, Conservative councilor Samer Bagaeen criticized the consultation process, which saw only 48 respondents – 34 of whom supported the plans.
Cllr Bagaeen questioned whether the consultation had properly addressed those who may be indirectly affected by the cycle path, noting that he had received ten emails on the subject in the past few days.
“The advice is either flawed or not interested,” he said.
Both he and fellow Conservative councilor Robert Nemeth voted against supporting the construction phase of the cycle path.
Labor councilor and former council leader Nancy Platts backed the plans, saying: “We need to do something about common spaces, without a fight in the streets.”
The cycleway extension will be built on a cycleway laid in August 2020 along the south side of King’s Road in Brighton and Kingsway in Hove.
The construction work is being funded from the municipal transit plan fund and from a government grant for active travel.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22397215.brighton-council-backs-plan-build-a259-cycle-lane-extension/?ref=rss Brighton City Council supports the plan to extend the A259 cycle route