Detailed information on the A259 seafront cycle path extension plan in Hove

THE A259 seafront Hove cycle route could be extended further west – from Fourth Avenue to the Lagoon traffic lights – if councilors agree next week.

They will be asked to authorize the start of work to convert a general traffic lane into a ‘separate’ cycle lane.

The work would involve removing a bus stop opposite the base of Westbourne Villas and fitting new style bus stops along the route.

The changes will bring 70 bicycle spaces – some for specially adapted bikes – as well as 26 spaces for blue badge holders, according to a report to councillors.

The £475,000 project work will also create more pedestrian space, “including (the) potential for outdoor seating along Victoria Terrace”.

Brighton and Hove City Council has also promised lowered curbs “to help wheelchair users, mobility scooters, pushchairs and all pedestrians” and better “sight lines” in pedestrian places.

Councilors are asked to agree that officials “have adequately addressed the objections raised during the consultation”.

13 people opposed the plans at the last consultation and 34 sent letters of support.

Most of the objections called for a limit on the length of stay in the handicapped parking spaces.

A report to the Council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee said: “While we understand that people might camp in these coves, the organization Badge (Brighton Access for Disabled Groups Everywhere), which represents many disabled motorists, has Done City, have requested that these new disabled parking spaces be unlimited in time.

“It has been said that the time restriction unfairly restricts disabled access to the seafront. Some users of these coves have complicated access requirements and it can take time to get settled and settled on the beach.

“A four-hour limit would severely limit the time these users would have to enjoy the boardwalk.”

The Argus: The parking bays and left lane will be removed to create additional sidewalk and bike laneThe parking bays and left lane will be removed to create additional sidewalk and bike lane

To address concerns that campervan owners will be occupying the pitches, the council said it will be monitoring the situation to see if it becomes a problem.

Proponents highlighted road safety and the “increasing demand for cycling infrastructure”.

Thirty “pay and display” and “permit holder” parking spaces in Zone N will be removed between Hove Street and St. John’s Terrace.

This is expected to result in a loss of income of between around £10,800 and around £20,700.

“Floating” car parks are proposed for much of the length of the promenade.

Officials are investigating concerns from bike rental operator HourBike over access to the stand at King Alfred Car Park.

The committee approved the program – the Active Travel Funded A259 Walking, Cycling and Accessibility Improvement Scheme – in March, subject to consultation.

The cycle path extension builds on the cycle path laid along the south side of King’s Road in Brighton and Kingsway in Hove in August 2020.

The council said an analysis of cycling in June 2021 recorded 4,897 daily users of the seaside cycle lane, compared with 2,641 in June 2019.

The council also said it had made changes to the coast in response to a government document called Gear Change released in July 2020, which urged councils to improve cycling and walking opportunities.

The work is to be funded with £171,000 from the Government’s Active Travel Fund Tranche 2 and £304,000 from the Council’s Local Transport Plan Fund.

The Council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee is due to meet at Brighton Town Hall on Tuesday at 4pm to take a decision.

The meeting will be webcast on the Council’s website. Detailed information on the A259 seafront cycle path extension plan in Hove

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