Email to Cllr Cox
A few years ago I sat on the council’s Cycle Forum and one of the road schemes that was discussed at length was the City Beach project and in particular the provision for cycling along Marine Parade (seeing as the project was part-funded by Cycling England). This area was always designed to be designated as “shared space” where motorists, cyclists and pedestrians would have equal rights of way. A few of us on the forum had serious concerns regarding this shared space but that is beside the point.
The plans I have show the entirety of Marine Parade being designated as shared space and indeed that is reflected in the road signage that has been put in place.
The problem I have is that following the terrible accident that occurred on the evening of 1st February when a cyclist collided with a young girl, you were quoted in the Echo on 6th February as saying that ““..it did not happen because it was within the shared space area because cyclists should not be on the pavement regardless.”.
The plans that were presented at the Cycle Forum show that the pavement area on both sides of the road are shared space, and therefore cyclists ARE permitted to ride on the pavement. Perhaps this has changed.
Could you please clarify for me the status of Marine Parade as regards cycling as I cycle along there twice a day to commute to work and I would like to remain within the law whilst doing so.