Seafront Cycling Ban To Be Revoked

Bespoke Cycle Group Eastbourne is delighted that Eastbourne Borough council has agreed to request the Byelaw prohibiting cycling on the seafront is revoked.

On Wednesday 7 May 2014, Full Council at Eastbourne Borough Council agreed to request the Secretary of State revoke the byelaw which currently prohibits cycling on some sections of Eastbourne promenade. Bespoke Cycle Group Eastbourne is delighted that cycling on the promenade is a step closer! Most other seafront towns allow cycling on their promenades. We had a petition in 2012, with over 3000 signatures of local people requesting a seafront cycle route. This will be beneficial for children, families, visitors and the community. More people will be able to enjoy the benefits of fresh air, exercise and cycling, remaining healthy for the future. People who cycle regularly are fitter and their risk of diabetes, heart disease and dementia is reduced by 30 – 50%. There is more information on

Scarlett McNally, Chair of Bespoke, said: “people who don’t cycle are always asking Bespoke why there isn’t a seafront cycle route. Now we are a step closer. This will be for ordinary people to try and enjoy cycling. We are working with the Borough and County Councils to get the best possible routes to improve cycling as an option in Eastbourne.”

Notes to Editors

  • Bespoke Cycle Campaign Group started in 2008, to encourage safer cycling in Eastbourne
  • The website has more information
  • There are health references on the British Medical Association website: “Individuals who are physically active reduce their risk of premature death and of developing major chronic diseases – such as coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, dementia and cancer – by up to 50 per cent”
  • Any organization that wants hard copies of a “cycle safety postcard” postcard can contact us.