A petition has been started to move a bike hire rack from a “no cycling” zone in Hove to a more appropriate location.
Already 115 people have signed the petition, supporting concerns that Brighton and Hove City Council is giving out mixed messages by having the bike rack in a pedestrianised street.
The petition offers a constructive solution, moving the George Street stand to the nearby Tesco superstore which is willing to host it.
Councillor Andrew Wealls, who represents Central Hove and who started the petition, is keen for more people to add their names by the deadline on Monday 25 June. To sign it, click here.
The petition says: “We the undersigned petition Brighton and Hove Council to relocate the Bike Hire Rack stand situated in George Street.
“George Street is a ‘no cycling’ zone during the pedestrian hours of 10am to 4pm and the bike hire rack in George Street does not help promote or inform people of the ‘pedestrians only’ council policy initiative and of the existing law for these hours and its placement in George Street contradicts council policy.
“The bike hire rack in George Street appears to condone cycling in the street during these hours at best and confuses cyclists at worse.
“The bike rack also causes problems for the immediate businesses around its position.
“The perfect solution being: Tesco has expressed a willingness for the George Street bike hire rack to be relocated to their store and we request that this offer is accepted and implemented.
“We support safe cycling in our city and the proposal will enhance the safety of all users of George Street.”
Tim Caswell, the managing director of Hourbike, the company operating the bike hire scheme, said: “The George Street hub, positioned at the bottom of the road, was put in place following a council-run public consultation process in 2016-17.
“The hub is very popular and well used, adding to the footfall of the street which is great for business on the high street.
“We expect people using the George Street hub between the pedestrian hours of 10am and 4pm to walk the bikes while in the ‘no cycling’ zone.”
The petition organisers aim to present it to the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee meeting on Tuesday 26 June 2018.
To start a petition, see which ones are live and to sign one, go to http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/petitions.