Brighton Active Travel urged the council to keep the temporary Old Shoreham Road cycle lane in Hove at a meeting this morning (Tuesday 10 August).
One of the group’s members, Max Glaskin, led a deputation to the Brighton and Hove City Council meeting at Hove Town Hall.
He told the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Sub-committee, made up of three members – that scrapping the cycle lane could end up costing the council millions of pounds.
Mr Glaskin said: “This small sub-committee has to make a decision that could impact everyone in the city for decades.
Before it does, we would like answers to three questions. First, if the council removes the Old Shoreham Road temporary cycle lanes, it will be more dangerous for anyone who would like to ride a bicycle in the north west of the city.
“There is no direct, safe alternative route nearby that can serve the schools with their 6,000 pupils.
“How would making the road more dangerous get more people walking and cycling?
“If the council removes the Old Shoreham Road temporary cycle lane it will lose millions of pounds in funding. The government says so.
“Already it’s withholding more than a quarter of a million pounds that would otherwise help hard-working families, disabled people, women and children.
“Next, we’ll lose access to millions for making the seafront, London Road, Lewes Road and Western Road safer.
“The government could even instal commissioners to take transport out of the hands of all elected councillors.
“How would councillors plug the funding gap triggered by removing the Old Shoreham Road cycle lanes when the government stops its money?
“Finally, it’s time to stop spreading myths. Journey times have not got worse. There is not evidence that pollution has got worse. The electorate has not voted to remove the cycle lanes.
“Only 11 per cent of the people who responded to the consultation were under 35. That’s just one in
every nine of the city’s population. But they account for a whopping 50 per cent. That’s one in every
two people in the city.
“Their views were massively under-represented. What’s more these are the people more likely to want safe and direct routes to ride bicycles because they are younger, fitter and have less access to private cars.
“So, will councillors help everyone in this city, including the half whose voices have barely been heard, to have a wider choice of safe, easy, attractive and direct ways to travel by retaining the Old Shoreham Road temporary cycle lanes?”
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