The year-long trial which allowed cycling on Felixstowe Promenade has now ended but you can continue riding your bike along its length until SCDC make a formal decision later in the year after collating the results and the feedback from the public and the local authorities.
Temporary signs are in place to and inform both pedestrians and cyclists that the Prom is now a shared space, with cycling permitted. The signs stress the need for cyclists to be mindful of pedestrians and to dismount in crowded or narrow areas.
The trial was put in place after the request from Felixstowe Town Council, which led to a consultation conducted by Felixstowe Forward in 2016; the results of which concluded that the majority of people would like to see cycling allowed on the Prom.
Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Leisure, said: “We’ve had some positive feedback from the trial and we’re now working with Felixstowe Town Council and Felixstowe Forward to collate the results of the trial in detail before a final decision is made.”
The byelaws go back to January 1983, when SCDC made cycling on the Felixstowe Promenade unlawful.
In November 2015, Felixstowe Town Council considered the byelaws purpose, asking if it was still appropriate.
The Town Council asked Suffolk Coastal District Council to consider the removal of notices prohibiting cycling on Felixstowe Prom for a period of no less then 12months; and, pending an assessment of the success of this initiative, consider permitting and promoting safe and considerate cycling on the prom on a permanent basis believing that the Promenade should provide a safe environment for all to enjoy.
After the consultation, to which over 500 people responded, it was therefore recommended to Full Council on 28 July 2016 that SCDC will respond to the request from FTC to consider the removal of notices prohibiting cycling on the Prom at Felixstowe for a period of no less than 12 months; and pending an assessment of the success of this initiative, to consider permitting and promoting safe and considerate cycling on the Prom on a permanent basis.