NATIONAL charity Sustrans is to become involved in the future of cycling along Felpham seafront.
The organisation, which co-ordinates the development of the national cycle network, has been asked to consider the matter.
It is illegal to cycle along all but the most western edge of Felpham’s seafront where the shared use with pedestrians ends at Outram Road.
As reported, the matter has gained national prominence after a letter in the Daily Mail from a Sutton resident whose six-year-old grandson was injured in a hit-and-run accident with a cyclist.
Cllr Paul English, the chairman of Felpham Parish Council, said at its October meeting that Sustrans had been asked to give its opinion.
“They will be having a look at this and put their recommendations to officers at Arun District Council for a review of that area,” he said.
He said Sustrans, as an independent body, was well placed to take a neutral look at the situation. “I can’t see any way forward other than this,” he said, “unless we pester Arun to put no-cycling signs on every lamppost.”
Parish council clerk Richard Wickens said: “The difficulty is that Arun do not own all the promenade and there are no bylaws on private land.”
Cllr Glenn Powell said: “The real problem is that, whether or not there are bylaws, it is almost impossible and impractical to stop people cycling along there unless they are policed and enforced.”
Cllr Mary Harvey said: “To put no-cycling signs all the way along there will be completely and utterly undesirable. This accident is very unfortunate but we have to remember accidents with cyclists are happening on the roads all the time.”
Sustrans helped to create the shared-use scheme by cyclists and walkers along Bognor seafront this summer.