Issues

This page lists issues being followed by the West Sussex Cycle Forum, where the responsibility for the issue lies with West Sussex County Council. Generally this means any issue on the public highway for which WSCC is the highway authority.

Local Sustainable Transport Fund spending review

We would like a detailed review of why public money has been spent on schemes in both Horsham and Chichester, that instead of resulting in useful cycleways as planned, has resulted in schemes that do not suit the needs of those who cycle regularly but worse,  will deter those who wish to cycle.

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LEP Sustainable Transport Spending

We would like the money allocated specifically for "sustainable transport" to be actually spent on sustainable transport.

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West Sussex County Council Scrutiny Committee (ECSSC)

In February 2015, the County Council’s Scrutiny Committee (the ECSSC) set up a Task and Finish Group (TFG) to rewrite the County Council’s Cycling and Walking Strategy.   Under the Chairmanship of Cllr Derek Whittington, the TFG reviewed the draft Strategy prior to reporting back to the ECSSC.   That has been done and the draft has gone out to consultation.   The revised draft document went before the ECSSC on July 8 and it has recommended that the document be adopted by the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport.  He will then recommend it to Main Council for adoption.  As at February 2017, the Walking and Cycling Strategy (WCS) has been adopted as Council policy.  It is in print and on their website https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/about-the-council/strategies-plans-and-pol...

The West Sussex Cycle Forum has been closely involved with the process and has enjoyed good relationships with senior County Council officers.   We have been explicit and clear regarding what we see as required to create a transport mix that uses the full potential of cycling to realize all the benefits that everyone acknowledges can come from a shift away from motorized, to non motorised, transport.

The WSCF response to WSCC's draft Strategy is listed as an attachment.

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County Cycling Officer Function

We would like to see the re-introduction of a full-time dedicated County Cycling Officer.

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West Sussex Cycling Strategy

We would like WSCC to formally adopt a sensible cycling strategy.

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Downslink A283 Crossing

We would like a much safer crossing of the A283 for people on bicycles using the popular Downs Link.

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Horsham A264 Junctions

Horsham A264 crossings needed.

We want several safe cycleway crossings of the A264 to provide cycle routes between the new housing and Horsham town.

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Southgate Gyratory, Chichester

We would like WSCC to convert one carriageway lane to become a cycleway instead of expecting cyclists to ride on the footway.

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A24 Cycleway Findon to Washington

We would like a safe off-carriageway cycleway along the A24 between Findon and the top of the South Downs.

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Northgate Gyratory, Chichester

We would like the dangerous cycle track around the Northgate Gyratory to be remodelled along Dutch lines.    Whilst it is acknowledged that we live in England and not in Holland, there are many opportunities to learn from good practice elsewhere – including Holland.   As it is at the moment, the new ‘improved’ gyratory system is of little use to cyclists and indeed, if it were to be used as intended, is potentially high risk.   The flashing signs that alert motorists to the fact that a cycle is on the gyratory, are out of a driver’s eye line, and some are currently hidden by trees.  From a cyclist's point of view, with six roads leading onto/off the gyratory, it is – in effect - up to five STOP junctions.   Many cyclists simply use the road or avoid the area altogether.

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