‘Leave Horsham alone’: suggestion of new town centre cycle route sparks debate
A suggestion to build a new two-way cycle route in Horsham town centre has sparked a huge debate.
Peter Silburn, secretary of Horsham District Cycling Forum, is calling for the route to be built in the Carfax to make it easier for cyclists to cross the town centre.
But his suggestion sparked a huge response with people taking to the County Times Facebook page to debate his idea.
Jules Carless said: “No, no, no. Too many people around town.
“Why should they dodge the cyclists. Horsham is a pedestrianised area. Should stay that way.”
Emma Mabey added: “Absolutely no, keep off the pavements, keep to the roads and someone stop then zooming down the middle of town –nightmare!”
Elaine Smith said: “The last bicycle initiative was a disaster for goodness sake leave Horsham alone!”
Last year the council converted one of the lanes on Albion Way into a one way cycle route running northbound.
The scheme – thought to cost nearly £15,000 – was scrapped after just a few weeks when it came under fire from furious residents who branded it ‘daft and dangerous’.
But some people are in favour of a cycle route through the Carfax.
John Kempshall said the suggestion was ‘a great idea’.
Mark Bradbury added: “100 per cent yes along with a wider bridge with a cycle Lane and decent footpath between the Lidl roundabout and the station.”
Some people raised concerns that few cyclists use the Carfax at the moment. But Adam Bronkhorst said: “Maybe they aren’t using it as they don’t have a safe space to cycle.
“No one ever built a bridge based on the amount of people swimming over a river.”