Great Yarmouth esplanade bike ban lifted for summer - do you think cyclists and pedestrians mix?

PUBLISHED: 10:06 10 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:06 10 May 2013

Great Yarmouth esplanade North of Britannia Pier where the council plans to allow cycling.

Picture: James Bass

Great Yarmouth esplanade North of Britannia Pier where the council plans to allow cycling. Picture: James Bass

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The ban on cycling along a busy stretch of Great Yarmouth seafront has been lifted - leading to fears of accidents and crashes.

While supporters say the move to allow bikes to zip along the northern section of the esplanade this summer will bring enormous benefit to the town, opponents claim it will be dangerous and impossible to monitor as people rarely report accidents between bikes and pedestrians.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has revoked a bylaw banning bikes during from May to September. The move allows cyclists to use the esplanade from the Euston Road car park to north of the boating lake with immediate effect.

Gorleston cyclist Neil Turner, of social enterprise Activating CIC - the group planning to transform Yarmouth’s North Drive bowls pavilion into a cycling hub, believes it will work “as long as both cyclists and pedestrians co-operate”.

Others, including the Norfolk branch of campaign group Living Streets, are less convinced.

The move to allow cyclists is a trial period in line with the test-run already underway on Gorleston’s lower promenade and will be reviewed at the end of Semptember.

• See today’s paper for the full story.

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