14 June 2016

Share the space - drop your pace

Cyclists are being reminded to check their speed and use their bells when riding in Brighton & Hove’s shared spaces.

Brighton & Hove City Council’s Road Safety Team and Age UK Brighton-Hove will sharing concerns from older pedestrians using shared spaces with cyclists at an Exchanging Places event, in Ship Street on Wednesday (June 15.)

“Some people have disabilities which may not be obvious to others,” said Age UK volunteer Frances du Toit. “They find cyclists in shared space especially frightening, and would like them to take care and slow down.  Using a bell to give warning is fine – but some of us don’t hear that well.”

“Of course it’s also important for pedestrians to be aware of shared space and the cyclists around them too,” she added.

Temporary “Share the Space, Drop Your Pace” signs will be installed in Ship Street and several other shared space areas in the city over the summer. “Serious cyclist/pedestrian collisions are relatively rare, but it is important that everyone feels comfortable in shared space,” said Environment Councillor Gill Mitchell.

The Exchanging Places event will also see an HGV (provided by Day Aggregates – a FORS registered company) parked up for cyclists and pedestrians  to experience the visibility drivers have, where the blindspots are, and learn how to manoeuvre safely around them.

Officers from the road safety team will also be giving away high-vis vests for cyclists, blindspot mirrors for drivers and BikeRegister stickers.

The event runs from 11am to 4pm.

For more details contact: Keith.baldock@brighton-hove.gov.ukShare