Cycle event takes in views of new bridge

Pedal On UK
Pedal On UK

DESPITE windy conditions the Pedal On UK cycle day, stopping in Shoreham, was hailed a success.

Keen cyclists took part on Sunday in the south east part of UK-wide event cycling from Hastings to Southampton with the only official stop being Shoreham.

To celebrate 84 new walking and cycling networks across the UK, Sustrans who extended the National Cycle Network, partnered up with Pedal On UK and organised the huge cycle.

Riders set off from Hastings struggling against a strong wind making them half an hour late to the Shoreham resting point where all were to admire the new bridge.

From 3pm there were cycle related activities provided by Sustrans volunteers, the Bike Doctor from Cycle Matters was mending bikes, there was music, a mobile café and other activities on Coronation Green, Shoreham.

There were around 15 riders in total, of mixed ages and abilities. The group had an overnight stop in Worthing and carried on to Southampton the next day.

Laurence Tondelier, Sustrans volunteer, said: “The ride was very enjoyable, over 50 miles. We cycled to Newhaven and then into the wind from Seaford to Shoreham, this was the hardest bit. We also admired the almost complete new bridge over the harbour, which is one of the Connect2 projects, championed by Sustrans and financed by the Big Lottery Fund. I’d say the overall ride was very successful.” Andy Harvey, 59, from Shoreham, who took part, said: “Many people are seeing the benefits of cycling, be it health, ease of access, environmental, or just plain fun, and the development of facilities for cyclists in this area is to be encouraged. I for one can’t wait to cycle across to Shoreham Beach once the new bridge opens.”