Worthing may well be worst town in the worst county when it comes to cycle safety and infractructure. Driving has always been prioritised in this small and flat, crowded town. However, despite decades of failed promises and zero investment in infrastructure things may be about to change. The government is dragging, first the county, and now the borough into the 21st century.
Just like any modern town our local borough has been working on its own LCWIP (Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan). The draft is available to view here (its about halfway down) and they need your feedback. Once you have read the draft you can leave your feedback here.
I have worked closely with the borough councillors and officers on this project. It is now up to us, the voters, to make sure that this plan is actioned and not shelved like the Pedalling Ahead plan.
There is no reason, other than the lack of political will, that Adur & Worthing could not become an example to the rest of the country in how to manage its transport infrastructure. If implemented the LCWIP will be a big bonus to drivers as well as cyclists and walkers.
Any infrastructure improvements will only encourage people to ride and walk if there is a change in driving habits. Obviously, it would be impossible to have a segregated cycle lane on every road in the town. Our roads are adequate and perfect for children to cycle to school on. The problems we have are the drivers. The new infrastructure should remind car drivers that the roads in the town are to be shared with walkers, cyclist, mobility scooters, wheelchairs, guide dogs, young children, the elderly, pushchairs and prams. Why not ask your local borough or county councillors if children will ever be able to cycle to school in Worthing. If they answer yes, asked them when!
I live in hope......