Cyclists gathered for a celebratory ride on the new cycleway on the Old Shoreham Road.
Since the coronavirus, an increased number of people are choosing to cycle into the city. To make it safer for cyclists accessing the city from the west, Brighton & Hove Council has recently opened a wide bike lane in both directions on the Old Shoreham Road.
XR welcomes this initiative and is calling on the council to move quickly to open similar lanes throughout the city (like Kingsway), so Brightonians have a healthy, safe and clean alternative to public transport.
XR are also encouraging the council to approve a proposal to make Brighton and Hove a car free city by 2023.
Some 53 people a year die prematurely in Brighton as a result of breathing in toxic pollution in the city centre. Road transport is also responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions in the city than any other sector.
Following the easing of lockdown, the amount of traffic on the roads has soared as residents avoid public transport. City councillors must urgently give locals a clean alternative to driving cars.