On one of the recent fine mornings, I took the opportunity to see how the Whitley Bay seafront construction works were getting on, along with a surprising number of other visitors and residents.
A few of the people I consulted said it was all very late, should have been done years ago, and such like.
They generally found the work and design to be of a very high standard, in spite of delays, which I suggested were due to severe weather, but mainly because obtaining the millions of pounds needed for such extensive work is quite difficult for councils.
I am able to congratulate council officers from time to time at meetings and other events.
At transport-type meetings, we have considered walking to be a major form of ‘transport’, involving young, old, abled and disabled to reach buses and trains, etc, as and where necessary.
The word promenade implies pedestrian pathways, but where the promenade is very wide, such as the central parts of Whitley Bay’s seafront new works, it appears we have to accept joint use by cyclists.
On my visit to the seafront, I encountered among the more ordinary walkers, people in motorised or pushed-type mobility assisted carriages, dogs on and off leads, and above all, cyclists of very variable consideration for others.
We now need a full range of pavement markings and related signage.
The behaviour of some cyclists, of all ages, is something that has been considered for years in local and even national press, and joint use at very narrow pavements is surely dangerous.
The general purpose of pedestrian access is an obvious need for all of us. The footbridge over the bottom of Borough Road, North Shields, seems near the end of its safety life, but this long-established link must be retained by providing a new bridge similar.
Mr A M Johnson