8 May 2012

Shoreham Port has launched a Safe Cycling Campaign to raise mutual awareness between cyclists and pedestrians crossing the Port’s locks. Cyclists are required to dismount and walk as they approach the path that crosses the locks, in order to reduce the risk of collisions between cyclists and pedestrians. This is a very popular route with high volumes of pedestrians and cyclist visiting the Port and venturing across to Southwick Beach and Carats Café.

The Port has invested in chicanes, bollards and additional signage in order to create safer conditions for all users. As part of the Safe Cycling Campaign the Port will be increasing staff presence over this route, in order to raise awareness and speak directly to users. Paul Johnson, Safety & HR Director said “I am delighted at the positive response the campaign has received so far. The Port is committed to improving the experience for their visitors and port users and creating a safe and clean environment will continue to be a priority.”

In line with the improvements that have been made for the Safe Cycling Campaign, environmental issues are also being tackled. The Port is requesting that all dog walkers keep their dogs on a lead and that any mess is disposed of in the bins provided.

Shoreham Port has an excellent safety culture and their employees are very vigilant and aware of potential hazards. This positive safety culture is improving year on year, which is evident from the increase in near miss reporting from port employees. Regular reporting of near misses over the walkway across the locks was one of the key drivers for launching the Safe Cycling Campaign. Shoreham Port hopes that safety awareness will continue and commends their employees for playing their part in minimising hazards and risks for all cyclists and pedestrians.