CYCLISTS and pedestrians have received safety tips and advice during a day of action with the police.

Council officials spoke to a number of people yesterday who passed by the Sussex Police beach hut, near the i360, about road safety and sharing space with others.

They also handed out bells to cyclists and reminded pedestrians they are used as a warning, not a challenge.

During the day, more than 70 bike bells were fitted, cyclists were reminded that some pedestrians have invisible disabilities which can affect their senses and movement.

Dog walkers were reminded to keep leads short near cycle paths and shared spaces.

Deputy chair of the environment, transport and sustainability committee, Jamie Lloyd, said: "During the busy summer months, it's important we all stay safe and share the space around us.

"We want safe and sustainable travel for everyone in Brighton and Hove, and proactively engaging with cyclists and pedestrians helps us deliver that message to both residents and visitors."

This comes after the news that the cycle lane on Old Shoreham Road is going to be removed, which means that in some areas, cyclists and pedestrians will likely share spaces.

Beach goers were also given advice about getting home safely after a night out and other safety advice.

Sergeant Andrea Leahy of the central neighbourhood policing team said: "Sussex Police encourages all users of the seafront, including cyclists and pedestrians, to behave responsibly and help make our shared public spaces safe for everybody.

"Brighton and Hove is a wonderful city, and we work in close partnership with organisations such as Brighton and Hove City Council to engage with residents and visitors around steps they can take to improve their personal safety as well as the safety of others.

"Alongside this vital education and engagement work, our officers maintain a constant presence around the city to ensure it remains a safe place for all."

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