A trial will take place this summer allowing cyclists to use the seafront promenade in Harwich.
Considerate cycling will be allowed between Dovercourt and Harwich to pilot the initiative, opening up access to the seafront to those using pedal power as well as creating safer routes for them avoiding roads.
The results of the trial will be used to assess whether or not to open further sections of the district’s seafront to cyclists.
Alex Porter, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said such schemes had worked well in other parts of the country.
“Opening up seafronts to cyclists has long been a request from local communities, so I am pleased we’re able to take this forward on a trial basis,” Councillor Porter said.
“It gives cyclists an off-road – and scenic – route between Harwich and Dovercourt, and improves access to be beach for all.
“We recognise there may be some issues, which is why we are doing this on a pilot basis to see how it goes, and we would welcome feedback from seafront users about it.
“I must also stress how important it is that cyclists ride considerately, and our byelaws allow us to take action against cyclists who abuse this privilege.”
The trial will run from Monday, 6 June until Friday, 30 September and applies from West End Lane in Dovercourt to Harwich Beach (at the Wellington Road car park).
The council will look to add white lines where possible to segregate cyclists from walkers, while others will be mixed-use, and signs will be installed informing people where considerate cycling is allowed.
People can submit feedback as part of the trial to email@example.com