Congestion on Marine Drive
Congestion on Marine Drive

Each day those people who love to walk or cycle around our beautiful Scarborough Marine Drive and Foreshore Road (which are, after all, part of the Cleveland Way), have to deal with the constant rumble of vehicles passing; what should be a healthy and uplifting experience is spoiled by noise and noxious fumes. In summer the queues of traffic are often barely moving, meaning the engines idling as vehicles crawl along or coming to standstill create such a noisy and toxic environment that the outing can be ruined. We go for a walk to get some fresh air, not a lungful of poisonous gases.

There are those who are against the idea; but we could ask – why do car drivers have the monopoly on these roads? What about children of all ages, teens on skateboard or cycle, joggers, young adults who cannot afford cars, committed cyclists, people who choose not to own cars and those who do own cars but accept that not every outing has to involve getting in a vehicle. And let’s remember, car drivers would still have 6 days of the week to drive around these roads. All we are asking is that for just one day of the week, ‘car free Sundays’, the County and Borough Councils prioritise those very people who are doing the least harm to the environment, the people who are doing as Councils and Government ask: ‘walk and cycle more’.

The introduction of car free Sundays along the route was a part of the local Labour Party manifesto in the 2019 local election. Now that we have a Labour led administration at SBC is it time that this initiative is given the attention it deserves? Should we call on the SBC and NYCC to act today to make the Marine Drive and the Foreshore Road car free zones on Sundays?

If you want car free Sunday’s sign the petition.

Go to and search for ‘car free Sundays Scarborough’

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