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Cycling, skating or skateboarding on the seafront

You can cycle, skate or skateboard on the seafront in Bournemouth and Poole, but some time restrictions apply and pedestrians have priority so please be careful around them. 

September to June: cycling, skating and skateboarding is permitted.  

July and August: Cycling, skating and skateboarding is not permitted on seafront promenades or paths between 10am and 6pm. Cycling on the seafront at these times could lead to prosecution.     

When cycling is permitted on the seafront the following restrictions apply: 

  • give way to pedestrians at all times as they have right of way 
  • keep your speed below 10mph and slow down 
  • when it’s busy, please be responsible - dismount and walk
  • where you see 'cyclists dismount' or 'no cycling' signs, please dismount and walk.

These activities are permitted between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers at any time of the year.

There are some areas where you cannot cycle. They are:

  • all zigzag pathways leading from the cliff top to the promenade
  • all chines
  • Bournemouth Lower Central Gardens, although there is a cycling lane that runs behind the gardens mini golf through to the seafront.

Restrictions in Christchurch

In Christchurch, cycling is not possible in all areas as the promenade can be very narrow.