We should be safe to walk our dogs

Promenade: a paved, public walk along the seafront at a resort.

Any paved, public walk. A walk, or sometimes a ride or drive taken especially for display or leisure.

Hey, I’ve just been out with my dog, my little baby puppy, and we’ve had a lovely time at Bexhill beach.

We’ve also noticed that there’s a guide dog being trained, there are other puppies around, and there are children playing, children learning how to ride their bikes, there are people walking along and people eating ice creams.

Oh, fine, you say, lovely day. Oh, all of a sudden, here I am, shouting to my wife: “Bike! Pull the dog in!” because a cyclist, with his skin tight spray pants is cycling at 20-25 mph along the promenade.

Is that right? I don’t think so.

Any dog who is being walked on an extendable lead, not just my dog, especially a guide dog, might get caught up in that bike if it gets excited and runs across the promenade.

We were talking to some people who, as the cyclist went past, shouted at the cyclist as I shouted at him.

I found out that her puppy was killed by a cyclist in exactly the same way, by cycling into an extendable lead.

We are allowed to have extendable leads on the promenade in Bexhill; we are not allowed to have the dogs on the beach in Bexhill.

So, my question is, is ‘Claude Butler’ (designer outfit) allowed to cycle along the promenade at 25mph when in fact, only 30 feet away there is a road.

Why not let him go and play with the buses. Or is he too scared? It makes me very angry indeed.

And of course, he was too scared to stop on the prom when I shouted at him (although it is also likely that he didn’t hear, due to the speed of his bike).

It is as if he was carrying out a time trial.

I’m saying, get Bexhill a cycle lane on the prom (like Hastings and St Leonards), or make cyclists use the road.

It is a perfectly good road, it is not very busy; we should not have to risk life and limb on the prom, especially on a Sunday afternoon.

People are out, having fun, enjoying the sunshine, eating ice creams; you don’t want to walk along the prom and worry in case a cyclist comes along at 20-25 mph.

People want to walk their puppies and train their guide dogs and allow their children to play and be safe and not have to pace 10 feet behind them, watching out, like a US Marine on rear guard duty, for a cyclist at 25mph.

Something has already gone wrong: we discovered today, following this incident, that a little puppy was been killed by a cyclist driving into the extended lead, on the promenade, which is a walk way. This is outrageous.

I feel extremely upset by this incident. It could have ended in disaster for us.

This is not the first time we have had to avoid a cyclist on the prom, but it is the first time a cyclist whizzed by at such a dangerously fast speed with absolutely no regard or thought for the safety of pedestrians.

Clearly he was concerned about his own welfare sporting the latest cycling safety gear.

Chris Edmondson

Cornwall Road


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