Protest song shames promenade cyclists

Phillip Davies, AKA Promenading Percy, has made a funny video about cyclists and dog walkers flouting the rules on the promenade

Phillip Davies, AKA Promenading Percy, has made a funny video about cyclists and dog walkers flouting the rules on the promenade

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A concerned resident is so frustrated by people breaking promenade rules that he has written a protest song.

Phillip Davies, from Hove, created the alter ego Promenading Percy to shame unruly dog walkers and cyclists on Hove seafront.

The walking warbler broke into song to express his frustrations and filmed scores of leadless dogs and cyclists whizzing past “no cycling” signs to illustrate his point.

“No means no cycling and keep dogs on a lead – perhaps there should be special schools where they learn to read,” he sings in fury on the video – which he said he now intends to send to Brighton and Hove City Council in the hope rule-breakers will be punished.

Mr Davies said: “I’m always being run over by cyclists even though there are clearly no cycling signs all over the place.

“I have just been out there again this morning and saw one guy walking three dogs off their leads on Hove Lawns and was nearly run over again.

“I just don’t understand why they’ve got the rules if no one’s going to enforce them.”

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said there had been no prosecutions for breaches of the promenade byelaws, but offenders would be given advice and leaflets by the seafront team.

He said: “We want everyone to come and enjoy our beaches but there are very good reasons why we ask users to observe certain rules so that we can all share our 13km of coastline together.

“Dog owners should keep their pets on leads and only use the appropriate beaches because not everyone likes dogs and children can be terrified of bigger dogs but it’s also a hygiene issue because children can contract serious illnesses from dog mess.

“Dog-friendly beaches are clearly signposted with banners.

“We would urge everyone to abide by seafront rules and if anyone is in any doubt talk to a lifeguard or member of the seafront team who can provide more information.”

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11:06am Fri 8 Aug 14

s&k says...

How about just catching and fining some of them!
How about just catching and fining some of them! s&k
  • Score: 3

11:36am Fri 8 Aug 14

billy goat-gruff says...

Hove promenade is wide enough for everyone! Just keep your line and don't dither about...
Hove promenade is wide enough for everyone! Just keep your line and don't dither about... billy goat-gruff
  • Score: 0

11:55am Fri 8 Aug 14

G Wiley says...

And, of course, no comments from the council criticising the cyclists disobeying road signs?

As usual, the rules of the road don't apply to cyclists - only motorists who (theoretically) have to abide by the anti-car policies dreamed up by Ian "I hate cars and love bikers and hope to get a job with Evans next year" Davey.
And, of course, no comments from the council criticising the cyclists disobeying road signs? As usual, the rules of the road don't apply to cyclists - only motorists who (theoretically) have to abide by the anti-car policies dreamed up by Ian "I hate cars and love bikers and hope to get a job with Evans next year" Davey. G Wiley
  • Score: 26

11:58am Fri 8 Aug 14

Plantpot says...

billy goat-gruff wrote:
Hove promenade is wide enough for everyone! Just keep your line and don't dither about...
Based on cyclists behaviour, it needs to stay pedestrian only. Or should I say, return to pedestrian only. Kids are entitled to run around without fear of being hit by a lycra clad muppet.....
[quote][p][bold]billy goat-gruff[/bold] wrote: Hove promenade is wide enough for everyone! Just keep your line and don't dither about...[/p][/quote]Based on cyclists behaviour, it needs to stay pedestrian only. Or should I say, return to pedestrian only. Kids are entitled to run around without fear of being hit by a lycra clad muppet..... Plantpot
  • Score: 19

12:21pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Martha Gunn says...

The disaster is that this Green council has allowed two things to happen:

1. It fails to prosecute dangerous cyclists in the same way it neglects to tackle fly-tipping (or community re-cycling as the Greens call it).

2. It has bestowed on cyclists a sense of self-righteous entitlement that lets them behave as they please. When you deludedly think you are saving the planet what does it matter if you run a few people down?
The disaster is that this Green council has allowed two things to happen: 1. It fails to prosecute dangerous cyclists in the same way it neglects to tackle fly-tipping (or community re-cycling as the Greens call it). 2. It has bestowed on cyclists a sense of self-righteous entitlement that lets them behave as they please. When you deludedly think you are saving the planet what does it matter if you run a few people down? Martha Gunn
  • Score: 28

12:21pm Fri 8 Aug 14

s&k says...

Plantpot wrote:
billy goat-gruff wrote: Hove promenade is wide enough for everyone! Just keep your line and don't dither about...
Based on cyclists behaviour, it needs to stay pedestrian only. Or should I say, return to pedestrian only. Kids are entitled to run around without fear of being hit by a lycra clad muppet.....
Indeed, but you're not allowed to criticise cyclists cos they're saving the planet. Arse.
[quote][p][bold]Plantpot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]billy goat-gruff[/bold] wrote: Hove promenade is wide enough for everyone! Just keep your line and don't dither about...[/p][/quote]Based on cyclists behaviour, it needs to stay pedestrian only. Or should I say, return to pedestrian only. Kids are entitled to run around without fear of being hit by a lycra clad muppet.....[/p][/quote]Indeed, but you're not allowed to criticise cyclists cos they're saving the planet. Arse. s&k
  • Score: -10

12:42pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Cave Johnson says...

No one will be shamed because no one will hear it. He sounds like a busy-body. And what does he mean by special schools? Thats bordering on offensive.
No one will be shamed because no one will hear it. He sounds like a busy-body. And what does he mean by special schools? Thats bordering on offensive. Cave Johnson
  • Score: -8

12:47pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Mrbrightside1 says...

You absolute muppet
You absolute muppet Mrbrightside1
  • Score: -15

1:58pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Brightonscouse2 says...

"Mr Davies said: “I’m always being run over by cyclists even though there are clearly no cycling signs all over the place."

Always being run over? I think there's a bit of exaggeration going on here.
"Mr Davies said: “I’m always being run over by cyclists even though there are clearly no cycling signs all over the place." Always being run over? I think there's a bit of exaggeration going on here. Brightonscouse2
  • Score: 6

2:29pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Ash Brighton says...

I really would like to see the no cycling signage upheld here.

A lot of road users do commit minor infractions from time to time which go unpunished and cycling on the promenade in the grand scheme of things isn't all that bad but it is incredibly inconsiderate. It can ruin what is a pleasant walk when an irresponsible person on a bicycle comes flying along when there's a perfectly good lane that can be used.

I would guess that it would cost them more to try to enforce the no cycling rule than they would make back in fines but it's a shame that it's not enforced anyway, given tourism levels in the city and how the lack of enforcement might lead to some not returning.

Those no cycling words do need repainting though...

I say this as a frequent cyclist. We should not be above the law.
I really would like to see the no cycling signage upheld here. A lot of road users do commit minor infractions from time to time which go unpunished and cycling on the promenade in the grand scheme of things isn't all that bad but it is incredibly inconsiderate. It can ruin what is a pleasant walk when an irresponsible person on a bicycle comes flying along when there's a perfectly good lane that can be used. I would guess that it would cost them more to try to enforce the no cycling rule than they would make back in fines but it's a shame that it's not enforced anyway, given tourism levels in the city and how the lack of enforcement might lead to some not returning. Those no cycling words do need repainting though... I say this as a frequent cyclist. We should not be above the law. Ash Brighton
  • Score: 8

4:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

G Wiley says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
No one will be shamed because no one will hear it. He sounds like a busy-body. And what does he mean by special schools? Thats bordering on offensive.
@Cave Johnson - and perhaps (with thanks to Top Gear) as well as learning to read traffic signs at this 'special school for cyclists' they could also be taught the difference between red and green?
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: No one will be shamed because no one will hear it. He sounds like a busy-body. And what does he mean by special schools? Thats bordering on offensive.[/p][/quote]@Cave Johnson - and perhaps (with thanks to Top Gear) as well as learning to read traffic signs at this 'special school for cyclists' they could also be taught the difference between red and green? G Wiley
  • Score: -2

6:01pm Fri 8 Aug 14

downfader says...

A lot of bitter, grumpy people on here...
A lot of bitter, grumpy people on here... downfader
  • Score: 12

7:09pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Minithedog1 says...

Hmm. I kinda see his point, there is an adequate road nearby. As for dogs on leads, fine - but does this really need to apply all day and night? An evening stroll will hardly inconvenience anyone.
Hmm. I kinda see his point, there is an adequate road nearby. As for dogs on leads, fine - but does this really need to apply all day and night? An evening stroll will hardly inconvenience anyone. Minithedog1
  • Score: -4

8:03pm Fri 8 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

s&k wrote:
How about just catching and fining some of them!
^^^^^^^ Sensible Comment Of The Week ^^^^^^^^^^

Sadly, our police are too busy trying to convince us how gay-friendly they are to spend any time policing such areas.
[quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: How about just catching and fining some of them![/p][/quote]^^^^^^^ Sensible Comment Of The Week ^^^^^^^^^^ Sadly, our police are too busy trying to convince us how gay-friendly they are to spend any time policing such areas. stevo!!
  • Score: -13

8:24pm Fri 8 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

“I’m always being run over by cyclists...."

hmmm......
“I’m always being run over by cyclists...." hmmm...... stevo!!
  • Score: -9

8:35pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Gribbet says...

Brightonscouse2 wrote:
"Mr Davies said: “I’m always being run over by cyclists even though there are clearly no cycling signs all over the place."

Always being run over? I think there's a bit of exaggeration going on here.
Or just a good old fashioned lie.
[quote][p][bold]Brightonscouse2[/bold] wrote: "Mr Davies said: “I’m always being run over by cyclists even though there are clearly no cycling signs all over the place." Always being run over? I think there's a bit of exaggeration going on here.[/p][/quote]Or just a good old fashioned lie. Gribbet
  • Score: 13

8:43pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Gribbet says...

If he was a family member of his I'd be feeling a bit concerned for him and even a little bit embarrassed. Surely there's a more worthy cause that he could devote his life towards in his retirement years.
If he was a family member of his I'd be feeling a bit concerned for him and even a little bit embarrassed. Surely there's a more worthy cause that he could devote his life towards in his retirement years. Gribbet
  • Score: 10

11:48pm Fri 8 Aug 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

Gribbet wrote:
If he was a family member of his I'd be feeling a bit concerned for him and even a little bit embarrassed. Surely there's a more worthy cause that he could devote his life towards in his retirement years.
A very sad and primitive comment from a lazy troll. Spend a few minutes on the seafront watching vulnerable (reasonable people but understandingly ignorant of militant 'cyclist are right' a-holes) and you'll see lots of folk being assaulted by too many creeps with your mindset.
[quote][p][bold]Gribbet[/bold] wrote: If he was a family member of his I'd be feeling a bit concerned for him and even a little bit embarrassed. Surely there's a more worthy cause that he could devote his life towards in his retirement years.[/p][/quote]A very sad and primitive comment from a lazy troll. Spend a few minutes on the seafront watching vulnerable (reasonable people but understandingly ignorant of militant 'cyclist are right' a-holes) and you'll see lots of folk being assaulted by too many creeps with your mindset. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 0

12:46am Sat 9 Aug 14

whatevernext2013 says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
The disaster is that this Green council has allowed two things to happen:

1. It fails to prosecute dangerous cyclists in the same way it neglects to tackle fly-tipping (or community re-cycling as the Greens call it).

2. It has bestowed on cyclists a sense of self-righteous entitlement that lets them behave as they please. When you deludedly think you are saving the planet what does it matter if you run a few people down?
hate to pick holes but its the police who have failed us all re cyclist ,they should be asked when they turn a blind eye to all the cyclists who break the law daily in brighton and hove
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: The disaster is that this Green council has allowed two things to happen: 1. It fails to prosecute dangerous cyclists in the same way it neglects to tackle fly-tipping (or community re-cycling as the Greens call it). 2. It has bestowed on cyclists a sense of self-righteous entitlement that lets them behave as they please. When you deludedly think you are saving the planet what does it matter if you run a few people down?[/p][/quote]hate to pick holes but its the police who have failed us all re cyclist ,they should be asked when they turn a blind eye to all the cyclists who break the law daily in brighton and hove whatevernext2013
  • Score: -5

8:59am Sat 9 Aug 14

HumanHater says...

silly old sod.
silly old sod. HumanHater
  • Score: 6

9:35am Sat 9 Aug 14

her professional says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
The disaster is that this Green council has allowed two things to happen:

1. It fails to prosecute dangerous cyclists in the same way it neglects to tackle fly-tipping (or community re-cycling as the Greens call it).

2. It has bestowed on cyclists a sense of self-righteous entitlement that lets them behave as they please. When you deludedly think you are saving the planet what does it matter if you run a few people down?
How many people have been run down?
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: The disaster is that this Green council has allowed two things to happen: 1. It fails to prosecute dangerous cyclists in the same way it neglects to tackle fly-tipping (or community re-cycling as the Greens call it). 2. It has bestowed on cyclists a sense of self-righteous entitlement that lets them behave as they please. When you deludedly think you are saving the planet what does it matter if you run a few people down?[/p][/quote]How many people have been run down? her professional
  • Score: -2

10:23am Sat 9 Aug 14

Gribbet says...

From beer to uncertainty wrote:
Gribbet wrote:
If he was a family member of his I'd be feeling a bit concerned for him and even a little bit embarrassed. Surely there's a more worthy cause that he could devote his life towards in his retirement years.
A very sad and primitive comment from a lazy troll. Spend a few minutes on the seafront watching vulnerable (reasonable people but understandingly ignorant of militant 'cyclist are right' a-holes) and you'll see lots of folk being assaulted by too many creeps with your mindset.
No, I think the guy's got a bit of an irrational grumpy-old-man obsession going on, he's a bit of a 'weird uncle' type. I've walked down that section of the seafront hundreds of times and I've never seen a single accident, let alone problem caused by dogs off the lead or people cycling through there. In reality there's a certain natural harmony that exists between the cyclists, pedestrians and dogs running round on that part of the seafront, the only problem is that someone made an unnecessary rule that causes grumpy old men such as this guy (and yourself) to obsess about 'arrogant' people breaking rules.
[quote][p][bold]From beer to uncertainty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gribbet[/bold] wrote: If he was a family member of his I'd be feeling a bit concerned for him and even a little bit embarrassed. Surely there's a more worthy cause that he could devote his life towards in his retirement years.[/p][/quote]A very sad and primitive comment from a lazy troll. Spend a few minutes on the seafront watching vulnerable (reasonable people but understandingly ignorant of militant 'cyclist are right' a-holes) and you'll see lots of folk being assaulted by too many creeps with your mindset.[/p][/quote]No, I think the guy's got a bit of an irrational grumpy-old-man obsession going on, he's a bit of a 'weird uncle' type. I've walked down that section of the seafront hundreds of times and I've never seen a single accident, let alone problem caused by dogs off the lead or people cycling through there. In reality there's a certain natural harmony that exists between the cyclists, pedestrians and dogs running round on that part of the seafront, the only problem is that someone made an unnecessary rule that causes grumpy old men such as this guy (and yourself) to obsess about 'arrogant' people breaking rules. Gribbet
  • Score: 3

11:20am Sat 9 Aug 14

Bob George says...

Yeah, coz u lot have NEVER broke ANY by-law EVER! bunch of hypocrites.
Yeah, coz u lot have NEVER broke ANY by-law EVER! bunch of hypocrites. Bob George
  • Score: -3

3:08pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Can this be says...

The sign shown in the picture is wrong like a lot of other cycling signs around the town. It should not have the red diagonal and could be taken to mean that there is to be "No No Cycling". Perhaps it is the pedestrians who are in the wrong? Whilst the red diagonal probably makes a better sign, it is not correct.

Cycle Lanes such as that opposite the end of East Street are far more dangerous as the Council has tried to squeeze too much into too small a space with cyclists having no idea what a "Give Way" sign is and pedestrians wandering around all over the Cycle Lane as well. And who ever thought of off-loading the Tourist Buses straight onto a Cycle Lane? Beyond belief.
The sign shown in the picture is wrong like a lot of other cycling signs around the town. It should not have the red diagonal and could be taken to mean that there is to be "No No Cycling". Perhaps it is the pedestrians who are in the wrong? Whilst the red diagonal probably makes a better sign, it is not correct. Cycle Lanes such as that opposite the end of East Street are far more dangerous as the Council has tried to squeeze too much into too small a space with cyclists having no idea what a "Give Way" sign is and pedestrians wandering around all over the Cycle Lane as well. And who ever thought of off-loading the Tourist Buses straight onto a Cycle Lane? Beyond belief. Can this be
  • Score: 0

11:28pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Zorniza says...

How careful this council spokesman was to avoid any reference to cyclists, just sticking with the dogs for now. Ha!
How careful this council spokesman was to avoid any reference to cyclists, just sticking with the dogs for now. Ha! Zorniza
  • Score: 0

11:29pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Zorniza says...

billy goat-gruff wrote:
Hove promenade is wide enough for everyone! Just keep your line and don't dither about...
Promenading is about dithering about. This topic does bring out the facist in some.
[quote][p][bold]billy goat-gruff[/bold] wrote: Hove promenade is wide enough for everyone! Just keep your line and don't dither about...[/p][/quote]Promenading is about dithering about. This topic does bring out the facist in some. Zorniza
  • Score: 0

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