Pier bike ban is a ridiculous rule

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From: Colin A Houghton

Ruskin Road, Willingdon

New prohibitive signs have been placed on the pier at Eastbourne.

One of them forbids bicycles on the pier. Why? I would fully support the prohibition on cycling on the pier, but bicycles themselves? Why? Prams and scooters are allowed to be wheeled/pushed on the pier, so why are bicycles banned? I used to cycle from Willingdon to the pier, wheel my bike along the pier to the blues and jazz cafe and enjoy a meal, with my bike left outside. Am I now prevented from doing this? Are there bike racks at the entrance to the pier to allow me to lock my bike there while I walk the pier? No.

Could someone tell me who is responsible for deciding that bicycles are not allowed on the pier? I was told that it was the “management” of the pier. Is that Abid Gulzar? The council? Some faceless jobsworth mini-bureaucrat? Until the sign is amended should I either stop my patronage of the pier and its cafes and restaurants when I cycle there, or risk some fine or bike confiscation? I would welcome clarification from whoever made this ridiculous rule.