One man and his dogcam: vigilante films speeding cyclists he fears will run down and kill pets on paths in Royal Parks

A vigilante dog walker has resorted to filming his strolls because of the “absolute scourge of dangerous speeding cyclists”.

Jay Miller, 47, of Bayswater, claims he has been forced to jump in front of bikes on four occasions to stop his two Boston Terriers being run down and killed while on pedestrian-only paths in Kensington Gardens - writes

Royal Parks rules allocate two main cycle ways, with remaining paths and all grassy areas sign-posted as pedestrian-only.

In 2008, the Standard reported on actors Felicity Kendal and Jenny Seagrove leading a protest calling for a crackdown on cyclists in the parkafter four dogs, including a puppy, were killed by cyclists.

Marisa Knightley, owner of a mongrel called Missy killed that year, said her loss was “devastating”.

Video evidence: Jay Miller with his dogs in Kensington Gardens

After a narrow miss of his own last year, technology worker Mr Miller began wearing a GoPro camera on every morning and evening dog walk, capturing cyclists and their reactions to being challenged.

Mr Miller, from San Francisco, said: “The bikes are an absolute scourge in the park — lots of them think they are Lance Armstrong in a Tour de France trial, speeding down through a pedestrian-only path.

“I’ve lived near the park for four and a half years and for the entire time have felt that my dogs’ lives are in danger from cyclists, both on Santander bikes and private bikes.

Jay Miller has launched a one-man fightback against people who misuse paths in the Royal Parks by cycling where they shouldn't

“I have accumulated footage of more than 850 illegal cyclists in more than 560 videos. Sometimes when I challenge them they are so rude, they swear at me and one lady called me a ‘f***ing American’.

I was being polite, even though I do shout sometimes as I am so angry because my dogs’ lives are at stake.

“The videos will serve as evidence... I am trying to arrange a meeting with Karen Buck, our local MP, to discuss the issue. I know police resources are strapped, but when a child or an old person gets killed by someone on a bike it will be a hot button issue.” Other dog walkers joined a Facebook group Mr Miller set up to share their experiences.

Member Caroline Cornish-Trestrail said: “I live in constant fear of either me or my dogs getting run down by careering cyclists who not only cycle as though they are on the M1 on non-cycling paths, but regularly cycle across the grass areas. The police very occasionally appear in a car and there is sometimes an extremely helpful Pc on his bike... but this is very rare… The park needs to be monitored on a daily basis.”

A London Cycling Campaign spokesman said the solution was to install more cycle lanes on roads. He said: “Instead of cracking down on rogue cyclists, we should consider why they are cycling in Kensington Gardens in the first place — because the surrounding roads are terrifying and car-dominated. Where there are separate cycle tracks, people use them.”

Simon Richards, who leads the Royal Parks’ cycling board, said: “For everyone’s sake we want to encourage cyclists to adjust their behaviour when moving from busy roads to peaceful paths.”

Read more news of London on our site.

RoyalParks cyclist
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Protesters will march through central London for a pro-Brexit rally backed by English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson and Ukip's leader. Several thousand people are expected to descend on the streets of the capital this Sunday to demand that there is no “betrayal” over Britain’s exit from the European Union. The rally will take place just three days before parliament’s crucial vote on Theresa May's deal. Almost 4,000 people have said they are going o...
Westminster council has launched an inquiry into discrimination and “body-shaming” at nightclubs in the heart of the capital. Officials have revealed a “task group” has been created to look into the problem following recent reports of discriminatory door policies, including at exclusive clubs in areas such as Mayfair. Body image and anti-discrimination campaigners today welcomed the move after a series of cases of alleged racism and “fat-shaming” were high...
A teenager has been stabbed to death in south-east London. Police were called at about 21:40 GMT to Topham House in Prior Street, Greenwich, following reports a man was unresponsive after being stabbed. The 18-year-old died at the scene. A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the death and taken to a police station for questioning. More than 120 murder investigations have been launched across London this year. Image captionPolice have cordo...
Thames Water said the Beast from the East and summer heatwave had an impact on its ability to meet leakage targets as it reported interim pre-tax profits crashing to £67.7 million from £218.5 million a year ago. The water company also revealed the extreme weather sent complaints soaring as it battled supply interruptions, with written customer complaints jumping to 11,083 in the half-year to September 30 from 8,242 a year earlier. Thames Water was ordered...
A British tourist has gone missing in New Zealand, sparking an international appeal for help from her family. Grace Millane was last seen in Auckland on Saturday night (Dec 1), and has not been in contact with her family since - despite her 22nd birthday being on Sunday. Her family, from Basildon in Essex, have alerted the British Embassy in New Zealand and reported her missing to police in Auckland, as well as sharing 'missing' posters on social media. De...
The main reason for sickness absence in the London Fire Brigade is now stress, anxiety and depression, Commissioner Dany Cotton has said. LFB has seen a "small increase" in the number of days taken off as sick leave over the last three years, Ms Cotton, the brigade's most senior firefighter, said. It is the first time mental health has been the leading cause of the absences, she told the London Assembly on Thursday. LFB employed four extra counsellors foll...
A 77-year-old woman who collapsed while calling police to report a burglary at her home is critically ill in hospital. She dialled 999 on Monday to report intruders had forced their way into her home in Bells Hill, High Barnet, north-east London, and stolen property. During the call, the police operator heard her collapse. Paramedics arrived and she was taken to hospital, where her family remains at her bedside. Scotland Yard said its Homicide and Major Cr...
A medieval skeleton wearing a pair of thigh-high leather boots has been found during excavations for London's new sewer. The skeleton was discovered face down in mud at the Chambers Wharf site in Bermondsey during work to create the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Archaeologists believe the man may have died during the late 15th Century while carrying out work near the river. MOLA Headland Infrastructure said it was a "rare" and "fascinating" find. The consortium i...
Christmas lights in an upmarket shopping street were taken down after just three days by council inspectors who branded them a “death trap”. The decorations were put up in Primrose Hill by Jonny Bucknell, the son of the UK’s first DIY television star Barry Bucknell, with a switch-on ceremony on Sunday by model Jo Wood, ex-wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie, and singer-songwriter Collette Cooper. But on Wednesday, Camden council bosses removed and impo...