Worthing seafront art installation for cyclist killed in road rage attack

Plans for a touching art installation celebrating a Worthing resident’s love of cycling have been approved by councillors.

Thursday, 7th January 2021, 11:13 am

Don Lock was a keen cyclist and member of the Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club for 50 years before he was tragically killed in 2015.

A two-metre high sloped Caithness flagstone bearing a carving of a cyclist and an inscription celebrating the joy of cycling will be set up near the promenade in Don’s memory.

His family had worked with Worthing Borough Council to find a suitable location and it was agreed the site’s proximity to the seafront cycle path made it an ideal location.

The proposed installation in memory of Don Lock SUS-210501-192212001

The memorial had initially been planned to be installed near New Parade, but the concerns from residents prompted the council’s planning committee to relocate the artwork to the new Bayside development in Brighton Road.

According to the council, Don’s family believe a planned café at the development could become a popular meeting place for local cyclists.

Cllr Paul High, chairman of the council’s planning committee, said: “I am pleased we have been able to work with the family of Don Lock to bring forward this very poignant art installation which will celebrate a local resident’s passion.

“Mr Lock was a keen cyclist and long-time member of the Excelsior Cycling Club, so the proposed location near Route 2 of the National Cycle Network is extremely fitting.

“Colleagues on the committee are confident that, providing an agreement can be made with the developers of Bayside, this installation will be a welcome addition to our thriving seafront.”

The installation will be set within a concrete foundation and designed to be robust and low maintenance in order to withstand exposure to the sea.

Pending approval of the Bayside location, the installation will be paid for by a fund raised by Don’s family.

Don was tragically murdered in a road rage attack on the A24 in Findon on July 16, 2015.

After colliding with the car of Matthew Daley, the 79-year-old was stabbed 39 times by his attacker, who was diagnosed with paranoid scizophrenia.

Daley was found guilty of manslaughter and was given a life sentence in July, 2016.