Next week new speed bumps and highlighted shared space are being added to Hyde Park’s Broad Walk. Cycle speeds as high as 32mph have been recorded there and joggers, walkers and dogs are in real danger.
The idea put into action after recent statistics show that more than 1,200 cyclists commute on some cycle paths through Hyde Park during the rush hour, with four out of five travelling above the recommended 10mph – considered by The Royal Parks to be the ideal considerate cycling speed.
In one instance, a cyclist travelling along the Broad Walk was clocked at more than 32mph – above the limit allowed for cars on some local roads. Simon Richards, who leads The Royal Parks’ Cycling Board, says: “The Royal Parks are unique spaces. They not only attract visitors on foot, bike or horse for peace and relaxation, but also daily commuter cyclists who pass through the parks on their way to work. While we welcome cyclists and offer 68 miles of cycle routes, pathways and horse tracks, it is important we do all we can to ensure everyone can enjoy our parks in safety.” royalparks