Regent's Park: Pressure Mounts on Outer Circle
Camden and Westminster LCC groups are now working on a campaign to reduce through motor traffic on the Outer Circle of Regent's Park.
As the photo above and the bar-chart below both show, cyclists now account for a large proportion of traffic on the Outer Circle - over a third in the morning peak. Yet the road system is predominantly designed for motor traffic.
The campaigners believe that reducing through motor traffic would not only create better conditions for cycling but also improve the environment for the benefit of other park visitors, residents, workers and students. They recognise, however, that there may still be some legitimate requirements for bringing a motor vehicle into the park. These include:
- coaches should still be able travel only between Gloucester Gate and the coach park;
- access from the Outer Circle to the terraces on the east and the south west sides of the park must not be disrupted;
- access requirements for the Zoo's staff and visitors; for vehicles bringing supplies and emergency access ;
- requirements the Open Air Theatre, Regent's College, catering outlets and the Royal Parks depot.
The simplest way of restricting through motor traffic would probably be to place barriers at strategic points around the Outer Circle.
Camden and Westminster LCC groups are currently preparing a proposal. Watch this space for further developments.
This post was edited by Westminster Cycling Campaign at 2:46am 2 November 2013.