Royal Parks help cyclists get ready for autumn

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It’s free, it’s useful, it encourages more cyclists to cycle more often!

This feedback from a cyclist having her chainguard repaired was just one of many compliments received at six Dr Bike events which took place from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 September 2013 in Hyde Park, Greenwich Park, Regent’s Park, Green Park and Kensington Gardens.

Westminster Cycling Campaign worked with the Royal Parks to organise one of the largest series of Dr Bike events in London. They helped cyclists to keep their bikes on the road this autumn by offering:

  • Dr Bike: free cycle safety check and maintenance advice.
  • Cycle security registration by the Metropolitan Police to deter thieves and help police and retailers identify stolen bikes.
  • 'Exchanging Places' (at Greenwich, Regent's and Green Parks), enabling cyclists to experience a HGV driver's view of the road and get a better understanding of the blind spots around the vehicle. This raises awareness of the dangers of collisions between cyclists and trucks. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPkbNFt5NuY
  • Cycling information: free maps, leaflets and advice, including information about considerate cycling in the Royal Parks. This was also an opportunity for group members to tell cyclists about the LCC.

LCC Trustee Rachel Aldred joined the team to give out cycling information in Regent’s Park. A cyclist having repairs to his gear change gave his feedback on the events:

Many thanks to Dr Bike. It’s very helpful to have help on hand and get tips on maintenance – all in a positive friendly atmosphere! Thank you.

The recent series of Dr Bike events follows an earlier successful series held in Bike Week in June and an Exchanging Places session in April.

Exchanging Places in Regent's Park in April

This post was edited by Westminster Cycling Campaign at 07:35am 25 Oct 2013.

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This is welcome yes but in Kensington Gardens especially there are SO FEW places to cycle - basically the shared broadwalk N-S (often a nightmare avoiding little children, prams, pedestrians and dogs) and one E-W path south of the round pond. The Bayswater Road and other adjacent main roads are too dangerous especially for young or elderly cyclists and the anti-cycling lobby (the so-called 'Friends of Kensington Gardens' and others with plenty of time on their hands) are controlling the situation. There should be a balance - the park is for everyone "for the quiet enjoyment" as laid down in the constitution.

PLEASE CAMPAIGN FOR MORE CYCLING IN ROYAL PARKS e.g. a designated cycle route close to but separate from the path parallel to Bayswater Road and cyling on the wide Lancaster Walk would be a good start. Put barriers if necessary to stop cyclists on the hill down to the Italian Fountains from Marlborough Gate.

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