New shared-use path in Kensington Gardens extends east-west cycle route

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photo The green line shows the new shared-use path completing the existing yellow cycle route: show your support for more by emailing Royal Parks


A stretch of path in front of Kensington Palace is being opened up for shared use by cyclists and pedestrians on a trial basis, extending a valuable east-west cycling route.

Previously for walkers only, the link extends the popular leisure cycle route across Kensington Gardens, from the Serpentine Gallery to the Broad Walk, to meet Kensington Palace Gardens Road, which itself connects to Kensington High Street and Bayswater.

Cyclists will now be able to avoid sections of busy road along Kensington Road and Bayswater.

Effective lobbying opened up the route
LCC member Rik Andrew, who has championed the newly opened connection as well as the original Kensington Gardens route, advises cyclists to cycle considerately “giving way to pedestrians at all times”.

LCC is asking cyclists who use the route to email the Royal Parks, giving them positive feedback and asking them to make the move permanent.

We're also asking members to state their preference for opening up more routes for cyclists in the London's parks, many of which are still barred to cyclists.

The trial will run for 18 months, between 2 August 2010 and 31 January 2012.