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Cyclists in Richmond Park face crackdown for ‘speeding’ – even though limits do not apply to them

Cyclists in Richmond Park face crackdown for ‘speeding’ – even though limits do not apply to them

Richmond Park 01 copyright Simon MacMichael The Royal Parks acknowledges bike riders aren’t subject to same rules as motorists, but says action will be taken…

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Richmond Park 01 copyright Simon MacMichael The Royal Parks acknowledges bike riders aren’t subject to same rules as motorists, but says action will be taken against those riding “recklessly”

Cyclists riding in London’s Richmond Park are being told that they must ride within the same speed limits as motorists have to adhere to there – even though both The Royal Parks and Metropolitan Police have confirmed that such limits do not apply to people on bikes.

At the end of a week in which Transport Secretary Grant Shapps suggested that cyclists should be subject to the same speed limits on the public highway as apply to motorists, the Telegraph reported this afternoon (link is external) that The Royal Parks has warned bike riders who do not observe speed limits in the parks under its management that they will be subjected to a crackdown and could face fines and even prosecution for recklessly endangering others.

Besides Richmond Park, The Royal Parks also manages a number of other parks in London, including Bushy Park, Green Park, Greenwich Park, Kensington Gardens and St James’s Park, as well as Hyde Park, which includes the western section of the popular Cycleway 3 protected cycle route, much used by commuters and leisure cyclists alike.

It also manages Regent’s Park, but the roads there are the responsibility of a separate body called the Crown Estates Paving Commission.

The agency acknowledged to the Telegraph that cyclists do not have to adhere to speed limits on roads in the park – […]

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