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Speed bumps to slow down cyclists in Hyde Park

Sections of Broad Walk to be closed next week as work begins

10 March, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya

Four out of five cyclists ride at more than 10mph, say the Royal Parks

ROYAL Parks are cracking down on speeding cyclists by installing new speed bumps in Hyde Park.

They say riders have been spotted going as fast as 32mph – faster than some local road speed limits – within the park.

From Monday they will begin installing small speed bumps and highlighting shared space on the Broad Walk with new signs wand road surfaces.

With more than 1,200 cyclists daily in Hyde Park, according to Royal Parks’ latest statistics, they say more than four out of five are travelling above their recommended speed limit of 10mph.

Simon Richards, who leads The Royal Parks’ Cycling Board, said: “Everyone has to recognise that when they come into a park they’re entering a very different environment – for everyone’s sake we want to encourage cyclists to adjust their behaviour when moving from busy roads to peaceful paths, and similarly pedestrians need to be aware there are a whole variety of other users they have to watch out for.”

Small sections of the Broad Walk will be entirely closed while the project gets under way, but the majority of the paths will remain open.

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