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Cycling banned in Richmond Park

Following failures to observe social distancing, cycling is set to be banned in Richmond Park

Peter Stuart
27 Mar 2020

Cycling in Richmond Park is now prohibited during the UK lockdown, following observations that social distancing measures weren't being obeyed by cyclists of the park.

In a statement, the Royal Parks said, 'It is necessary to suspend all cycling in Richmond Park to protect public safety and ultimately keep this vital green space open for everyone.'

Since closing to traffic last weekend, the park had been a hub for cycling and outdoor activity. Cycling will continue to be permitted in other Royal Parks, the statement added.

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The ban will come into effect from Saturday 28th March, however NHS workers will be allowed to continue to cycle through the park if they show their staff pass.

Cycling group London Cycling Campaign has responded critically to the move to ban cycling. 'It is very disappointing the Royal Parks are set to ban cycling,' the group said in a statement, highling the benefits of the park for physical and mental health.

'We believe there are other ways the Royal Parks could and should respond to congestion – particularly at the gates,' the statement added.

During the lockdown, the UK government has permitted one form of exercise per day, per person - including cycling, while bike shops will be allowed to remain open.

If you choose to cycle, it must be done alone or with somebody that you live with.