From Casual Riders to Knights of the Realm
Regent’s Park has become a haven for cyclists of all abilities. The Outer Circle loop measures just shy of 4.5km and is used on a daily basis by commuter, casual, recreational and sports cyclists of all abilities come rain, shine or even snow.
Sir Bradley Wiggins grew up in Kilburn and talks about using Regent’s Park as a place to cycle as he was growing up. It comes as no surprise then that he was seen in Regent’s park on various occasions in the run-up to his successful Hour Record.
In spite of its Elite and Olympic, “The Park” is most commonly used by recreational, sport and commuter cyclists. As both the inner and outer circles of the park are essentially closed loops, these both function as extended velodromes that allow unique and highly sought after safe locations for quality training.
There is no animosity between the cyclists and there is certainly a crop of “Park Regulars” whose appearance can cheer up your ride!
There is a move by the Mayor of London, in part due to the Olympic Legacy of the 2012 Olympics, to increase and encourage the opportunities to cycle in London. Park of this move includes the introduction of a number of Cycle Superhighways that aim to make it safer and more accessible to cycle through larger stretches in London. This of course is to be applauded.
One of the Cycling Superhighways, nominally called CS11, which plans to be routed through part of Regent’s Park. One of the main purposes of all cyclists coming together as Regent’s Park Cyclists is to ensure that our collective views are heard. We wish to ensure that we are fully consulted in all of the matters that may affect the safe usage for all cyclists in Regent’s Park that we keep the Parks cyclists up to date.
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