Our petition now is flying past 300 supporters since launch only last week! 

Many have commented about the safety risks now posed to cyclists, especially school children, who are seen diverting around the park on the busy A308 which has no cycle paths! 

Please read and sign the change.org petition to reinstate the Dukes head passage ‘shared path’ into Bushy Park - it worked well for 50 years. 

https://www.change.org/p/the-royal-parks-overturn-the-cycling-ban-i...

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Petition now heading towards 500 supporters - appreciate your continued support - thank you! 

Hampton community have asked us to set up a twitter account so here it is ....https://twitter.com/dukesheadbushy

The petition is now featured on the road.cc website:

http://road.cc/content/news/209366-royal-parks-bans-cycling-popular...

Appreciated Tim - will tweet @dukesheadbushy

Tim Costen said:

The petition is now featured on the road.cc website:

http://road.cc/content/news/209366-royal-parks-bans-cycling-popular...

This is so stupid and thoughtless. What was there reasoning for stopping bike riding and dogs walking free in this lane. I heard that police were stopping people at the end of the passage where it enters Bushy Park - have our police got nothing better to do!

Rather than introduce this ridiculous ruling. why not put up notices encouraging bike riders and dog walkers to take care whilst passing through the passage past people and dogs ie ring bells and slow down and dog walkers call their dogs to one side

Niki - thanks and agree - the change.org petition is heading fast towards 1000 supporters in just two weeks which underline the local community feeling on this issue - many comments on the petition echo your views - all we are ask for is sensible proportionate signage to promote mutual care and respect - it worked well for 50 yrs - biggest concern right now is that cyclists ( school kids) are seen diverting around the park onto the A308 which as we know is an accident blackspot - see attached from recent Richmond Borough study - Richard 

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Interesting write-up in the Evening Standard:

Cyclists demand Bushy Park route ban to be lifted 'because it diver...

Wonder if ES owner (and Hampton Court Park resident) Evgeny Lebedev has taken an interest?

is there room for a white line up the middle and cyclists keep to one side while walkers use the other, passing cyclists must give way to pedestrians or loose access altogether?


It seems to include a picture of the A308 that is not the A308 but the High Street, but there you go. At least there was some helpful coverage.
Matt D said:

Interesting write-up in the Evening Standard:

Cyclists demand Bushy Park route ban to be lifted 'because it diver...

Wonder if ES owner (and Hampton Court Park resident) Evgeny Lebedev has taken an interest?

I still don't understand why cyclists can't push their bikes along a short footpath. To say that you have to detour around the A308 is frankly disingenuous.
It's not short: it's 500m. My children are physically incapable of pushing their bikes this distance. This closes the park to us for family cycling as the idea of having them on the narrow path alongside the A308 to get to a south gate is frankly terrifying.

For others it's the difference between an access point and a fence. These differences are enough to deter people from getting on their bikes when we should be encouraging people to do so.

Matt - fully agree - you hit the nail on the head - and all that we are asking is for a proportionate, sensible solution which can be signs which remind all users to show care and respect - as they have mostly done for half a century on this path - I will retweet your post if you don't mind on @Dukesheadbushy? - R 

Matt D said:

It's not short: it's 500m. My children are physically incapable of pushing their bikes this distance. This closes the park to us for family cycling as the idea of having them on the narrow path alongside the A308 to get to a south gate is frankly terrifying.

For others it's the difference between an access point and a fence. These differences are enough to deter people from getting on their bikes when we should be encouraging people to do so.

The petition currently has over one thousand and three hundred supporters, and we have had widespread and positive coverage across the local and London media. The Royal Parks management don't feel obliged to listen listen views of our local communities preferring to impose rather than consult. So in 2017 we will increase the pressure and escalate to the Royal Parks Board and the Ombudsman and beyond. You can help by spreading the word, and getting more signatures! We are simply asking for a reasoned, sensible and proportionate solution - such as signs that encourage mutual care and respect. After all its worked well as a shared path for 50 years. Thanks to all for your support.

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