This summarises and updates the results of work done on traffic reduction in the Park between 10 and 5 years ago ( linked at http://www.camdencyclists.org.uk/camden/campaigns/regentspark/). There has not yet been an opportunity to consider how it might be modified in the light of more recent experience on modal filtering and other developments in London.
Current use by cyclists
- Outer Circle is the only roadway
in Inner London suitable for cyclists to carry out regular fast
cycle training and exercise riding. It is heavily used for that
purpose and some training cyclists regularly achieve speeds in
excess of 25 mph.
Commuting and utility cycling
- As a North-South link between Gloucester Gate and Park
Crescent (heavy use)
- As a North-South link between Avenue Road or Hanover Gate and
York Gate (LCN route to Piccadilly, moderately heavy use)
- East-West link between Gloucester Gate and Hanover Gate
- Access to the park
- Light exercise
a) 20 MPH limit (enforced) throughout
- Gains in real and perceived
safety, especially near pinch points. But note that training
cyclists will often exceed 20 mph.
b) Filter the section in front of the Zoo entrance to allow
only Zoo access and emergency access, with wide cycle bypasses to the
- Major improvement in the urban
environment, safety and freedom of movement for children and others
visiting the Zoo.
- discussed with Zoo and local
authorities in 2008. Zoo were broadly in favour:
- Reduction in traffic on other parts of the Outer Circle would
benefit cyclists, especially if 20 mph implemented.
c) Ban all through motor traffic
in the Outer Circle
- Implemented by three closures stopping motor traffic: 1.just West of the junction with Macclesfield Bridge 2.just South of the junction with Clarence Gate 3.just South of the junction with Gloucester Gate.For details on the benefits, see
this 2003 document signed
2000 London Group, Camden Cycling Campaign, Westminster Cycling
Campaign, Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea Friends of the
- Entire park reverts to a quiet environment more attractive to
tourists and visitors. Brings business to visitor-oriented sites in the Park.
- Training cyclists gain an almost car-free circuit
- CS11 could be re-routed onto the western segment of Outer Circle via
- Received support from local resident groups and institutions.
- Displaced traffic will be diverted to Albany Street and Park Road
d) Partial bans on through motor traffic in the eastern or western segment of Outer Circle
- Benefits and disbenefits are as described above but only for the relevant portion of the Outer Circle
3. Other considerations
- Cycle access
desirable to Outer Circle from Prince Albert Road via St Mark’s
Bridge and via the bridge at western end of the Zoo. This
would also provide two good cycle connections between the canal
towpath and the Outer Circle.
cycle access desirable between Albany Street and Outer Circle via Chester Gate.
- Cycle access
desirable to Outer Circle from top end of Baker Street (currently
one way southbound)
points at the pedestrian refuges installed by Royal Parks in 2007
should be further modified to reduce perceived danger. E.g. by
reducing the width of the refuges.
GC & JD
19 March 2013