Hyde Park 'rumble strips'

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2074
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Royal Parks plans to fit 28 rows of raised granite setts - or 'rumble strips' - to the Broad Walk path between Speakers' Corner and Hyde Park Corner. There is no evidence of a high level of conflict between people walking and cycling here and the changes have the potential to deter people from cycling this route. Given that this link forms part of your central London cycling grid, will you urge the Royal Parks to reconsider?

Answer

Answer for Hyde Park 'rumble strips'

Answer for Hyde Park 'rumble strips'

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The rumble strips are designed to raise awareness of speed among cyclists and not to destabilise or discourage them - aggressive cycling can discourage walking trips and so a balanced approach must be taken. I am aware that they comply with London Cycling Design Standards.

The Royal Parks has based its decision in this location on evidence collected from monitoring studies at several sites around Hyde Park.  These studies highlighted that the majority of cyclists are exceeding the recommended riding speed of eight to 12mph in the Park. One of these reports highlighted conflict occurring between cyclists and pedestrians at the rate of approximately three per hour, even though 99 per cent of cycle journeys pass without incident.

The Royal Parks has indicated that, if speeds can be calmed on the main east-west and north-south paths, other paths may be opened up to cycling in due course.