The Royal Parks in London have set out a long term-vision for improving the experience of park users, the vast majority of whom are walkers. They are currently consulting on this vision and have invited comments from the public and interested organisations. As part of their new vision, they are conducting five trial projects that are testing ways to reduce the amount of cut-through traffic in the parks. They are seeking the public’s views on these trials in a consultation that ends on 10th January 2021.
We are asking you to let the Royal Parks know you support the reduction of traffic levels in these parks.
The trials are taking place in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, Bushy Park, St. James’s Park and the Green Park, Greenwich Park, and Richmond Park. At the end of the trial the Royal Parks will assess the impact of these trials and decide whether to make these changes permanent.
The Ramblers support these moves to reduce motor vehicle traffic in the Royal Parks. High volume car traffic in parks poses a serious risk to walkers’ safety and negatively impacts the character and enjoyment of the parks through increased air and noise pollution – as well as reducing the amount of space available for park users to enjoy on foot.
Walking has become more important than ever to the nation’s physical and mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our recent report, The grass isn’t greener for everyone: why access to green space matters, found the top reason for this was that they are a good place to walk (78%). We also know that people are planning to walk more when COVID-19 restrictions have ended.
London’s Royal Parks have been used by huge numbers of people throughout 2020 – and it’s vital we make them safe and pleasurable for everybody. Please follow the instructions below to add your voice to those who want to make the Royal Parks safer and more enjoyable for walkers.