Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine is clocked at 16mph in Hyde Park's 5mph zone

Did you know there is a 5mph speed limit for cyclists in London’s Hyde Park? No? Neither did Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine who was apprehended by a policeman for riding at 16mph.

The Metropolitan Police officer caught Vine’s rapid velocity on a speed gun before pulling him over and showing him the reading.

Vine said that he did not realise there was a 5mph limit in place in the park before promptly apologised for his misdemeanour.

The presenter, who presents the lunchtime phone-in show on Radio 2, took to Twitter to announce his ‘telling off’, with a video showing the moment he was banged to rights.

While the reaction on Twitter to the incident has been mostly jovial, Vine raised a good point in a conversation with the London Cycling Campaign, questioning whether a speed limit will force riders back onto the congested roads around the park.

  • Chris

    This surely has to be an April Fool’s joke. To reiterate all the points made:
    1. Can you safely ride a bike at 5 mph?
    2. Without a speedo, how can you judge your speed?
    3. No speed limit is publicised.
    4. It is a dedicated cycle path.
    5. Joggers wil by definition exceed 5mph on their dedicated pedestrian area.
    6. Road traffic accidents are extremely expensive in terms of police and hospital time, so keeping cyclists off the road is cost effective.
    7. Is the radar gun certificated for bicycles?
    8. This incident can only undermine police credibility even further. Whoever tasked this officer with this duty, needs to be re-educated and retrained, or otherwise censored by his seniors, for wasting police and the public’s time and taxpayer’s money.

  • Haze

    Cyclists very rarely hit pedestrians – even in cases where they come close, it’s usually pretty easy for one or both parties to get out of the way. And such collisions are unlikely to cause serious injury, which is not the case is collisions between cyclists and large road vehicles.

  • T Anderson

    If you are ever stopped for speeding on a cycle, by anyone using a speed gun – ask for the certificate stating the device can be used for bicycles.

  • dourscot

    And if a jogger exceeds 5mph as any jogger would do?

    This is an utterly ridiculous waste of police time. There is a difference between a large vehicle such as a car exceeding 5mph and a bicycle.

    Bicycles become impractical at that speed – you could almost fall off.

  • Neil

    Is there a 5mph speed limit there? Had a quick look on google maps and didn’t see a speed limit sign.

  • Kevin ‘Herbie’ Blackburn

    Sheer madness – if he was cycling recklessly that’s different…but carefully riding 16 mph! Police get out there and stop drivers on Mobile Phones killing people!!

  • Exactly. As I point out below in my reply to Jon Freeman, the limit isn’t displayed, and cyclists don’t have calibrated speedos. So how can enforcement be fair?

  • dodgerking

    If it is not segregated, then what is the point of having a speed limit? How can they possibly enforce it since bikes to not have calibrated speedometers?

  • While I take your point, it’s not true in this case.

    The path through Hyde Park is clearly signed as segregated. It’s not multi-use (although you do get the occasional pedestrian wandering into it – but that’s true of roads too).

    The alternative is Park Lane. Which is extremely unpleasant and certainly not safer than the Hyde Park path, however visible you might make yourself.

  • dodgerking

    How often does that occur on the road, compared to crashing into pedestrians, other cyclists, pets, animals, and debris on multi-use paths. When you driver your bike on the road, making yourself visible, and making auto-drivers aware of your movements, you are much safer than riding on a pedestrian path.

  • Also how are we to know there’s a 5mph speed limit? There aren’t any signs that I saw when I rode through the park yesterday. It’s a secret speed limit and you have no means of knowing how fast you’re going. How’s enforcement of that fair?

  • Al Storer

    When was the last time someone was crushed by a tipper truck or a bus on the multi-use paths?

  • Jon Freeman

    As it is not a legal requirement to have a speedometer on a bicycle how can cyclists be expected to know that they are exceeding 5mph? Other than the fact that it is almost impossible to ride that slowly unless you are ascending a steep hill.

  • dodgerking

    You should be riding on the road anyway. It is safer than riding on multi-use paths