Royal Parks Police says 'dozens' of cyclists still trying to ride in Richmond Park despite ban

Richmond Park was closed to cyclists last week due to the volume of cyclists and lack of social distancing

A deer crosses the road in Richmond Park (Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

The Royal Parks Police has said that 'dozens' of cyclists are being stopped by officers in Richmond Park despite a ban on cycling being introduced last week.

Cycling in the west London park was banned from last Saturday after The Royal Parks authority said the volume of cyclists and lack of social distancing meant closing the park to bikes was the only way to "protect public safety and ultimately help keep this vital green space open for everyone" during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).