Sunday mornings are bliss
Rain or shine the London Baroudeurs have regularly trained at Regent’s and Richmond Parks. Enjoying everything from an early morning spin before work, to welcoming newcomers, or simply keeping the company of good friends for a steady chat-laps. The Royal Parks have been good to us, and we’re pleased to say that we take every opportunity to give something back.
Since our inception in 2009, the London Baroudeurs have been involved in the development of the Regent’s Park Cyclists (RPC) – a community that believes in encouraging all forms of cycling by nurturing strong working relationships with all contributors of The Royal Parks. With these goals in mind, the Riders Guide was created – a handbook that we hope will provide helpful information on good cycling practice and the ongoing promotion of cyclists as positive and active stakeholders of The Royal Parks.
Rolling for good
Be considerate, be kind and be courteous
The guide was put together by members of RPC and produced by the cycling brand, Rapha. Based on elements of the Highway Code, the Riders Guide also includes cycling etiquette to keep you safe and happy in group riding too. It opens with the following introduction: ‘Being able to ride our bikes in glorious surroundings of The Regent’s Park is a real privilege. A commitment to the guide will give us a greater chance of holding on to this precious and unique open space. This booklet is not intended to set out rigid rules and regulations – as with all London roads, there are always two sides to a story and a need for give and take – it is simply a guide for cyclists who enjoy using the park. It is a shared facility and by recognising where we can all rub along better, we hope to improve the environment for all. Please be considerate, be kind and be courteous.’ – The Riders Guide
You may have noticed the cherry trees that flank Chester Road are flowering wonderfully. We are delighted to announce that to date, the fund-raising events held by the RPC have helped contribute to the trees caring fund which now exceeds £176,000. Popularly known as Cherry Tree Avenue, the trees were part of an original landscape design introduced in the 1930’s. Unfortunately, their natural lifespan came to a close in the late 70’s. Now, after almost a 30 year gap, the reintroduction of the trees means generations of visitors can now enjoy the grand entrance to the inner circle. It makes winter training all that more fun and glorious.
Cyclists meeting PC Rebecca England
Keeping the parks alive and safe for us is thanks to a number of local custodians. These silent heroes regularly work together with the RPC to improve the environment and safe use of the parks. Rebecca England, for instance, is our local PC. Rebecca was introduced to the community earlier this year and is working hard in engagement and safety for all users. We were pleased to welcome her at the RPC – Meet your PC.
Making the Difference
Just some of the many occasions where the parks have made all the difference:
Left: Dave saying sharing the road with the local wildlife
Centre: Teaching and learning bicycle maintenance for everyone
Right: Lauren leads us from park to park
Meeting Monsieur Broom Wagon
Face of The Parks
Every now and again you’ll come across the remnants of last night’s celebrations – broken bottles, fast-food packaging and even abandoned high heels! And if you’re wondering how they magically disappear, then look no further than Steve. The groundsmen of Westminster and Camden council are hard at it, making the park a pleasure to visit daily. And Steve is one of the friendliest of them all. Be sure to give him a wave and thanks for keeping the park in such pristine condition.
Come and join in the fun
The Low Down
We’re incredibly privileged to have The Royal Parks at our doorstep. They’re accessible, safe and welcoming. No city comes close to having what we have, and we’re doing our very best to conserve and make these communities flourish. If you’d like to know more, or now feel inspired to get on a bicycle, please get in touch.
See you in the park!
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