We aim to remove through motor traffic from the Outer Circle of Regent’s Park, restoring an environment more appropriate for a park.
Regent’s Park is one of the finest of London’s open spaces, providing something for everyone. Formal gardens, sports pitches, wide open spaces, a boating lake, a zoo, an open-air theatre and four cafés. People come here to exercise or to relax in the peaceful expanse of green open spaces, to leave the bustle of the city.
A Peaceful Park threatened
The Outer Circle is now used by over 5,000 vehicles a day, producing noise and air pollution, destroying the peace of the park. Traffic counts at morning and evening peaks indicate that the Outer Circle is used as a short cut, southbound in the morning and northbound in the evening. But what is convenient for cars is inconvenient for pedestrians and cyclists. Pedestrians have to wait for the queue of cars to pass, cyclists have to weave through traffic, joggers and runners have to breathe the fumes.
A Peaceful Park restored
We propose removing through motor traffic from the Outer Circle, while allowing access to residents and visitors. Noise and air pollution would drop, peace would be restored. Our proposal illustrates how this can be done with a few simple bollards.
CS 11 consultation
This consultation was published in March 2016. It’s proposal to close four gates into the outer circle will be a good start towards the removal of motor traffic from the Outer Circle. See a discussion of the consultation on CycleScape.
TfL’s decision as to how to proceed is expected end November 2016