The tragic death of a cyclist on June 26 in Greenwich Park has revived a debate about motorised traffic and speed limits in the royal park.
The victim was a 53-year-old man riding up The Avenue towards Blackheath, struck head-on by a car coming down the hill. The Metropolitan Police who are now also responsible for policing in the royal parks said on July 16 that the investigation was continuing, witness statements were still being taken, forensic evidence examined, and that the car driver had not been arrested nor had any charge been made at this stage. The inquest has been set for January 22, 2008, at Southwark Coroner's Court.
A packed meeting of Greenwich Cyclists on Jul 4 held a sombre but informed and wide-ranging discussion of the accident and its implications Members agreed that an outright ban on motor traffic was desirable but would be hard to achieve; that a reduction of the speed limit to 20 mph from 30 mph should be sought; and we should ask the park management to realign the cycle path to the opposite, upside pavement. (Full minutes of meeting) Liz Delap and Anthony Austin met Derrick Spurr the park manager, on July 13 to convey these points.
Greenwich Cyclists would like to encourage you to join the Friends of Greenwich Park at Friends of Greenwich Park. Cost is only £5.00 and it also gives you 20% off refreshments at the park café. The more of us that join the Friends, the more we can make the park a place to be enjoyed by non motorized traffic, rather than a carpark/rat run.
One month after the incident at 10am, Greenwich Cyclists held a vigil at the site of the accident with a white bike. The deceased's wife and daughter attended.