As I turned into Kensington Gardens this morning, getting ready to pedal my way up the Broad Walk, I was flagged down by a cheery fellow in a fluoro vest. Then I clocked the big white sign behind him, asking cyclists to stop and pick up a survey. So I stopped, took the envelope he thrust into my hand and stuffed it into my saddle bag, before bading him a good day.
Cycling home tonight, this time down the South Carriage, another fluoro-vested fellow tried to give me the same survey. “Got one this morning,” I told him.
It wasn’t until I got home that I bothered to look at the thing. It’s a double-sided A4 sheet, complete with pre-paid envelope, and is being conducted by Camden Consultancy Service on behalf of The Royal Parks. There’s 10 very simple questions relating to cycle routes through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park.
Interestingly, there are two important questions on it: one relates to non-permitted routes through the parks, for instance, on pedestrian-only paths; and the other is about sites and access points “where you are concerned for the safety of cyclists”.
I find these particular two questions of interest because I see a lot of cyclists whizzing down non-permitted routes that I would desperately love to cycle myself — I don’t because I’m a goody-two-shoes — and I believe that access points to Hyde Park, at both Hyde Park Corner and West Carriage, are poorly designed and dangerous — you only have to read this blog over the past few years to hear me banging on about all the near-misses I’ve witnessed.
So, I’ll be filling in the survey pronto and popping it in the post before its due date, which is Thursday June 18.