I feel like as cyclists, some have a blinkered view as to how richmond park is used.
I have a young family - it's amazing that on our door step is this amazing green space - but I go to a different bit with them everytime - not the nearest corner to my house.
Last weekend we went twice - I drove both times. It's 5 mins in a car to the nearest gate. Saturday we parked in Broomfield hill car park and rode our bikes down the hill, past robin hood gate, and went and explored part of wimbledon common, stopping at the golf course for a drink on the way back.
On Sunday we parked just outside the park, by Ham woods and cycled through the woods, though Ham gate and along to the play park at Petersham gate.
the weekend before we didnt ride bikes, we went to the Isabella Plantation having parked at Broomfield again.
sometimes we park in the middle and walk down to the ponds to see the ducks.
Non of these activities would have been possible had we needed to use public transport / couldn't park in or very close to the park.