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    The animals are more crazy than the drivers!

    Indeed - In the Autumn when they are getting their rut on, it can be pretty spooky too.

    I'm like some kind of Richmond ninja now though - I smell them before I see them.

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    Being a parent is only 6-10 years of your life

    You fattening yours up for meat? I've heard i'm in this for the next 20 years minimum....

    Sort of get your point - but not really. I'd love to live in some car free eutopia - but I don't think this will be delivered by a consultation on royal park access.

    I own a diy cargo bike, but that still won't work for getting two children, and the eldests bike to the park. That said, when the eldest was younger we did give the trailgator a good go - this was two years ago now. They do grow surprisingly fast. Picture to prove I do support sustainable transport solutions at heart!

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    Sold his soul to fulfil his destiny of becoming prime minister. Seems to be working for him.

    Part of me will be pleased he gets it - I think he will be awful and ultimately unsuccessful, and that this is whats needed before we can try and hit the reset button.

    It is quite a gamble though. I'd rather not feel like we're gambling on it going sufficiently wrong for him.

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    I'm sure there's a way - it's about whats actually achievable - and to my mind the simplest thing to do in the short term is prevent people using it as a cut through. To do this, but still allow cyclists to do laps, you're going to need number plate system around the spoke model i think. You can't have physical gates to stop people going around as this would not work with the volume and type of cyclists.

    In terms of pavement cycling - I've got no issues with the law - i'm not worried anyone will get into trouble, but pavements are fucking nuts to try and ride down. So many things to crash into. It is technically harder for a young kid to ride on the pavement - avoiding lamp posts, parking meters, random electricity junction boxes, peoples bins, people, dog poo, dogs....The benefit is crashing in to those things will likely result in a scraped knee/some tears. The consequences on the road are higher, and they don't have the awareness and road craft for it to be safe enough. There is no way the misses would let me take her on the road all the way to the park anyway!

    Better cycling infrastructure would be fab, but on our tight twisty residential roads - I'm not holding my breath.

    Cycling in Richmond Park can still be a delight. It's pretty quiet on the roads any evening, and they shut the gates at dusk so you can ride uninterrupted. Nothing quite like riding through in the middle of night when it feels like you're the only one in there.

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    My eldest is 6. If we ride to the park and back from the park and do the boring bit of path near the nearest gate, its not really a great day out for anyone. She'd be knackered in no time, having spent her time riding on pavements with all manner of street furniture and people to dodge as well as stopping every few meters for a crossing we'd have to navigate. All while my three year old is in the wee-ride on my bike. I'm probably on the road, eldest on the pavement, me yelling instructions. not relaxing/10.

    Because like you, it seems we are arguing for our own best interests.

    Well, maybe a little. But if you ban parking in the park I won't be able to do what we often do, and neither will anyone else who wants to. However, at the moment loads of cyclists happily use the park everyday, so in preventing lots of people from accessing the park how they want/need to you only enhance an enjoyment others already have.

    I should say, I also commute through the park everyday on my bike, so would also benefit at certain times to there being less or no cars - it's just there is clearly a balance to be struck.

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    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.

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    Which is why you need to get rid of those not using the park - the rat run drivers -but not the people that are using the park.

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    if you can afford to drive a car in this country, you can afford a Tube/Bus ticket.

    But you can't really get to the park using the tube/bus. Ok, you can get to Richmond gate, but busses don't stop near the other gates. Also, you might not want to go to Richmond gate or live somewhere that means you can easily get to Richmond.

    I feel like i'm doing laps of Richmond park myself here.

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    Less car traffic benefits ALL park users

    Most have got there in a car.

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