Jay Miller has launched a one-man fightback against people who misuse paths in the Royal Parks by cycling where they shouldn't
“I have accumulated footage of more than 850 illegal cyclists in more than 560 videos. Sometimes when I challenge them they are so rude, they swear at me and one lady called me a ‘f***ing American’.
I was being polite, even though I do shout sometimes as I am so angry because my dogs’ lives are at stake.
“The videos will serve as evidence... I am trying to arrange a meeting with Karen Buck, our local MP, to discuss the issue. I know police resources are strapped, but when a child or an old person gets killed by someone on a bike it will be a hot button issue.” Other dog walkers joined a Facebook group Mr Miller set up to share their experiences.
Member Caroline Cornish-Trestrail said: “I live in constant fear of either me or my dogs getting run down by careering cyclists who not only cycle as though they are on the M1 on non-cycling paths, but regularly cycle across the grass areas. The police very occasionally appear in a car and there is sometimes an extremely helpful Pc on his bike... but this is very rare… The park needs to be monitored on a daily basis.”
A London Cycling Campaign spokesman said the solution was to install more cycle lanes on roads. He said: “Instead of cracking down on rogue cyclists, we should consider why they are cycling in Kensington Gardens in the first place — because the surrounding roads are terrifying and car-dominated. Where there are separate cycle tracks, people use them.”
Simon Richards, who leads the Royal Parks’ cycling board, said: “For everyone’s sake we want to encourage cyclists to adjust their behaviour when moving from busy roads to peaceful paths.”
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