Cyclists – Banned from entering Richmond Park (1883)

To the Editor of the Times

Sir, – It is with considerable regret and dissatisfaction that the verdict of Mr. Shaw Lefevre prohibiting cyclists from entering Richmond Park was received. Why cyclists should be more favoured on the other side of the river and held in such low repute this is hard to understand. For many years since, Bushey Park has been open to cyclists without distinction, which boon is appreciated by the many who avail themselves of it, and, I am happy to say, those who have abused the privilege are few. When it is considered that Richmond Park encloses something over 2,250 acres in the midst of a suburban cycling country which cannot boast of its roads, it will be seen that the closing of it against cyclists is a considerable hardship, by the removal of which a new country rich in beauty would be opened to a health-seeking and deserving class, who now form a considerable percentage of the population. As proof of the immense dimensions the wheel-world has attained, it is only necessary to refer to the Cyclists’ Touring Club, which now numbers upwards of 10,000 members, and whose claim on these open spaces deserve a verdict other than that given by Mr. Shaw Lefevre.

                                      I am, Sir, faithfully yours,

                                                                  E. AYTON SAFFORD.

Richmond, Surrey, Sept. 12.

(The Times (London, England), Monday, Sep 17, 1883; pg. 3;)

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