Everyone has an equal part to play in making sure the park can be enjoyed safely! Our parks welcome a variety of users, including pedestrians, joggers, dog walkers, cyclists, horse riders, rollerbladers/skaters and motorists. Although pedestrians have priority over all other users, even in areas designated and marked for other purposes, everyone is asked to use the pathways considerately.
Please adhere to all pathway and road signage. Take care at crossings and junctions by being alert and looking out for other users in the same space. Everyone needs to take care especially when passing other users, and also to give space so others feel comfortable. Cyclists, only cycle on designated paths so others know where to expect you and stick to the path so the park and wildlife remains protected (particularly important in Bushy Park and Richmond Park which are Sites of Special Scientific Interest). Dog walkers, keep your dog leashed in areas requested, and under control if off lead.
Be seen and heard
We recommend visitors are seen and heard in low visibility conditions. Using cyclists British Standard approved protective equipment and wearing high visibility clothing will help others be aware of your presence in low visibility conditions. As some park visitors have visual and hearing impairments we also recommend using a bell to alert people of your approach if needed. Pedestrians should be aware that wearing dark clothing means you may not be very visible in low light conditions. Dog walkers, when choosing a lead consider a bright colour so others can see the lead across the path. Horse riders, let others know if they are too close to your horse.
Giving way, saying ‘thanks’, ‘excuse me’ or ‘sorry’ are easy ways to help each other have an great experience in the park. All of our visitors, no matter the activity they undertake whilst in the park, come to the park for the same reason - to enjoy the special green spaces that they are. By every visitor being polite and considering the impact they have on others, we all contribute to a more harmonious space.
Our visitors come to the park to relax, explore and exercise, which makes our pathways unsuitable for fast travel. Cyclists, if you are in a hurry or do not want to slow your pace to below 10mph, consider using another route outside the park.