A key bike route in central London will be closed for six weeks due to the celebration of the Queen’s Platinum anniversary in early June – although there is sparse information online about exactly which parts of the route will be closed.
Sections of Cycleway 3 near Buckingham Palace, which fall under the responsibility of The Royal Parks, were already closed this weekend due to the Vitality London 10,000s athletics event, with signage in place to warn cyclists of the closures.
Separate signs at locations including Constitution Hill – which runs from Hyde Park Corner to the Mall and forms part of Green Park – were put in place last Friday, warning that the bike path is closed from “May 3 to mid-June” “, Total. in six weeks.
Of course, temporary roadblocks for events such as Trooping the Color are a regular feature in central London, but as this Twitter thread points out, the unusual thing in this case is the length of the closure plus the absence of a signed alternative route for cyclists.
So Royal Parks closes important safe cycle routes into central London for 6 WEEKS for anniversary preparation. No hint of alternative safe option. No attempt to minimize disruption. In previous form will be overpolished. pic.twitter.com/ZhraHGH140
– Jill Rutter (@jillongovt) April 29, 2022
It is not clear at this time whether it is only the part of the bike path on Constitution Hill that will be closed or whether it will also affect other places in the area. There also does not appear to be any signage advising cyclists on alternative routes.
But considering the four-day program of events during the actual four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend from the 2nd-6th. June, they seem inevitable during that period, at least in places like the Birdcage Walk and the area in front of Buckingham Palace around the Victoria Monument.
The RideLondon Bicycle Festival returns this month after a two-year absence, with this event held over a day, moving its final location to Tower Bridge instead of the Mall, which has hosted the end of all previous editions.
It’s unclear if that reflects a permanent move or simply due to the proximity of the Platinum Jubilee events, but the closed road family-friendly RideLondon FreeCycle ride waiting will not take in Royal Parks this year with its route instead along the nearby Whitehall and Pall Mall .
While the Transport for London (TfL) website has a travel advice page for the Platinum Jubilee weekend itself, there is no specific mention that any cycle routes are closed.
“Cycling is a great way to get around central London, especially if you are not attending events or passing through areas where they are being held,” says TfL on the site.
“Some roads will be closed and you may have to ride your bike if it is busy.
“There are safety precautions at events, so you may not be allowed to bring a bike with you if you are present – check it out in advance.”
There also does not appear to be any specific information regarding closures on the website of The Royal Parks, nor the website created specifically for Platinum Jubilee. Should we receive any clarification, we will of course update this article.