Broadcaster Jeremy Vine has posted a video to Twitter of a motorist driving along a segregated cycle path in Hyde Park before mounting the pavement to get back on the road.
The video was shot on Thursday afternoon as Vine cycled south through the park along West Carriage Drive.
Not every day you find a car on Hyde Park's cycle path. But of course this is Kensington in @RBKC, where the council is ripping out cycle lanes — so some drivers think they can go wherever the hell they want pic.twitter.com/7HRIZ4rTA7
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) January 7, 2021
Vine pithily suggests that drivers in the area have acquired an increased sense of entitlement because the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) is “ripping out cycle lanes.”
This is a reference to the pop-up lane on Kensington High Street, the removal of which the council has today said it is to reconsider.
However, as Vine notes in his video, RBKC does not in fact maintain the roads within Hyde Park, which are the responsibility of Royal Parks.
In 2014 Vine was stopped by a police officer for speeding in Hyde Park after being clocked cycling at 16mph.
Royal Parks later told him that there was no legal speed limit for cyclists in Hyde Park, but cyclists were asked to adhere to the 5mph speed limit that applies to motorists on the path he had been on.