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A London teenager is calling on the government to ban cars in Richmond Park every Sunday.
The 17-year-old wants a car-free day to promote cycle safety, and comes after both Bradley Wiggins and his coach were injured in accidents this week.
Paul Brand went to Richmond Park to see how the idea is going down.
Ben Lewis-Clare's e-petition calls on the government to promote the Olympic legacy by closing Richmond Park to motor vehicles on Sundays, on the following grounds:
- 2012 was an unprecedented year for British cycling. After watching the Olympic road races navigate London and the Surrey Hills many people have been inspired to get out on their bikes. This increase in participation can only be maintained if there are suitable and safe venues in which to cycle.
- Two-thirds of people surveyed said they felt no benefit from London hosting the Olympics and Paralympics. This would bring the Olympic legacy to the widest possible audience.
- Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve, an Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Grade 1 Listed landscape.
- The temporary closure would not only enhance the experience for cyclists but would also promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the natural and physical environment of the park, and its peace and natural beauty for the benefit the public and future generations.
According to reports many people feel that there is no real Olympics legacy, so Ben Lewis-Clare realised that one way of sharing the legacy with the widest possible audience would be to have traffic-free Sundays in the park.
The temporary closure would not only allow cyclists and runners to enjoy a sporting legacy but would also promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the natural and physical environment of the park, and its peace and natural beauty for the benefit of all.
It would also result in a significant reduction in traffic emissions that would benefit wildlife in a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
West London schoolboy Ben Lewis-Clare has launched an e-petition calling on the government to close Richmond Park to traffic on Sundays to provide a safe venue for cycling and to promote the Olympic legacy.
The success of the GB cycling team this summer has inspired thousands to get out on their bikes but recent accidents have emphasised the fact that our roads can be a dangerous place.
Ben Lewis-Clare said "After the excitement of watching the Olympic road race pass through Richmond Park, the park was closed for traffic for the weekend and I joined hundreds of other cyclists and pedestrians in taking advantage of the traffic-free environment. It was an inspirational experience."