Schoolboy wants cycle safety

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.

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Schoolboy wants traffic-free Sundays in Richmond Park

Riders race through Richmond Park in London during the Women's Road Race on the second day of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Credit: PA

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.

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