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Cyclist fined for riding in Kensington Gardens says she felt “entrapped”

Cyclist fined for riding in Kensington Gardens says she felt "entrapped"

“They could have stood at the sign and asked cyclists to dismount” A London woman says she was shocked to have been issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN) on a route she has cycled for 10 years. Get West London (link is external) reports that Nicole Ruduss was handed a £60 on the spot fine while cycling through Kensington Gardens, not realising that the path had been closed to cyclists for improvement works (link is external) .

Ruduss was fined on Wednesday morning as she made her way to work. She said Royal Parks, who look after the site, could do more to alert people and added that Metropolitan Police officers should have been waiting at a nearby sign to advise cyclists to dismount, rather than fining them moments after passing it.

“I felt almost entrapped,” she said.

Ruduss said she had seen a diversion sign near the pond in the royal gardens and had followed it. However, she then wrongly assumed the diversion had ended and concluded it was okay to return to her normal route.

“I then cycled past a Royal Parks sign saying no cycling, which I thought was strange. And I had barely registered what it said […]

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