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Cyclists targeted with pins and tacks during lockdown

Regulars blame 'anti-cycling brigade'

06 May, 2020 — By Dan Carrier

Pins found around Regent’s Park

CYCLISTS using the Outer Circle of Regent’s Park for their daily exercise say they have been targeted with pins and nails during the coronavirus lockdown, writes Dan Carrier.

Several riders have suffered punctures from tacks on the road.

Justin McKie of the Regents Park Cyclists group told the New Journal that he believed the incident was the product of press stories accusing cyclists of breaking social distancing rules.

Photographers have waited at the park on sunny days, but critics say the depth and perspective of how close people actually are to each other is lost on zoom lens pictures.

Mr McKie said: “In my mind, when you the anti-cycling brigade out in papers like the Daily Mail, it is not massively surprising things like this happen.”

He said that a large number of tacks were scattered across the road in the Outer Circle on Tuesday evening.

“The road was littered with them,” said Mr McKie, who lives in Camden Town.

He said the lockdown had allowed many less experienced riders to enjoy daily exercise  trips – and that it was now even more important for cyclists and councils worked together to ensure roads remained safe.

“There are hundreds of cyclists now, including families, enjoying the sights and clean air, and the emptier roads,” added Mr McKie. “We hope this will lead to a more cycle friendly London.”

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