Thames Path closed to runners & cyclists

Image above: Thames Path at Hammersmith, by Steve Anderson

Thames Path will be closed to runners and cyclists over the Easter weekend, for all four days, Friday to Monday, from 10.00am to 6.00pm, from Chiswick Mall to Putney Bridge.

Leader of LB Hammersmith & Fulham, Steve Cowan announced this on Friday 10 April:

‘Everything about the COVID-19 pandemic is new and difficult. All over Hammersmith & Fulham thousands of people are stepping up to provide support for friends and neighbours like never before. Every Thursday at 8pm we clap and cheer for all the heroes on the front line.

‘But people that I meet who work for our NHS or care services ask for one further thing. They want us to halt the spread of the contagion by staying at home and keeping a car’s length away from others when outdoors.

‘They’re particularly worried about this Bank Holiday Easter weekend. So, to save lives and to support our NHS and care workers, we have agreed to enforce social distancing where it’s proved to be a problem so far.

‘That means for the next four days our Thames river front will be closed to runners and cyclists from 10am to 6pm from Chiswick Mall to Putney Bridge. Runners and cyclists will be asked to find different routes to exercise so that walkers can take their daily exercise safely along the river. There will also be a queuing system in place for Hammersmith Bridge’.

His statement continued:

‘The government’s new emergency laws on social distancing will be enforced by the police and authorities in the borough’s parks. Picnics, BBQs and sunbathing will not be allowed with parks only open for people to exercise alone or with members from the same household.

‘I know it’s inconvenient, but we’re coming to the end of week five of the first wave of this awful pandemic. The toughest time is still some weeks away. We simply must do everything possible to minimise how long the peak lasts for and cut the number of people it can kill’.