Packed with both business and tourist traffic, London can be a nightmare for runners. Running along some routes means the risk of being hit by a car, no matter how careful you, are is ever present. There are, however, some reasonably safe running routes around London. Here are some of them.
Safe running routes around London
The following routes are not only exceptionally scenic, the fact that they see very little to no traffic means they are also considered to be fairly safe. Covering a variety of different distances and elevations, as shown in brackets, these safe running routes around London include the:
- Thames ‘Escape the City’ Run (distance: 12.3 miles, elevation: 299 ft)
- Four Royal Parks Run (distance: 6.5 miles. elevation: 304 ft; some traffic should be expected at Hyde Park Corner)
- Richmond Park Run (distance: 7.2 miles, elevation: 378 ft)
- Hampstead Heath Run (distance: 3.6 miles, elevation: 400 ft)
- East London Towpaths Run (distance: 6.2 miles, elevation: 183 ft)
- Regents Park Run (distance: 3.3 miles, elevation: 213 ft)
- Bushy Park Run (distance: 6.1 miles, elevation: 152 ft)
- Victoria Park Run (distance: 4.8 miles, elevation: 187 ft)
- Battersea Park Run (distance: 1.8 miles, elevation: 63 ft)
More detailed information on these safe running routes around London can be found at Strava.com.
Even when not taking these reasonably safe routes, runners can do a great deal to help prevent being involved in a road traffic accident, including, for example:
- Wearing high visibility clothing
- Running on the right side of the road, ie. towards traffic
- Keeping an eye on the road ahead of them to prevent falling in front of traffic due to slips and trips
Taking particular care when the necessity to cross roads arises is obviously of utmost importance if personal injuries are to be prevented.
- Your traffic-related accident was caused by another road user
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