Geologist Richard Barrett, 62, who launched an online petition with his daughter Jo, said cyclists were now forced to use congested roads around the park.
He told the Standard: “Unfortunately cyclists are having to ride on busy roads including this well-known cycling accident blackspot which is a big concern.
“The safest way to cycle between Kingston and Teddington is through the park, there are lots of schools around it.
“Putting this ban in place is outrageous and we feel the Royal Parks has unthinkingly closed the path without any real understanding of its safety.”What these two-wheeled narcissists fail to realise, however, is that everyone's safety needs to be considered.
The Royal Parks said the ban was introduced for safety reasons.
A spokesman said: “We took the decision to ask people to dismount their bicycles on Duke Head’s Passage Way, for 450 yards, due to it being a narrow pathway which makes it unsuitable for cycling.But to the two-wheeled Lycra louts, no such thing exists!
“We operate a liberal cycling policy in Bushy Park and this decision was ultimately taken for the welfare of both cyclists and other park users.You're wasting your time. They brook no compromise.
“We’re not excluding anyone from using this pathway, and we feel that walking with your bike for 10 minutes (at the most) is a very small compromise that will benefit all park users.”OUTRAGE! How very dare you!