Unique cyclists’ training area reopens on 75th anniversary in its Lordship Rec home
PUBLISHED: 08:28 30 July 2013 | UPDATED: 08:28 30 July 2013
The past, present and future of cycling was the centre of attention at a Tottenham park on Saturday as residents celebrated the 75th anniversary of Britain’s only “model traffic area”.
Around 500 residents and visitors attended Lordship Rec in Lordship Lane, Tottenham, for the relaunch of the area, mocked-up to simulate real streets and junctions to help those learning the Highway Code and planning to cycle on London’s busy roads.
The event included an opening speech by 82-year-old Barbara Leadbitter, who recalled seeing the creation of the “wonderful” track as a young girl in 1938 and played there “all the time”.
The Mayor of Haringey, Cllr Sheila Peacock, cut the tape to reopen the track after an extensive refurbishment scheme.
Some 200 bike fans of all ages then cycled in procession all around the circuit.
Ricardo Johnson, of the local Rockstone Foundation bikeability organisation, said: “Like thousands of others, as a child I used to frequent the model traffic area and was sad to see it fall into disrepair.
“I am very glad that the area has been renovated and I’m honoured to have helped organise the first public event there since the works were completed.
“In the coming months and years my group plans to work with young people at the site to promote the joys and benefits of cycling to new generations.”
The event, organised by the Rockstone Foundation, the Friends of Lordship Rec and the Lordship Trax cycling club, also included an obstacle course for children, a screening of cycle-related films, food, drink, cycling-related stalls and help from bicycle maintenance specialists Dr Bike.