The model traffic area is by the children’s playground. In its early days it was unique. It was opened with great ceremony in 1938 by Mr Leslie Burgin, Minister for Transport amid wide press coverage. 800 children clamoured for tickets to ride on one of the 30 model cars or dozen bicycles. Nearly 22,000 bicycles and cars were hired out within a month of the opening.
It used to be used as a road safety training area with road markings,traffic lights, crossings and even a miniature police box. Although many of the original features are no longer in existence, the model traffic area is still a popular place for young cyclists to play (See About the Park -History)
It was refurbished as part of the extensive regeneration of the park in 2012.
You can now bring your own bikes or hire bikes from Rockstone Bike Hut which is situated at the Lordship Lane main entrance to the park. They also do bike maintenance and show you how to do it yourself.
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