Firefly wrote:I was just wondering if there is some London Skating folklore to why no common start.
Not folklore though there may have been some more to it that this.
You may have noticed that all skates that start on Serp Road do not skate along Serpentine Road westwards and always exit along or across South Carriage Drive. This is to keep out good relationship with the park authorities.
The skates always used to start at the other end of Serpentine Road near the car park but we were asked by the parks people to not run the skate along Serp Road due to concerns about pedestrians getting scared as the skates were a lot bigger in those days with 300-500 being the sort of numbers we would get coming along. In order to accommodate this LondonSkate moved to the Bandstand which is near the eastern exit and Fridays moved to the Wellington Arch which is still technically part of the Royal Parks and, as Ed states, is more suited to the dark starts. Sundays used to be a skate round the park with occasional forays out onto the street so it started in the park and evolved into a street skate also due to the request of the parks people as it grew.