Things to do in the borough (and why!)

This is a working list of things in the borough – of different sizes – we would like looked at. This page is a work in progress. You can read some of the supporting documents on our Cycling Links page.

Place Notes Cyclescape
Chalkers Corner Needs protected cycling on all arms
Quietway 1
Quietway 2
Quietway 3
Quietway 4
C1) A305 Richmond Road (j/w Aragon Rd – Richmond Bridge) Part of the corridor studies
C2) A305 Sheen Road (j/w Church Rd to TLRN URRW) Part of the corridor studies
C3) A306 Castlenau & Rocks Lane (j/w URRW – Hammersmith Bridge) Part of the corridor studies
C4) A313 Park Rd, Hampton Road & Teddington High Street (j/w Uxbridge Rd – Kingston Road) Part of the corridor studies
C5) A311 Hampton Hill & Hampton Road (j/w Upper Sunbury Rd – Heath Rd) Part of the corridor studies
C6) A310 Kingston Road, Strawberry Vale & Cross Deep (j/w Kingston Bridge rdbt – King St) Part of the corridor studies
C7) A3004 St Margarets Road (j/w Richmond Road to boundary) Part of the corridor studies
C8) A307 Kew Road (Richmond Circus – TLRN Mortlake Rd) Part of the corridor studies
C9) A305 Staines Road / The Green (j/w A316 – Heath Rd/The Green) Part of the corridor studies
C10) A308 Upper Sunbury Rd & Hampton Court Rd (borough boundary to j/w Kingston Bridge rdbt) Part of the corridor studies
C11) B358 Nelson Rd, HBR & Sixth Cross Rd (j/w Hanworth Rd – Hampton Rd) Part of the corridor studies
C12) A3003 Mortlake High Street & B350 Lonsdale Rd (j/w A316 – Castlenau) Part of the corridor studies
C13) A312 Uxbridge Road (j/w Hampton Hill HS – boundary) Part of the corridor studies
A316 / Manor Circus Needs protected cycling at the whole junction
A205 Gilpin Ave zebra Subject of a petition. Not liked by pedestrians, v. low rule observance
A316 quietway This route needs upgrading and finishing
Kew Road Needs sbound cycle lane, and protected cycling on both sides
Richmond Bridge to Orleans Gardens towpath Towpath review
Kingston Bridge to Hampton Court Bridge towpath Towpath review
Teddington Lock to Kingston boundary towpath Towpath review
Ham vicinity to Teddington Lock towpath Towpath review
Ham (Surrey side) towards Richmond Bridge towpath Towpath review
Richmond Bridge to Kew Bridge towpath Towpath review
Kew Bridge to Chiswick Bridge towpath Towpath review
Cross Deep Need protected cycling movement to turn left into, and go straight across
River Crane Path needs completing
Twickenham Riverside Needs access for cycling throughout site, and to site
Richmond Park needs less traffic
Copthall Road School should have better access than a tiny raised table
Byfeld Gardens Consider for filtering
Star and Garter roundabout
Kew Gardens Station It should be possible to walk and cycle from here to the Gardens.
Second Cross Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Sydney Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Grosvenor Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Grove Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Parkley’s Parade Contraflow cycling candidate
Plevna Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Denton Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Cresswell Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Morely Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Heathfields North Contraflow cycling candidate
Cambridge Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Bridge Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Broadway Avenue Contraflow cycling candidate
Queens Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Fulwell Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Holly Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Sidney Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Richmond Station Needs lots of bike parking
Palmerston Road Rat running from Sheen Lane – how does this affect the wider area?
Lonsdale Road Part of a corridor – needs protected cycling
Rocks Lane Part of a school route for some.
Stanley School Needs much better design in the area to promote walking and cycling
St Stephen’s School Petition for a school street
Turing House Urgently needs a robust travel plan with walking and cycling
Burtons Road Should be closed to through traffic http://www.richmondlcc.co.uk/2018/07/26/burtons-road-and-connections/
Strafford Road
Kew Bridge Shared use footway is poor for cycling – needs segregation, esp with CS11 coming
Darell Road footbridge Could probably do with cycle channels
Twickenham Bridge Where the A316 crosses the Thames there are steps down to the tow path on both sides of the river. There are cycling routes along the banks of the Thames and also on the pavement on both sides of the A316 but without a cycle ramp it is really hard to connect from one to the other (especially on the Richmond side of the river. Ideally there should be a bike channel on each of the 4 flights of steps.
St Margarets footbridge Needs bike channels
WInning post footbridge Needs bike channels Here.
Hospital bridge roaf footbridge Needs bike channels Here
B of E sports grounds FB This is a useful quietway link, currently obstructed. No need for cycle channels, but remove obstructions cyclescape link
Palewell fields FB This is a useful quietway link, currently obstructed. No need for cycle channels, but remove obstructions cyclescape link
Old Deer Park footbridge Needs bike channels
Woodlands Road footbridge This is a useful quietway link, currently obstructed. No need for cycle channels, but remove obstructions cyclescape
Barnes Station footbridge Cycle channels needed in a number of places here
Northcote Road footbridge No channels needed, but bike accessibility is poor. map
Forty Alley footbridge Needs bike channels
Church Road footbridge If this is the one to the back of Richmond station, a cycle channel would be good
Amyand Park Road FB Needs bike channels
Cricket Lane, Hampton Hill Signage to make clear it is two way, at least for cycling. Most motor traffic goes one way, from a car park exit, leading some drivers to think it is a one-way street and be uncooperative or abusive to cyclists going the other way.
Oakfield Path, Hampton Make this little-used footpath shared use, to link Hampton and Sunbury
Unnamed path linking Upper Sunbury Rd to Lower Hampton Rd, Hampton Clear bushes, and make path more accessible
Percy Road, Whitton Remove contradictory road markings on south side
Embankment, Twickenham
Add signage/markings to show that the cycle route continues through sections closed to motor traffic. Also to clarify that this is two way for cycling.
Bell Lane, Twickenham Signage to make clear this road is two way
Junction of Arragorn Rd and Amyand Park Rd, Twickenham Separate cycle and pedestrian routes
Kingsway, Mortlake Contraflow cycling candidate
Nightingale Lane, Richmond Contraflow cycling candidate

 

Burtons Road and connections.

Burtons Road has long been recognised as a generally cycle-friendly alternative to Park Road / Uxbridge Road but is plagued by rat-running at peak hours. Several traffic-removal schemes have been rejected as risking diverting traffic into other narrow roads.

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The map below (based on Open Cycle Map) suggests how two filters (red) one straight across and one diagonal could allow vehicular access whilst blocking rat-running.

Burtons RdSolid blue lines are important road links whilst the hashed lines are tracks used by cyclists with some difficulties.The railway path is narrow and overgrown

Burtons -railway pathwhilst the path at the west end has narrow gates.

Burtons -gateNeither has cycling forbidden  (the railway track is labelled footpath at one end but that doesn’t make cycling illegal). Some improvement would be needed to make them useful for all.

Green circles are existing toucan crossings whilst the orange ones are where a crossing is needed.There is a ramped bridge to cross the A316.

A316 BridgeThe numerous schools are shown by magenta circles whilst Fulwell Station is the nearest railway. ( a segregated track along Wellington Rd would shorten some journeys but that is a future ambition).

Strafford Road consultation

This is the response we recently sent to the Strafford Road consultation.

I am writing on behalf of Richmond Cycling Campaign, in response to the consultation on Strafford Road and access to the school there. (https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/highways-transport/strafford-road-18/consult_view/)

We welcome the thrust of the consultation – to make it easier and safer for families to cross in this area – but we would argue that there are more ambitious options that should be considered:

1. This area needs actual marked crossing on all roads linking the school. This is an opportunity to have a very wide, clear zebra crossing which prioritises the movement of people walking and cycling, over driving.
2. Pavements generally are very narrow, compared to the available space. Why not significantly widen them along most of the length of the road?
3. This, and the connected streets, could be school streets: closed to motor traffic for the entire period of school start and finish.
4. Traffic management should be considered in this area. There’s really no reason for anyone to be driving down this and connected roads, except for access – it could be a Low Traffic Neighbourhood.

The Mayor’s Transport Strategy calls for 80% of journeys to be by foot, cycle or public transport by 2041. For Richmond to achieve this, we need to start building a much more attractive environment for walking and cycling, and we believe that schemes like this are excellent incremental opportunities to begin this work.

Richmond Rides for Explorers : Off Road to Norbury Park

Sunday 1st July.

Norbury

Meet Twickenham riverside 10.15

We head South via Kingston and Tolworth before heading away from the traffic along the Hogsmill and then through Horton Country Park and Ashstead Common. Emerging in Leatherhead we pass through the Mole gap before climbing to Norbury Park – Southern England’s best approximation to an alpine meadow. A Track takes us to Brockets Farm for lunch and our return journey features a foot/cycle bridge across the Mole , Oxstead Common and Claygate woods. 37 miles with a serious hill. This has been done on a fixer but not-over-narrow tyres would be comfortable.

Just 3 of us turned up on a Sunny Twickenham Riverside. The shady banks of the Hogsmill were welcome and we kept up a fair pace which provided a cooling breeze. The Tea Rooms at Brockets Farm were unusually quiet and the tracks where we usually encounter mud were dry this year. Back in Twickenham before 3 – is this a record.

 

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Contact Paul : rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Explorers – Windsor Great Park – Sunday 10th June

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Meet Twickenham Riverside , by Eel Pie Bridge , 10.30. Sunday 10th June.

We cut across to Hampton then roughly follow the Thames upstream using NCR4 from Chertsey to Staines. A steep climb to Englefield Green is rewarded by lunch at the Sun Inn then we enjoy the practically traffic free Windsor Great Park and track into Windsor. We than return more directly to Twickenham with more mixed surroundings but finishing with our local Crane Park trail.  38 miles with one big hill.

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Just 4 of us turned up – one having cycled from Newham – and enjoyed a smooth ride in ideal cycling weather. The Sun Inn , under new management , was even more accommodating so I will try to organise another ride with that stop.

An Open Letter to our New Councillors

Dear Councillors,

Richmond is an amazing place to cycle and walk. We’re already a healthy borough with some of the best cycling numbers in London and we’re one of the boroughs where residents are most likely to have cycled in the last week.

This year, every major party in the borough committed to a high quality ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ bid. This is an opportunity to get millions of pounds of TfL money to invigorate part of your ward and we’d love everyone to take part.

Cycling and walking (‘active travel’) is also one of the cheapest but most effective things you can do to make your ward a better place. Since 2000, a variety of different measures have appeared in the borough, focusing on making our streets nicer, safer, less congested, and less polluted. These have come from both Conservative and Liberal Democrat councils and councillors, and we’d like this to continue.

But we need your help and so do your constituents. There are a lot of things that can be done in the borough and we wanted to share just some of the options that are available to you.

Everything you see below is part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy – you can read a huge volume of important evidence here. By helping to deliver for your borough, you’ll be making it a healthier, cleaner, quieter, safer place for everyone, however they travel.

20 miles an hour

All the parties seem to agree that it’s finally time for 20mph in Richmond and it’s our understanding that planning for a consultation has already been largely done. We, and many other community groups, are very keen to see this go ahead. Slower speeds on our roads have all the benefits that you might expect – improved air quality, safer streets, calmer streets, easier crossings, safer cycling.

We know there’ll be a consultation after the summer, and we urge you to support 20mph across our borough.

Healthy School Streets

Camden is introducing ‘Healthy School Streets’. School streets are closed to traffic (except cycles) at school opening and closing times to make it possible for more children to walk and cycle safely to school and to reduce the air pollution in the area. You can see an example on the video here. (And one of their recent consultations here.)

Every school in our borough could benefit from less traffic at dropping off and picking up time. Persuading as many people as possible not to drive at these times will have a beneficial effect on the congestion the borough experiences.

Filtering

‘Filtering’ is the act of blocking a street so that it filters out one type of traffic – usually motor vehicles: filters allow streets to be used by people walking and cycling but prevent motor vehicles using them as a through road. They can be permanent and they can be temporary. In the borough, we have lots of streets – like this one – which have been closed to through traffic.

Well Lane

A recent problem is the growth of apps like Waze – which basically enables people to use all the quiet back roads and calm streets in your area as rat runs. Filtering is one way to make sure residential streets stay residential and also make them places where people are more likely to walk and cycle.

This little group of roads (image below), with the South Circular at one end, shows the benefits of filtering: because you can’t use them to get to the South Circular, the only reason to drive here is to get to your home, meaning they are quiet and calm virtually 24/7.

Bike Parking

If we want more people on bikes, we need to be sure we’re making it possible to store them somewhere safe and convenient. This applies both to places like stations and town centres, and homes.

Bikehangar

In other boroughs, there are dozens of locked, overnight shelters available so that people don’t need to drag their bikes through their house or flat, and so that they can store it out of the weather. Under the previous administration, these ‘cycle hangars’ have slowly started arriving. You can see how many some boroughs have by looking at this map – each shelter holds six bikes, and perhaps the best way to think of them is this: every bike which is easily accessible is a journey someone is less likely to do in a car.

The council has a list of people who’ve already asked for something like this, and we need your support to make sure they go in!

Pedestrian Priority

We think people walking is a good thing and we’re sure that you do too. So one of the things we’d like to see is the use of continuous footways. Here’s one in Waltham Forest: it doesn’t stop people driving into the road, or exiting it, but the priority is for pedestrians.
This type of junction is becoming increasingly common across London and the UK. When used where quieter roads join main roads, it helps significantly to enforce the Highway Code rules on pedestrian priority at side streets. (You can see we half did the job at Wharf Lane / King Street, in Twickenham – wouldn’t it be better for people if it looked like the Waltham Forest example, below?)

WF cross street

(Picture courtesy of Enfield Cycling Campaign)

TfL’s Corridors

Transport for London has been doing a lot of work looking at how people travel and how they might travel. They’ve identified a series of routes in London which they think have the opportunity to carry significant volumes of cycling traffic. These are a number of these routes in our borough: they not only support commuting by cycle but also people getting around the borough.
We’d like these routes to be prioritised for walking and cycling as a matter of urgency and we need your support for this.
This is the current list of the corridors as we understand it:
C1) A305 Richmond Road (j/w Aragon Rd – Richmond Bridge)
C2) A305 Sheen Road (j/w Church Rd to TLRN URRW)
C3) A306 Castlenau & Rocks Lane (j/w URRW – Hammersmith Bridge)
C4) A313 Park Rd, Hampton Road & Teddington High Street (j/w Uxbridge Rd – Kingston Road)
C5) A311 Hampton Hill & Hampton Road (j/w Upper Sunbury Rd – Heath Rd)
C6) A310 Kingston Road, Strawberry Vale & Cross Deep (j/w Kingston Bridge rdbt – King St)
C7) A3004 St Margarets Road (j/w Richmond Road to boundary)
C8) A307 Kew Road (Richmond Circus – TLRN Mortlake Rd)
C9) A305 Staines Road / The Green (j/w A316 – Heath Rd/The Green)
C10) A308 Upper Sunbury Rd & Hampton Court Rd (borough boundary to j/w Kingston Bridge rdbt)
C11) B358 Nelson Rd, HBR & Sixth Cross Rd (j/w Hanworth Rd – Hampton Rd)
C12) A3003 Mortlake High Street & B350 Lonsdale Rd (j/w A316 – Castlenau)
C13) A312 Uxbridge Road (j/w Hampton Hill HS – boundary)

Dockless Bikes

We know some councillors have already received enquiries about these. London Cycling Campaign supports almost anything that encourages more people to use bikes to get around and dockless bikes (like Ofo, who have a trial contract with the borough) definitely fall into that category. We’d urge everyone to sign up for this – even if you don’t use the bikes, the app is a great way to report bikes which have been left in the wrong place.

You can also suggest good locations for the bikes to be parked, by using this link: all the bike providers operate a ‘reward’ system which encourages people to leave bikes tidily and in the right place.

Liveable Neighbourhoods

Major funding from TfL is currently focussed on councils who make a ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ bid. As part of the election, all the parties in Richmond committed to making a ‘high quality’ bid. This is a great opportunity for every ward in the borough because a successful bid can be for a town centre, a residential area, or a specific route.

Consultation is Key

We know that getting the public on board for walking and cycling schemes is absolutely crucial. There’s a lot of best practice now available from other boroughs and from TfL, as well as committed funding specifically for public engagement in Liveable Neighbourhoods. ‘Bikelash’ is a real thing and we’re keen to make sure it doesn’t hold us back, so we would urge you to reach out to us, to officials, and to supportive groups like LCC, Living Streets, 20s Plenty, Sustrans, Cycling UK, and all the others who can help with this.

Sincerely,

Richmond Cycling Campaign

Stag Brewery – we’re not happy

We’ve responded to the Stag Brewery consultations, and we’ve objected.

Whatever you may think of the development itself, our concern is that it fails to support active travel, and it utterly fails to making walking and cycling compelling options for the area.

The consultation has three parts – the main site, the school, and Chalker’s Corner.

Our responses are below. Please take a moment to tell the council they aren’t good enough on these links:
Application A – the main site
Application C – Chalker’s Corner

Application A Response

I am responding to this planning application on behalf of Richmond Cycling Campaign, the local branch of London Cycling Campaign.

We object to planning application A on the following grounds:

On transport issues, Application A does not meet LBRUTs own requirements as set out in the LBRUT Development Management Plan https://www.richmond.gov.uk/media/11616/final_development_management_plan_adopted_nov_2011.pdf .

In particular the proposal does not address the requirements to:

  • Create or improve links with the local and wider transport networks, including links to the cycle and pedestrian networks (see page 101)
  • Protect maintain or improve the pedestrian environment (see page 103) for the increased number of pedestrian movements on & off the site
  • Maintain and improve conditions for cyclists (see page 105). With the increased population & increased number of journeys, conditions on the roads & towpath are likely to be worsened for cyclists.
  • Ensure that excessive parking demand  is not created which could have an adverse impact on the local highway/ traffic conditions (see page 106)

In general, we object to the overall failure to ensure that active travel is a core element of this development: as a dense development in an area with good access to a wide range of facilities, this is a design which should have all the key elements of active travel ‘baked in’ at this early stage. Until we see designs which included dedicated cycling facilities through and around the site, sufficient cycling parking for all residents and visitors, and the prioriitisation of links for people walking over people driving, we do not believe this application should pass.

Application C Response

Dear Richmond Council.

I am responding to this planning application on behalf of Richmond Cycling Campaign, the local branch of London Cycling Campaign.

We object to planning application C on the following grounds:

  1. It is in breach of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy goals because it fails to support the aims for reduction in motor traffic, and proper support for walking and cycling.
  2. The design utterly fails to provide suitable conditions for walking and cycling, and prioritises the movement of large volumes of motor traffic over all other uses at the junction.
  3. The overall design for the area and the development does not have any provision for walking and cycling from the development to any destination. Only the existing provision (of pavements, and small sections of unsafe cycle lane) remains.
  4. For a site with a 1,200+ person school, the absence of active travel provision is unacceptable. (Whatever the size of the school, there is clearly insufficient capacity for the increase in footfall or cycling which would be required to not turn the entire area to gridlock.
  5. We believe that any plans for Chalker’s Corner needs to be part of a wider traffic strategy in the area which is designed to move through traffic away from non-trunk roads, and which “bakes in” segregated cycling provision and safe walking provision to provide local people with genuine options for how they move around our borough.
  6. The plans and design are not in compliance with council strategies on air quality and traffic.
  7. The designs do not meet the requirements set out in the council development management plan: https://www.richmond.gov.uk/media/11616/final_development_management_plan_adopted_nov_2011.pdf. In particular:
  • Create or improve links with the local and wider transport networks, including links to the cycle and pedestrian networks(see page 101)
  • Protect maintain or improve the pedestrian environment(see page 103) for the increased number of pedestrian movements on & off the site
  • Maintain and improve conditions for cyclists(see page 105). With the increased population & increased number of journeys, conditions on the roads & towpath are likely to be worsened for cyclists.
  • Ensure that excessive parking demand  is not created which could have an adverse impact on the local highway/ traffic conditions(see page 106)
  1. The proposal is not compliant with TfL’s ‘Streetscape Guidance’, the London Cycle Design Standards (LCDS), nor does it include a Healthy Streets check. It is our opinion that the designs would fail both an LCDS review, and a Healthy Streets check, with Chalker’s Corner including a number of ‘critical fails’ in the LCDS review.

In general, the failure to provide for active travel is a fundamental failing of this plan. If we build dense new developments like this, which assume high levels of car use, then that is what we will get.

Rides for Everybody – Palaces of West London

Osterley 2017Saturday 19th May

Meet Richmond Little Green by theatre at 10.00am.

We Cross the Thames and pass through the grounds of Sion House before heading up the Grand Union Canal to Norwood Green. A country lane takes us into the wide spaces of Osterley Park where we enjoy coffee in the stables before passing the mansion on the way home. About 10 miles, quiet with some slopes. Should be back around 12 ish.

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Rides for Explorers – Windsor Great Park – 6th May

Windsor Ride May 17 2SORRY  RIDE POSTPONED

Meet Twickenham Riverside , by Eel Pie Bridge , 10.30. Sunday 6th  May

We cut across to Hampton then roughly follow the Thames upstream using NCR4 from Chertsey to Staines. A steep climb to Englefield Green is rewarded by lunch at the Sun Inn then we enjoy the practically traffic free Windsor Great Park and track into Windsor. We than return more directly to Twickenham with more mixed surroundings but finishing with our local Crane Park trail.  38 miles with one big hill.

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