Active Travel Strategy – Your Borough Needs You!

Active Travel

The Active Travel Strategy is out for consultation: https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/richmondecs/ats/consult_view/

There’s an awful lot in there, and we need your feedback, and to respond. You can read the PDF document here.

Highlights from the strategy, in no particular order:

  • Banning loading in cycle lanes (“where possible”)
  • Work on plans to encourage delivery and servicing by cargo bike / low emissions vehicles
  • Focus on delivering properly for pedestrians
  • Better dropped kerbs, smoother pavements that don’t bob up and down for driveways
  • Link cycling as a way to get to stations and other hubs
  • New segregated routes – Strawberry Vale
  • New segregated routes – Kew Road (which will hoepfully link to CW9 eventually)
  • Kingston to Teddington via Bushy Park
  • Hampton Court Bridge to Kingston Bridge via the A308 – also properly segregated
  • More bike hangars, more parking
  • Make developers put in parking
  • More contraflow cycling across the borough
  • Better pedestrian crossings virtually everywhere, with a review of these
  • Working with TfL to shorten pedestrian waiting at crossings
  • A big low traffic neighbourhood plan
  • Walking, cycling and buses as priority modes for the borough

We’ve started a Cyclescape thread with some discussion: https://www.cyclescape.org/threads/5008

And you can email us – info@richmondlcc.co.uk – or tweet us @RichmondCycling – or come and chat on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/richmondcyclingcampaign/

Community Speedwatch

speedwatch

Monica Saunders, campaigner for Richmond 20s plenty , organised a group of us to assist PCSOs in monitoring the speed of  traffic on Kew Road this afternoon.

Most did seem to be more or less adhering to the new 20 mph limit with a few at 25 and one at 38mph. They will be getting written advice !

Any offers to help with future events (apparently 2 per borough per month) or suggestions where speeding is a problem welcome.

Contraflow Cycling – the latest

We met with council Highways Engineers . The following schemes look likely to be implemented this autumn. :

Richmond : Grove Road

Twickenham : Church Street, Oak Lane, Grosvenor Road.

The following were agreed as unsuitable / not really useful.

Holly Road west end, Twickenham ; The Vineyard, Quadrant Road , Nightingale Lane, Portland Terrace/Pembroke Villas, Richmond; Leyborne Park, Kew.

Pending :

Richmond , The Green will go for consultation. ( may possibly end up with wider shared use  path across the actual green )

Kew – Station Approach – the council is unwilling but we have asked for another look.

 

The next tranche to be looked at :

Hampton Wick : Park Rd,
Hampton : Oldfield Rd,
Twickenham : Queen’s Rd
Richmond : Hill Rise , Richmond Hill, Ormond Rd, King Street, Duke St, Clarence St
Mortlake : Kingsway East , Kingsway West ,
These all look useful – do get in touch if you have any comments:

 

 

Richmond Rides : Brockwell Park Picnic ; SW London Uprising Festival

Saturday 31st August

We meet a group from Kingston on the Ham Side of Teddington Lock at 9.50 and head across Richmond Park , crossing Wimbledon Park, Wandsworth Common, and Clapham Common aiming to get to Brockwell Park by 12. Bring a picnic.

12 miles each way quite hilly.

Route

Six of us went and demonstrated that you can cycle across south London without too much traffic (apart from Earlsfield Station) . We also found that TfL is fond of making pedestrians and cyclists wait at toucan crossings.

SW London Uprising Festival

I will be heading back about 2 – anyone is welcome to join me. Alternatively bring a physical or electronic map and make your own way. Clapham Junction is not far away for rail assistance back to our area.

RCC Response to Twickenham – Brentford cycleway proposals (Hounslow).

Hounslow are consulting on proposals to improve the existing cycle route.

Our Response :

This is a useful N-S link suitable for all cyclists that has recently been considerably improved by the removal of through traffic from the Church Street area.

Regarding the current proposals for improvement :

1) Ivy Bridge to South Street :

Whilst the current speed humps could certainly be improved it seems a pity that the route continues to rely on them. A permeable road closure between Dawes Avenue and Napier Road would remove through motor traffic whilst allowing vehicular access to all properties.

2) South Street

This is currently the busiest section and we can see the need for changes. Nevertheless shared use of even a widened footway beside a carriageway is sub-optimal and risks conflict. A discrete cycle track would be a better solution.

3) Syon Park

Some sensible adjustments.

It is strongly to be hoped that the 4 gate chicane that has recently appeared will be removed ( it does not seem to be marked on the plans) The chicane is highly discriminatory towards less able cyclists using wider vehicles and is totally unacceptable.

Overall we are happy with the ambition to improve a valuable route but feel that some approaches are less than ideal.

Consultations and surveys on (active) travel in Richmond

ACTIVE TRAVEL STRATEGY consultation

Details and Survey

List of all Richmond Council consultations

All the consultations are here.

CLOSED CONSULTATIONS

East Sheen Low Traffic Neighbourhood closes 27 September, 2019

Details and Survey

TFL and changes to the local bus network following closure of Hammersmith Bridge to motor traffic (deadline: 1 October 2019)

Details and Consultation

Royal Parks Movement Strategy (deadline: 14 July 2019)

Details and Survey

Richmond Council and Hammersmith Bridge (deadline: 16 July 2019)

Details and Survey

Richmond Council and Burtons Road area: proposed traffic-reducing measures (deadline: 26 July 2019)

Details and Consultation

In a year’s time this is going to look very different.

We attended the Active Travel Advisory Group on 6 June 2019 , and there are lots of important updates …

Strawberry Vale is going to get a cycle lane

One of our key borough routes is going to get a proper bi-directional cycle lane, providing protected cycling along its length. This is a huge change, and it’s such an important route the council sounds like it has secured TfL funding.

Kew Road is (probably!) going to get a cycle lane (which isn’t a car park)

You know that row of parking on the Kew Road, over the cycle lane? Well the parking is going to give up to a cycle lane – the council told us on Thursday that Kew Road will get a cycle lane on both sides. Designs are still in progress, and it looks like the initial implementation won’t go all the way to Kew Bridge, but we think this is an important start.

Bikehangars are going to be sprouting like dandelions

Sometime in the next month, we’re going to see a consultation for thirty bikehangars. We know not all will be approved, but this means by Christmas the borough could have a dozen cycle hangars installed.

Low traffic neighbourhoods are go

Two areas – Burtons Road and the East Sheen / Palmerston Road area are under consideration for low traffic neighbourhoods. Burtons Road is currently in consultation, and there was a meeting with councillors and officials for East Sheen on 10 June.

We think other areas could benefit from these – see the London Cycling / Living Streets briefing here: https://lcc.org.uk/articles/low-traffic-neighbourhoods-briefing-documents-launch

School streets are also go (unless you’re trying to drive down them!)

Four schools – St Stephens, Barnes, Stanley and Orleans Park – are on course to get ‘School Streets’. What’s that? More here – http://schoolstreets.org.uk/ – but basically it’s about setting our schools and their roads up to really make it the obvious choice to walk and cycle there, and to make driving the option you only take if you really, really need to.

Liveable Neighbourhoods

Our next ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ bid is likely to be for Barnes and for Ham (possibility of two bids, rather than one). We’ll be thinking about it over the summer, but it’s worth everyone asking “What would be transformational in my neighbourhood?”