Road signs – getting the council to at least fix the basics

Prompted by this tweet, we’ve complained to the council about the poor approach they seem to be maintaining on dealing with roadworks and cycling …

Here’s the letter we wrote – let us know if you’ve been the victim of more rubbish signage in the borough!

Dear Councillors,
I am writing to officially complain about the ongoing issues with roadworks signage in the borough.
Richmond Cycling Campaign is unhappy not only about the fact that this is still a problem, but the fact that there appears to be no prompt, effective escalation route for it to be dealt with.
There is quite literally no scenario in which someone on a bicycle should ever be instructed to walk, or to wheel their bicycle. The most obvious recent example of this was outside the RFU (see this tweet). The council was told about this on May 31st, but on 6th June, one of our members observed the obstructions still to be in place.
We spoke about this at the last Cycling Liaison Group, and we were given to believe (a) that council rules are clear on this, and (b) that there is a process in place to deal with these problems.
We are therefore asking for a clear response from the council explaining:
1.    What rules and guidelines are issued to people doing roadworks in the borough? By whom?
2.    What is the escalation process for dealing with problems?
3.    Are there any Service Level Agreements (or deadlines)  in the escalation process?
4.    Who has responsibility for roadworks in the borough, and policing and approval thereof?
Sincerely,
Richmond Cycling Campaign

 

Rides for Everyone: Saturday 24th June : Coffee at the Windmill.

Wimbledon Common June 2017At the windmill June 2017Meet Teddington Station East Side 10:10.

We follow the route of the proposed Quietway across Teddington Lock and through Richmond Park to Roehampton from which we cut under the A3 to Wimbledon Common and a coffee stop at the windmill cafe. We return by a slightly rougher path down to Robin Hood Gate and back through Richmond Park.

A bit longer than our usual Rides for Everyone at 14 miles. Anyone having had enough after the break just  has to  freewheel down to Wimbledon Station to catch the train.

Route

Just 3 of us met up at Teddington. In terms of testing the route for 8-80 we certainly exceeded the upper end. Teddington High Street was unthreatening and our only issues in Ham was about signs hidden behind foliage. Marking on the road surface is most reliable.

We tried the shared use path on Ham Avenue and found the surface bumpy and the rejoining of the road inside the park difficult. (The off-road path up the hill is only suitable for mountain bikers). The rumble strips on the path through Richmond Park are no problem and Danebury Avenue shows what can be achieved by simply closing a road at one end.

This bit of the Quietway should be a useful and attractive route for all ages (e-bike may be helpful for some as it is hilly)

We diverged on a rougher path through Putney Heath / Wimbledon Common including an underpass of the A3. This was closed to all cycling until ?20 years ago. Progress does happen if slowly.

 

Rides for Explorers – Off-road in Surrey : Sunday 11th June

NorburyMeet 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.

Route

5 of us met up on the riverside despite nearly coinciding with a charity run. Apart from a headwind on the way south we enjoyed ideal weather and the paths were dry underwheel. Perhaps a bit early for maximum flowers in Norbury Park. Back in Kingston Market place where we split up at about 3.

Star and Garter – yet another missed opportunity

NB: You can see the discussion on Cyclescape, here.

The junction outside Star and Garter is about to change, but only in the most marginal way possible. This is another disappointment from the council. Faced with an opportunity to make a large junction more pleasant and attractive for cycling, the basic proposal is “Make the lanes wider, and make sure we have parking right beside a roundabout just like … virtually nowhere in London.

Star and Garter proposals

Worse, the plans submitted in the consultation don’t even include key changed. The black arrows in the diagram above show changes thst the diagram proposes, and which aren’t discussed in the consultation (here).

Putting aside the question of why there are three full lanes exiting Richmond Park, this junction is a wide sweep of tarmac from every direction. Although a number of people use it by bicycle, this is yet another place which isn’t going to encourage others to get on their bike. Instead of maintaining the existing configuration of a roundabout people can just drive over, there’s enough space here for clearly marked space for cycling, perhaps in combination with traffic lights or different traffic routing.

Further along (the left hand roundabout on the diafgram above) the design proposes that the pavement bends out into the road, effectively creating a pinch point for cyclists, where they must move further into the lane, and risk contact with cars which can drive straight across.

We’re told that there are safety issues at this junction, but they’re clerarly not that important, because otherwise it’s hard to understand why money is being spent on it in such an appalling fashion. Tell us what you think, but we’re very disappointed.

We need to talk about Chalkers’ Corner!

It’s a massive barrier for cycling in the borough, and indeed for almost everyone else. If only for the sake of the Mortlake Brewery devleopment, Chalkers’ Corner needs fixing.

Our proposal includes a number of significant changes:

  • Cycling continues directly across from the Richmond side towards Chiswick Bridge
  • All modes get long greens
  • Make the exit from the A3006 (Mortlake) much easier, with a single light sequence
  • Better pedestrian crossings on all arms

To achieve this, members have helped put together this model – it’s got a lot on …

Chalkers Corner proposal

The numbers show the light sequences, the red lines show cycling movements, and the dashed lines show pedestraisn movements.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Walking, cycling and driving heading east or west only (straight ahead)  on the A316. This includes crossing the A205 and A3006
  2. The A205 heading north goes ahead, left and right. The A316 from Chiswick Bridge turns left to the A205 and A3006
  3. The A316 from Richmond turns right into the A205 and A3006. Cycling and walking cross the eastern side of the A316.
  4. The A3006 (from Mortlake) goes ahead, left and right.
  5. The A205 from Kew goes ahead and left. Cycling and walking cross the western side of the A316.

This design needs us to reallocate space throughout the junction, but provides clear routes for everyone, and makes it safer: It eliminates left and right hook conflicts, but will rquire a proiperly enforced yellow box.

What do you think? Our borough coordinator has uploaded the slides here.

Help Needed for Freecycle Feeder

Image result for kitchener your country needs you poster

On 29th July central London will be traffic-free to allow everybody to enjoy the delights of cycling past the famous landmarks. The problem is getting there. RCC will , as usual , be escorting  about 100 cyclists of all ages from Richmond up to town but we do need more volunteer marshals to keep people on course. Experience would be wonderful but helpfulness and a willingness to learn the route (or copy to your phone) would be more than welcome. People always say that they enjoyed getting up to London as well as the Freecycle and that they wouldn’t have done it without support.

Your help is needed to allow us to continue to offer this service to the people of the borough. Please contact

rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

May 2017 Agenda

We’re meeting at the Old Ship at 8pm this evening (Monday 8th May) – details here: http://www.richmondlcc.co.uk/monthly-meetings/ 

  • – Budget for RCC – review and agree
  • – Road safety week
Happening this week – people can volunteer to support speed monitoring
  • – Cycle gutter
Do we think it would be a good idea to have one between The Byway and Central School Path (SW14)?
  • – New members / publicity
We could do with getting more people involved. Is there a way we can get out to actually see people more? (Leafleting? Tags on bikes? Cards to give people?)
  • – Eliza – Cycling Without Age proposal – http://cyclingwithoutage.org/
  • – Hosting, etc. have a full mailbox and we need someone to look at updates, etc.
Need someone to do some tech stuff …
  • – Mortlake Brewery, etc.
Initial meeting done. We need a group proposal on this and other changes in the borough. The council is talking to developers, but there’s no use a site encouraging walking and cycling if the council doesn’t fix the roads around it.
  • – Consultations – Star and Garter Hill
Looks a bit rubbish, and has no cycling. What do we want to do?
  • – Liveable neighbourhoods
LCC is asking for bids. Does someone want to lead this? It includes the opportunity of a lot of LCC support if we do this.
  • – Clean Air on Our Roads
Discuss current cmpaiagns, council activity, etc.
  • – Chalkers Corner
There are rumblings of a review on this, and we need to get in first.
  • – CS 9
Under review internally in LCC. Controlled documents which I haven’t seen yet

Rides for Everyone – Palaces of West London – Sunday 21st May

Osterley 2017Meet 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.

Route

Six of us met up with the youngest aged 7 and 11 – this is a Ride for Everyone.  We enjoyed excellent weather and no one fell in the canal. From the response to the sites that we visited we should be applying for sponsorship from the London Tourism Board.