Rides for Everyone – Coffee at the Palace – Saturday 16th April

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Meet Mortlake Green by the Station 10.15

We cycle by the Thames all the way down to Putney Bridge which we cross to Bishop’s Park and a break at the cafe in Fulham Palace. Return via the Wetland Centre and a glimpse at the “Arab tent” tomb of the explorer Richard Burton. 8 miles and flat so definitely a ride for everyone. – back about 12.

No takers – maybe just as well as the towpath would have been muddy after the previous day’s rain. There does seem to be a pattern that easy rides are not attractive ?

 

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Please let me know if you are thinking of coming – all welcome. Paul – rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Ride for Explorers – Windsor Great Park – Sunday 3rd April

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Meet Twickenham Riverside 10.30. We head up the Crane then some unavoidable suburbia across Shortwood common into Staines.  After going through Egham we climb to Englefield Green for lunch at  the Sun Inn. We then enjoy the traffic free roads across Windsor Great Park and make our way through Sunningdale and Chobham Common descending to Chertsey to return along the Thames. About 37 hilly but scenic miles.

You can find a route for the ride here – Route

Nine of us turned up on a sunny Twickenham Riverside including one person who had ridden from Slough , a family from New Malden and a rider from Barnes to whom Twickenham Riverside was new. We successfully negotiated the suburbs and the climb up to Englefield Green where we felt we had reached the countryside.  The Sun Inn offered a larger menu than last time at the expense of longer waiting times so it was later than we expected that we reached The Great Park – to find the gates closed – a Duathlon was taking place. We tried again at the Saville Gardens entrance where we cycled very slowly on a busy path before diverting back to the usual road. The road down to Blacknest Gate had an impressive display of daffodils under flowering trees.

The road to Sunningdale passed through woodlands with yellow Skunk Cabbages and  Chobham Common was bright with Gorse before we headed down through Chertsey to Hampton Court where we split up to our respective homes.

 

Hammersmith Gyratory Upgrade

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Improvements are afoot at one of the key gateways into the borough.  Please take a moment to respond to tfl’s consultation to show your support.  Copy our response below or write your own.   In general the proposals look good, but as always there is room to make them better.  How it links into our borough has not been fully thought through.  CLOSES on 15th March

https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/hammersmith-gyratory/consult_view

RICHMOND CYCLING CAMPAIGN

RESPONSE TO THE HAMMERSMITH GYRATORY CONSULTATION

We have read and fully support the erudite comments submitted by John Griffiths on behalf of the Hammersmith & Fulham Cycling Campaign.

In addition, we should like to make the following points :­

1 The importance should be recognised of traffic flows over Hammersmith Bridge and the dangers which such flows present to cyclists who, on the south side, can approach the bridge by an officially recommended “Quietway”.

2 Nothing is said about the timing of the implementation of the proposals under consultation, which may be critical in view of the planned closure of Hammersmith Bridge for major repair work later this year, and the resulting changes in traffic flows as drivers are forced to use Putney and Chiswick Bridges instead.

3 While concentration on improving the west ­to­ east route for cyclists, along Street and the north side of the gyratory system may have some benefits in terms of cyclists’ speed and safety, if successfully implemented (which is open to some in view of H&F CC’s comments), there are intrinsically greater dangers to cyclists elsewhere in the gyratory system, particularly for those heading south along the eastbound side and then wishing to turn right in order to access Hammersmith Bridge Road. Here they have to thread their way through fast­moving motor traffic both to their right and their left.

 

Kingston Mini Holland

Kingston our neighbour was awarded 30 million pounds for its mini holland scheme.  It has since been branded ‘Go Development’ details are here.  Some quite impressive schemes I think you will agree.   We need to help our friends in Kingston ensure that it is executed well so we’ll keep you posted here of consultations or progress.  A successful mini holland will help us all when we visit Kingston and will also demonstrate to Richmond how cycling can be a great transport choice when the infrastructure is right.

First task is to take the Wheatfield Way Survey and ask for cycle tracks that are separate from motor traffic.

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Sign For Cycling

Our new campaign or the 2016 Mayoral elections.  Details below:

On 5 May 2016 Londoners will vote for their next mayor. We want to build on the success of Love London Go Dutch and Space for Cycling to ensure that London’s next Mayor commits to, and delivers, key improvements that will continue to accelerate the growth in cycling and reduce road danger for vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists.

There is a huge risk that London’s next Mayor will not commit to making our streets safe and inviting for cycling. There is a risk that the political momentum from the current Mayor, which has given us the Cycle Superhighways and mini Holland programmes, will come to a halt. So, we are preparing the ground for our biggest campaign yet! London has a crucial window of opportunity to ensure that London’s next Mayor is as committed to making our streets safe and inviting for cycling. Will you join us?

We will be launching our ‘Sign for Cycling’ Mayoral campaign early in 2016. Please keep an eye on our website for details or sign up to our Newsletter to make sure you’re the first to know when we launch!

What will we be calling for?

We will call on all mayoral candidates to commit to creating space for cycling across London so people of all ages and abilities can choose to cycle for their journeys, through:

  • More protected space for cycling on main roads and at junctions
  • Mini Hollands: a Dutch style town centre in every borough
  • An end to lorry danger

Who is standing for election?

The mayoral candidate for each party have been selected:

  • Conservative Party – Zac Goldsmith
  • Green Party – Sian Berry
  • Labour Party – Sadiq Khan
  • Liberal Democrats – Caroline Pidgeon
  • UKIP – Peter Whittle
  • Independent – Paul Tavares
  • Independent – Siobhan Benita
  • Independent – Rosalind Readhead
  • Independent – Yanek Zylinski
  • National Liberal Party – Upkar Singh Rai
  • Respect – George Galloway
  • Something New – Lindsey Garrett
  • Women’s Equality Party – Sophie Walker

Find out more about the candidates and what they have to say about cycling.

Get involved!

We’re looking for teams of volunteers to help us make sure our campaign is as successful as possible. There’s plenty of ways to get involved depending on what sort of time you have. Find out more

Email: getinvolved@lcc.org.uk  

Who would like secure bicycle parking?

Thanks to one of our members working closely with the council’s cycling officer Richmond should be getting its first cycle hangar.

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The Bikehangar is an award-winning popular design for outdoor sites offering a safe and effective way to protect bikes from tough weather conditions and theft where outdoor storage space is limited.  They are multiplying quickly in London’s cycle friendly boroughs. The Bikehangar can securely store up to six bicycles, occupying only half of a parking space.

The Lambeth BikehangarIf you want one on your street register your interest with cyclehoop, let us know and write to the council’s bike officer. Carole.Crankshaw@richmond.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Rides for Everyone – spring along the Crane – Saturday 19th March

Meet Strawberry Hill station 10.30. We get  to the Crane via Mill Rd  and head upstream to the borough boundary. Crossing the river we travel down Hounslow’s new path on the south bank of the Crane to Kneller Gardens and Twickenham where we cut through back streets back to Strawberry Hill.

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If weather is good we will have coffee in Kneller Gardens , if less good we will try the Airparks Leisure centre.

Fairly flat, short, low traffic ride. All welcome especially beginning cyclists.

In the event no beginning cyclists were evident but Sonia and I had a pleasant ride enjoying the last of the daffodils  and first of the bluebells.

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Contact Paul : rides@richmondlcc.co.uk