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SORRY RIDE CANCELLED – forecast is heavy rain.

Sunday 14th October

Meet at Twickenham Riverside 10.30. We head out across Bushy Park and through Thames Ditton to Littleworth Common and Ardbrook Common to reach Cobham. Crossing the Mole we follow lanes to Bookham Common and up to to NT cafe outside of Polsden Lacy. If enough of us are members we can have a quick look inside. As a life member + volunteer I can take 2 guests. On the way home we add Oxshott Common and Claygate woods.

37 miles mostly away from the traffic.

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If interested email rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Coordinator’s Report 17 October 2018

This is a summary of key recent items.

Richmond Town Centre Report

I attended a meeting with a number of stakeholders with an interest in making Richmond town centre better. The previous Liveable Neighbourhoods bid was rejected by TfL, but included a number of changes which the council is interested in. (TfL, local councillors, Richmond Business Improvement District, etc.)

The purpose of the meeting was to look at other ideas and suggestions for how we could make the town centre better, and focussed on the dominance of motor traffic in the area. A number of ideas were discussed around placemaking, and helping pedestrians and cyclists get around, and low emissions delivery and other goods delivery strategies were mentioned.

Data from the consultants showed that the overwhelming majority of ‘traffic’ in the town centre area is pedestrian, with just 1% measured as people cycling. Representations were made by a Richmond Green supporter, who took the view that the green should not be used for rat-running, or through traffic.

The next steps are the sharing of the reports, and for the council to look at some of the smaller and larger proposals that were discussed.

Active Travel Advisory Group

We attended the inaugural ‘Active Travel’ Group at the council. This is currently invite only, but observers are also welcomed. The group looked at:

Cycling quick wins / LIP strategy / walking quick wins / how the group should work / quietway updates

Quick wins

I can’t recall exactly what was agreed, but we asked that the council progress with bike parking as a matter of some urgency. There was discussion which linked general bike parking with overnight (Cyclehoop) bike parking, but these are different. It still isn’t clear when they will get on with installing another cycle hangar, but officers asked us to share the ‘spade ready’ scheme we mentioned.

The council is dragging its heels on the subject of cycle hangars because they think them ugly, but they have failed to propose any alternatives, thus far. They agreed to look at more cycle parking, but again there were fine words about ‘making it fit into the urban space it is in.

We also pressed on the cycling contraflows – it sounds like the council will update us reasonably quickly with where these are.

We submitted our page of quick win proposals from the website, and officers undertook to provide feedback. It could be worth setting this page up to be more manageable by the group as a whole.

Walking quick wins

We didn’t have anything immediately to add here, but drew everyone’s attention to the new City of London strategy. This is a general transport strategy which includes walking as a primary mode.

How the group works

We discussed how the group should operate. It is currently planned to meet quarterly, but we argued that more schemes need eyes on them at an earlier stage. We discussed that there are two separate needs – looking at what has been proposed before it is too late to change things, and helping to set a wider strategy for the borough.

Quietway

The quietway work will begin in December, and run until the middle of 2019. No substantial changes from the last plans have been made, but the council was asked to re-consider the Lock Road design, as a minimum.

Other items

Sustrans attended, with a quietway manager, and someone who is working with schools on pilot walking and cycling projects. The council thinks that just 40% of schools actually have a school travel plan. The Richmond Park quietway is still going to have gates which are not usable by anyone without a strong arm and a small bike.

Local Implementation Plan

This is due to go to council in November. It currently includes:

  • 75% of all trips to be made by walking / cycling / public transport by 2041. (Today’s baseline = 61%)
  • 70% of residents to get at least 20 minutes active travel per day by 2041 (baseline = 40%)
  • 72% of residents to live with 400m of strategic cycle network by 2041 (baseline 0%)
  • Increase cycle parking year on year
  • “Develop a comprehensive network through continued development of cycle corridors … new strategic routes … prioritise permeability for non-car modes …
  • “Healthy routes to schools will be developed … focus on introduction of school streets, improved crossings, Copenhagen crossings …”
  • “Review traffic signals to provide additional priority to pedestrians … “
  • Key projects: A310 Cross Deep / Waldegrave Road
  • Key projects: A308 Hampton Court roundabout to Church Road
  • Key projects: A313 Park Road / Hampton Road / Teddington High St
  • Key projects: A305 Sheen Road / Upper Richmond Road
  • Aspirational projects will also be included – the plan is likely to run to a fairly lengthy document

Data

We received a large selection of data from the council which looks like it could be very helpful, especially when linked to other things like the TfL walking and cycling strategies. In this public folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B8LFztRO67voYk52N1NNXzB6czQ?usp=sharing

Walking / Cycling / Transport Strategy

We probably need to agree a group position on this. At Waltham Forest, Dan pointed out how they have a clear strategy that brings everything together, and which allows officers and campaigners to look at the list and say “What’s next?” and then just pull something straight out of the plan.

The City of London has somewhat changed the goal posts with its new document – this includes all modes in one overall plan. I personally really like this, but it’ll take us nearly 2 years from a standing start, especially as the City document includes lots of consultation, too.

Waltham Forest visit

We’ve now visited Waltham Forest with two separate groups, including the cycling champion, leader of the council, members from every party, and officers. I did a tweet thread.

A new bridge?

There is a consultation to ‘call for evidence’ on a new walking and cycling bridge over the Thames: https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/richmondecs/thames-bridge/consult_view/ There is a PDF paper which discusses what the council has worked out so far. There’s no budget, and no immediate plan to do anything – it feels like a project which will need a champion, if it’s to get off the ground, although it would be amazing to link it to the Ham and Petersham Liveable Neighbourhoods bid.

Mini Updates

I’m told the A310 has money allocated for 19/20 and 20/21, as does the A308 but there are no plans as of yet. Council will be doing some towpath repaving this year, suspected to be between Teddington Lock to Richmond through Ham.

 

Quick Win Ideas

This is a working list of potential ‘quick wins’ in the borough that we’d like to ask them for.

Thing Detail
Rosslyn Road – extend the cycle lane down to the junction So people aren’t required to walk their bike
Signed / roadmarked cycle route between the two rows of posts outside the Barmy Arms on Twickenham Riverside  
Prune the bushes obstructing the path linking Upper Sunbury Road and Lower Hampton Rd, Hampton  
Make Oldfield Path, Hampton, into shared use  
Install two-way traffic signs on Embankment and Bell Lane, Twickenham and Cricket Lane, Hampton Hill (roads mainly used by motorists in one direction, leading to some wrongly imagining they are one-way streets, causing conflict with cyclists legally going the less common way along them)  
Remove contradictory road markings in Percy Rd, Whitton  
Remove misleading ‘Cyclists Dismount’ sign at railway bridge in Nelson Rd, Whitton  
Provide a proper way to cycle on to the Kew towpath near the Mortlake Brewery  
Install bollards to keep cars off the pavement & out of the cycle lane on A316 between Brook Rd & St Stephen’s C of E School (near St Margret’s Roundabout). Cars crossing the pavement is dangerous & illegal, and cyclists & pedestrians should be protected at this location https://twitter.com/SueWilbraham/status/1046348741832298496
Finish resurfacing the Ham to Teddington towpath https://twitter.com/iainjblack/status/1046083054735888386
Cycle paths around the roundabout by Sainsbury’s/BP garage would be great. Also river path near old brewery in Mortlake is too narrow/bumpy /slippy for regular use, especially with kids https://twitter.com/EJJTweet/status/1046096105673576454
Sort out the path under Kingston Bridge. Just a dropped kerb would be a step forwards.  
Provide a signed route from Richmond Station to the cycle track along the A316 towards Mortlake. Via Church Rd, St John’s Rd  
More cycle parking – virtually everywhere (In particular, follow up output from South Richmond councillors after walk around Richmond Green area.)
In Barnes there is a recommended, and signed cycle route north along Madrid and Boileau Roads (20 mph limited), but at the junction of Boileau Road with Lonsdale Road there is no further signage. However, there is a close-by pedestrian refuge where a sign could be placed to show cyclists aiming for Hammersmith Bridge whether they should turn right along Lonsdale Road, and then left along Castelnau or cross over to turn left into St Hilda’s Road and then right into Glentham Road, thereby accessing the joint use pavement on the approach to the Bridge (my own preference)  
Cycle gulley installed on pedestrian  bridge by Manor Rd / North Sheen station This was supposedly almost ready to be done in May …
Make back-street route from Lower Grove Rd through to Cambrian Rd step-free & free of parked cars so cyclists can go between Cambrian Gate & Christs School without having to use Queen’s Rd. The route is so , so close to being decent for cyclists – all it needs is a few dropped kerbs & parking attendants to enforce parking restrictions for it to be a decent safe route for unaccompanied children & others less keen to cycle up Queen’s Rd  
Finish re-tarmacking route from Lower Grove Rd through cemetery towards Bog Gate  
Re-surface / maintain / repair towpath between Kew Bridge & Richmond Bridge  
Swap the ‘bike lane’ & line of parked cars along Upper Richmond so bike lane is beside pavement & drivers don’t have to cross it to park  
Bus stop bypasses along Upper Richmond Rd  
Resurface road on Lower Church Rd. The surface is so uneven that cyclists risk being thrown off course into the path of vehicles that are coming up close behind them  
Continuous (& obvious & safe) route around Richmond Circus for both cyclists & pedestrians – so they don’t get into conflict  
More cycle parking at Kew Gardens Station Apparently delayed while there is re-consultation on this – we’d like to know when this is likely to be looked at.
Resurface alleyway between Manor Park & manor Gardens. Also put dropped kerb at Manor Gardens end of this alleyway  
“Install bike stands outside all doctors’ & dentists’ surgeries in the borough. All the surgeries I know have car parking but few have proper bike parking facilities.”  
“A few more bike stands in residential streets? There are 6 bikes attached to the same lamp posts in my neighbouring street – people in flats need space to keep their bikes” We understand that on-street bike storage is being investigated, and we’d like to know what the status of this is.
An audit of how many bike stands (& state of repair) each primary & secondary school has All schools should have enough parking for their children to get to school and be able to park their bike in a sheltered, safe location.
More traffic warden presence at school drop off & pick up At a number of schools in the borough there are regular complaints around parking and safety – there are longer term strategies available, but using the available rules is also essential.
Upgrade guidance and enforce its use around how works of all types are signed in the borough. Both walking and cycling must be maintained at any changes.  
Send positive messages about cyclists in advertising and social media. All council publications and materials should review carefully how we talk about cycling (and walking). When we show people on bikes, there should be a wide range to show how many people use bikes and what they use them for – cycling in Richmond is not all people pacing it round Richmond Park!
Resurface path from Petersham gate bus stop northbound alongside Petersham Farm  
Add a Cycle filter turning left at Petersham Rd/ Star and Garter lights northbound  
Remove central line markings in narrow part of Petersham Rd Doing this will slow and calm traffic
Introduce ASLs at triangular traffic lights in centre of Richmond. George st/ Duke st.  
Introduce access to ASL where ever possible Many Advanced Stop Lines in the borough are very hard to access – it should be clear and safe how to reach these.
Allow right turn for cyclists from Clarence Street to access Richmond station car park  
Road marking Sign cycles are turning right into Richmond station car park from the Quadrant. From crossing to legitimize cyclist presence in right hand lane  
Cycle parking on south east corner of Ham common. Near Hand and Flower  

 

Car Free Day Ride – 22nd September 2018

Crown Road , St Margaret’s will be closed to traffic so we have an easy afternoon ride starting from there at 2pm. Meet at the Richmond Council display.

crane ride 002aWe explore the new path from Twickenham Station to reach Crane Park where we ride both the Whitton and Hounslow banks before returning to Kneller Gardens . (Tea ?) where we divert to Twickenham Riverside ( soon , we hope, to be less car-dominated)  and return via Orleans House, Marble Hill and Turner’s House.

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If interested please let me know ; Paul. rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

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
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. All of these have had quite a bit of analysis, and we’d like to know what has happened to them, and if there is any schedule for what will happen.
C2) A305 Sheen Road (j/w Church Rd to TLRN URRW) Part of the corridor studies. This had had quite a bit of analysis done, but it’s not clear where it actually is.
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. This has been looked at by TfL, and they came back from a 2014 consultation with some rubbish ideas. Not clear where this is going to go
A205 Gilpin Ave zebra Subject of a petition. Not liked by pedestrians, v. low rule observance
A316 quietway This route needs upgrading and finishing. TfL has looked at this, and it has ceased to be planned for a CSH.
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. Map
Hospital bridge roaf footbridge Needs bike channels
B of E sports grounds FB
This is a useful quietway link, currently obstructed. No need for cycle channels, but remove obstructions
Palewell fields FB
This is a useful quietway link, currently obstructed. No need for cycle channels, but remove obstructions. https://www.cyclescape.org/issues/509-palewell-fields-pedestrian-route-obstruction
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. https://richmondlcc.cyclescape.org/issues/616-rosslyn-ave-footbridge-obstruction
Barnes Station footbridge Cycle channels needed in a number of places here
Northcote Road footbridge No channels needed, but bike accessibility is poor.
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 leading down to the station. The bridge itself is also very poor for cycing across anyway …
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

Windsor Ride May 17 2

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.