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

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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.

 

Rides for Explorers – Windsor Great Park – 7th May

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Meet Twickenham Riverside , by Eel Pie Bridge , 10.30. 7th  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.

Route

17 of us turned up on a grey Twickenham Riverside but the sun broke through as we got through Staines. The Sun coped a bit slowly with the unexpected load but we had a sunny garden with chickens and were well fed and watered for a ride through verdant Windsor Great Park and down a twisty track into Windsor and traffic again.

Cycling Liaison Group Meets Soon!

Quick read: come along to York House on April 18th to find out the latest on cycling in the borough – we need your input!

The Cycling Liaison Group meets next week and everyone can come! This is your chance to ask the council about cycling and cycling facilities in your area.

There’a a lot on the agenda, so we’ve put together some notes, to show why you should come, and what you can find out …

Contraflow Report

Contraflows are about allowing cylists to travel both ways on a one way street, so that we can make journeys by bike easier, and potentially move cycling from some of the less attractive routes through the borough. We’re hoping to hear about which roads will be included in this proposal, and when.
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DfT image – a Brighton contraflow

Filtered Permeability

“Filtering” means filtering out one or more types of transport. Throughout the borough there are a number of roads whee bollards or pavements prevent you from driving all the way along a road – usually to prevent it being used as a rat run. We’d like to see more of this in the borough, and we are going to hear about proposals for this.
Filtered permeability at Well Lane / Martindale junction

Filtered permeability at Well Lane / Martindale junction

Cycling to school grants update

There’s some money around for encouraging cycling to school, and we’re going to find out where it is being spent, and how. Getting more families riding to school is a sure fire way of sorting out the hideous morning congestion in the borough, but we know people need to feel teir route is safe before they stop using a car. Our hope is that there’s a real plan for how to spend this money.

Cycle events this year

Normally the council supports Bikefest in the summer, but it isn’t happening this year because of over-reliance on volunteers. So we’re interested to know what else the borough has planned.

Heart of Twickenham / Village Plans

Village plans are a great place to talk about cycling, and about things that can be done in local areas to make it better. However, they invariably offer nothing, or just platitudes. We want proper active transport options – i.e. Walking and cycling – “baked in” to all these proposals. The recent ‘Heart of Twickenham’ plans are a case in point – despite a number of contributors asking about being able to cycle in the area, and being able to park a bicycle, the consultation documents seem able only to plan for lots of car parking.

Towpaths

The council approached us about towpaths a while ago – which towpaths to do? – and asked which towpaths we wanted them to look at, given limited funds. Hopefully this will be an update on what’s happening here.

Quietways / Quietway 2

We’ve had the consultation for quietway 1, and now it looks like we’re going to hear about another one – possibly this one.

Cycling Strategy

We’re likely to hear about any final changes to the cycling strategy, and when it might be adopted. Which is good, because it will need to tie in closely with …

Healthy Streets / Corridors Update

The corridots are the latest wheeze for having proper routes around the borough. You can see a potential map of them here. And now we know the council needs to set up a clean air strategy, and needs – by law – to actually think harder avbout active travel – we’re hoping that they can get themselves organised. That’s what this item will tell us …

Crossdeep Junction

We’re waiting with anticipation. This is a terrible ijunction for cycling, and a major barrier. Does the council have a new plan?

Richmond Cycling Campaign Items

We asked about a number of items, detailed below:

  1. Brompton docks. We’d like to hear more about these – schedule, finance, etc.
    These are due to turn up in Twickenham, and wed like to understand the economics here: Especially as we think the station needs more bike parking. We like the idea, and support it, but it has come out of the blue a bit…
  2. Roadworks signage. We want the council to prevent all use of ‘cyclists dismount’ signs in the borough. No roadworks should use these, and there should always be a cycling alternative. This is something we’ve raised before: The council should be instructing contractors to use the most up to date guidance here as it isn’t acceptable to just be putting up signage with little concern for how people will get around. (See here for some council info …)
  3. Tiger/walking and cycling zebra crossings. Can we have these everywhere? They’re now national guidance, so should be under consideration. See this article for  bit of discussion.
  4. Richmond Strategic Cycle Network? We need to be planning for routes linking all Villages in the borough that can be made suitable for all 8-80 (and beyond!) The map in the Borough Cycling Strategy fails to identify sensible routes ( the A308 in Hampton is an extreme example of a route that cannot be made suitable but Cross Deep and King Street are also far from an acceptable standard.)
  5. As a related issue Fulwell Park link. Carole suggested raising this. It links Hampton (via Dean Rd) , Fulwell (via Burtons Rd) and Hanworth (via a cyclable bridge over the A316) . On the 2007 Cycling in Richmond leaflet is is marked as “Proposed” and a toucan crossing (of A305) was actually made.
  6. What happened regarding Water and Wharf lanes and surrounds in Twickenham. This was raised at a previous CLG and an email exchange followed. Cllr Loveland mentioned it at the start of the last meeting and suggested it had ‘been done’, without ever saying what had been done. Then there wasn’t any opportunity to ask further.
  7. A review of the Cyclehoop activity – we know some have gone up, and we need to understand better how to publicise these / how well they’re going.
  8. A single place where we can see and understand what is going on in the borough. We’d like one place where we can actually see all the plans for transport.
  9. Mortlake Brewery and St Mary’s. There’s no obvious indication that anyone thinks much about cycling to and from these places – for Mortlake, the only real change I can see is the entry onto Chalkers Corner being made more grim and traffic-choked than it already is.

Rides for Everyone – 15th April – Crane Park

crane ride april 2017

With trains in the Twickenham area suspended we are starting this ride from Teddington Station (west side). Meet 10.30.

We pass by Bushy House and NPL to enter Bushy Park then through Hampton Hill back streets to cut across past a golf course to a bridge across the Chertsey Road . We enjoy a rare cycle track separate both from the road and the footway to reach a newish track up the Hounslow side of the Crane before crossing to “our” side to ride down to Kneller Gardens for coffee after which we cut across back to Teddington Station.

Route

Five of us met up on a bright but chilly morning. A pleasant and uneventful ride with flowering trees and bluebells. Getting into the cut-across behind the leisure centre proved   a challenge for bikes with wide handlebars. This has been marked a potential route since 2007 with a toucan crossing of the A305 which only makes sense as part of it. The on-road alternative is a big gyratory – not a ride for everyone !