RCC Newsletter – 7 April 2012

Once or twice a month, we send out an email update on cycling in the Richmond Borough. If you’d like to sign up for these, contact us here.

We also post the newsletters here on our website. Read below and enjoy! Previous newsletters can be found here.

Hello!

It’s a bumper packed newsletter this month, with everything from cycling while pregnant to rides to Windsor; from ‘going Dutch’ to consultations on Twickenham; and from local and Mayoral elections to campaigning for safer streets. Come along to our next meeting to find out more and in the meantime, happy cycling!

Monthly Meeting
Our next meeting has been moved from its usual Monday slot to Wednesday 11th April at 8pm on account of it being Easter.
Held in The Old Ship pub in Richmond, it’s an excellent opportunity to get involved. Location details here – http://is.gd/iT8qch

Rides
Paul, our Rides Coordinator, continues to organise a great selection of rides for all abilities. You can read about our previous outings online (http://is.gd/mqQzSg). Why not bring along a non-cycling friend to one of our upcoming rides?

Our next ride is a ‘Ride for Everyone’, Saturday 21st April, meeting at Mortlake station at 10:30, riding to Isabella Plantation. More details here: http://is.gd/t27fAM

On Saturday 28th April, we shall be leading a feeder ride to central London for LCC’s ‘Big Ride’, the UK’s largest family-friendly traffic-free bike ride in 2012 calling for safer streets, part of the ‘Go Dutch’ campaign (http://is.gd/Z5RjKC). We’ll leave Richmond Little Green at 10am to ride to the assembly point in Hyde Park and with a led ride back to Richmond after the event. More details here http://is.gd/yrHU9t

Our next Ride for Explorers is on Sunday 6th May, when we’re off to Windsor Great Park. Meet at Twickenham Riverside at 10:30. More details here: http://is.gd/P9YH3E

For more information on any of our rides, contact Paul at rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Go Dutch
LCC has launched its ‘Go Dutch’ Campaign to get the London Mayoral candidates to commit to continental cycling infrastructure in the capital. You can read more about the campaign on the LCC website (http://is.gd/xwoQT5) and this video (http://is.gd/22eilW) and this one (http://is.gd/5ZYSLM) illustrates just how good things can be.

As part of the campaign, LCC is aiming to obtain 100,000 signatures for its Go Dutch petition before the London Mayoral election on May 3rd. Our share in Richmond is some 3000 signatures. This is a formidable task and we need your help! We shall be collecting signatures at cycle parking places at railway stations during the evening peak periods from 5.30pm to 8pm on the following dates:

Twickenham – Thursday 12 April
Mortlake – Tuesday 17 April
Whitton – Wednesday 18 April
Richmond – Monday 23 April
Barnes – Wednesday 25 April

If you can help out, even if only for a short period, please email John who’s coordinating the effort at johead@blueyonder.co.uk.

London Elections
3rd May marks the election for the next Mayor of London and given the influence the Mayor has on transport, it’s an important time for London’s cyclists. To help understand the issues, here are some useful links. Most important of all, to have your say on 3rd May, you need to make sure you are registered to vote before 18th April (Details on how to register are here – http://is.gd/FPN3QH)
LCC’s review of the candidates – http://is.gd/AnqTo0
‘Londoners on Bike’, raising the profile of cycling in the election campaign – http://www.londonersonbikes.org.uk/

Local By Election – North Richmond
On the same day of the Mayoral Elections, North Richmond will hold a by election following the resignation of Cllr Richard Montague. With the influence the council has on the safety of our borough’s roads, it is again important for cyclists to vote. Registration deadline to vote is the 18th April. More details: http://is.gd/ByU9ue

Maintenance Workshops
We continue our regular maintenance workshops, run in conjunction with The Turning Hub, Richmond’s mobile bike club (www.theturninghub.co.uk). The Ham workshops, popular with those cycling along the Thames or in Richmond Park, are now running every other Saturday morning. Come along to use the tools, learn how to fix a puncture, adjust your gears and brakes or just to talk bike. Everyone is welcome and no appointment is necessary. It’s all free but donations are welcome to cover our costs:

The Old Bakery, Mortlake – 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month 19:00-21:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-4X
Next dates are 12th and 26th April

All Hallows Church, The Long Room, Twickenham – 4th Wednesday of the month 19:00-21:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-4U
Next date is are 25th April

Ham Youth Centre, Ham – every other Saturday 10:00-12:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-14t
Next dates are 14th, and 28th April

Better by Bike
This month we’ve had two excellent guest articles on our website as part of our ‘Better by Bike’ series.
Sarah from Mortlake shared her experiences of cycling while pregnant – http://is.gd/FgBvuR
Tim from Richmond wrote about cycling with his young family – http://is.gd/StXxVn
Both articles attracted a lot of attention – Sarah’s is currently in the top ten Google search for ‘cycling while pregnant’!
Would you like to write a short article on your local, cycling related experiences? Send an email to info@richmondlcc.co.uk with your ideas.

Campaigns
Despite the council still refusing to consult us on road schemes affecting cyclists (with the retort ‘we don’t consult the AA’ – for more on this read http://is.gd/K3zh6s), we’ve been closely watching for consultations that affect cyclists.

We submitted a response to the Twickenham Area Action Plan. Read about it here (http://is.gd/ycBGW6) and you can download our in-depth submission (http://is.gd/StNziG PDF – 507KB)

The Times ‘Cities Safe for Cyclists’ campaign
At the start of February, The Times launched a campaign calling for safer streets with an 8 point manifesto. Since then, we’ve been raising its profile with Richmond Council and our two local MPs. You can read their responses online: http://is.gd/LN5gK6

As part of the campaign, The Times have produced a map allowing cyclists to highlight dangerous parts of their everyday journeys, overlaid with DfT incident data. Many of you have already added your local danger spots and we’d encourage you to continue to add them. The map (with over 8,000 submissions) can be found here: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/contact/

At the end of March, Richmond Council responded to our requests stating “LBRUT does support the cyclesafe campaign” (http://is.gd/3W2BMA).

We’ll continue to pressure LBRUT to demonstrate this and we’re asking everyone to take 2 minutes to email their councillor (see the bottom part of this webpost for details on how http://is.gd/LN5gK6)

Feel free to pass this email on to anyone who may benefit. Thanks for reading and keep cycling,

Richmond Cycling Campaign
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