RCC Newsletter – 19 May 2012

Once 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 to be first to hear the cycling news that affects you across the borough.

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

Hello!

It’s another bumper packed newsletter this month, with reports on the LCC Big Ride and our upcoming Olympic Ride; updates on our submission to the Twickenham consultation and the Richmond May Fair; and from Olympic Cycle races to Cycle Super Highways.

Come along to our next meeting to find out more, and in the meantime, happy cycling!

Monthly Meeting
We had our May meeting on Monday past, as ever a great opportunity to meet over a drink and see what is happening with cycling in the borough. You can find the minutes from our previous meeting online (http://is.gd/3kxU7N) and pencil in the next meeting on 11th June into your diary (they’re always the 2nd Monday of the month, in The Old Ship pub in Richmond).

Rides
Paul, our Rides Coordinator, continues to organise a great selection of rides for all abilities. One of the biggest events was the recent feeder ride from Richmond into central London for LCC’s ‘Big Ride’, calling for safer streets as part of the ‘Go Dutch’ campaign. About 30 riders braved the weather conditions, joining over 10,000 in central London for the main event. Read more and see some great pictures in our write up – http://is.gd/DXGtRp

Our next ride is a ‘Ride for Everyone’, this Saturday 20th May, meeting at Richmond Little Green by Richmond Theatre at 10:00, taking in the Grand Union Canal and Osterley Park, you’ll see some hidden gems on your doorstep. More details here: http://is.gd/FIBcYz

Our next ‘Ride for Explorers’ is on Sunday 3rd June, when we’re off to follow the Olympic Road Race route (at a more moderate pace than the competitors!) Meet at the fountain car park in Bushy Park at 10:00. More details here: http://is.gd/BPiWCy

For more information on any of our rides, contact Paul at rides@richmondlcc.co.uk and have a look at our general information page on our rides (http://is.gd/IxqE3S) Why not bring along a non-cycling friend to one of our upcoming rides?

Richmond May Fair
As in previous years, we had a stall at this event and it was a great opportunity to meet many of you (and a big thank you to those who volunteered to help on the day). We added another 50 to our email newsletter distribution (which is now over 500 strong!). Lots of you fed back your views on cycling in the borough and it was great to get your support for our aims to make the borough more inviting to cycle for everyone. Particularly strong was the message from many mothers and fathers who expressed their desire to have their children cycle to school, but for the road conditions and refusal of some head teachers. This is an area we would really like to work on – there should be safe routes for all our schools in the borough and it is great to see how proactive many schools are as they recognise who important it is for cutting congestion and improving the health of children.

Maintenance Workshops
We continue our regular maintenance workshops, run in conjunction with The Turning Hub, Richmond’s mobile bike club (www.theturninghub.co.uk). 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 24th May and 14th June

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 23rd May

Ham Youth Centre, Ham – every other Saturday 10:00-12:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-14t
Next dates are 26th May and 9th June

Campaigns
Sadly no change to report on the council’s refusal to consult us on road schemes (or reply to our query on what they’re doing to make the borough safer for cyclists – http://is.gd/K3zh6s). Perhaps the fact that we live in a ‘cycling paradise’ is the reason why they don’t see a need to make any changes (http://is.gd/wJdegq)

Regarding the Twickenham Area Plan pre-publication consultation (more on the background to that here http://is.gd/ycBGW6), Campaigns Coordinator Nick wins for the most detailed submission, all 86 of which can now be read online. See who made comments and what they said:
http://www.richmond.gov.uk/pre-publication_taap_responses_published_1_march_2012.pdf
Consultation on the publication version is anticipated to be in spring/summer 2012. This will be the final opportunity to comment on the soundness of the Plan (and to see how many of our comments have been taken on board) It’s not yet clear when the traffic management scheme will be published/pre-published.

Cycle Super Highway 9
None of the proposed TfL Cycle Super Highways come through our borough, but you may be interested to hear about Highway 9 which shall come through Hounslow. Hounslow Cycling are reviewing the proposals for the design with key sections at Kew Bridge Junction, Chiswick Roundabout and the narrow section of Brentford High Street next to Waterman’s Park. TfL are under pressure from the London Mayor to implement the whole route (Hyde Park Corner – Hounslow) within two years and for a restricted budget, which may not allow adequate funding for safety improvements at these three locations (leading to similar substandard design as witnessed tragically at Bow Roundabout). Hounslow Cycling are canvassing opinion as to whether they as a group should object to the continuation of the Super Highway to Hounslow if these three crucial locations are not designed properly. If funding is limited it may be better to just implement the route from Hyde Park Corner to say Chiswick Town Centre, rather than encourage cyclists on to unsafe roads and junctions. Contact them through their Yahoo Group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LCC_Hounslow/) or email us at info@richmondlcc.co.uk with your thoughts and we’ll pass them on.

The Times ‘Cities Safe for Cyclists’ campaign
The Times ‘Cities Safe for Cyclists’ campaign launched in February has drawn a lot of comment from local MPs (read their responses online: http://is.gd/LN5gK6) and from the council (http://is.gd/3W2BMA). Councils across the country have been debating the manifesto and several have publically endorsed it. We hoped to raise it at the last Cycling Liason meeting with the council but that wasn’t allowed to be added to the agenda. We’ll continue to pressure LBRUT to demonstrate their commitment and we’re asking everyone to take 2 minutes to email their councillor if they haven’t already (see the bottom part of this webpost for details on how http://is.gd/LN5gK6)

Olympics
With only 70 days at the time of writing until the London Olympics, the borough will be getting not one but four cycling events on our doorstep for free! We’ve put together an information page on the events, including detailed maps of the routes and the days and times of each race. Have a look and pick your spot to watch the races from – http://is.gd/Gm9LAz

Cycle Theft
We’ve been improving our links with the Metropolitan Police in Richmond to allow us to let you know about upcoming bike marking events and news relating to cycle theft prevention in the borough. Some upcoming dates to be aware of:
North Sheen Recreation Ground 8th June 12:00 until 2:00pm
Richmond Tesco in George Street 6th June 12:00 until 2:00pm
Richmond Riverfront 24th June 1:00pm until 4:00pm

You can also have a look at our page on cycle theft prevention advice – http://is.gd/IMySxV

Finally, the Police highlighted a concern with thieves targeting those who use GPS devices to track their rides as these can direct the criminals right to your home. Find out more and how to prevent it – http://is.gd/Jt4zmr

Better by Bike
Would you like to write a short article on your local, cycling related experiences as part of our ‘Better by Bike’ series? Have a look at our previous guest posts at http://is.gd/q9QfyG and send an email to info@richmondlcc.co.uk with your ideas.

And Finally…
Don’t mention the ‘P’ word!
http://is.gd/O61ipG

Thanks for reading and keep cycling. Feel free to pass this email on to anyone who may benefit and don’t hesitate to get in touch through info@richmondlcc.co.uk to help make the borough a nicer and safer place to live and cycle.

 

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