RCC Newsletter – 15 June 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.


As usual, we’re chock full of news, with cycle marking events to Bikeweek, from rides to the countryside to new maintenance sessions in Bushy Park.

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

Cycle Theft
We continue to improving our links with the Metropolitan Police in Richmond so we can tell you about upcoming bike marking events. Some upcoming dates to be aware of:
Richmond Cycles (just south of Richmond Bridge) Saturday 16th June 12noon until 3pm
Trafalgar School Fair Sunday 17th June 9am until 5pm
Hanworth Road/Simpson Road (in the park) Thursday 21st June 9am until 3pm
Richmond Riverfront Sunday 24th June 1:00pm until 4:00pm

And make sure you follow our cycle theft prevention advice – http://is.gd/IMySxV

Maintenance Workshops
Our regular maintenance workshops, run in conjunction with The Turning Hub (www.theturninghub.co.uk) are continuing and the great news is that we’ve now added another slot in Bushy Park. The Richmond Youth Partnership (http://richmondyouth.org.uk) recently won funding to run a bike club at their café in Bushy Park – the KCafe (www.kcafe.org.uk) and they chose The Turning Hub to run the club on their behalf. We are starting with some free maintenance sessions which will be open to the general public on Saturday afternoons

The workshops are a great opportunity to learn some new skills so that you don’t get caught on on that long ride, to give you bike the once over before summer or just to talk bike. Everyone and all bike types are welcome and no appointment is necessary. It’s all free but donations are welcome to cover our costs:

Mortlake – The Old Bakery – 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month 19:00-21:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-4X
Next date is 12th July (note 28th June is cancelled as we’re on hols!)

Twickenham – All Hallows Church, – 4th Wednesday of the month 19:00-21:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-4U
Next date is 27th June

Ham – Ham Youth Centre – every other Saturday 10:00-12:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-14t
Next dates are 23rd June and 14th July

Bushy Park – Hampton Wick, KCafe, Church Grove – every other Saturday 15:00-17:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-1mH
Next dates are 23rd June and 14th July

Our next ride is a ‘Ride for Everyone’, is this Saturday 16th June, meeting at Strawberry Hill Station at 10:00, taking the Crane River to Bedfont Lakesin the Grand Union Canal, hidden countryside on your doorstep. More details here: http://is.gd/zzmBNO

Our next ‘Ride for Explorers‘ is on a Saturday after popular request, on 7th July. We’re off to follow the meadowlands of Norbury Park. Meet at Twickenham Riverside by Eel Pie Bridge at 10:30. More details here: http://is.gd/LRwrdH

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?

Kicking off this weekend, and running until Sunday 24th June, there are lots of events happening across London to encourage cycling, with many firms organising Bike to Work events to encourage employees to cycle to work. Find out more at http://is.gd/8s4pNF. It is part of a wider initiative, called ‘Summer of Cycling’ which is encouraging everyone to have a +1 to introduce to cycling. More at www.summerofcycling.net

Locally, Richmond council are organising a BikeFest on Sunday 24th June from 10am to 4pm in Kneller Gardens, with grass track racing, a 50m sprint lane and a skills course to try out. See their website for more http://is.gd/HgXjaw

A quiet month on the campaigns front locally but there has been lots of action by individuals contacting the council and TfL to raise concerns on everything from recent works on the A316 to dangers of certain junctions. Do get in touch with your experiences and if you’d like to be informed of consultations that impact your routes.

On Saturday 2nd June there was a ‘Calm the Bridge’ flashride at Hammersmith bridge organised by Hammersmith and Fulham Cyclists after a serious crash led to a girl being pinned by a car against one of the bridge supports. We were there to fly the Richmond flag and more about the story at http://is.gd/ZdsZb0. We’ve been campaigning about Hammersmith Bridge for some time and a local cyclist has shot a great video showing the problems those using the bridge experience http://is.gd/SFgsE6

London Cycling Campaign
You don’t need to be a member of the LCC to join any of our events or to receive our email newsletters but of course we’d encourage you to consider it, particularly for the 3rd party insurance, a free magazine and the discounts at many local bike shops. Find out more at http://lcc.org.uk/pages/membership-and-benefits

LCC Summer Social
They’re coming to Richmond (and why not!) for summer drinks at the Roebuck on Richmond Hill on Wednesday 20th June. Come and join in from 8pm to see who’s who in London Cycling.

If you haven’t picked your spot to watch the four Olympic cycling events coming to the borough, have a look at our information page on the events, including detailed maps of the routes and the days and times of each race http://is.gd/Gm9LAz

Monthly Meeting
And don’t forget to put the date for our next monthly meeting in your diary, Monday 9th July (they’re always the 2nd Monday of the month, in The Old Ship pub in Richmond). It’s always great to see new faces each month.

And Finally…
If the summer weather is getting you down…

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. You can see our list of cycling events in the borough on our online calendar: http://www.richmondlcc.co.uk/category/events/

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