RCC Newsletter – 22 August 2012

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

 

Hello!

What a month! The Olympics have been and gone, bringing thousands to the streets, there’s news on the council’s proposal to remove cycle lanes in Twickenham, as well as a petition to get Tesco’s in Teddington to sort out its cycle parking.

Campaigns
The Twickenham Area Action Plan has now reached its final stage of consultation and we’ve been providing significant input along the way. The current stage has (hidden away, separate from the main consultation) the proposal to remove cycle and bus lanes in the town centre. You can read more about it here – http://is.gd/485Rhl and it has also been picked up by a local Twickenham blog – http://is.gd/ma1rQX. Please take a couple of minute to fill in the online tick box consultation before the deadline at 5pm 31st August – http://is.gd/iDxp6f

The issue of cycle parking at Tesco’s store in Teddington has been ongoing since a recent refurbishment halved the number of spaces and left an unsecured rack in the car park. Read more here – http://is.gd/ajkwPz and please fill in the online petition set up by local website, ‘Teddington Town’, now at well over 70 signatures – http://is.gd/dLbjF3

Cycle safety continues to be a strong area of focus, with the recent London Assembly Transport Committee consultation into cycle safety having its first session on 12th July. Local father of two Tim Lennon spoke eloquently about the barriers to his daughter cycling to primary school in Richmond (http://is.gd/py1TPI) and Local Cycling Czar Cllr Harborne had two press releases on the subject in line with previous communications (http://is.gd/PnfDbm), though ‘sharing a shower’ was new to us. Both London Cycling Campaign (http://is.gd/PgrIDw) and British Cycling (http://is.gd/zeKRMG) have made submissions to the committee broadly aligned that something needs to be done, hopefully this will filter down to a local level.

Cycle Theft
We’ve put a Freedom of Information request into Richmond Police to get an update on cycle theft stats. When we last checked in 2010, 2296 bikes had been reported stolen between 2007 and 2010 – http://is.gd/sa2by2

Upcoming bike marking dates:
Pools on the Park, Richmond, Saturday 8th August, 5pm to 6pm
Richmond Railway Station, Monday 17th August, 4pm to 7.30pm

We’ve also updated our cycle theft page with lots of useful info to protect your pride and joy – http://is.gd/rujlqn

Olympics
They came and went and you all came out to watch, along with thousands of visitors to the borough. The predicted travel chaos was minimal and many of you commented on how nice the streets were without traffic. We’ve put some links to local sites with photos of the events on our Olympic page, enjoy! – http://is.gd/Gm9LAz

After the event has been and gone, there has been a lot of talk about what the legacy would be. We’ve put our thoughts up on the website, it would be great to hear yours! – http://is.gd/ggdXN7

Maintenance Workshops
Our regular maintenance workshops, run in conjunction with The Turning Hub (www.theturninghub.co.uk) continue and were particularly busy after the Olympics came through the borough. 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 dates are 23rd August and 13th September

Twickenham – All Hallows Church, – 4th Wednesday of the month 19:00-21:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-4U
Next date is 22nd August

Ham – Ham Youth Centre – every other Saturday 10:00-12:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-14t
Next dates are 1st and 29th September

Bushy Park – Hampton Wick, KCafe, Church Grove – every other Saturday 15:00-17:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-1mH
Next dates are 1st, 22nd and 29th September

Rides
Our next ride is a ‘Ride for Explorers’ on Sunday 2nd September, meeting at Twickenham Riverfront at 10:00, heading through to the Great Park in Windsor with lunch along the way in Englefield Green.
More details here – http://is.gd/B7qs15

Our next ‘Ride for Everyone‘ is on Saturday 15th September, route to be confirmed, so check our website closer to the date.

Drop Paul, our Rides Coordinator, an email if you’re going to join us on one of these rides or for more information 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?

Shop Local
We encourage everyone to get out on their bikes and support your local shops, markets and businesses – studies show the value of cyclists – http://is.gd/EcBaZz. This month, why not pop along to the Kew Market by bike on Sunday 2nd September – http://is.gd/NfCbk1
Let us know what your favourite bike friendly local shop or market is info@richmondlcc.co.uk

Monthly Meeting
No meeting this month but we’re back in September as usual on Monday 10th September in The Old Ship pub in Richmond. Come along and hear what’s happening with cycling in the borough and how you can get involved. More online – http://is.gd/eahg52

And Finally…
Need something to carry that coffee on the go? – http://is.gd/estA6w

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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