RCC Newsletter – 20 September 2012

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Hello!

Welcome back. Well much has happened in the past few weeks. With news on a big hike in cycle thefts, feedback on last month’s Twickenham consultation, a now notorious local magazine editorial and greenways in Feltham, there’s a lot to get through..

Cycle Theft
We’ve heard back from our Freedom of Information request to Richmond Police on cycle theft stats and the results are quite shocking. When we last checked in 2010, nearly 2 bikes were reported stolen every day on average. This has now jumped to 4.5 bikes per day. Has the Mr Big of cycle theft moved to the borough or is there better reporting? http://is.gd/bwIabj

Upcoming bike marking dates:
Pools on the Park, Richmond, Sunday 23rd September, 1pm to 2pm
Pools on the Park, Richmond, Saturday 13th October, 5pm to 6pm

Cycle theft page with lots of useful info to protect your pride and joy – http://is.gd/rujlqn

Campaigns
The response to Twickenham Area Action Plan was overwhelming with many of you getting in touch to express your concerns about the changes being proposed. Well, it showed in the results, with LBRUT issuing a press release yesterday which showed that over two thirds had rejected the council’s proposal to remove the London Road cycle lane. There’s still a long way to go, but we hope the council will now listen to that message – http://is.gd/485Rhl

Last month we told you about the petition on the issue of cycle parking at Tesco’s store in Teddington and the response was incredible with the petition ending up with 110 signatures. Teddington Town blog has sent the petition to Tesco so we shall see what they do – http://is.gd/dLbjF3

We found out of plans to install 22 new cycle stands in Richmond. See this map for where they’ll be – http://is.gd/3xgYjI
We’re aware that there are many places across the borough that lack sufficient cycle parking – let us know where you would like to see new stands installed. Meanwhile, we have encouraged the council to trial some of these novel stands – http://is.gd/n3acGo. The company that produces them has been in touch with the council’s cycling champion so we shall wait and see if they take up their offer.

No consultations in Richmond borough that we’ve spotted this month (the council still refuses to consult us directly so we have to go searching) but there is one in the borough of Hounslow to develop a network of greenways in and around Feltham, which link to our borough and go all the way to Heathrow! Exciting plans, have a look at the plan here (PDF, 2MB – http://is.gd/9a0O3s) and details on how to feedback are here: http://is.gd/8Kbu3w (deadline 12 October)

Cycle Safety
Road safety remains high on the agenda, and Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman spoke a lot of sense on the issue – http://is.gd/y9Hox4. More recent Olympic cyclists also spoke out, with this article in the Times http://is.gd/Q5fuBc. We’ll continue to keep it high on the agenda locally, but here are two things we can all do ourselves:

British Cycling, supported by LCC and CTC are calling for a wholesale review of the Justice system (http://is.gd/zmEPeN) and an Early Day Motion has been raised on the subject – http://is.gd/x2n7vU

Sustrans are calling on local and national government to introduce 20mph speed limits in residential areas as part of their Free Range Kids campaign. You can sign their pledge online – http://is.gd/QSuszd
Both the BMJ (http://is.gd/8OXauz) and our own council (http://is.gd/OrFdyY) have shown the clear benefits of 20mph zones in reducing injuries.

The Richmond Magazine
Early on 6th September, after being contacted by some local cyclists on Twitter, we highlighted an editorial in a local magazine, The Richmond Magazine, where the editor shared the view that “the only good cyclist was a dead one”. Coming on the day that a cyclist had been killed in Walton on Thames, we felt it was particularly insensitive. You only need to read some of the quotes in this post to understand the hurt of losing someone in a road incident (http://is.gd/LN5gK6).

In response to the understandable reaction to the article, the editor posted an apology and we made an offer for him to come along to one of our events to understand why the reaction was so strong. We can now tell you that he has taken up that offer and we’re currently working the details. We’ll keep you informed on the outcome. You can read more on the saga here – http://is.gd/IRnBjq

Rides
Paul, our Rides Coordinator, has had a busy month with rides to Bushy Park and Windsor – have a look at the ride reports – http://is.gd/mqQzSg

Our next ride is a ‘Ride for Explorers’ on Sunday 7th October, on the Surrey woodlands route to Bookham. Meet at Twickenham Riverside by Eel Pie bridge at 10.15am. We head south crossing Littleworth Common, and Esher Common to Cobham and then a path across open fields and wooded Bookham Common. After a pub lunch we return taking in Oxshott Heath and Princes Coverts. About 35 miles avoiding main roads and using fairly smooth tracks – most bikes should cope. More details here – http://is.gd/vh7sAe

Send Paul an email if you’re going to join us on the ride 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)

British Cycling have a ride in Richmond Park on Saturday 23rd September as part of their women only Breeze series – more at http://is.gd/Hn8qaC

Maintenance Workshops
Jonathan continues to be a busy man making the regular maintenance workshops run smoothly and we get lots of positive feedback so he must be doing something right. 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 27th September and 11th and 25th October

Twickenham – All Hallows Church, – 4th Wednesday of the month 19:00-21:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-4U
Next dates are 26th September and 24th October

Ham – Ham Youth Centre – every other Saturday 10:00-12:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-14t
Next dates are 29th September and 13th and 27th October

Bushy Park – Hampton Wick, KCafe, Church Grove – every other Saturday 15:00-17:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-1mH
Next dates are 22nd and 29th September and 13th and 27th October

London Bicycle Film Festival
This annual event returns to the Barbican 4th – 7th October with a wide range of bike related films. Here’s a good rundown of what’s on the program – http://is.gd/aSbw7g

Better by Bike
Last month we told you about Kew Market (http://is.gd/NfCbk1) this month Turks Launches are our cycle friendly business to highlight. They allow bikes on board, so a different way to see the borough by bike and boat – http://is.gd/Oyf8os
Let us know what your favourite local bike friendly business is info@richmondlcc.co.uk

Monthly Meeting
It was great to see some new faces at this month’s meeting. Next one is Monday 8th October in The Old Ship pub in Richmond. More, including previous minutes, online – http://is.gd/eahg52

And Finally…
Now, this is quite a selection of bells – Kingston Cycling Campaign had some kids let their imagination go wild! Which is your favourite?
http://is.gd/DhXMoW

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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