RCC Newsletter – 14 October 2013

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Summer is truly gone so we’re back with a bumper newsletter to keep you company on the cold nights. A lot has happened these past few months and much more is coming over the next few months that will have a real impact on your safety on the streets and roads of the borough, so read on. There are many small ways you can join others in contributing to making our borough an even nicer place to live and cycle, whether taking two minutes to respond to a consultation or dropping an email to your Councillor.

Council Meetings
Members of RCC were out in force at two council meetings last week – the Cycling Liaison Group Meeting and the Environment, Sustainability and Community Overview and Scrutiny Meeting. At the latter, two local parents made presentations, describing their difficulties and frustrations over their attempts to allow their young children to cycle to school safely. They were subjected to some pretty hostile questioning from the Councillors present who argued that there was no space for safe infrastructure (they need to read this – http://is.gd/xvpflb – part of this excellent expose of the myths and excuses why safe cycle infrastructure can’t be provided – http://is.gd/gdT0d1) and somehow derisive references to Bradley Wiggins was somehow felt pertinent to children cycling to school. It was an eye opener to the attitudes of some councillors (from both main parties it has to be added).

It wasn’t all negative though, Cllr Gareth Roberts spoke up in defence of cycling in the borough and strongly advocated that the council should do more to set aside its own funding for cycling to allow them to implement measures that would encourage cycling to school and to the shops through quick wins such as the introduction of 20mph limits, without having to rely on external funding from TfL before acting. As part of the build up to next year’s local council elections, we’ll be shining more of a light on the attitudes of our Councillors as they have significant influence on our borough’s streets. Read our write up of both meetings for more – http://is.gd/GUK6rC

LBRUT Mini Holland Bid
Richmond has been successful in being selected for the next stage of the competition for ‘mini Holland’ funding. Read more on the feedback the council received and what has been dropped from the plans – http://is.gd/UI4ZhC – as well as our previous detailed breakdown of the plans – http://is.gd/3fqXc3

Get Britain Cycling Parliamentary Debate
On Monday 2 September, we led a group of riders from Richmond, with a little diversion to Barnes, into central London for London Cycling Campaign’s “Space4Cycling” protest ride. This was to coincide with the parliamentary debate of the Get Britain Cycling report (http://is.gd/SojI3P). The ride through the borough gave plenty of examples of why we were joining the event, but it was great that several people joined us who openly admitted they’d normally be too scared to cycle into central London. The turnout in central London was enormous, it was estimated that 5,000 people joined in. You can read more about the event from LCC – http://is.gd/3ICDUm – one of those who joined us from Richmond shot this video of the event – http://is.gd/jZuCOe

More consultations this month affecting cycling directly and indirectly across the borough. Again, we really need everyone who reads this newsletter to take 2 minutes to reply to these consultations. Every response makes an impact as recent consultation outcomes have shown. Switch the kettle on and have a look through them over a nice cup of tea!

First up is Buccleuch Gardens (Map Link – http://goo.gl/maps/gnaVT). We are supporting Option 2 to make permanent the ‘desire line’ (http://is.gd/KITvYJ) for those walking and cycling. Proper recognition of desire lines is important in making cycling and walking convenient and here is a good opportunity to support one. Deadline 18 October – Fill in the quick tick box consultation online – http://is.gd/5EB1U1

Next, a survey on council managed parks (i.e. not Richmond Park). We’re lucky to have many nice parks in the borough, great to relax, have a picnic or to take the kids to play. One thing we often hear about is a lack of cycle parking by children’s play areas, so here is an opportunity to ask for more. Deadline 27 October – Quick tick box consultation online – http://is.gd/nrsoU8

There is a consultation on polling stations and they state they wish to ensure ‘that all electors have reasonable and accessible facilities for voting’ so ask them to check cycle parking provision at the stations for next time round, when cycling is going to be a key electoral topic. Deadline 8 November – Another tick box consultation online – http://is.gd/i1jcSl

The council’s ‘Draft Housing Strategy 2013-17‘ is up for consultation, and we get many comments on provision of cycle parking at housing developments. Many boroughs are taking a lead in provision of cycle parking in social housing developments (http://is.gd/XFWqbq) and the strategy talks how ‘the connectivity of housing to people and place contributions to health, wellbeing and the economy’, something good cycle provision can significantly improve. Deadline 8 November – More details, including the background documents and online questionnaire – http://is.gd/5T1NrK

Finally, one for the real planning aficionados. A consultation is out on a draft of the Site Allocations Plan. This is one of a series of documents which make up the Borough’s Local Plan and like many things, cycle infrastructure provision can be linked into it. There’s more detail online – http://is.gd/pXZGr1 – and the consultation runs to 12 November.

You can look up all LBRUT consultations on their new Consultation Hubhttp://is.gd/YLMmYB – and do let us know if you spot one we’ve missed.

No consultations that we’re aware of from TfL at the moment. You can look for consultations on their page – http://is.gd/B52rsy

Consultation Outcomes
We reported in the last newsletter that the TfL consultation to close off the Cole Park Road rat run onto the A316 which cuts across a popular cycle lane used by many cycling with their kids to school. We then heard from TfL that despite the consultation outcome, they were only going to proceed with a partial closure. Many of you joined us in contacting TfL to voice our concerns, and we can happily report that a full closure will now proceed. Read the whole story here – http://is.gd/s6oReM

Back in July we raised the latest in a long run of consultations for Twickenham town centre, to introduce a 20mph zone in Twickenham town centre and opening up Holly Road as a cycling contraflow to avoid the busy and dangerous London Road/King Street intersection. Well the good news is that both were accepted and the council plans to proceed with them, thanks in no small part to the many of you who took the time to respond.

Twickenham Town Centre
Despite the positive news above, the provision for Twickenham town centre still looks like derisory advisory part time cycle lanes that disappear at junctions. Read our latest update – http://is.gd/pq3H97 – and the detailed drawings we showed in our last newsletter (http://is.gd/BkYKMS). We continue to push the council hard on this, and they themselves admit the proposed design would need changing if they win ‘mini Holland’ funding, which in itself is a damming assessment. Meanwhile, the firm who produced the drawings of the disappearing cycle lanes have been flaunting their cycling design credentials – http://is.gd/LjqRgd

And despite support from the Police, we are still no further in getting a properly engineered solution to the abuse of the London Road cycle lanes (https://vine.co/v/b32wbYMl1X1 and https://vine.co/v/b32JZur9d93)

We continue to use Cyclescape and many of you have logged more issues over the summer months. We’ve an update on how we’re using the tool – http://is.gd/sdzSj5 – and there are details of how you can get involved and help us record the good, the bad and the downright ugly – http://is.gd/H2Ko84

Some examples of issues that are being discussed this month:
Traffic Light Sensor not changing for cyclists – http://is.gd/MR7Nmi
More cycle parking need in Teddington – http://is.gd/PSI9zo
Improved towpath in Barnes – http://is.gd/YnMACE
Danger exiting Ham Gate – http://is.gd/b57thE

Back to School
With the new school year, our focus on children cycling to school continues. Read our latest post on the subject – http://is.gd/mvtqpi

Maintenance Workshops
The days may be getting shorter, but that doesn’t mean putting your bike into hibernation. Our maintenance sessions are a good opportunity to get help fitting lights or mudguards or giving your bike a once over. Everyone and all bike types are welcome and no appointment is necessary. Come and learn a few tips and tricks to use at home. It’s all free but donations as always welcome to cover our costs – http://is.gd/oKpKQW:

Mortlake – The Old Bakery – 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month 19:00-21:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-4X
Next dates are 24 October and 14 November

Twickenham – All Hallows Church, – 4th Wednesday of the month 19:00-21:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-4U
Next date is 23 October

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

Cost of Cycle Theft
These continue and the police reported that over the last 4 weeks, 105 individual bicycles were stolen, worth a total value of £63,820. The police are now employing tracker bikes at various locations across the borough. It is also worth reminding yourself of our cycle theft advice, particularly in securing outdoor sheds – http://is.gd/YmD7HB

London Cycling Campaign AGM and Elections
All LCC members will have received an email about the LCC AGM later this month. It’s a great opportunity to find out about what’s happening with cycle campaigning across London (details here – http://is.gd/umN0ze), but if you are unable to go along we’d encourage you to use your electronic vote for the Board of Trustees. The candidates are listed here – http://is.gd/qidfWu – and details on how to vote will be in the email from LCC. Deadline to vote is 6pm this Wednesday 16 October. We’re lucky to have a current trustee living here in the borough and playing a very active part in RCC alongside her work for LCC – they do have a significant influence on the direction LCC takes so do please use your vote.

Monthly Meeting
Our monthly meetings continue on the 2nd Monday of the month at 8pm at the Old Ship pub in Richmond. More details – http://is.gd/eahg52

And Finally…
A lovely little video of how cycling and shop local go hand in hand (or pedal by pedal?)

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 and if you’ve missed any of our newsletters, they are all online – http://www.richmondlcc.co.uk/category/newsletters

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