Road signs – getting the council to at least fix the basics

Prompted by this tweet, we’ve complained to the council about the poor approach they seem to be maintaining on dealing with roadworks and cycling …

Here’s the letter we wrote – let us know if you’ve been the victim of more rubbish signage in the borough!

Dear Councillors,
I am writing to officially complain about the ongoing issues with roadworks signage in the borough.
Richmond Cycling Campaign is unhappy not only about the fact that this is still a problem, but the fact that there appears to be no prompt, effective escalation route for it to be dealt with.
There is quite literally no scenario in which someone on a bicycle should ever be instructed to walk, or to wheel their bicycle. The most obvious recent example of this was outside the RFU (see this tweet). The council was told about this on May 31st, but on 6th June, one of our members observed the obstructions still to be in place.
We spoke about this at the last Cycling Liaison Group, and we were given to believe (a) that council rules are clear on this, and (b) that there is a process in place to deal with these problems.
We are therefore asking for a clear response from the council explaining:
1.    What rules and guidelines are issued to people doing roadworks in the borough? By whom?
2.    What is the escalation process for dealing with problems?
3.    Are there any Service Level Agreements (or deadlines)  in the escalation process?
4.    Who has responsibility for roadworks in the borough, and policing and approval thereof?
Richmond Cycling Campaign


3 thoughts on “Road signs – getting the council to at least fix the basics

  1. To be taken seriously, you really need to spell check your posts.

    lwt us know
    Richmond Cyxling Campaign


    As someone who uses a bike as thier primary mode of transport, I have to take exception to this statement.

    “There is quite literally no scenario in which someone on a bicycle should ever be instructed to walk, or to wheel their bicycle.”

    There are plenty of scenarios where I would like to be instructed to walk or wheel my bike. I’m not the love child of Iron Man and Wolverine, I appreciateaa heads up of potential hazards, it’s down to me if I think those warnings are valid in any given situation.


    In summry, stop being so fucking militant, us cyclists don’t own the road, we arn’t encased by a steel shell, we need to use our common sence.

  2. @Mick, thanks for your reply (and pointing out the typos – we saw a third one, too!)

    While many people using bikes are able-bodied and have no issues with moving around, there is ample evidence of people with disabilities who are unable to push their bike for more than a very short distance,

    For example, one lady in Sheen walks her dog using her tricycle: she’s unable, through MS, to walk any but a very short distance and would be unable to push her bicycle for any more than that.

    (Also, we *do* own the road – we pay for its upkeep just like every other tax payer, and we are entitled to be safe and protected when we use it.)

  3. I agree that this is a practical and unnecessary problem for cyclists which should be avoided and stems from the view that the over-riding priority is to allow the free flow of vehicles. The most annoying thing for me is when a sign related to works on the carriageway is placed across the cycle path even though the works are not on the cycle path. Keep on pushing on this – well when I say ‘push’ you know what I mean…

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