CLG Notes – July 2017
We’ve got quite a few things for the Cycling LIaison Group, and for the council.
(a) The “Walkway” seems to be the route by the Old Sorting Office site development from Twickenham station – to Craneford Way playing field. The question is will it be (when finally open) officially a cycle route – and if not why was that not demanded as part of planning permission.
(something similar seems to have happened in Hampton Wick when the riverside route was initially going to be a cycle route but then acquired a gate.)
The Wellesley Rd – Fifth Cross Rd link for connecting Strawberry Hill station to Crane Park shared use path requires more than just signing. (interestingly it appears on the Borough Cycling Strategy map.)
(b) The need for a working party to be set up to look at the case for establishing and publicising a Richmond Cycling Network. (There is a map in the council’s documents, but it shows too many routes which are clearly not appropriate for everyone to cycle on.)
(c) RUTC to give proper consideration to the impact on cyclist safety of the road restrictions and closures in place during RFU events
(d) The need for RUTC to arrange for traffic Wardens to stop motorists from parking on double yellow lines, particularly at corners, where the reduced visibility of passing traffic puts cyclists and pedestrians at risk. Additionally, double yellow lines often protect stepless pavement access, which is important for wheelchairs, prams, and a variety of other pavement users.
(e) Parking at Kew station. We’ve asked about this before – the station needs more bike parking on both sides, but especially on the North Road side.
(f) The council recently consulted on changes to the Star and Garter roundabout. According to email discussions with the council, this is being considered for possible 20mph zoning. We’d like to know why we only hear about these things via email, and what the process is for this.
(g) Also on the Star and Garter consultation, we are very disappointed by the entire consultation process, as well as the proposed designs. The consultation failed to clearly show the proposed changes, didn’t show what analysis had been undertaken, and didn’t offer any options. Most importantly from our point of view, it offers no improvements at all for cycling.
(h) We looked at the minutes from January 2016 (here). It’s hard to see what progress has been made on virtually any of the items listed:
- Kingston to Hampton Court cycle links
- Rocks Lane cycle route
- Mini Holland funded cycle routes
- Sheen Road cycle route
- Fifth Cross Road / Wellesley Road cycle route
- Contraflow cycle routes
- Simultaneous green junction
(i) In a consultation on the Uxbridge / Hampton Road junction, pavement and park space is being taken away to increase road space for queuing cars. Why are we sacrificing park space for traffic? Why are there no options on the table beside having more cars in the area?
(j) Cycling information is buried on the council website – it’s virtually impossible to find the cycling liaison group and it is poorly publicised.
(k) The Mortlake Brewery and St Mary’s University developments seem to have no council plan for walking and cycling. Why? These are excellent opportunities to push for more active travel and to provide attractive active travel options, but the council has done nothing.
(l) Twickenham Riverside. Why is cycling not included? Why is there no cycle parking, no cycle routes? We have spoken to the council about this for more than 3 years, and yet still designs never include walking or cycling properly.