Rides for Explorers – The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

12th April ; meeting Richmond Little Green 10.15.

Some years ago we went to watch the construction. The site has been landscaped and there is a good cafe

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We ride up through Central London -  quite fun with low Sunday traffic -  and plug into CS2 but turn off before the Bow Roundabout via Victoria Park to the Olympic Park. After lunch and a tour of the traffic-free park we return over the Green Bridge and SC3. About 37 miles.

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Please let me know if you are thinking of coming;  Paul : rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Everyone – Coffee at the Palace -Saturday 21st March

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Meet Mortlake Green by the Station 10.15

We cycle by the Thames all the way down to Putney Bridge which we cross to Bishop’s Park and a break at the cafe in Fulham Palace. Return via the Wetland Centre and a glimpse at the “Arab tent” tomb of the explorer Richard Burton. 8 miles and flat so definitely a ride for everyone. – back about 12.

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Putting our routes onto Skyride does seem to attract more interest. We had 8 riders of a wide range of ages despite a chilly wind. The Drawing Room Cafe at the Palace provided welcome refreshment and we emerged into (short lived) sunshine.

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Route: Richmond Park Gate to Richmond Bridge

A perennial complaint has been about cyclists using the footway to descend Richmond Hill against the one-way system. We have argued that the legitimate route which has the benefit of filtered permeability P1010453a

has lost many of its signposts so cyclists are using the obvious route for fear of getting lost. Many of the signs have now been restored (Thank you Richmond Council)

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However, in the process, the Castle Yard cut through has been deleted so that cyclists are sent right down to congested Paradise Rd which we are not happy about. The RCC rides rep had a meeting with a council engineer discussing where signing is still not clear and we came up with a route using a contra-flow in Ormond Rd. To avoid head-to-head confrontations the engineer suggested that the carriageway should be raised level with the footway allowing cyclists to move to the side should they meet a (rare) vehicle coming the other way. NIce to get imaginative ideas from the other side – we are so used to “can’t do that”.

Greening the Infrastructure Bill – Urgent

It’s been described by George Monbiot as “the Climate Change Act’s evil twin”. The Infrastructure Bill is entering a crucial stage in Parliament today, and we need your help to get your MP voting for important changes to what it will do. Both the local MPs have Green aspirations so they should be susceptible to public pressure.

With £15 billion being set aside in the Bill for road investment, and a new ‘Strategic Highways Company’ being created, your MP’s vote will be needed to pass a range of vital amendments that will make the company:

  • Protect the environment and communities from problems like noise and air pollution
  • Work with local authorities when it makes new plans, so it doesn’t just focus on widening main roads
  • Stop the new ‘watchdog’ only sticking up for motorists and make it stick up for people living near main roads too

Sixteen health, environment and transport charities  are also asking for a whole new Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy to be added to the Bill. This will guarantee long-term national investment in cycling and walking, in the same way that rail and roads will be funded if the Bill passes.

Please use our quick and easy tool to write to your MP now and ask them to vote the right way when the Infrastructure Bill comes to the House of Commons in the next few days.

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Bike Marking – from Fulwell Police SNG.

Please be advised and make aware as many residents as possible about future bike marking events on Fulwell and Hampton Hill beat:

14/01/2015 16:00-17:00 – Fulwell Rail Station

17/01/2015 14:30-15:30 – Bushy Park gate (end of the High Street Hampton Hill – opposite to The Rising Sun Pub)

26/02/2015 17:00-18:00 – Fulwell Rail Station

As you may know theft of bikes from sheds is a concern across the London; often expensive bikes are left unsecure or locked with very cheap lock in poorly secured sheds.

These events will give the opportunity to mark & register your bikes, and learn how to secure your property.

Rides for Explorers – Sunday 1st March – Windsor Great Park

No one emailed or turned up so , as I was kitted up for a ride I took the opportunity to explore a route to the QE Olympic Park.  – about 38 miles from Richmond.

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Lots to see (call me old fashioned; but St Paul’s rising in front of you as you cycle up Ludgate Hill takes some beating)  and a good cafe for lunch.

Any interest in having that as our Ride for Explorers next month – either on the 5th (Easter Sunday) or the 12th ?

Paul : rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Everyone – Sunday 15th February – Park and Riverside

Meet Strawberry Hill station 10.15.

We go through Bushy Park to Hampton Court – watch out for Snowdrops and then follow the Thames back to Strawberry Hill. More than half the ride off-road but decent surfaces. Coffee break en-route. Flat 10 miles so back by 12ish depending on how long we spend over coffee.

Just 3 of us met up – one from Staines and one from Hounslow on a mild but cloudy morning. The Barge Walk path was a bit muddy and potholed and we had to divert due to work on the railway bridge in Kingston but the clouds lifted as we came back across Teddington Lock

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Sustrans campaign to get cycling and walking added to Infrastructure Bill

I had had an email from Sustrans in association with other cycling groups :

The Infrastructure Bill has proposed a five year investment plan for strategic roads whilst rail already has such a plan in place. However, there is no similar framework in place for cycling and walking.

 We would like MPs to back an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill to guarantee long-term ambition and funding for cycling and walking, including local road maintenance.

We are now at a critical stage as MPs will get the chance to propose amendments and debate the need for such a proposal in December and January.

 We need your help. Please write to your MP and ask them to support an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill.

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Both our local MPs should be sympathetic but having constituents letters helps their backbones !