Help Needed for Freecycle Feeder

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On 29th July central London will be traffic-free to allow everybody to enjoy the delights of cycling past the famous landmarks. The problem is getting there. RCC will , as usual , be escorting  about 100 cyclists of all ages from Richmond up to town but we do need more volunteer marshals to keep people on course. Experience would be wonderful but helpfulness and a willingness to learn the route (or copy to your phone) would be more than welcome. People always say that they enjoyed getting up to London as well as the Freecycle and that they wouldn’t have done it without support.

Your help is needed to allow us to continue to offer this service to the people of the borough. Please contact

rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Everyone – Palaces of West London – Sunday 21st May

Osterley 2017Meet Richmond Little Green by theatre at 10.00am.

We Cross the Thames and pass through the grounds of Sion House before heading up the Grand Union Canal to Norwood Green. A country lane takes us into the wide spaces of Osterley Park where we enjoy coffee in the stables before passing the mansion on the way home. About 10 miles, quiet with some slopes. Should be back around 12 ish.

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Six of us met up with the youngest aged 7 and 11 – this is a Ride for Everyone.  We enjoyed excellent weather and no one fell in the canal. From the response to the sites that we visited we should be applying for sponsorship from the London Tourism Board.

 

Rides for Explorers – Windsor Great Park – 7th May

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Meet Twickenham Riverside , by Eel Pie Bridge , 10.30. 7th  May

We cut across to Hampton then roughly follow the Thames upstream using NCR4 from Chertsey to Staines. A steep climb to Englefield Green is rewarded by lunch at the Sun Inn then we enjoy the practically traffic free Windsor Great Park and track into Windsor. We than return more directly to Twickenham with more mixed surroundings but finishing with our local Crane Park trail.  38 miles with one big hill.

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17 of us turned up on a grey Twickenham Riverside but the sun broke through as we got through Staines. The Sun coped a bit slowly with the unexpected load but we had a sunny garden with chickens and were well fed and watered for a ride through verdant Windsor Great Park and down a twisty track into Windsor and traffic again.

Rides for Everyone – 15th April – Crane Park

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With trains in the Twickenham area suspended we are starting this ride from Teddington Station (west side). Meet 10.30.

We pass by Bushy House and NPL to enter Bushy Park then through Hampton Hill back streets to cut across past a golf course to a bridge across the Chertsey Road . We enjoy a rare cycle track separate both from the road and the footway to reach a newish track up the Hounslow side of the Crane before crossing to “our” side to ride down to Kneller Gardens for coffee after which we cut across back to Teddington Station.

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Five of us met up on a bright but chilly morning. A pleasant and uneventful ride with flowering trees and bluebells. Getting into the cut-across behind the leisure centre proved   a challenge for bikes with wide handlebars. This has been marked a potential route since 2007 with a toucan crossing of the A305 which only makes sense as part of it. The on-road alternative is a big gyratory – not a ride for everyone !

 

Rides for Explorers – 2nd April – Up the Wandle

Wandle Ride 17Meet Richmond Little Green (by Richmond Theatre) 10.30. We head to Putney Bridge and then go along the Thames via Wandsworth Park to the mouth of the Wandle where we head upstream along the Wandle Trail. After a bit of busy road we get into King Georges Park and then is is mostly a mixture of parkland and quiet roads to Morden Hall Park for lunch.

We return, after a quick look at a gate from Merton Abbey transplanted to a quiet church in Merton Park,  via Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park .

A fairly short ride at 20 miles but lots to see.

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Six of us met up on a bright morning. There was a bit of congestion where the boat race was being prepared in Putney but we soon reached the Wandle. The first part was along quite busy roads and the contra-flow cycle lane full of parked cars wasn’t encouraging but we were soon cycling through parkland. There was a general request for a coffee stop at Merton Abbey Mills so we didn’t linger in the crowded Morden Hall Park and had lunch at the Windmill on Wimbledon Common. Hence down into Richmond Park and up again (one of us electrically powered) to Richmond Gate where we split.

A Tube Map for Richmond

The idea of representing cycle routes like tube lines was developed by cyclists in Bristol and Bath. They show connections clearly by simplifying geography so are not meant for navigation but give an overall idea of the state of the network.

The most accessible routes are drawn in blue and then via cyan, yellow , orange to the most hostile in red. The call is “turn the map blue ! “.

Richmond Cycle Tube MapOK ish  (mostly thanks to Royal Parks ) apart from around Twickenham and Richmond-Mortlake but the network is only as good as its weakest link and some of the weaknesses have been glossed over in the above picture. From the collision rate shown in the LIP map Twickenham Station-Riverside should be Red  as should Upper Richmond Rd.

The A305 / A311 is the direct link  between  “Village Centres” and so will be used for cycling although it is hardly to be recommended to the inexperienced. I have used a slightly thinner line. The thinnest lines are for routes that avoid traffic at the expense of being very roundabout ; fine for recreational rides.

This is an ongoing project – for the latest version see This Link

The “real” map corresponding to this is HERE To make the routes easier to follow I have used consistent colours rather than quality grading. Again the A305/A311 is narrower.

 

Rides for Explorers – January 8th – Box Hill

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Meet Twickenham Riverside – by Eel Pie bridge 10.00.

Our traditional post-turkey jaunt. On/off road quiet route to Box Hill then a steady climb to the viewpoint and lunch in NT Cafe at the top (as the pub we used to patronise is now a trendy wine-bar). Enjoy  a switchback descent taking us most of the way home. About 40 miles in total. Better bring lights but expect to get back before 4.

Eight of us met up with rather more “locals” than usual but with two riders who had already cycled from NW London. The weather was “atmospheric misty” but not cold and the surfaces across Horton Country Park / Ashsted Common not bad. We took our soup outside as the cafe was rather full and the weather still mild. The downhill return was marred a bit by drizzle encouraging us not to linger – we were back in the Borough soon after 3.

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Cycle Hub at Teddington Station

cyclehub….was opened by the Deputy Mayor who arrived by bike (although it later transpired that it had been borrowed from her son. )  She talked about encouraging commuters to leave their cars at home ..but the remark about this leaving space for parents returning from driving their children to school suggests that the message has not fully got through. The Network Rail person’s emphasis on planning for future increase in demand was more welcome.

We get : lots of decent cycle parking – and there is space between the double decker racks to pull down the upper and load your bike from the end-  , a pump which doubles as a maintenance stand and a chained set of tools all overlooked by a security camera with info on trains and weather on a monitor.

Now all we need is good routes to cycle to the station !