Rides for Explorers – 10th January – Box Hill

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.

Route

Looks OK for Sunday but there has been so much rain recently that the commons will be very muddy. May have to grit teeth and go out by Hook Rd (back by normal route).

IMG_20160110_122433040Both the people who said they were coming cancelled and no-one turned up on spec but as it was a decent day I did the ride anyway.

Hook Rd isn’t too bad , on a Sunday morning anyway, and I got to the top of Box Hill by 11.30. The usual bicycle crush. On the way back checked the refreshment van on Headley Common ( second instalment of lunch ) – will be operating every Sunday so may be a useful lunch stop. Back in the Borough by 1.30.

Paul – rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

 

Hampton Hill Uplift – £1.8m paving slabs.

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After a rather vague public consultation LBRUT have come up with a not very cunning plan. The public were concerned about traffic and the condition of the footway but the council gone for the easy part and put in lots of granite paving slabs.

On the plus side there will be a 20mph limit , parking bays will be inset ( so cyclists don’t feel obliged to go in and out around parked vehicles and access to the park will (somehow) be made easier. There will be a toucan crossing but with no links to anywhere. Cycle parking is a detail to be added where there is room.

I have put together a response – Response to Hampton Hill Uplift

I am happy to amend this in the light of your comments but need to send it in later this week.

Also feel free to put in individual responses.

Paul

No More Investment in Cycling – Write to your MP now

The Times reported   that despite the fact that David Cameron has confirmed that he is “huge cycling fan” and says that he wants to “go further” and “realise our ambition to make the UK a true cycling nation,” echoing the calls he made in 2013 for a “cycling revolution.” the November Spending Review seems to spell an end for cycling infrastructure spending.

I have shamelessly plagiarised Matt Turner to come up with the effort below. via

https://www.writetothem.com/write

It would be useful if Tania and Zac were in receipt of more variants.

Dear Tania Mathias,

I’m writing to you about the report in The Times   that investment in
cycling is due to be cut in the November spending review .
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article4601075.ece

I’m dismayed at this news if it is indeed true as it contradicts the
Prime Minister's stated intention to " make the UK a true cycling
nation". 

 We must keep investing in cycling, not for cyclists, but so that
everyone has the freedom to ride a bike. Helping to revitalise our
neighborhoods by reducing congestion, noise and making them nicer
places to spend time. To give our children the freedom to travel
independently, to reduce the burden on our health service, to begin to
tackle climate change and especially poor air quality ( in which London
is exceeding EU health limits ), and fundamentally, to give people a
the choice to move about without relying on a car.
I understand that a big focus of this review will be on transport
infrastructure, but cycling seems to be missing out. Back in March the
government published research into the benefit cost ratio (BCR) of
cycling investment compared to other transport investment, it showed
completely that the BCR was far higher for cycling than for any other
form of transport. I simply can’t understand why cycling investment
wouldn’t be a key part of infrastructure investment in the UK.
Link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/348943/vfm-assessment-of-cycling-grants.pdf

Yours sincerely,

Rides for Explorers – Surrey Woodlands to Polseden Lacy

Sunday 4th October

Meet at Twickenham Riverside 10.00. We head out across Bushy Park and through Thames Ditton to Littleworth Common and Ardbrook Common to reach Cobham. Crossing the Mole we follow lanes to Bookham Common and up to to NT cafe outside of Polsden Lacy. On the way home we add Oxshott Common and Claygate woods.

37 miles mostly away from the traffic.

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Of the seven people who had signed up four of us met on the Riverside and one more joined at Polesden Lacy. (The remaining 2 cycled to Polesden Lacy but didn’t identify our group). It was sunny all day and the scenery was marvellous.  With a dry surface in the commons and well-matched riders we made good time and were back in Twickenham by 3pm.

Route

Contact Paul : .- rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Ride for Explorers – Burnham Beeches – Sunday 1st November

P1010957aMeet Twickenham Station before 10.05 to catch the 10.15 to Staines.(arr 10.30) We cycle through Staines Moor then via Colnbrook , through Langley Park and past Black Park to quiet Fulmer and finally the woodlands of Burnham Beeches in their autumnal splendour. After lunch in a woodland cafe  we head down to the Jubilee River path which takes us to Datchet and so back to Staines. About 30 miles mostly tarmac with some smooth gravel paths. Quite scenic / hilly.

Route

Only 4 of us were at Twickenham but another 14 joined at Staines. The day was foggy but the sun peeked through at lunchtime. After a misty ride along the Jubilee River It was quite  a shock to hit the traffic back in Staines. The route was commended by all participants.

 

Ranelagh Drive – Isleworth Prom crossover.

 

Ranelagh Drive crossoverThere is a marked cycle route providing a quiet way from Richmond to Isleworth and on via  Sion Park to Brentford. In order to get from Ranelagh Drive to the shared use Isleworth Prom you need to cross the footway. A dropped kerb has been provided but this is unmarked and is usually obstructed by parked vehicles. At a similar location in LB Hounslow the crossover is marked by bollards in the road encouraging motorists to leave a gap here.

2015-07-16 13.11.00I have asked Richmond’s  new Cycling Officer about the possibility and she is sympathetic but needs evidence of public demand. Anyone disabled would count double ! Does anyone have experiences here that can be used for persuasion ?

Rides for Explorers – Surrey 50

Sunday 16th August

Half the distance of the Surrey 100 – and probably under half the pace – it is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so might as well look at it. As we can’t get the roads closed for us we will aim for quieter alternatives where possible.  It is quite hilly.

Route

Five of us met in Bushy Park fountain car park 10.00. Use back roads to Brooklands for coffee then put up with some main road to Byfleet before turning off for Pyrford and quiet lanes before the North Downs. (If you think that Box Hill is a climb!)  After an interesting descent Lunch at the Compasses Inn at Gomshall . (Ho Hum another Surrey Pub has headed up-market ; but the pricey food is good )

2015-08-16 13.43.15The main road into Dorking isn’t too trafficky and we soon get to Box Hill from where we take my favourite switchback descent to Kingston and so home.

2015-08-16 15.17.35Decent weather ,  great scenery and good company made an enjoyable ride.