RIdes for Everyone – 19th April

Meet Strawberry Hill station 10.30. We get  to the Crane via Mill Rd (passing the site of our S Twickenham ask) and head upstream to the borough boundary (and the Heathfield ask)

Then we travel down Hounslow’s new path on the south bank of the Crane to Kneller Gardens and Twickenham where we cut through back streets back to Strawberry Hill.

If weather is good we will have coffee in Kneller Gardens , if less good we will try the Airparks Leisure centre.

Fairly flat, short, low traffic ride. All welcome especially beginning cyclists.

Well three non-beginning cyclists enjoyed the sunshine bluebells and cherry blossom. With the suggested asks the whole route would be ideal for young children who  might be attracted to the playgrounds en-route.

Hampton Court Rd – the story continues

Once upon a time there were two narrowish advisory cycle lanes down this rather nasty ( high speeds and traffic volume) between Kingston Bridge and Hampton Court Bridge. LB Richmond decided that these were ineffective and decided with little consultation to put a 2-way cycle track on the north side from Church Grove but  ending about half way down the road. If you were crossing Kingston Bridge you would have to cross somehow to the north side and re-cross with even less assistance half way to Hampton Court. Unsurprisingly cyclists tend not to do that but were continuing on the north footway to the annoyance of local residents.

We have just had a communication suggesting the possibility of further action :

We have given initial though to widening the footway on the northern side of the road, as a continuation to the existing off road facility to the Chestnut Avenue junction. This will reduce the road width to 7.0m but would provide a general 4.0m shared footway (some variations in places).  In order to implement this, it would be necessary to remove the two existing on road cycle lanes.  We will also be looking at crossing cyclists at the Chestnut Avenue zebra, with continued shared use to the HCR roundabout.  The road width reduction would be beneficial in reducing vehicle speeds as there is an issue with vehicles travelling well above the 30mph speed limit.

 As part of this project we will also be giving consideration to how we link the roundabout to the existing off road facility further along HCR, past the green and the Esso garage.   I would like to stress that this is only being considered at this stage and is not yet out to public consultation. Your initial views would be welcome.

My initial view was that this was some improvement on the current situation whilst still wistfully thinking that if Richmond and Surrey could get their act together we could have a continuous track on the south side from Kingston to Esher. Comments from users welcome.

Paul

Police cycle security marking

The following marking sessions have been advertised :

  • 12/02/2014 – 1600-1800 – cycle marking Teddington Train Station
  • 13/02/2014 – 1000-1200 – cycle marking Hampton Wick Train Station
  • 18/02/2014 – 1000-1200 – cycle marking Richmond Train Station
  • 19/02/2014 – 0900-1100 – cycle marking Kew LUT Station
  • 25/02/2014 – 1100-1300 – cycle marking Fulwell Train Station

Local police issued 23 Fixed Penalty Notices for various traffic offences as follows:

  • 9 for having no MOT
  • 2 for having no insurance
  • 3 for having no road tax (VED)
  • 1 for failing to stop at a red light
  • 1 for cycling on the footway
  • 5 for causing an obstruction
  • 1 for driving in a cycle lane
  • 1 for having an incorrectly registered vehicle.

So, as many for driving in a cycle lane as for cycling on the footway.

We’ve asked Richmond Police to try to use a term other than the loaded ‘Road Tax’, too …

Richmond Rides for Everone – Bushy Park and the Thames – Saturday 22nd March

Meet at Teddington Station west side. 10.20 am. We head through Bushy Park to Hampton Court for a glimpse of the first daffodils in the wilderness. After coffee we return via the Thames Path. Exact route dependent on how much rain we have had but will focus on paths and quiet roads. All welcome. Back around 12.

No takers !
Please let me know if you are thinking of coming  so that I can contact you in case of any changes. Thanks Paul rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Richmond Rides for Everone – Bushy Park and the Thames – Saturday 15th February

SORRY – RIDE POSTPONED

With heavy rain predicted into tonight and areas on flood alert this is looking like extreme sport rather than a ride for everyone.

 

Meet at Teddington Station west side. 10.20 am. We head through Bushy Park to Hampton Court for a glimpse of the first daffodils in the wilderness. After coffee we return via the Thames Path. Exact route dependent on how much rain we have had but will focus on paths and quiet roads. All welcome. Back around 12.

Hamton Court will witness both the Olympic Road Race and the Time Trial

Rides for Explorers – 2nd February – Kenwood House

Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath was bequeathed to the nation for free public access to an outstanding art collection. It has just re-opened after restoration.

Meet on Richmond Little Green (by the theatre) 10.00. I am working on a route via Holland Park and taking in Regents Park and Hyde Park on the return. Lunch at a cafe at Kenwood. About 37 miles.

Route here

Just the two of us did this ride despite the sunny weather. It gave us a chance to see other parts of London and enjoy a really excellent art collection (Scores of Gainsborough’s ) The promising looking cycle lane in Ladbrooke Grove turned out to be right up against parked cars and a signed cycle route in Hampstead was short of signing and involved some very muddy tracks. A bi-directional cycle track alongside the Heath suddenly stopped whilst the cycleable tracks over the Heath were too busy with pedestrians for comfort. So the grass isn’t much greener even in Highgate. Note to English Heritage about the lack of cycle parking has been sent

Rides for Everyone : 18thJanuary : Chiswick House and the Thames.

Meet at Mortlake Green by the station 10.30. We make use of the off road track over Chiswick Bridge and cycle along the riverside before cutting through to Chiswick House Gardens for coffee. We then follow quiet roads to Kew Bridge from where the towpath takes us back to Mortlake. An easy 6 miles for a winter day.

Just 2 of us this year. Dampish under-wheel but some brightness so an enjoyable ride. The chicanes on the towpath seem to contribute to the formation of puddles as turning cyclists wear away the surface.