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.

Good Practice and Bad

crane park 001The Cyclists Please Dismount signs that have just appeared are, at least, polite but the London Cycling Design Guide frowns on Cyclists Dismount signs.

In this location it isn’t even desirable behaviour -  a cyclist walking with a bike would fully block the route for some time. A sensible cyclist would ride up to the turn, stop ,wait for any walkers under the bridge, and when clear ride through quickly. There is already a pedestrian priority sign but maybe “Cyclists stop and look out for walkers” would be more explicit.

A pity that unimaginative planers see “Cyclists Dismount” as the solution to all problems – strange that you never see “Drivers push your vehicles”.

On the Good side Hounslow have finally joined the Heath Path to the Hanworth Road

2015-07-16 13.11.00The use of bollards to mark the dropped kerb and keep it free from parking is something that Richmond could adapt in Ranelagh  Rd where the access to Isleworth Prom is usually parked over.

Rides for Explorers – Off Road in Surrey to Norbury Park – 5th July

Meet Twickenham Riverside 10.15.

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We head South via Kingston and Tolworth before heading away from the traffic along the Hogsmill and then through Horton Country Park and Ashstead Common. Emerging in Leatherhead we pass through the Mole gap before climbing to Norbury Park – Southern England’s best approximation to an alpine meadow. A Track takes us to Brockets Farm for lunch and our return journey features a foot/cycle bridge across the Mole , Oxstead Common and Claygate woods. 37 miles with a serious hill. This has been done on a fixer but not-over-narrow tyres would be comfortable.

Route

Just 2 of us again. Ok there had been a sprinkling of rain but we enjoyed decent weather that became sunny by lunch time. With the dry weather the trails were mud-free is a bit bumpy but we certainly got away from traffic and enjoyed lots of greenery.

Feeder Ride to London Freecycle

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Official LCC event

Led ride from Richmond upon Thames to FreeCycle 2015

Join a family-friendly ride  to and from the RideLondon FreeCycle 2015, led by experienced ride leaders from London Cycling Campaign’s Richmond Group.

Route: Richmond to Green Park (Constitution Hill)
Start point: The Little Green, Richmond TW9 1QL
End point: Green Park (Constitution Hill)
Start time: 10:15
Distance: 10 miles
Return ride start point: Green Park (Constitution Hill)
Return ride start time: 15:00  / (15.15 at Hyde Park gates. )

This ride is one of 31 led rides organised by LCC to the 2015 FreeCycle, aimed at giving less confident cyclists the opportunity to ride into the FreeCycle event on a pre-planned route.

To see details of all 31 rides and register to join this ride, please see the Guided Rides Schedule on the FreeCycle website at: http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/The_Events/FreeCycle/Rider_Info/Guided_Rides.htm

The RideLondon FreeCycle offers the chance for all the family to enjoy a traffic-free route on closed roads through central London, passing some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks. Everyone is welcome, no matter what their age or ability. Cyclists may cycle at any pace and as many times round the route as they like, stopping along the way to enjoy a range of free bike-based entertainment and activities at Festival Zones.

We had about 100 cyclists riding into London and nearly 50 riding home. Immediate reaction was positive despite the traffic between Chiswick and Kensington, the awkwardness of turning out of Kensington Gardens and a jam on Hammersmith Bridge.

Rides for Explorers – over the North Downs

Sunday 7th June – meet Diana Fountain Car Park in Bushy Park 10am.

Steve Armstrong will lead this ride through Kingston out to Chessington then through Oxshott and surrounding villages over Bagden Hill  to Westhumble.  Then up Boxhill with stop at Boxhill cafe for refreshments. Return via Ashtead and Epsom Common to starting point. 42 miles hilly. Back around 3.30 pm.

Contact Steve on armstrong.steven@sky.com

 

Rides for Everyone – Saturday 20th June – Richmond Houses Tour

Meet Richmond Little Green 10.15 .

We get our climbing in first and are rewarded by the celebrated view from Richmond Hill. A descent through the Park follows before another climb past White Lodge. Down again to Ham for a circuit of Ham House using it’s own baroque avenues. We then cross Teddington Lock to get to Strawberry Hill house – coffee break in the cafe. Return along the riverside with a quick look at Orleans Octagon and Marble Hill house – the perfect Palladian doll’s house.

11 miles and a bit hilly but very scenic. route

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Just 5 of us – perhaps because of threat of showers.

- rides@richmondlcc.co.uk