Live from 5pm today (4th September)
Link to website HERE
A lot more exciting offers than on previous occasions and all have at least considered cycling (although one seems to have steps on what they call a cycle route.
Saturday 31st August
We meet a group from Kingston on the Ham Side of Teddington Lock at 9.50 and head across Richmond Park , crossing Wimbledon Park, Wandsworth Common, and Clapham Common aiming to get to Brockwell Park by 12. Bring a picnic.
12 miles each way quite hilly.
Six of us went and demonstrated that you can cycle across south London without too much traffic (apart from Earlsfield Station) . We also found that TfL is fond of making pedestrians and cyclists wait at toucan crossings.
I will be heading back about 2 – anyone is welcome to join me. Alternatively bring a physical or electronic map and make your own way. Clapham Junction is not far away for rail assistance back to our area.
At the recent Transport User Group Meeting the Railway Police representative said that there had been a surge of bike thefts from Teddington Station. The Bike Hub seems to be the most secure option with effective CCTV acting as deterrent.
Hounslow are consulting on proposals to improve the existing cycle route.
Our Response :
This is a useful N-S link suitable for all cyclists that has recently been considerably improved by the removal of through traffic from the Church Street area.
Regarding the current proposals for improvement :
1) Ivy Bridge to South Street :
Whilst the current speed humps could certainly be improved it seems a pity that the route continues to rely on them. A permeable road closure between Dawes Avenue and Napier Road would remove through motor traffic whilst allowing vehicular access to all properties.
2) South Street
This is currently the busiest section and we can see the need for changes. Nevertheless shared use of even a widened footway beside a carriageway is sub-optimal and risks conflict. A discrete cycle track would be a better solution.
3) Syon Park
Some sensible adjustments.
It is strongly to be hoped that the 4 gate chicane that has recently appeared will be removed ( it does not seem to be marked on the plans) The chicane is highly discriminatory towards less able cyclists using wider vehicles and is totally unacceptable.
Overall we are happy with the ambition to improve a valuable route but feel that some approaches are less than ideal.
Burtons Road has long been an important route for cyclists enabling them to avoid the busy Park Road. Unfortunately has a long history of rat-running which has been aggravated by the use of sat-navs. Due to the narrowness of parts of the road that can make cycling effectively impossible at peak times. Road humps have been deployed to reduce speeds and there have been previous failed attempts to filter out through traffic.
The current proposals for two road closures and a one-way section should be enough to frustrate determined rat-runners whilst allowing vehicular access. That will return Burtons Road to being a pleasant place to walk and cycle at all times and should encourage a shift to active travel in accord with the mayor’s policies. This will be all the more important in the light of the decision to move Turing House School to Heathfield. It does seem to have local support and
RCC is thoroughly in favour.
Could we also note that the shared use section enabling cycle use of the informal crossing of Uxbridge Road at the end of Burtons road is marked by corrugated paving alone ;signage was never installed. Perhaps some signs might be erected as part of the proposed works.
Perhaps I should include the map showing (potential) connections.
Thanks to Tim and John we managed to get 70 or so people of a range of ages up to London. At one tail of the group managed to get ahead by cutting out one of the re-grouping stops and we had one puncture to deal with. but no serious problems.
On the way back Tim and I had only 20 or so to manage and got everyone back to Richmond in 1 hr 30 mins.
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 – recently renovated with interesting displays. Return via London’s latest cycling bridge at Hammersmith and a glimpse at the “Arab tent” tomb of the explorer Richard Burton. 10 miles , flat and mostly traffic free so definitely a ride for everyone. – back about 12.
Please let me know if you are thinking of coming – all welcome. Paul – firstname.lastname@example.org
Just 3 of us did this ride ; we had just had quite a bit of rain and more was forecast. Also I had to make a late correction to the erroneous time posted on Lets Ride ( 11.15 start , coffee break and finish by 12 isn’t going to work ). An impressive number of people using the Thames path which meant that the views had to be taken carefully to avoid collisions.
Sunday 7th July
Meet Twickenham riverside 10.15
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 mountain bike probably ideal as some surfaces are a bit stony.
Contact Paul : email@example.com
Just 2 of us braved the damp conditions and we made a bit of a short cut to the lunch stop so got back to Twickenham at about 2 – just as the sun came out ! Still an enjoyable ride.
Sunday 5th May 10.30.
Meet Twickenham Riverside by Eel Pie Bridge at 10.30. We cycle down to Hampton and then follow the Thames up to Staines where we cross the river and climb up to Englefield Green and lunch in the Sun Inn. After lunch we head through the open spaces of Windsor Great Park and down past Windsor Castle before heading back to Twickenham via Stanwell.
62km with one big hill.
Just checked with The Sun a few days in advance – horror they have shut down. The Happy Man looked a possible alternative so I checked if they could accommodate about 10 cyclists arriving about 1sh on a Sunday and yes they could.
Eight of us set off from a chilly but bright Twickenham Riverside and headed for Staines. The sun soon vanished but the scenic nature of the Thames from Chertsey Bridge to Staines was unspoilt. The obvious route to the new pub was up the A30 Egham Hill but the cycle track degenerated into a narrow shared use footway so will look at alternatives.
Our bikes were ushered into the garden at the Happy Man and a variety of food and drinks ordered and consumed with general satisfaction.
Windsor Great Park was resplendent in fresh green with a scattering of bluebells and the twisting ride down into Windsor brought out the inner 6yr old.
Despite one puncture we had a tail wind back into Twickenham arriving at 4pm.
If interested please email Paul firstname.lastname@example.org