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 ! “.
OK 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.
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.
….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 !
Reminder that there will be an exhibition of plans for Ham and Teddington in Teddington Baptist Church on Tuesday 8th November 1.30 – after 7pm. together with consultation on the Borough Cycle Strategy,
Moved to the second Sunday because of train issues.
Meet 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 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.
Just 2 of us met at Twickenham but were joined by another 7 at Staines. A sunny but fresh day showed off the autumn colours. 3 lots of fly-tipping on the bridle-path north from Staines and one burnt-out car made the start a little messy. Lunch was a little slow despite the cafe being less busy than last year and things were still wet after the preceding day’s rain. Good ride back alongside the Jubilee River with continuing sunshine. Back to Staines by 3.
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.
4 of us did this ride. The day was bright if chillier than we have become accustomed to. Pretty quiet from Thames Ditton back to Kingston apart from the road up to Polsden Lacy which was busy as they are running a food fair. We added in a drink at the social club on Downside Common and still got back by 3.
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In October we are doing a class for Teddington Scouts to help with their Cycling badge. I have a discarded 700c wheel. If anyone has a tyre that they are about to throw out could they throw it in my direction so that we can practice tyre removal without risking a real bike being made unrideable.
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Again 100 people of all ages from Richmond met up on the green for a feeder ride up to the traffic free streets of Central London.
We had a pleasant ride through Kew back streets and Strand on the Green before hitting the traffic of Chiswich High Road and shooting the rapids of the Hammersmith Gyratory to reach the haven of Kensington Gardens.
The actual Freecycle course was longer and less congested than on previous years and it was good to see small children, some with balance wheels , zooming about the streets of London.
Some 40 of us returned getting back to Richmond at about 4.30 and everyone seemed to have enjoyed their day.
Thanks to all the volunteer marshals and especially Cllr. Jean Loveland taking her role as cycling champion very seriously.
These rides on Wednesday 29th June and Sunday 4th September are organised by local LCC member Bill Carnaby and start from Hampton Hill.
They are wonderful events visiting most London sights and many little known attractive places using mainly quiet roads and off road routes.