I had had an email from Sustrans in association with other cycling groups :
The Infrastructure Bill has proposed a five year investment plan for strategic roads whilst rail already has such a plan in place. However, there is no similar framework in place for cycling and walking.
We would like MPs to back an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill to guarantee long-term ambition and funding for cycling and walking, including local road maintenance.
We are now at a critical stage as MPs will get the chance to propose amendments and debate the need for such a proposal in December and January.
We need your help. Please write to your MP and ask them to support an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill.
Write to you MP now
Both our local MPs should be sympathetic but having constituents letters helps their backbones !
at St Phillip & St James Church.
Matinee and evening performances (film to be voted on) in aid of Bikes For Africa
020 7096 1836
Meet Twickenham Riverside 10.30.
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 35 miles in total. Better bring lights.
Please get in contact if you are interested in coming – A switchback on ice might be a bit over exciting so I will cancel if conditions sound too bad..
email Paul firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 14th Dec “Santa On A Bike Ride” starting at Action Bikes Whitton leisurely 5~10 Miles (depends on the weather) round the local area dressed as Santa – bringing some Ho ho ho to residents. Free to take part —-register in advance to claim your free Santa suit.
020 7096 1836
NO TAKERS and it looks to be the wettest day for a while so Cancelled.
A good route to try if you have a fine day free in the next week or so.
Modified route to avoid a busy road.
Meet Twickenham Station before 10.05 to catch the 10.16 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.
Please get in contact if you are interested in coming – the cafe is not roofed so I will cancel if it is going to be wet. email Paul email@example.com
The council are consulting on replacing a zebra in Sheen Road with a pelican. One of the suggestions is widening the footways. (to reduce delays to traffic).
The cycle lane by the crossing is currently suspended as you can’t combine a cycle lane with zig-zag markings. However this problem is being resolved by a change in regulations so we could get a continuous cycle lane but only as long as the road isn’t narrowed. Please respond to the consultation arguing against the road narrowing.
A variant of our favourite Bookham ride as the pub there has become less welcoming.
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.
Three of us met up on a bright but chilly morning and enjoyed good weather all day. The surfaces were a little muddy where the previous day’s rain met with forestry work but we enjoyed some lovely countryside with the most traffic on the minor road to Polsden Lacy where a food festival was underway. As 2 of us are NT members and I have a volunteers concession we got in free and were impressed by the finest site that Edwardian money could buy. (No takers on the house though). With evenly matched riders we got home a hour ahead of expectations.
A favourite park and a new (to cycling) park.
Meet Strawberry Hill station 10.40. We take our usual route to Crane Park, which should be showing the first of the autumn colours, but after passing the Nature Reserve cross to the Airparks Leisure Centre for coffee. We then explore the newly created shared use paths across Hanworth Park before returning to the station through Hampton Hill.
About 8 miles , flat and mostly off-road.
Just two of us today. Weather very mild but cloudy. Leisure Centre cafe functional/ basic. Maybe try Starbucks in Feltham Centre on a future occasion.
Garsons Farm has new season Discovery Apples for picking. This makes a pleasant 40 minute ride in each direction. Thinking of leaving from Teddington station 10am but could do an afternoon ride if people prefer.
Just 2 of us again but an enjoyable ride on a bright day. As an attempt to promote utility cycling – fail.
If interested email Paul firstname.lastname@example.org