Rides for Everyone : Chiswick House Gardens; Sunday 23rd February

Meet at Mortlake Green by the station 10.15. 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 mile ride for a winter day.

Route

Please let me know if you are thinking of coming – rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

 

Rides for Explorers – Box Hill ; Sunday 26th January

Meet Twickenham Riverside – by Eel Pie bridge 10.00.

Box Hill Jan 2020 (2)

Our traditional post-turkey jaunt but a bit later this year to avoid clashing with Kingston CC rides. On/off road quiet and scenic 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 well before 4.

Route (May be modified if we get much more rain. )

6 of us met up and , apart from a brief light shower had good , if slightly muddy, ride across Horton Country Park and Ashstead Common. After a quick snack at the top of Box Hill we headed back with the wind behind us and got back through Kingston around 2pm ahead of the worst of the threatened rain.

Community Speedwatch

speedwatch

Monica Saunders, campaigner for Richmond 20s plenty , organised a group of us to assist PCSOs in monitoring the speed of  traffic on Kew Road this afternoon.

Most did seem to be more or less adhering to the new 20 mph limit with a few at 25 and one at 38mph. They will be getting written advice !

Any offers to help with future events (apparently 2 per borough per month) or suggestions where speeding is a problem welcome.

Contraflow Cycling – the latest

We met with council Highways Engineers . The following schemes look likely to be implemented this autumn. :

Richmond : Grove Road

Twickenham : Church Street, Oak Lane, Grosvenor Road.

The following were agreed as unsuitable / not really useful.

Holly Road west end, Twickenham ; The Vineyard, Quadrant Road , Nightingale Lane, Portland Terrace/Pembroke Villas, Richmond; Leyborne Park, Kew.

Pending :

Richmond , The Green will go for consultation. ( may possibly end up with wider shared use  path across the actual green )

Kew – Station Approach – the council is unwilling but we have asked for another look.

 

The next tranche to be looked at :

Hampton Wick : Park Rd,
Hampton : Oldfield Rd,
Twickenham : Queen’s Rd
Richmond : Hill Rise , Richmond Hill, Ormond Rd, King Street, Duke St, Clarence St
Mortlake : Kingsway East , Kingsway West ,
These all look useful – do get in touch if you have any comments:

 

 

Richmond Rides : Brockwell Park Picnic ; SW London Uprising Festival

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.

Route

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.

SW London Uprising Festival

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.

RCC Response to Twickenham – Brentford cycleway proposals (Hounslow).

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.

Proposed Response to Burtons Rd Consulatation

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.

Burtons Rd