….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.
Meet Richmond Little Green by theatre at 10.00am.
We Cross the Thames and pass through the grounds of Sion House before heading up the Grand Union Canal to Norwood Green. A country lane takes us into the wide spaces of Osterley Park where we enjoy coffee in the stables before passing the mansion on the way home. About 10 miles, quiet with some slopes. Should be back around 12 ish.
Six signed up but only two of us met up at Richmond on a cloudy morning. We managed the change of path at Ranelagh Drive and the ride up the canal was pleasant as always – we even got a glimpse of the sun.
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. Return via the Wetland Centre and a glimpse at the “Arab tent” tomb of the explorer Richard Burton. 8 miles and flat so definitely a ride for everyone. – back about 12.
No takers – maybe just as well as the towpath would have been muddy after the previous day’s rain. There does seem to be a pattern that easy rides are not attractive ?
Please let me know if you are thinking of coming – all welcome. Paul – firstname.lastname@example.org