Cycling on the pavement …

With 7% of journeys made by bike and around a third of the population using a cycle of some description once a month or more, Richmond has some of the best cycling stats in outer London.

Spotted in Hampton, via Google Streetview

Spotted in Hampton, via Google Streetview

However, we get asked regularly about cycling on the pavement. The law is clear, you shouldn’t cycle on a pavement unless it is marked as shared use. That said, many shared routes are poorly sign-posted and the government has long recognised that there are many reasons people cycle on the pavement, ranging from things most people would find acceptable to the completely unacceptable.

Richmond Cycling Campaign doesn’t endorse cycling on the pavement but we understand why a lot of people do it and that’s why we’ve been talking to the South Richmond Neighbourhood Team Safer Pavements team (led by Alan Laird and with the support of Pam Fleming, and others) about gathering more information and looking at possible solutions.

Our view is that people cycle on the pavement because it feels safer than being on the road. Whether you’re cycling on your own or cycling with your family, the absence of proper cycling infrastructure in the borough causes many routes to be intimidating and unpleasant. We urge anyone who has chosen to cycle on the pavement or in shared use areas to show courtesy and consideration to pedestrians.

If you’ve experienced cycling on the pavement or if you do cycle on the pavement please contact us (, or the South Richmond Neighbourhood Watch Safer Pavements team (, with some more information, and we’ll try to collate what we hear.

What do you want transport money spent on? LIP3 response

The council is consulting on its “Local Implementation Plan” – £1.5m a year of transport spending for the next three years – and they have to make it good, to get the money from TfL.

The consultation is here and you can read the full document as a PDF link here.

Our final response is below – please have a look and take a moment to tell the council what you’re really interested in seeing the money being spent on.

This isn't what our transport spending should be supporting ..

This isn’t what our transport spending should be supporting ..

LIP3 Response

Richmond Cycling Campaign opposes the borough’s LIP3 submission. We have talked to both officers and councillors, and we believe that there is both the interest and the will to pursue what we would characterise as ‘proper’ walking and cycling for our borough.

The LIP acknowledges the comparatively high levels of walking and cycling which Richmond enjoys, compared to other outer London boroughs. However, it does not provide sufficient detail or strategy to show how the borough will deliver the hoped-for improvements in walking, cycling and public transport use.

We welcome the borough’s objectives of making safe, active travel an option for everyone. We also support the aspirations to make public transport better, and the proposals for the enablers around these activities.

More Detailed Ambitions

Richmond Cycling Campaign believes that the LIP – as a document which sets out our strategy not only for the next three years, but for the further future – lacks sufficient detail for goals, and lacks a strategic network plan.

We would like to see clear, measurable plans, for example: :
• A commitment that every one way in the borough will either have a contraflow, or will have been assessed and then agreed not to be appropriate
• Every school to either have a school street, or a set of interventions agreed with parents and school
• Every doctors’ surgery to have bicycle parking that is at least as close as the nearest car parking. (This should be the same for every public facility in the borough.)
• A cargo and electric bike library managed by the council, so that residents can trial these, but also so that they can hire them, like Camden and others
• Creation of a full borough cycling plan and map, and an inventory of all requests for stands, parking, cycle routes, pavement repairs, etc., publicly available
• A clear plan built in this year’s LIP for a dense network of cycle routes, which will be supported by work in subsequent years, so that by 2041 everyone can cycle safely from their home to any destination in the borough
• A comprehensive plan for traffic cells and liveable neighbourhoods across the borough, so that, wherever possible, people live on a road which isn’t used for through traffic
• Specific funding for an officer to support the bike library, school activities and cycling events, and to support parking planning
• Traffic management plans for the new developments around the borough, to ensure they aren’t just delivering more traffic (Mortlake Brewery, for example)
• Conversion every bus stop in the borough for accessibility
• Making every town centre accessible by walking and cycling, including specific commitments on the number and density of crossing points
• Use the Strategic Cycling Analysis as the primary source of route planning
• Choose an area as a low traffic neighbourhood
• Want to engage properly with Bike Week, and other activities like this: car free day, etc.

While we recognise that both officer time and budgets are highly constrained, we believe that the borough should state its ambition for these things, so that we have a delivery plan to aim for: a plan which lists our bus stops, our schools, our doctors’ surgeries, and our routes, and prioritises them, is something we can constantly strive to achieve, and constantly measure against.


We would like to propose that the borough seeks funds to be part of the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone. The current plans will cut the borough in half, with enforcement on one side but not the other. If cutting emissions is good enough for central London, it should be good enough for us, and we believe that the council should ask TfL to explore ways to bring the whole of the council area into ULEZ.

Equality Assessment

The Equality Assessment seems to miss an opportunity: by providing proper cycling and walking facilities, countries like the Netherlands and Denmark show that these projects are a substantial benefit especially to older people and minority groups. Studies have clearly shown that policies which prefer the motor car are effectively policies which act against equality goals – see the Sustainable Development Commissions’ “Fairness in a Car-Dependent Society.”

We believe that the Equality Assessment is an opportunity for the council to shout loudly about how addressing the previous emphasis on driving is a significant step towards removing inequality in the borough. A robust LIP and associated policies is a clear signposting of such ambition.

Specific Comments

P13: “Borough objectives”
All of these are laudable, but generally lack specificity in how to achieve them, or how to understand how to achieve them
P13/14: too many of these also have ‘improve’ or ‘seek’ or similar: either we want to do these, or we don’t.

For example LBRUT will:
• Ensure every bus stop is accessible by 2041
• Provide pedestrian priority crossings at every junction in the borough
• Provide every primary school with safe, car-free access within an agreed radius
• Develop a zero-emission delivery pilot in one of the borough’s town centres by 2022
• …

P14 – major developments: the borough should not be accepting major developments without travel plans which provide genuine walking and cycling facilities which are better than those for driving.

“It is expected that by 2021, 15% of the population will be with 400m of the [strategic cycle] network”.

P15: the quietways map is not good enough as a plan for a strategic cycle network. Our plan should include not only these plans, but also all the SCA analysis, and whatever borough plans we have building on existing infrastructure to create a borough-wide network. The network should be accessible to all 8-80+ using segregation / filtering as appropriate.
At a minimum plans for the 2 SCA priority routes identified ( Twickenham -Teddingt on , Sheen-Putney) will be drawn up by the end of 2019.

P16: Ofo has withdrawn from the borough, so we probably need to recognise this somehow.

P18: Borough objectives. We should state that every one way street in the borough will be contraflow. Unless there is a compelling reason otherwise.

Bullet “healthy routes to schools” mentions ‘site lines’ – should probably be ‘sight lines’. Cycle routes should be at least to the standard of the Mayor’s Cycling Strategy
Can we commit here to School Streets for every school that wants them?

P19 appears to propose ‘education and training’ for walking. If we think we need to educate people to walk, we’ve failed.

P21 not clear how these figures make up a trajectory:
“Seek to minimise impact of level crossings on pedestrians and cyclists” doesn’t really offer anything: it’s a vague aspiration with no action attached to it. This is the kind of thing which could be specifically analysed as part of the planned expenditure.
P22, fig 9: how did we get to these as a trajectory? There’s no immediate activity which will encourage this.

P24: increasing permit prices for diesels is only going to be a partial fix, and in any case is likely to simply result in the borough providing an either direct or implied subsidy to those able to buy new cars, whilst not really providing any discouragement for csr ownership (if that is the goal).

P24 – borough objectives. These could also be clearer and more specific. We recognise that not all of this can be done at once, but we want a ‘menu’ of activity so that the council is constantly pursuing useful, agreed plans.

P25: Clean and green. Is there anyway we can extend the ULEZ to our borough, too? If TfL is setting this up, why not ask for its extension, with borough support?

P29: aiming for all bus stops to be accessible. Can this be identified somewhere as a specific target?

P29: accessibility of train stations. Need to also list our stations, and have a plan.

P32: sustainable development … we should identify that the challenge here is making developers write proper travel plans which put walking and cycling first.

P33 – transport investment. Perhaps a good thing to spend money on would be to understand capacity of transport in the borough: for example, how does it work if we build new developments which feed commuters into the train services into central London, like Mortlake or North Sheen? Should we be looking to get more people to fast service stations like Richmond?

P34: we should identify the major projects we have, and say what we think we need from them, and what the concerns are.

P37: Speed indicator devices are rotated, but no data is gathered from them, which makes them a little bit of a sticking plaster.

P37: Mentions a study to improve walking and cycling in the south west. Not clear what this study is – is it referenced in the spending plans?

P43: We should be considering whether a work place parking levy is an appropriate measure to take.

P45: missing text “Pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting …” Presumably Twickenham and Ham.

P50: the biggest risk is that the lack of specifics in the plan mean we won’t deliver anything.

P55: local targets. It is quite unacceptable to have a target of 300 EV charging points, but just 100 bicycle stands.

P56 onwards: Table ST07 should have current values, and targets for interim years, too.
P59: outcome 5 – a good public transport experience. Increasing ridership on public transport is a good thing, but we must recognise that this should not be at the expense of walking and cycling numbers. We should state explicitly that increasing public transport use can only come from discouraging ( sorry but if we want modal shift this has to happen) private car journeys.

P57 outcome 1 : The borough will engage with TfL to suggest and facilitate the spread into the borough of the London cycle network. 60: Outcome 9. “Active, efficient and sustainable transport will be the best option in new developments. “ We should identify all current developments, and have a specific plan about how all new developments will have this baked in. The proposed new site for Turing House School will be an exemplar for this approach.

p61 : schemes.
A307 Kew corridor. This needs a cycle lane. Badly. This proposal just puts off doing anything.
“Borough wide collision investigation”. What will this tell us? Looks like 5k pa which won’t lead to anything.

A310 again 280K on a study. For free we have substandard cycle lanes hard up against parked cars and giving up at Waldegrave Rd junction. Safe for cycling would be a 2 way segregated track on the east side. If too financially / politically expensive promote alternative route.

Future safety schemes. Looks like 191k of vagueness.
It is not quite clear why stations need 50k studies: would it not be preferable to do one station at a time, and get it done?
Barnes High St neighbourhood scheme. This is £260k over three years for a place which is a traffic sewer. This money is highly likely to be wasted if there is no traffic plan associated to it, and no cycling plan.


An open letter to Richmond Schools

Dear Local Schools

Please support Richmond Council’s 20mph consultation today.

Assen (NL) school run, courtesy David Hembrow

Assen (NL) school run – could Richmond upon Thames be like this?

Traffic speed is a major cause of collisions on our streets, and faster speeds mean worse collisions – the evidence on this is very clear. We also know that children under 15 are particularly vulnerable as they can’t detect vehicles approaching at speeds greater than 20mph1. For every 1mph speed reduction, the risk of crashes drops 6% 2, and the risk of injury with it.

Our roads don’t feel safe enough for many parents to feel safe with their kids walking, scooting or cycling to school. Kids love being active, and evidence shows walking, cycling and scooting to school makes them more alert, as well as boosting their mood, and helping them maintain a healthy weight and grow stronger3. Supporting 20mph in Richmond would be a big help in making our streets feel and be safer, enabling more of us to ditch the car on the school run.

So we need you, your families and staff to reply to this consultation – cos there are lots of drivers in Richmond who don’t want to slow down, and don’t, it seems, care about our children’s  safety or the air they breathe.

Perhaps you could share a note from us in your school newsletter, mention the consultation at assembly, or ask your PTA to share something with your parents and carers and help drive (ahem) home the message we need this change.

You can see the council consultation here:

Our call to action is here:

Many thanks,

Borough Coordinator

Richmond Cycling Campaign

We campaign for our borough to be a place where everyone can cycle safely


Let’s go 20!

We need your help to make ours a 20mph borough

Slow down!

The council is consulting on their 20mph proposals – – and we need to get this through as a first step to better cycling.

London Cycling Campaign has asked for 20mph for a while now, and while we consider this, the City of London is looking at 15mph on its key roads. 20mph is a good thing for a whole range of reasons:

Roads are calmer: Traffic noise and traffic speed falls when you implement 20mph

Roads (and pavements) are safer: when traffic slows, roads become a safer environment, especially for our most vulnerable roads users

20mph will make us fitter and healthier: areas that introduce 20mph see increased levels of physical activity, with more people walking and cycling for some of their journeys.

TfL is going to do it anyway! Parts of the South Circular are already under detailed investigation to go 20mph – it would be pretty odd to drive down a 20mph A road, and then expect to do 30mph on a residential road!

So we really need your support.

Fill in the consultation.
Tweet it up – has some good links.
Tell your friends and family on social media, ask your schools to support it, and contact our local 20splenty or drop us a line if you can give a hand.

Coordinator’s Report 17 October 2018

This is a summary of key recent items.

Richmond Town Centre Report

I attended a meeting with a number of stakeholders with an interest in making Richmond town centre better. The previous Liveable Neighbourhoods bid was rejected by TfL, but included a number of changes which the council is interested in. (TfL, local councillors, Richmond Business Improvement District, etc.)

The purpose of the meeting was to look at other ideas and suggestions for how we could make the town centre better, and focussed on the dominance of motor traffic in the area. A number of ideas were discussed around placemaking, and helping pedestrians and cyclists get around, and low emissions delivery and other goods delivery strategies were mentioned.

Data from the consultants showed that the overwhelming majority of ‘traffic’ in the town centre area is pedestrian, with just 1% measured as people cycling. Representations were made by a Richmond Green supporter, who took the view that the green should not be used for rat-running, or through traffic.

The next steps are the sharing of the reports, and for the council to look at some of the smaller and larger proposals that were discussed.

Active Travel Advisory Group

We attended the inaugural ‘Active Travel’ Group at the council. This is currently invite only, but observers are also welcomed. The group looked at:

Cycling quick wins / LIP strategy / walking quick wins / how the group should work / quietway updates

Quick wins

I can’t recall exactly what was agreed, but we asked that the council progress with bike parking as a matter of some urgency. There was discussion which linked general bike parking with overnight (Cyclehoop) bike parking, but these are different. It still isn’t clear when they will get on with installing another cycle hangar, but officers asked us to share the ‘spade ready’ scheme we mentioned.

The council is dragging its heels on the subject of cycle hangars because they think them ugly, but they have failed to propose any alternatives, thus far. They agreed to look at more cycle parking, but again there were fine words about ‘making it fit into the urban space it is in.

We also pressed on the cycling contraflows – it sounds like the council will update us reasonably quickly with where these are.

We submitted our page of quick win proposals from the website, and officers undertook to provide feedback. It could be worth setting this page up to be more manageable by the group as a whole.

Walking quick wins

We didn’t have anything immediately to add here, but drew everyone’s attention to the new City of London strategy. This is a general transport strategy which includes walking as a primary mode.

How the group works

We discussed how the group should operate. It is currently planned to meet quarterly, but we argued that more schemes need eyes on them at an earlier stage. We discussed that there are two separate needs – looking at what has been proposed before it is too late to change things, and helping to set a wider strategy for the borough.


The quietway work will begin in December, and run until the middle of 2019. No substantial changes from the last plans have been made, but the council was asked to re-consider the Lock Road design, as a minimum.

Other items

Sustrans attended, with a quietway manager, and someone who is working with schools on pilot walking and cycling projects. The council thinks that just 40% of schools actually have a school travel plan. The Richmond Park quietway is still going to have gates which are not usable by anyone without a strong arm and a small bike.

Local Implementation Plan

This is due to go to council in November. It currently includes:

  • 75% of all trips to be made by walking / cycling / public transport by 2041. (Today’s baseline = 61%)
  • 70% of residents to get at least 20 minutes active travel per day by 2041 (baseline = 40%)
  • 72% of residents to live with 400m of strategic cycle network by 2041 (baseline 0%)
  • Increase cycle parking year on year
  • “Develop a comprehensive network through continued development of cycle corridors … new strategic routes … prioritise permeability for non-car modes …
  • “Healthy routes to schools will be developed … focus on introduction of school streets, improved crossings, Copenhagen crossings …”
  • “Review traffic signals to provide additional priority to pedestrians … “
  • Key projects: A310 Cross Deep / Waldegrave Road
  • Key projects: A308 Hampton Court roundabout to Church Road
  • Key projects: A313 Park Road / Hampton Road / Teddington High St
  • Key projects: A305 Sheen Road / Upper Richmond Road
  • Aspirational projects will also be included – the plan is likely to run to a fairly lengthy document


We received a large selection of data from the council which looks like it could be very helpful, especially when linked to other things like the TfL walking and cycling strategies. In this public folder:

Walking / Cycling / Transport Strategy

We probably need to agree a group position on this. At Waltham Forest, Dan pointed out how they have a clear strategy that brings everything together, and which allows officers and campaigners to look at the list and say “What’s next?” and then just pull something straight out of the plan.

The City of London has somewhat changed the goal posts with its new document – this includes all modes in one overall plan. I personally really like this, but it’ll take us nearly 2 years from a standing start, especially as the City document includes lots of consultation, too.

Waltham Forest visit

We’ve now visited Waltham Forest with two separate groups, including the cycling champion, leader of the council, members from every party, and officers. I did a tweet thread.

A new bridge?

There is a consultation to ‘call for evidence’ on a new walking and cycling bridge over the Thames: There is a PDF paper which discusses what the council has worked out so far. There’s no budget, and no immediate plan to do anything – it feels like a project which will need a champion, if it’s to get off the ground, although it would be amazing to link it to the Ham and Petersham Liveable Neighbourhoods bid.

Mini Updates

I’m told the A310 has money allocated for 19/20 and 20/21, as does the A308 but there are no plans as of yet. Council will be doing some towpath repaving this year, suspected to be between Teddington Lock to Richmond through Ham.


Quick Win Ideas

This is a working list of potential ‘quick wins’ in the borough that we’d like to ask them for.

Thing Detail
Rosslyn Road – extend the cycle lane down to the junction So people aren’t required to walk their bike
Signed / roadmarked cycle route between the two rows of posts outside the Barmy Arms on Twickenham Riverside  
Prune the bushes obstructing the path linking Upper Sunbury Road and Lower Hampton Rd, Hampton  
Make Oldfield Path, Hampton, into shared use  
Install two-way traffic signs on Embankment and Bell Lane, Twickenham and Cricket Lane, Hampton Hill (roads mainly used by motorists in one direction, leading to some wrongly imagining they are one-way streets, causing conflict with cyclists legally going the less common way along them)  
Remove contradictory road markings in Percy Rd, Whitton  
Remove misleading ‘Cyclists Dismount’ sign at railway bridge in Nelson Rd, Whitton  
Provide a proper way to cycle on to the Kew towpath near the Mortlake Brewery  
Install bollards to keep cars off the pavement & out of the cycle lane on A316 between Brook Rd & St Stephen’s C of E School (near St Margret’s Roundabout). Cars crossing the pavement is dangerous & illegal, and cyclists & pedestrians should be protected at this location
Finish resurfacing the Ham to Teddington towpath
Cycle paths around the roundabout by Sainsbury’s/BP garage would be great. Also river path near old brewery in Mortlake is too narrow/bumpy /slippy for regular use, especially with kids
Sort out the path under Kingston Bridge. Just a dropped kerb would be a step forwards.  
Provide a signed route from Richmond Station to the cycle track along the A316 towards Mortlake. Via Church Rd, St John’s Rd  
More cycle parking – virtually everywhere (In particular, follow up output from South Richmond councillors after walk around Richmond Green area.)
In Barnes there is a recommended, and signed cycle route north along Madrid and Boileau Roads (20 mph limited), but at the junction of Boileau Road with Lonsdale Road there is no further signage. However, there is a close-by pedestrian refuge where a sign could be placed to show cyclists aiming for Hammersmith Bridge whether they should turn right along Lonsdale Road, and then left along Castelnau or cross over to turn left into St Hilda’s Road and then right into Glentham Road, thereby accessing the joint use pavement on the approach to the Bridge (my own preference)  
Cycle gulley installed on pedestrian  bridge by Manor Rd / North Sheen station This was supposedly almost ready to be done in May …
Make back-street route from Lower Grove Rd through to Cambrian Rd step-free & free of parked cars so cyclists can go between Cambrian Gate & Christs School without having to use Queen’s Rd. The route is so , so close to being decent for cyclists – all it needs is a few dropped kerbs & parking attendants to enforce parking restrictions for it to be a decent safe route for unaccompanied children & others less keen to cycle up Queen’s Rd  
Finish re-tarmacking route from Lower Grove Rd through cemetery towards Bog Gate  
Re-surface / maintain / repair towpath between Kew Bridge & Richmond Bridge  
Swap the ‘bike lane’ & line of parked cars along Upper Richmond so bike lane is beside pavement & drivers don’t have to cross it to park  
Bus stop bypasses along Upper Richmond Rd  
Resurface road on Lower Church Rd. The surface is so uneven that cyclists risk being thrown off course into the path of vehicles that are coming up close behind them  
Continuous (& obvious & safe) route around Richmond Circus for both cyclists & pedestrians – so they don’t get into conflict  
More cycle parking at Kew Gardens Station Apparently delayed while there is re-consultation on this – we’d like to know when this is likely to be looked at.
Resurface alleyway between Manor Park & manor Gardens. Also put dropped kerb at Manor Gardens end of this alleyway  
“Install bike stands outside all doctors’ & dentists’ surgeries in the borough. All the surgeries I know have car parking but few have proper bike parking facilities.”  
“A few more bike stands in residential streets? There are 6 bikes attached to the same lamp posts in my neighbouring street – people in flats need space to keep their bikes” We understand that on-street bike storage is being investigated, and we’d like to know what the status of this is.
An audit of how many bike stands (& state of repair) each primary & secondary school has All schools should have enough parking for their children to get to school and be able to park their bike in a sheltered, safe location.
More traffic warden presence at school drop off & pick up At a number of schools in the borough there are regular complaints around parking and safety – there are longer term strategies available, but using the available rules is also essential.
Upgrade guidance and enforce its use around how works of all types are signed in the borough. Both walking and cycling must be maintained at any changes.  
Send positive messages about cyclists in advertising and social media. All council publications and materials should review carefully how we talk about cycling (and walking). When we show people on bikes, there should be a wide range to show how many people use bikes and what they use them for – cycling in Richmond is not all people pacing it round Richmond Park!
Resurface path from Petersham gate bus stop northbound alongside Petersham Farm  
Add a Cycle filter turning left at Petersham Rd/ Star and Garter lights northbound  
Remove central line markings in narrow part of Petersham Rd Doing this will slow and calm traffic
Introduce ASLs at triangular traffic lights in centre of Richmond. George st/ Duke st.  
Introduce access to ASL where ever possible Many Advanced Stop Lines in the borough are very hard to access – it should be clear and safe how to reach these.
Allow right turn for cyclists from Clarence Street to access Richmond station car park  
Road marking Sign cycles are turning right into Richmond station car park from the Quadrant. From crossing to legitimize cyclist presence in right hand lane  
Cycle parking on south east corner of Ham common. Near Hand and Flower  


Things to do in the borough (and why!)

This is a working list of things in the borough – of different sizes – we would like looked at. This page is a work in progress. You can read some of the supporting documents on our Cycling Links page.

Place Notes
Chalkers Corner Needs protected cycling on all arms
Quietway 1
Quietway 2
Quietway 3
Quietway 4
C1) A305 Richmond Road (j/w Aragon Rd – Richmond Bridge) Part of the corridor studies. All of these have had quite a bit of analysis, and we’d like to know what has happened to them, and if there is any schedule for what will happen.
C2) A305 Sheen Road (j/w Church Rd to TLRN URRW) Part of the corridor studies. This had had quite a bit of analysis done, but it’s not clear where it actually is.
C3) A306 Castlenau & Rocks Lane (j/w URRW – Hammersmith Bridge) Part of the corridor studies
C4) A313 Park Rd, Hampton Road & Teddington High Street (j/w Uxbridge Rd – Kingston Road) Part of the corridor studies
C5) A311 Hampton Hill & Hampton Road (j/w Upper Sunbury Rd – Heath Rd) Part of the corridor studies
C6) A310 Kingston Road, Strawberry Vale & Cross Deep (j/w Kingston Bridge rdbt – King St) Part of the corridor studies
C7) A3004 St Margarets Road (j/w Richmond Road to boundary) Part of the corridor studies
C8) A307 Kew Road (Richmond Circus – TLRN Mortlake Rd) Part of the corridor studies
C9) A305 Staines Road / The Green (j/w A316 – Heath Rd/The Green) Part of the corridor studies
C10) A308 Upper Sunbury Rd & Hampton Court Rd (borough boundary to j/w Kingston Bridge rdbt) Part of the corridor studies
C11) B358 Nelson Rd, HBR & Sixth Cross Rd (j/w Hanworth Rd – Hampton Rd) Part of the corridor studies
C12) A3003 Mortlake High Street & B350 Lonsdale Rd (j/w A316 – Castlenau) Part of the corridor studies
C13) A312 Uxbridge Road (j/w Hampton Hill HS – boundary) Part of the corridor studies
A316 / Manor Circus Needs protected cycling at the whole junction. This has been looked at by TfL, and they came back from a 2014 consultation with some rubbish ideas. Not clear where this is going to go
A205 Gilpin Ave zebra Subject of a petition. Not liked by pedestrians, v. low rule observance
A316 quietway This route needs upgrading and finishing. TfL has looked at this, and it has ceased to be planned for a CSH.
Kew Road Needs sbound cycle lane, and protected cycling on both sides
Richmond Bridge to Orleans Gardens towpath Towpath review
Kingston Bridge to Hampton Court Bridge towpath Towpath review
Teddington Lock to Kingston boundary towpath Towpath review
Ham vicinity to Teddington Lock towpath Towpath review
Ham (Surrey side) towards Richmond Bridge towpath Towpath review
Richmond Bridge to Kew Bridge towpath Towpath review
Kew Bridge to Chiswick Bridge towpath Towpath review
Cross Deep Need protected cycling movement to turn left into, and go straight across
River Crane Path needs completing
Twickenham Riverside Needs access for cycling throughout site, and to site
Richmond Park needs less traffic
Copthall Road School should have better access than a tiny raised table
Byfeld Gardens Consider for filtering
Star and Garter roundabout
Kew Gardens Station It should be possible to walk and cycle from here to the Gardens.
Second Cross Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Sydney Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Grosvenor Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Grove Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Parkley’s Parade Contraflow cycling candidate
Plevna Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Denton Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Cresswell Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Morely Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Heathfields North Contraflow cycling candidate
Cambridge Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Bridge Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Broadway Avenue Contraflow cycling candidate
Queens Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Fulwell Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Holly Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Sidney Road Contraflow cycling candidate
Richmond Station Needs lots of bike parking
Palmerston Road Rat running from Sheen Lane – how does this affect the wider area?
Lonsdale Road Part of a corridor – needs protected cycling
Rocks Lane Part of a school route for some.
Stanley School Needs much better design in the area to promote walking and cycling
St Stephen’s School Petition for a school street
Turing House Urgently needs a robust travel plan with walking and cycling
Burtons Road Should be closed to through traffic
Strafford Road
Kew Bridge Shared use footway is poor for cycling – needs segregation, esp with CS11 coming
Darell Road footbridge Could probably do with cycle channels
Twickenham Bridge Where the A316 crosses the Thames there are steps down to the tow path on both sides of the river. There are cycling routes along the banks of the Thames and also on the pavement on both sides of the A316 but without a cycle ramp it is really hard to connect from one to the other (especially on the Richmond side of the river. Ideally there should be a bike channel on each of the 4 flights of steps.
St Margarets footbridge Needs bike channels
WInning post footbridge Needs bike channels. Map
Hospital bridge roaf footbridge Needs bike channels
B of E sports grounds FB
This is a useful quietway link, currently obstructed. No need for cycle channels, but remove obstructions
Palewell fields FB
This is a useful quietway link, currently obstructed. No need for cycle channels, but remove obstructions.
Old Deer Park footbridge Needs bike channels
Woodlands Road footbridge
This is a useful quietway link, currently obstructed. No need for cycle channels, but remove obstructions.
Barnes Station footbridge Cycle channels needed in a number of places here
Northcote Road footbridge No channels needed, but bike accessibility is poor.
Forty Alley footbridge Needs bike channels
Church Road footbridge If this is the one to the back of Richmond station, a cycle channel would be good leading down to the station. The bridge itself is also very poor for cycing across anyway …
Amyand Park Road FB Needs bike channels
Cricket Lane, Hampton Hill Signage to make clear it is two way, at least for cycling. Most motor traffic goes one way, from a car park exit, leading some drivers to think it is a one-way street and be uncooperative or abusive to cyclists going the other way.
Oakfield Path, Hampton Make this little-used footpath shared use, to link Hampton and Sunbury
Unnamed path linking Upper Sunbury Rd to Lower Hampton Rd, Hampton Clear bushes, and make path more accessible
Percy Road, Whitton Remove contradictory road markings on south side
Embankment, Twickenham Add signage/markings to show that the cycle route continues through sections closed to motor traffic. Also to clarify that this is two way for cycling.
Bell Lane, Twickenham Signage to make clear this road is two way
Junction of Arragorn Rd and Amyand Park Rd, Twickenham Separate cycle and pedestrian routes
Kingsway, Mortlake Contraflow cycling candidate
Nightingale Lane, Richmond Contraflow cycling candidate

Strafford Road consultation

This is the response we recently sent to the Strafford Road consultation.

I am writing on behalf of Richmond Cycling Campaign, in response to the consultation on Strafford Road and access to the school there. (

We welcome the thrust of the consultation – to make it easier and safer for families to cross in this area – but we would argue that there are more ambitious options that should be considered:

1. This area needs actual marked crossing on all roads linking the school. This is an opportunity to have a very wide, clear zebra crossing which prioritises the movement of people walking and cycling, over driving.
2. Pavements generally are very narrow, compared to the available space. Why not significantly widen them along most of the length of the road?
3. This, and the connected streets, could be school streets: closed to motor traffic for the entire period of school start and finish.
4. Traffic management should be considered in this area. There’s really no reason for anyone to be driving down this and connected roads, except for access – it could be a Low Traffic Neighbourhood.

The Mayor’s Transport Strategy calls for 80% of journeys to be by foot, cycle or public transport by 2041. For Richmond to achieve this, we need to start building a much more attractive environment for walking and cycling, and we believe that schemes like this are excellent incremental opportunities to begin this work.

An Open Letter to our New Councillors

Dear Councillors,

Richmond is an amazing place to cycle and walk. We’re already a healthy borough with some of the best cycling numbers in London and we’re one of the boroughs where residents are most likely to have cycled in the last week.

This year, every major party in the borough committed to a high quality ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ bid. This is an opportunity to get millions of pounds of TfL money to invigorate part of your ward and we’d love everyone to take part.

Cycling and walking (‘active travel’) is also one of the cheapest but most effective things you can do to make your ward a better place. Since 2000, a variety of different measures have appeared in the borough, focusing on making our streets nicer, safer, less congested, and less polluted. These have come from both Conservative and Liberal Democrat councils and councillors, and we’d like this to continue.

But we need your help and so do your constituents. There are a lot of things that can be done in the borough and we wanted to share just some of the options that are available to you.

Everything you see below is part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy – you can read a huge volume of important evidence here. By helping to deliver for your borough, you’ll be making it a healthier, cleaner, quieter, safer place for everyone, however they travel.

20 miles an hour

All the parties seem to agree that it’s finally time for 20mph in Richmond and it’s our understanding that planning for a consultation has already been largely done. We, and many other community groups, are very keen to see this go ahead. Slower speeds on our roads have all the benefits that you might expect – improved air quality, safer streets, calmer streets, easier crossings, safer cycling.

We know there’ll be a consultation after the summer, and we urge you to support 20mph across our borough.

Healthy School Streets

Camden is introducing ‘Healthy School Streets’. School streets are closed to traffic (except cycles) at school opening and closing times to make it possible for more children to walk and cycle safely to school and to reduce the air pollution in the area. You can see an example on the video here. (And one of their recent consultations here.)

Every school in our borough could benefit from less traffic at dropping off and picking up time. Persuading as many people as possible not to drive at these times will have a beneficial effect on the congestion the borough experiences.


‘Filtering’ is the act of blocking a street so that it filters out one type of traffic – usually motor vehicles: filters allow streets to be used by people walking and cycling but prevent motor vehicles using them as a through road. They can be permanent and they can be temporary. In the borough, we have lots of streets – like this one – which have been closed to through traffic.

Well Lane

A recent problem is the growth of apps like Waze – which basically enables people to use all the quiet back roads and calm streets in your area as rat runs. Filtering is one way to make sure residential streets stay residential and also make them places where people are more likely to walk and cycle.

This little group of roads (image below), with the South Circular at one end, shows the benefits of filtering: because you can’t use them to get to the South Circular, the only reason to drive here is to get to your home, meaning they are quiet and calm virtually 24/7.

Bike Parking

If we want more people on bikes, we need to be sure we’re making it possible to store them somewhere safe and convenient. This applies both to places like stations and town centres, and homes.


In other boroughs, there are dozens of locked, overnight shelters available so that people don’t need to drag their bikes through their house or flat, and so that they can store it out of the weather. Under the previous administration, these ‘cycle hangars’ have slowly started arriving. You can see how many some boroughs have by looking at this map – each shelter holds six bikes, and perhaps the best way to think of them is this: every bike which is easily accessible is a journey someone is less likely to do in a car.

The council has a list of people who’ve already asked for something like this, and we need your support to make sure they go in!

Pedestrian Priority

We think people walking is a good thing and we’re sure that you do too. So one of the things we’d like to see is the use of continuous footways. Here’s one in Waltham Forest: it doesn’t stop people driving into the road, or exiting it, but the priority is for pedestrians.
This type of junction is becoming increasingly common across London and the UK. When used where quieter roads join main roads, it helps significantly to enforce the Highway Code rules on pedestrian priority at side streets. (You can see we half did the job at Wharf Lane / King Street, in Twickenham – wouldn’t it be better for people if it looked like the Waltham Forest example, below?)

WF cross street

(Picture courtesy of Enfield Cycling Campaign)

TfL’s Corridors

Transport for London has been doing a lot of work looking at how people travel and how they might travel. They’ve identified a series of routes in London which they think have the opportunity to carry significant volumes of cycling traffic. These are a number of these routes in our borough: they not only support commuting by cycle but also people getting around the borough.
We’d like these routes to be prioritised for walking and cycling as a matter of urgency and we need your support for this.
This is the current list of the corridors as we understand it:
C1) A305 Richmond Road (j/w Aragon Rd – Richmond Bridge)
C2) A305 Sheen Road (j/w Church Rd to TLRN URRW)
C3) A306 Castlenau & Rocks Lane (j/w URRW – Hammersmith Bridge)
C4) A313 Park Rd, Hampton Road & Teddington High Street (j/w Uxbridge Rd – Kingston Road)
C5) A311 Hampton Hill & Hampton Road (j/w Upper Sunbury Rd – Heath Rd)
C6) A310 Kingston Road, Strawberry Vale & Cross Deep (j/w Kingston Bridge rdbt – King St)
C7) A3004 St Margarets Road (j/w Richmond Road to boundary)
C8) A307 Kew Road (Richmond Circus – TLRN Mortlake Rd)
C9) A305 Staines Road / The Green (j/w A316 – Heath Rd/The Green)
C10) A308 Upper Sunbury Rd & Hampton Court Rd (borough boundary to j/w Kingston Bridge rdbt)
C11) B358 Nelson Rd, HBR & Sixth Cross Rd (j/w Hanworth Rd – Hampton Rd)
C12) A3003 Mortlake High Street & B350 Lonsdale Rd (j/w A316 – Castlenau)
C13) A312 Uxbridge Road (j/w Hampton Hill HS – boundary)

Dockless Bikes

We know some councillors have already received enquiries about these. London Cycling Campaign supports almost anything that encourages more people to use bikes to get around and dockless bikes (like Ofo, who have a trial contract with the borough) definitely fall into that category. We’d urge everyone to sign up for this – even if you don’t use the bikes, the app is a great way to report bikes which have been left in the wrong place.

You can also suggest good locations for the bikes to be parked, by using this link: all the bike providers operate a ‘reward’ system which encourages people to leave bikes tidily and in the right place.

Liveable Neighbourhoods

Major funding from TfL is currently focussed on councils who make a ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ bid. As part of the election, all the parties in Richmond committed to making a ‘high quality’ bid. This is a great opportunity for every ward in the borough because a successful bid can be for a town centre, a residential area, or a specific route.

Consultation is Key

We know that getting the public on board for walking and cycling schemes is absolutely crucial. There’s a lot of best practice now available from other boroughs and from TfL, as well as committed funding specifically for public engagement in Liveable Neighbourhoods. ‘Bikelash’ is a real thing and we’re keen to make sure it doesn’t hold us back, so we would urge you to reach out to us, to officials, and to supportive groups like LCC, Living Streets, 20s Plenty, Sustrans, Cycling UK, and all the others who can help with this.


Richmond Cycling Campaign