Active Travel Strategy – Your Borough Needs You!

Active Travel

The Active Travel Strategy is out for consultation: https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/richmondecs/ats/consult_view/

There’s an awful lot in there, and we need your feedback, and to respond. You can read the PDF document here.

Highlights from the strategy, in no particular order:

  • Banning loading in cycle lanes (“where possible”)
  • Work on plans to encourage delivery and servicing by cargo bike / low emissions vehicles
  • Focus on delivering properly for pedestrians
  • Better dropped kerbs, smoother pavements that don’t bob up and down for driveways
  • Link cycling as a way to get to stations and other hubs
  • New segregated routes – Strawberry Vale
  • New segregated routes – Kew Road (which will hoepfully link to CW9 eventually)
  • Kingston to Teddington via Bushy Park
  • Hampton Court Bridge to Kingston Bridge via the A308 – also properly segregated
  • More bike hangars, more parking
  • Make developers put in parking
  • More contraflow cycling across the borough
  • Better pedestrian crossings virtually everywhere, with a review of these
  • Working with TfL to shorten pedestrian waiting at crossings
  • A big low traffic neighbourhood plan
  • Walking, cycling and buses as priority modes for the borough

We’ve started a Cyclescape thread with some discussion: https://www.cyclescape.org/threads/5008

And you can email us – info@richmondlcc.co.uk – or tweet us @RichmondCycling – or come and chat on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/richmondcyclingcampaign/

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.

In a year’s time this is going to look very different.

We attended the Active Travel Advisory Group on 6 June 2019 , and there are lots of important updates …

Strawberry Vale is going to get a cycle lane

One of our key borough routes is going to get a proper bi-directional cycle lane, providing protected cycling along its length. This is a huge change, and it’s such an important route the council sounds like it has secured TfL funding.

Kew Road is (probably!) going to get a cycle lane (which isn’t a car park)

You know that row of parking on the Kew Road, over the cycle lane? Well the parking is going to give up to a cycle lane – the council told us on Thursday that Kew Road will get a cycle lane on both sides. Designs are still in progress, and it looks like the initial implementation won’t go all the way to Kew Bridge, but we think this is an important start.

Bikehangars are going to be sprouting like dandelions

Sometime in the next month, we’re going to see a consultation for thirty bikehangars. We know not all will be approved, but this means by Christmas the borough could have a dozen cycle hangars installed.

Low traffic neighbourhoods are go

Two areas – Burtons Road and the East Sheen / Palmerston Road area are under consideration for low traffic neighbourhoods. Burtons Road is currently in consultation, and there was a meeting with councillors and officials for East Sheen on 10 June.

We think other areas could benefit from these – see the London Cycling / Living Streets briefing here: https://lcc.org.uk/articles/low-traffic-neighbourhoods-briefing-documents-launch

School streets are also go (unless you’re trying to drive down them!)

Four schools – St Stephens, Barnes, Stanley and Orleans Park – are on course to get ‘School Streets’. What’s that? More here – http://schoolstreets.org.uk/ – but basically it’s about setting our schools and their roads up to really make it the obvious choice to walk and cycle there, and to make driving the option you only take if you really, really need to.

Liveable Neighbourhoods

Our next ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ bid is likely to be for Barnes and for Ham (possibility of two bids, rather than one). We’ll be thinking about it over the summer, but it’s worth everyone asking “What would be transformational in my neighbourhood?”

Rolling log on consultations and surveys on (active) travel in Richmond

Rolling log on consultations and surveys on (active) travel in Richmond

Upcoming deadlines

Royal Parks Movement Strategy (deadline: 14 July 2019)

Details and Survey

Richmond Council and Hammersmith Bridge (deadline: 16 July 2019)

Details and Survey

Richmond Council and Burtons Road area: proposed traffic-reducing measures (deadline: 26 July 2019)

Details and Consultation

TFL and changes to the local bus network following closure of Hammersmith Bridge to motor traffic (deadline: 1 October 2019)

Details and Consultation

List of all Richmond Council consultations

All the consultations are here.

How lawless is our borough?

One of our members has provided his experiences after acquiring a cycle camera and reporting traffic incidents to the Met Police’s Traffic Prosecution Services (TPS, aka Traffic Offence Report Team) over the course of a year.

Dangerous pass in TwickenhamOf 160 reports submitted in the year since April 2018, 59 resulted in Notices of Intended Prosecution (NIPs) being sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle concerned. Of these, four registered keepers failed to comply with their legal obligation to provide details of the driver of the vehicle at the time of the incident and are consequently facing legal proceedings for this offence. One such has already resulted in a £660 fine, £166 costs and six points on the owner’s licence.

Of the other 55 NIPs, no notice of what resulted has been received. A further 14 registered keepers received a letter informing them that an allegation had been made but that no action would be taken.

The bulk of the NIPs were for unsafe overtaking, usually too close to the cyclist, sometimes also too close to oncoming traffic, a few for overtaking on a bend including one that narrowly avoided a collision with oncoming traffic.

Eight were for overtaking on, or on the approach to, a pedestrian crossing, including when pedestrians have been crossing or about to cross.

Three were for driving on the footway, three more for failing to stop at a zebra crossing when our member was walking his bike across.

One (among several reported) was for failing to give way at a junction, one for driving in and then stopping in a contraflow cycle lane, one for turning right without observing the lane markings (ie cutting the corner and narrowly avoiding colliding with our member), and one for an illegal right turn.

Two reports received no response at all.

The most reports submitted by our member in a day was four, this on three occasions. In one such, all four incidents took place within twenty minutes on relatively quiet roads; three resulted in NIPs, the other in a letter.

Our member calculates that a NIP has been issued for roughly every five hours of his cycling and an incident worthy of report has occurred every two hours.

Certainly the TPS have a difficult job. They have to decide whether a prosecution is likely to be successful, not simply whether the driving might be considered  poor, careless or dangerous, and they do not have much time to do so. Judging by the incident case numbers, reports are received every few minutes.

However, his impression is that they do not always read the reports closely and sometimes assume cyclists are reporting close passing when they are  actually reporting something else. Very similar incidents often receive very different responses.

Nonethless, any camera-equipped cyclist is urged to make reports whenever appropriate in the hope that greater numbers of drivers may be encouraged to think carefully about their driving, their responsibilities, and the possible effects of their actions when on the road.

AGM Agenda – 17 April

8 PM, WEDNESDAY 17th APRIL, 2019
to be held at the “Old Ship” pub, 3 King Street, Richmond

AGENDA

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Annual report from the Co-ordinator on the past year’s activities.
  3. Treasurer’s report
  4. Report from the Rides Officer
  5. Election of Officers :-
    Co-ordinator
    Treasurer
    Secretary
    Rides Officer
    Any others to serve on the Committee, eg Chairman, LCC Liaison Officer
  6. Review of current activities and prioritisation for the coming year, including (a) May Fair 10/11 May, and (b) Bike Week 8/16 June.
  7. Any other business

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 (info@richmondlcc.co.uk), or the South Richmond Neighbourhood Watch Safer Pavements team (richmondsaferpavements2018@gmail.com), with some more information, and we’ll try to collate what we hear.