Kew Road could get a toucan, what about Kew Green?

What do you do when you’ve got a zebra crossing where pedestrians don’t get injured, but the traffic goes too fast, and you’ve got a busy junction further along with lots of incidents of all types?

Well obviously, you plan to spend £125,000 on a new crossing for the pedestrian junction where people drive too fast. That’s what Richmond is about to do. Engineers are proposing to spend this on changing the Lion Gate Gardens zebra – whose accident stats look like this (DfT page is here)richmond-upon-thamesand there’s no plan to deal with the much less pleasant junction with the South Circular, where all sorts of things seem to be going on (the blue numbers show there are too many incidents in one space to show each one …)

South Circular incidents

 

The council has been consulting back and forth on this since January, yet doesn’t seem to be asking basic questions like:

  • Which junctions are most dangerous?
  • For whom are they most dangerous?
  • How can I make this a pleasant place to be a cyclist or pedestrian?

We think this consultation is flawed, the process behind it is flawed, and the analysis that leads to spending such a large sum of money on something that is statistically likely to make very little difference to the people involved is poor.

Will the decision get through cabinet? Maybe so, but we’re probably not the only organisation in the borough who could think of better ways to spend £125,000 on making things better for walking ….

Rides for Explorers – 1st June- Surrey 50

Half the distance of the Surrey 100 – and probably half the pace – it is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so might as well look at it. It is quite hilly.

Route

Meet Bushy Park fountain car park 10.00. Use back roads to Brooklands for coffee then put up with some main road to Byfleet before turning off for Pyrford and the North Downs. After an interesting descent Lunch at the Compasses Inn at Gomshall .

The main road into Dorking isn’t too trafficky and we soon get to Box Hill from where we take my favourite switchback descent to Kingston and so home.

Just 2 of us met up despite the ideal weather and a few miles in my gear cable snapped. A diversion to Walton (Thank you Surrey for marking bike shops on your excellent cycling maps ) produced a replacement and we got back on track with a coffee before tacking the North Downs. ( The road across the Wey valley was closed to motor vehicles by bridge work – this is the ideal way of making cycle facilities)  The Compasses produced excellent baguettes and salad by the bank of the Tillingbourne and we powered through Dorking and (more slowly) up Box Hill. (thinking how long before I need an e-bike for this trip). Back to Kingston about 4 after a really scenic ride. Where was everybody ?

Paul – rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

‘Ward Asks’ for Council Elections

Do you want Space for Cycling in your area? Email your local election candidates now!  Visit http://action.space4cycling.org/

The 2014 council elections are on 22nd May.  This is a ‘once in 4 years’ chance to challenge the would-be council candidates on their commitment to cycling provision; and to make cycling an important issue on the election agenda.  The local authority (LBRUT) are accountable to our elected councillors; and between them they control the vast majority of roads in the area; and decide what road and cycle improvements are made where (if any!).

This year every borough group has been asked to nominate one cycling infrastructure issue in every ward (a ‘ward ask’) for inclusion in the London-wide Space For Cycling campaign aimed at every election candidate.

Read on below for a summary of the issues local RCC members have raised…

Our Ward Asks are now all on Cyclescape and linked below.

East of the river:

Centre of the Borough:

South West of the Borough:

Don’t forget!  To ensure your voice is added to our campaign, please use the Space for Cycling website to raise these issues with your local election candidates now!  Visit http://action.space4cycling.org/

The ‘ward asks’ are a great way to raise awareness of cycling issues with your local election candidates – but the campaign is limited to just one issue per ward.  In many wards we have plenty of other issues we are tracking – for the full list in each ward visit this page and do please contact us to get involved.

Finally, for further information on how we log these issues,  a detailed guide to how RCC use CycleScape is available here…. and if, like me, you are never quite sure what electoral ward is where – this handy zoomable map shows the boundaries of all wards in London:  http://ukdataexplorer.com/census/london/

Rides for Explorers – Olympic Park – 11th May

Meet Richmond Little Green, by Richmond Theatre, 10.00am.

We will cycle into London and then take CSH 2 to the newly opened Olympic Park. After lunch on site we return using CSH 3.

Please let me know if you intend coming in case of last minute changes.

Paul :    rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

 No one has expressed an interest so ride postponed.

 

Getting on a bike is just the best thing.

(Written as a quick response to Rachel Aldred’s excellent ‘the bicycle is human scale‘) 

This morning my daughter and I went to her class. She wanted to cycle, so we sent most of the journey on the pavements.

And it was great. We wobbled across the level crossing, said thank you to the man delivering papers who’d moved across for us, and smiled at the other Dad who was out cycling with his son.

The lady at the bus stop smiled at my daughter as she went by, and the drivers approaching the zebra crossing saw her standing there and waited patiently as she crossed all four lanes. And the Dad with a small baby strapped to him said ‘That’s brilliant’, as he let her make her way past.

While we were cycling along Manor Road, Zoe asked me what the beeping had been, and I could tell her she and I had crossed the level crossing just as it started beeping. When we got to the Carrington Road junction she told me, excitedly, “Daddy! My school is down there!”

Then, along North Road, we saw another local family and they shouted ‘Hello Zoe!’ as she cycled past and we waved.

Cycling with your children is just the best thing ever!

Zoe on North Road, using the area marked for parking …

Here’s our approximate route (Google Maps link). We left home at 9:30 and cycled over 4 miles.

Time for 20mph in Richmond

(Updated below – see the local 20′s plenty group, here.)

We think 20mph is plenty for our borough. Richmond has few roads where you ever really want to be doing 30mph, and the national (and international) evidence is mounting up.

You don’t think Three filmed this on a 30mph street, do you?

More and more, we’re hearing from other London boroughs, other areas of the UK, and from throughout Europe, about how slower speeds in residential and populous areas is a good thing for everyone involved.

But the council aren’t keen at all. Despite the Twickenham Action Plan including a 20mph limit, they’ve rejected a number of attempts to have specific roads go 20mph. Until recently, what you needed to do was this:

  1. Ask all the people in your road if they wanted a 20mph zone.
  2. Show the council that you had a majority – bearing in mind that anyone not answering is obviously a ‘no’.
  3. Have the council come round and consult again.
  4. And then get everyone to respond. And I mean everyone - because again, if they don’t reply, then the council will count that as a ‘no’.

So, you’d either need 51% of the voters to turn out, and every single person to vote for you, or if they all turned out, you’d need 51% of the voters.

Compare that to the council’s Heathrow referendum in 2013. On a 41% turnout, they had 72% against a third runway. If that had been a 20mph consultation, it would have failed. but here Lord True said “The people have spoken”. (Have a look at the lengthy discussion at the time on Twickerati, if you want to celebrate just how hard they made it.)

We think cycling needs somewhere safe, pleasant and calm, and if you read London Cycling Campaign’s ‘Space 4 Cycling’ pages, you’ll see how 20mph zones are a key component of this.

So take a moment and tell the council that you want 20mph using one of the consultations going on:

Want to know more about 20mph? Try the 20’s Plenty site, read a paper from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, find out why Bristol is going 20mph, and Camden, and Islington

Oh, and here’s what Transport for London says:

 And an update: pop along to Richmond’s local 20′s Plenty group, and sign their petition. 

‘Ward Asks’ for LBRUT Council Elections

The 2014 council elections are on 22nd May.  This is a ‘once in 4 years’ chance to challenge the would-be council candidates on their commitment to cycling provision; and to make cycling an important issue on the election agenda.

The local authority (LBRUT) are accountable to our elected councillors; and between them they control the vast majority of roads in the area; and decide what road and cycle improvements are made where (if any!).

This year LCC are asking every borough group to nominate one cycling infrastructure issue in every ward (a ‘ward ask’) for inclusion in a London-wide campaign aimed at every election candidate.

We already have various issues logged by Council Ward.  A complete list of issues by ward is available on this page here.   But you can always add more!   So please read the article; look at the issues already logged in your area; and then follow the link through to Cyclescape to add more.

But hurry!  We need your input now.   Thank you.

Police cycle security marking

The following marking sessions have been advertised :

  • 12/02/2014 – 1600-1800 – cycle marking Teddington Train Station
  • 13/02/2014 – 1000-1200 – cycle marking Hampton Wick Train Station
  • 18/02/2014 – 1000-1200 – cycle marking Richmond Train Station
  • 19/02/2014 – 0900-1100 – cycle marking Kew LUT Station
  • 25/02/2014 – 1100-1300 – cycle marking Fulwell Train Station

Local police issued 23 Fixed Penalty Notices for various traffic offences as follows:

  • 9 for having no MOT
  • 2 for having no insurance
  • 3 for having no road tax (VED)
  • 1 for failing to stop at a red light
  • 1 for cycling on the footway
  • 5 for causing an obstruction
  • 1 for driving in a cycle lane
  • 1 for having an incorrectly registered vehicle.

So, as many for driving in a cycle lane as for cycling on the footway.

We’ve asked Richmond Police to try to use a term other than the loaded ‘Road Tax’, too …