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.

Consultations and surveys on (active) travel in Richmond

East Sheen Low Traffic Neighbourhood closes 27 September, 2019

Details and Survey

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.

CLOSED CONSULTATIONS

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

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

Burtons Road and connections.

Burtons Road has long been recognised as a generally cycle-friendly alternative to Park Road / Uxbridge Road but is plagued by rat-running at peak hours. Several traffic-removal schemes have been rejected as risking diverting traffic into other narrow roads.

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The map below (based on Open Cycle Map) suggests how two filters (red) one straight across and one diagonal could allow vehicular access whilst blocking rat-running.

Burtons RdSolid blue lines are important road links whilst the hashed lines are tracks used by cyclists with some difficulties.The railway path is narrow and overgrown

Burtons -railway pathwhilst the path at the west end has narrow gates.

Burtons -gateNeither has cycling forbidden  (the railway track is labelled footpath at one end but that doesn’t make cycling illegal). Some improvement would be needed to make them useful for all.

Green circles are existing toucan crossings whilst the orange ones are where a crossing is needed.There is a ramped bridge to cross the A316.

A316 BridgeThe numerous schools are shown by magenta circles whilst Fulwell Station is the nearest railway. ( a segregated track along Wellington Rd would shorten some journeys but that is a future ambition).

Strategic Cycle Routes

I have been banging on about deficiencies in the borough’s plans for some time. To push some more I have written a brief paper that I hope to get onto the agenda for the next CLG.

Richmond Cycle Routes

What I have tried to produce is the draft for a system that would provide safe , reasonably direct, routes for all bike users  8-80+ across the borough and into adjacent boroughs at least during daylight hours and that is realistically achievable.

Any constructive comments gratefully received

Paul rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

A Tube Map for Richmond

The idea of representing cycle routes like tube lines was developed by cyclists in Bristol and Bath. They show connections clearly by simplifying geography so are not meant for navigation but give an overall idea of the state of the network.

The most accessible routes are drawn in blue and then via cyan, yellow , orange to the most hostile in red. The call is “turn the map blue ! “.

Richmond Cycle Tube MapOK ish  (mostly thanks to Royal Parks ) apart from around Twickenham and Richmond-Mortlake but the network is only as good as its weakest link and some of the weaknesses have been glossed over in the above picture. From the collision rate shown in the LIP map Twickenham Station-Riverside should be Red  as should Upper Richmond Rd.

The A305 / A311 is the direct link  between  “Village Centres” and so will be used for cycling although it is hardly to be recommended to the inexperienced. I have used a slightly thinner line. The thinnest lines are for routes that avoid traffic at the expense of being very roundabout ; fine for recreational rides.

This is an ongoing project – for the latest version see This Link

Once the routes reach a consistent quality they can be marketed with arbitrary colour coding – just like the London Underground

Richmond Tube Map

The “real” map corresponding to this is HERE  Again colours are for continuity not standard. The probably sub-standard A305/A311 is shown narrower. The Traffic Light symbols indicate crossing that are NOT present yet.

At a recent meeting with councillors there was acceptance that Richmond needs a long term plan for cycle routes and a willingness to look at these proposals. There was especial interest in Tube Map idea for waymarking.