On 29th July central London will be traffic-free to allow everybody to enjoy the delights of cycling past the famous landmarks. The problem is getting there. RCC will , as usual , be escorting about 100 cyclists of all ages from Richmond up to town but we do need more volunteer marshals to keep people on course. Experience would be wonderful but helpfulness and a willingness to learn the route (or copy to your phone) would be more than welcome. People always say that they enjoyed getting up to London as well as the Freecycle and that they wouldn’t have done it without support.
Your help is needed to allow us to continue to offer this service to the people of the borough. Please contact
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.
This summer’s Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle on Saturday 9 August offers a brilliant opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling around an 10-mile traffic-free route in central London. The route features many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Tower of London in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s. London’s greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling.
We ride to the ride meeting Richmond Little Green at 9.30. A team of experienced marshals will shepherd less experienced riders through Putney and Battersea Park to Parliament Square returning from the same place at 3.00 pm.
We had a sizeable contingent if not, perhaps, the 150 who had registered. All were safely delivered to Parliament Square at around 11.30 – slow average speed is what happens with large groups. A smaller group cycled home at 3 but all had enjoyed the bright breezy day. There were a few problems – for which I bear responsibility – but we all got safely home thanks to the efforts of the team of volunteer marshals.
On Saturday 3rd August there will be an opportunity to cycle thorough traffic free streets in central London past those iconic landmarks from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s and the Tower of London.
We are having a Feeder Ride leaving Richmond Green at 9.30 and returning from Buckingham Palace at 3.30.
We had about 40 participants on the ride in and more than half of those to take home – aided by ideal weather.
In the Freecycle
special thanks to our marshals for looking after everybody.
This year’s London Sky Ride takes place on Sunday 4 September. It’s a great opportunity for all the family to cycle on traffic free streets in central London. Kelly Brook recently launched the event with London Mayor Boris Johnson, here’s a video of the launch.
As in previous years, Richmond Cycling Campaign will be leading feeder rides from Little Green next to the big green in Richmond, opposite Richmond Library – Map Link. These rides will link into the main ride in central London. Last year we ran two feeder rides with nearly 200 riders in total, it was quite a sight! This year we shall again have two feeder rides – one at 9.30am and a second at 10.30am. We shall also lead a ride back to Richmond so you won’t be left behind in central London!
Below we see the 9.30 ride ready to leave Richmond Green
A good time was had by all – despite some rain in the middle of the day.
As well as the main London event, this year there were two local London Skyrides in Hillington (31 July) and Barking and Dagenham (21 August).
Find out more info on the main Sky Ride website.
The Ealing Sky Ride is fast approaching.
RCC will be leading a feeder ride to Lammas Park, so Richmond residents can enjoy the lanes of leafy Ealing without being bothered by motor traffic.
The feeder ride is a fully marshalled ride, so you can enjoy riding your bike from town centre to town centre. We’ll also be leading a return ride, so noone need worry about getting lost on the way back.
The feeder rides are steady paced rides that allow everyone to get there safely, from 4 year olds to 104 year olds. The marshals will check your bikes are safe to ride, will give you a few instructions and then we’ll head off to Lammas Park where we will join the main route.
Hope to see you there.