March Newsletter

Did we say we were about to hear about the Mini-Holland bid? That’s due on 10th March, and it’ll be followed by the Cycling Liaison Group meeting, where you can come and hear what the council’s planning to do if we’re successful in the bid, but also what they’re going to do if we haven’t been successful.

Monthly Meeting

Our monthly meeting is at the usual venue – the Old Ship in Richmond – at 8pm on 17th March (Details here: http://is.gd/eahg52) Note we’re a week later than usual, because of the Cycling Liaison Group Meeting.

Consultation Watch

It’s a bit of a bumper month. but we’d really like you to reply to the two 20mph consultations on Whitton/Heathfield (here http://is.gd/2KHr3M) and Kew.(here http://is.gd/4upxtW)

Please take the opportunity to tell the council what a difference 20mph will make to our areas. You’ve got until 28 March on these two. (And you can see here – http://is.gd/LRsWzP – that the council already has its own data that 20mph is better!)

The ‘Kew Village Plan’ is also up for review. There’s a document link at the bottom of the consultation, on this page: http://is.gd/9c7i6v Their big idea is to remove the bus lane on Kew Road off-peak, in order to deal with congestion. We don’t think the bus lane causes congestion off-peak, so it would disadvantage those already brave enough to cycle down there. Please take the opportunity to tell the council they could really do more to encourage cycling in the area!

Also, Whitton Supplementary Planning Review – http://is.gd/U6NMku This fails to talk about making things more pleasant for either cycling or walking, so we’d urge you to point out just how much space there is here for cycling, and how any new developments need cycling provision included.

Finally – 20mph in Hampton Hill High Street http://is.gd/FZ2DVL. Please support this one as well, and the council might finally get the message. (Well, you could always say “Please make it easier to cycle!” around Hampton Square – http://is.gd/nMYdII )

Rides

One (maybe two!) rides this month:

On the 22nd March, a Ride for Everyone: Hampton Court and the Thames from Teddington Station leaving 10.20.

And, if someone can step in to help, we’d like to run an April 6th Ride for Explorers. Our ride leader’s in recuperation, so not able to lead this one – please get in touch rides@richmondlcc.co.uk – if you can help!

Maintenance Workshops

These are all in the calendar: http://is.gd/wRbxmB

Mortlake – 13th & 27th March, at the Old Bakery from 7pm. http://wp.me/pSDFw-4X

Twickenham – 26th March, at All Hallows Church from 7pm. http://wp.me/pSDFw-4U

Ham – 8th and 22nd March, Ham Youth Centre from 10am. http://wp.me/pSDFw-14t

Cycling Liaison Group

This has now been moved to 11th March, so that the CLG will be able to discuss the outcome of the borough’s Mini Holland bid. Details are here - http://is.gd/gqQg34 – although it’s a sad reflection of the commitment to cycling that the CLG has once again not met for nearly five months. Come and join us to find out how the council will spend new money from the mayor, and maybe have a cycling budget of its own!

Police Liaison Groups

Around the borough, the police hold regular ‘Liaison Groups’, where you can tell them what you’d like to prioritise. We’ve noticed that a few of these have focussed quite a bit on issues like cycling on the pavement or other minor cycling misdemeanours. Unless you’re a child, we don’t think you should be cycling on the pavement any more than the Police do, but we understand why some people choose to do so, especially when faced with hostile environments like the South Circular. The guidance from the Government is that Police should not issue blanket tickets for cycling on the pavement http://is.gd/VqSJsu, so we’ll be checking on this at the CLG …

If you’re thinking of going to your local Liaison Group to represent the interests of people who want to cycle, let us know, and we can share some tips!

Funding

Another funding round that came through a few weeks ago was a separate pot of cash that Transport for London distributed. Whilst some boroughs requested (and received) hundreds of thousands of pounds, Richmond asked for a grand total of £5,000 (see http://is.gd/Aobmvw). We think this is symptomatic of the borough’s failure to consider cycling, but it also gives the lie to our Cycling Champion’s claim that she’s been working hard to secure central Government funding for cycling in Richmond http://is.gd/824AOH.

Give Zac a Call

Richmond MP Zac Goldsmith is doing a survey to better understand how we feel about cycling, so please hop along to tell him what you think here – http://is.gd/eh9pkA. And you can tell Lib Dem candidate Robin Meltzer about cycling here – http://is.gd/5fHwpt.

And Finally …

Still, cycling featured in Top Gear this week, and the AA is printing a million stickers to remind drivers to give space to cyclists – http://is.gd/KhCWpS And Kevin, from ‘Can’t Stand up for Falling Down’ found a great video from 1984 showing London’s cycling ambition then: http://is.gd/n6auVz

Meanwhile, we’ll be on our bikes, enjoying the sunshine in Richmond Park this weekend, and waiting for the cull to finish, to do the magical circuit at night. You did know you could take your bike into the park at night, didn’t you? http://is.gd/eisZ1h

RCC Newsletter – 12 January 2014

Once a month, we send out an email update on cycling in the Richmond Borough. If you’d like to sign up for these, contact us here to be first to hear the cycling news that affects you across the borough.

We also post the newsletters here on our website the following week. Read below and enjoy! Previous newsletters can be found here.

Hello!

Welcome to 2014 and as ever, many have been dusting down their bicycles and getting out and about as part of their New Year’s resolutions. Let’s home they stay the course. Monday see our annual meeting – a chance to get involved in this important newsletter year (and maybe even take over crafting this newsletter) We have results from LCC’s survey of cyclists’ priorities for Richmond and the usual round up of rides, workshops and consultations. Here’s to 2014 being a year of change for cycling in the borough where it is taken seriously as more than just a leisure activity but a viable means of getting around and making our borough a nicer place to live in.

Annual Meeting
On Monday 12 January it will be time to elect the new RCC Committee for 2014 and outline our priorities for the year ahead. With the upcoming local elections, 2014 will set the council’s approach to cycling for the next four years, so a real opportunity to make a difference. For an outline of the Committee roles and details of the meeting have a look online – http://is.gd/qxFvFl

You don’t have to be on the committee to make a difference, come along to the meeting and find out how you can get involved, particularly in the upcoming elections, or get in touch on info@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides
On Saturday 18th January there is a ‘Ride for Everyone’ to Chiswick House following tracks and quiet roads with a coffee stop. Meet Mortlake Station 10.30, back about 12ish – http://is.gd/yAbqhm

We aim to organise a long (30-40 mile) day ride on the 1st Sunday and a short-and-easy (6-10 mile) morning ride on the 3rd Saturday of each month. If you have an idea for a ride or even better would like to lead one please contact Paul on rides@richmondlcc.co.uk.

Maintenance Workshops
The maintenance sessions will start back up in February – have a look on our website calendar to find the latest dates closer to the time – http://is.gd/U06HlX

LCC Election Survey
As we highlighted in last month’s newsletter, LCC carried out a survey at a borough ward level to identify the key local issues for the 2014 local elections. Well the results are in and there was an overwhelming response from our borough, with someone from each of the 18 wards responding. Right across the borough, the same priorities were chosen (which aligned very closely with the work we’ve been doing this past few years) with ‘Protected space on main roads and major junctions’ coming first, followed by ‘Safer routes for school children’ and ‘Liveable town centres’ (think Twickenham!).

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RCC Newsletter – 14 October 2013

Once a month, we send out an email update on cycling in the Richmond Borough. If you’d like to sign up for these, contact us here to be first to hear the cycling news that affects you across the borough.

We also post the newsletters here on our website the following week. Read below and enjoy! Previous newsletters can be found here.

Hello!

Summer is truly gone so we’re back with a bumper newsletter to keep you company on the cold nights. A lot has happened these past few months and much more is coming over the next few months that will have a real impact on your safety on the streets and roads of the borough, so read on. There are many small ways you can join others in contributing to making our borough an even nicer place to live and cycle, whether taking two minutes to respond to a consultation or dropping an email to your Councillor.

Council Meetings
Members of RCC were out in force at two council meetings last week – the Cycling Liaison Group Meeting and the Environment, Sustainability and Community Overview and Scrutiny Meeting. At the latter, two local parents made presentations, describing their difficulties and frustrations over their attempts to allow their young children to cycle to school safely. They were subjected to some pretty hostile questioning from the Councillors present who argued that there was no space for safe infrastructure (they need to read this – http://is.gd/xvpflb – part of this excellent expose of the myths and excuses why safe cycle infrastructure can’t be provided – http://is.gd/gdT0d1) and somehow derisive references to Bradley Wiggins was somehow felt pertinent to children cycling to school. It was an eye opener to the attitudes of some councillors (from both main parties it has to be added).

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RCC Newsletter – 31 July 2013

Once a month, we send out an email update on cycling in the Richmond Borough. If you’d like to sign up for these, contact us here to be first to hear the cycling news that affects you across the borough.

We also post the newsletters here on our website the following week. Read below and enjoy! Previous newsletters can be found here.

This newsletter covers both July and August so we can have a month off crafting a newsletter and enjoy cycling in the good weather instead!

Hello!

So summer arrived and went again, but we had a lovely few weeks of long days cycling in the sun. This month it’s a double newsletter covering July and August and we’ve made it a bumper consultation edition to capture all those issues that will impact your cycle across the borough (and beyond). It’s your chance to make your voice heard. There’s also news of this Saturday’s Feeder ride to London Freecycle – we hope to see many of you there to join in the fun.

Consultations
A raft of consultations affecting cycling both directly and indirectly across the borough. Please, please, we really need everyone who reads this newsletter to take 2 minutes to reply to these consultations. Every response counts as you can see further down on the responses to recent consultations.

First up is Twickenham town centre, and if you only do one campaigny thing for cycling this year, then take 1 minute to fill in the simple tick box online consultation. Proposals include a 20mph zone in Twickenham town centre and opening up Holly Road as a cycling contraflow to avoid the busy and dangerous London Road/King Street intersection. Both are big steps forward and need as much support as possible to demonstrate the support for improvements for cycling and for wider demand for 20mph zones across the borough. They’re not the full picture (see below for our update on the Twickenham town centre) but a big positive response sends a strong message and is needed to counter certain people set against cycling who are out to scupper anything that benefits cycling.
Deadline Monday 12 August 5pmhttp://is.gd/cbqczP

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RCC Newsletter – 21 June 2013

Once a month, we send out an email update on cycling in the Richmond Borough. If you’d like to sign up for these, contact us here to be first to hear the cycling news that affects you across the borough.

We also post the newsletters here on our website the following week. Read below and enjoy! Previous newsletters can be found here.

Hello!

Yes, it’s Bike Week but for most of us, we don’t need a special week to get us out on our bikes. Lots of news again this month, including a consultation that expires today, so don’t delay! Along with that, an update on the London Road cycle lane in Twickenham, a meeting on 20mph limits and what sounds like an exciting event in Teddington next month.

Consultations
No new consultations affecting cycling this month on the council’s consultation page (http://is.gd/JnijLg).

TfL have a consultation to remove part of the off road cycle lane on the A316 Lower Richmond Road to give more space for U-turning vehicles (map link – http://goo.gl/maps/VBupQ). We strongly object to these proposals which downgrade this important facility. Deadline to respond via their online form is today, Friday 21 June http://is.gd/HLde7X There is a discussion on the proposals online – http://is.gd/d0UJr9

You can look for consultations on the TfL page – http://is.gd/B52rsy

During the month, we heard of a consultation, now closed, to block off part of the River Crane path in the borough of Hounslow. We put up a post on our website and highlighted the consultation on Twitter and Facebook and many of you registered your objections – http://is.gd/06nJ8c  A big thank you to Friends of the River Crane for highlighting this consultation to us.

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RCC Newsletter – 17 May 2013

Once a month, we send out an email update on cycling in the Richmond Borough. If you’d like to sign up for these, contact us here to be first to hear the cycling news that affects you across the borough.

We also post the newsletters here on our website the following week. Read below and enjoy! Previous newsletters can be found here.

Hello!

Another month and yet more to report on cycling across the borough. We’ve a ride tomorrow to Richmond Park, perfect for families, and a consultation from TfL (which runs out today so be quick!). More on our tool to record all the niggles from your cycle routes and good news on Chalkers Corner. Enjoy and please do share with your cycling friends – anyone can sign up for this newsletter, you don’t need to be a member of LCC.

Cyclescape
As mentioned last month, we have started working with a new online campaigning tool called Cyclescape. Now, with the upcoming consultation for Richmond’s Local Implementation Plan for transport and the renewed enthusiasm of council officers to consult with cyclists, we have a real opportunity to use it to influence decision makers with a structured body of evidence cataloguing the issues and constraints that need to be addressed if we are to truly “Get Richmond cycling”.

So we’re now ready to roll it out to everyone in the borough to record the good, the bad and the downright ugly issues they encounter while out cycling. We’ve already used it to good effect in our work with the council recently and they were very receptive. Find out more about how to get involved – http://is.gd/H2Ko84

Here are some examples of issues that have already been raised:
London Scottish Entrance – http://is.gd/RoRH8T
A316 Cycle Lane – http://is.gd/O0xrdb

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RCC Newsletter – 19 April 2013

Once a month, we send out an email update on cycling in the Richmond Borough. If you’d like to sign up for these, contact us here to be first to hear the cycling news that affects you across the borough.

We also post the newsletters here on our website the following week. Read below and enjoy! Previous newsletters can be found here.

Hello!

So the clocks have gone forward and long sunny evenings are finally with us after all that cold weather. Yet another bumper newsletter, hear about our ride (tomorrow) to discover a hidden borough gem and what we hope is a sea change towards cycling by the council. An update on our campaign push on cycling to school and a new tool to record all your niggles from your local routes. Enjoy and please do share with your cycling friends.

Rides
A great ride this weekend to take advantage of the better weather and explore hidden parts of the borough on your doorstep. Why not bring a friend who’d like to get out on their bike more.

A ‘Ride for Everyone‘ to explore the River Crane this Saturday 20 April. Discover a real hidden gem of the borough on this ride where you’ll get an opportunity to see some of the new cycle path that Hounslow council has added along the river. We’ll stop off for coffee at Kneller Gardens, back just after midday. Get yourself in the mood with this excellent article about the importance of the River Crane Corridor to the borough (and some interesting facts about it’s history) http://is.gd/ywfGJZ
Meet at Richmond Little Green (by Richmond Theatre) at 10.30am.
Details online – http://is.gd/KV0fqs

If you’re joining us, send Paul, our Rides Coordinator, an email at rides@richmondlcc.co.uk so we know you’re coming.

Have a look at our Rides Information page for more details on upcoming rides – http://is.gd/IxqE3S

On Sunday 12 May The Thames Bridge Bike Ride will be coming through the borough. The organisers are looking for volunteers to get involved helping out on the day – find out more online – http://is.gd/7ordkC

Monthly Meeting
Great turn out for Monday’s meeting and a couple of new faces came along to raise issues that we’re going to take forward and try to help resolve. Next month’s meeting is on Monday 13 May. Location details online – http://is.gd/eahg52

LCC Policy Forum Seminar Series
We had a big contingent of RCC members at the LCC Policy Forum seminar series launch on 8 April. The speaker was London’s new Cycling Commissioner (and Teddington cyclist!) Andrew Gilligan. General impression of the event was positive and Andrew demonstrates a real understanding of the issues and challenges, many of which we’ve faced here in the borough. The proof will be starting to see changes on the ground, and there’s evidence of that already in our dealings with Richmond Council recently. There’s an audio recording of the event online (http://is.gd/ahTrqE) and a write up by Danny Williams who chaired the event – http://is.gd/0a3ptl

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RCC Newsletter – 15 March 2013

Once a month, we send out an email update on cycling in the Richmond Borough. If you’d like to sign up for these, contact us here to be first to hear the cycling news that affects you across the borough.

We also post the newsletters here on our website the following week. Read below and enjoy! Previous newsletters can be found here.

Hello!

Well, we were hoping March would bring warmer weather, but at least the days are getting longer every week. This month we’ve lots on the campaign front, with Boris’s Cycling Vision and the local impact, while it’s business as usual for the council and TfL in their consideration of cycling locally. An update on our campaign push on cycling to school and of course the usual round-up of rides and workshops. Enjoy!

Monthly Meeting
Next month’s meeting has been moved back a week to 15th April as the previous week many of us will be at the LCC Policy Forum seminar series launch on 8th April, with Andrew Gilligan and Danny Williams (http://is.gd/mHBxhl). We’ll been discussing the upcoming council Cycling Liaison Group Meeting amongst other things. Do come along if you can, it’s always nice to see new faces. Location details online – http://is.gd/eahg52

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RCC Newsletter – 11 February 2013

Once a month, we send out an email update on cycling in the Richmond Borough. If you’d like to sign up for these, contact us here to be first to hear the cycling news that affects you across the borough.

We also post the newsletters here on our website the following week. Read below and enjoy! Previous newsletters can be found here.

Hello!

Brrr! That’s the general assessment for this month. But don’t let a bit of snow get in the way of getting out on the bike, it doesn’t stop the Danes or the Dutch! This month we’ve feedback from the Annual Meeting in January (with lots of new faces), a campaign push on cycling to school, consultations needing your input and cycling in the snow!

Monthly Meeting Tonight
Our next meeting is tonight, Monday 11th February in The Old Ship pub in Richmond at 8pm. We’ll have feedback on the recent Cycling Liaison Group Meeting and an update on the status of the Twickenham town centre changes as well as news on our schools cycling campaign. Do come along if you can. Location details online – http://is.gd/eahg52

Annual Meeting
It was a full house for our Annual Meeting last month with 14 present. There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm amongst the attendees which bodes well for 2013 and lots of new faces elected to positions on the committee. We pulled together a summary of what we got up to in 2012 – http://is.gd/iWfkpW – and you can read the minutes to see the names of the new committee members and campaign plans for 2013 – http://is.gd/VeAT4j

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