One way streets – an easy way to improve cycling.

In the City of London, virtually every one way street is two-way for cycling.

And we think it should be the same in Richmond. The addition of one-way cycling in Holly Road in Twickenham has demonstrated that we can do this in our borough, so we’ve put together a list of the roads where we think the council can implement this quickly and inexpensively.

You can see the details on this Cyclescape page, assembled by Richmond Cycling members – full of simple suggestions like “Can we cycle both ways round Richmond Green?”

Richmond Green Cyclescape proposalThe streets we’ve identified so far are:

  • Somerton Avenue @ Clifford
  • South Worple Way East End
  • Kingsway
  • Richmond Hill
  • Ormond Road
  • Paradise Road
  • George Street
  • Eton Street
  • Richmond Green
  • Grove Road
  • Park Road
  • Glebe Way
  • 1st Cross Road
  • Kew Station Approach
  • Wiggins Lane Ham
  • The Vineyard
  • Cumberland Road
  • Leybourne Park
  • Priests Bridge

17 June update

We’ve asked the council about these, and also added the following:

  • Clarence Street in Richmond.
  • Portland Terrace (and Richmond Green generally)
  • Quadrant Road / Duke St
  • King Street, Richmond
  • Nightingale Lane, Richmond

If you want to comment, you can do so on the Cyclescape threads, on this post, email us at info@richmondlcc.co.uk, tell us on Facebook, or tweet us @richmondcycling.

 

 

 

Come and see us at the May Fair!

We’ll be at Richmond’s May Fair, on Saturday! (Come along from 10am – Richmond Green)

We’ve got a Brompton fold compo, Dr. Bike, lots of goodies from local bike shops, plus maps and all sorts of other things going on!

Thanks to local stores and businesses -

 

 

For all these brilliant gifts and prizes! Fair goodiesFair goodies

 

 

 

 

Come along to see what you can win, and support cycling in Richmond-upon-Thames.

 

Rides for Explorers – over the North Downs

Sunday 7th June – meet Diana Fountain Car Park in Bushy Park 10am.

Steve Armstrong will lead this ride through Kingston out to Chessington then through Oxshott and surrounding villages over Bagden Hill  to Westhumble.  Then up Boxhill with stop at Boxhill cafe for refreshments. Return via Ashtead and Epsom Common to starting point. 42 miles hilly. Back around 3.30 pm.

Contact Steve on armstrong.steven@sky.com

 

Woman killed after collision on notorious Lambeth Bridge roundabout

We’re sad to report that a female cyclist was killed last week at the roundabout on the Westminster side of Lambeth Bridge. Moira Gemmill, a prominent designer, was involved in a collision with a tipper truck – the type of truck that’s been involved in four of the five cyclist fatalities so far this year.

Our condolences go out to Moira’s family. Stop Killing Cyclists is holding a vigil and ‘die-in’ at Lambeth Bridge on Monday 20 April from 6pm, so we hope to see as many of our supporters there as possible.

 

Rides for Everyone – Saturday 20th June – Richmond Houses Tour

Meet Richmond Little Green 10.15 .

We get our climbing in first and are rewarded by the celebrated view from Richmond Hill. A descent through the Park follows before another climb past White Lodge. Down again to Ham for a circuit of Ham House using it’s own baroque avenues. We then cross Teddington Lock to get to Strawberry Hill house – coffee break in the cafe. Return along the riverside with a quick look at Orleans Octagon and Marble Hill house – the perfect Palladian doll’s house.

11 miles and a bit hilly but very scenic. route

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Just 5 of us – perhaps because of threat of showers.

- rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Everyone – Palaces of West London

Saturday May 16th

Meet Richmond Little Green by theatre at 10.00am.

We Cross the Thames and pass through the grounds of Sion House before heading up the Grand Union Canal to Norwood Green. A country lane takes us into the wide spaces of Osterley Park where we enjoy coffee in the stables before passing the mansion on the way home. About 10 miles, quiet with some slopes. Should be back around 12 ish.

Route

Osterley  002aCombining a Breeze Ride with ours we only managed seven riders but enjoyed excellent weather and quiet roads on a day when Twickenham was log-jammed.

 

What should we talk to the council about?

Boris hasn’t been doing a good job of spending the cycling budget, and we’d really like to know what the council’s doing with the money that it gets allocated for cycling. So we’re proposing a few items that could be discussed at the next Cycling Liaison Group.

We’ve been heavily and justifiably critical of the Cycling Liaison Group in the past, but things seem to have really turned a corner, so these are out suggestions of things that could be considered next meeting:

  1. Where’s the money?
    The council gets money each year from Transport for London, and various other bodies. In previous years we’ve seen a breakdown of where they money’s being spent. It would be good to see as clearer breakdown of what’s happening weith this year’s budget.
  2. 20mph …
    You many have seen tha TfL is going to set up a large section of central London as 20mph, to complement the 20mph zones in Islington, Camden and thre City of London. So we’d like to know: does TfL’s plan to move to 20mph on large stretches of key routes in London have any effect on the council’s policy on 20mph?
  3. All ways green
    We heard last year about plans to trial an ‘all ways green’ junction in the borough. Is this going ahead?
  4. New planning standards for parking
    Will these be implemented in the borough? If not, why not?
  5. We also heard there are going to be updated proposals for the route near Hampton Court. Is this in progress?
  6. Why are we still not making cycling and walking the most important and safest ways to get to school?
  7. Can we have more one way streets in the borough, and can they all have cycling both ways?

As you can see from this list, fixing cycling in a borough needs lots of things to happen. It’s really important that the council is building a proper cycling strategy, but it also needs to do all the little things that can be fixed on an ongoing basis – new school builds shouldn’t be going ahead without clear plans for walking and cycling there; new developments shouldn’t be approved unless they include secure, sheltered cycle parking; And, as we’ve seen recently, bridges could do with cycle gullies – we’re delighted to see this one turn up!

Councillors and council officials are clearly thinking much harder about cycling, compared to four years ago – our goal is to help them deliver on their promises as quickly as possible, so Richmond doesn’t fall behind the fine work that’s being done in other boroughs.

The CLG meets next on April 21st – see here for details. 

 

Credit where it’s due … again!

Another footbridge has a ‘cycling ramp’ (‘gutter’ or ‘gully’ – we can’t find an official name!) – this time it’s the one on Sheendale Road, meaning that if you’re on a bike, you don’t need to take either of the much busier routes across the train track.

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The new cycling gully (photo courtesy of Cllr. Speak)

Google Maps - Sheendale Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So thank you to Cllr Speak for keeping on the case with this. We’re hoping to help the council with more ‘small wins’ at the next Cycling Liaison Group …