In a year’s time this is going to look very different.

We attended the Active Travel Advisory Group on 6 June 2019 , and there are lots of important updates …

Strawberry Vale is going to get a cycle lane

One of our key borough routes is going to get a proper bi-directional cycle lane, providing protected cycling along its length. This is a huge change, and it’s such an important route the council sounds like it has secured TfL funding.

Kew Road is (probably!) going to get a cycle lane (which isn’t a car park)

You know that row of parking on the Kew Road, over the cycle lane? Well the parking is going to give up to a cycle lane – the council told us on Thursday that Kew Road will get a cycle lane on both sides. Designs are still in progress, and it looks like the initial implementation won’t go all the way to Kew Bridge, but we think this is an important start.

Bikehangars are going to be sprouting like dandelions

Sometime in the next month, we’re going to see a consultation for thirty bikehangars. We know not all will be approved, but this means by Christmas the borough could have a dozen cycle hangars installed.

Low traffic neighbourhoods are go

Two areas – Burtons Road and the East Sheen / Palmerston Road area are under consideration for low traffic neighbourhoods. Burtons Road is currently in consultation, and there was a meeting with councillors and officials for East Sheen on 10 June.

We think other areas could benefit from these – see the London Cycling / Living Streets briefing here: https://lcc.org.uk/articles/low-traffic-neighbourhoods-briefing-documents-launch

School streets are also go (unless you’re trying to drive down them!)

Four schools – St Stephens, Barnes, Stanley and Orleans Park – are on course to get ‘School Streets’. What’s that? More here – http://schoolstreets.org.uk/ – but basically it’s about setting our schools and their roads up to really make it the obvious choice to walk and cycle there, and to make driving the option you only take if you really, really need to.

Liveable Neighbourhoods

Our next ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ bid is likely to be for Barnes and for Ham (possibility of two bids, rather than one). We’ll be thinking about it over the summer, but it’s worth everyone asking “What would be transformational in my neighbourhood?”

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

Rolling log on consultations and surveys on (active) travel in Richmond

Rolling log on consultations and surveys on (active) travel in Richmond

Upcoming deadlines

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

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.

How lawless is our borough?

One of our members has provided his experiences after acquiring a cycle camera and reporting traffic incidents to the Met Police’s Traffic Prosecution Services (TPS, aka Traffic Offence Report Team) over the course of a year.

Dangerous pass in TwickenhamOf 160 reports submitted in the year since April 2018, 59 resulted in Notices of Intended Prosecution (NIPs) being sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle concerned. Of these, four registered keepers failed to comply with their legal obligation to provide details of the driver of the vehicle at the time of the incident and are consequently facing legal proceedings for this offence. One such has already resulted in a £660 fine, £166 costs and six points on the owner’s licence.

Of the other 55 NIPs, no notice of what resulted has been received. A further 14 registered keepers received a letter informing them that an allegation had been made but that no action would be taken.

The bulk of the NIPs were for unsafe overtaking, usually too close to the cyclist, sometimes also too close to oncoming traffic, a few for overtaking on a bend including one that narrowly avoided a collision with oncoming traffic.

Eight were for overtaking on, or on the approach to, a pedestrian crossing, including when pedestrians have been crossing or about to cross.

Three were for driving on the footway, three more for failing to stop at a zebra crossing when our member was walking his bike across.

One (among several reported) was for failing to give way at a junction, one for driving in and then stopping in a contraflow cycle lane, one for turning right without observing the lane markings (ie cutting the corner and narrowly avoiding colliding with our member), and one for an illegal right turn.

Two reports received no response at all.

The most reports submitted by our member in a day was four, this on three occasions. In one such, all four incidents took place within twenty minutes on relatively quiet roads; three resulted in NIPs, the other in a letter.

Our member calculates that a NIP has been issued for roughly every five hours of his cycling and an incident worthy of report has occurred every two hours.

Certainly the TPS have a difficult job. They have to decide whether a prosecution is likely to be successful, not simply whether the driving might be considered  poor, careless or dangerous, and they do not have much time to do so. Judging by the incident case numbers, reports are received every few minutes.

However, his impression is that they do not always read the reports closely and sometimes assume cyclists are reporting close passing when they are  actually reporting something else. Very similar incidents often receive very different responses.

Nonethless, any camera-equipped cyclist is urged to make reports whenever appropriate in the hope that greater numbers of drivers may be encouraged to think carefully about their driving, their responsibilities, and the possible effects of their actions when on the road.

London Freecycle Feeder Ride – Appeal for Marshals.

Freecycle 2019 1IMG_20190803_111338020Thanks to Tim and John we managed to get 70 or so people of a range of ages up to London. At one tail of the group managed to get ahead by cutting out one of the re-grouping stops and we had one puncture to deal with. but no serious problems.

On the way back Tim and I had only 20 or so to manage and got everyone back to Richmond in 1 hr 30 mins.

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Paul

 

Rides for Everyone – Coffee at the Palace – Saturday 20th July

Meet Mortlake Green by the Station 10.15

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We cycle by the Thames all the way down to Putney Bridge which we cross to Bishop’s Park and a break at the cafe in Fulham Palace – recently renovated with interesting displays. Return via London’s latest cycling bridge at Hammersmith and a glimpse at the “Arab tent” tomb of the explorer Richard Burton. 10 miles ,  flat and mostly traffic free so definitely a ride for everyone. – back about 12.

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Please let me know if you are thinking of coming – all welcome. Paul – rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Just 3 of us did this ride ; we had just had quite a bit of rain and more was forecast. Also I had to make a late correction to the erroneous time posted on Lets Ride ( 11.15 start , coffee break and finish by 12 isn’t going to work ). An impressive number of people using the Thames path which meant that the views had to be taken carefully to avoid collisions.

 

Richmond Rides for Explorers : Off Road to Norbury Park

Sunday 7th July

Norbury

Meet Twickenham riverside 10.15

We head South via Kingston and Tolworth before heading away from the traffic along the Hogsmill and then through Horton Country Park and Ashstead Common. Emerging in Leatherhead we pass through the Mole gap before climbing to Norbury Park – Southern England’s best approximation to an alpine meadow. A Track takes us to Brockets Farm for lunch and our return journey features a foot/cycle bridge across the Mole , Oxstead Common and Claygate woods. 37 miles with a serious hill. This has been done on a fixer but mountain bike probably ideal as some surfaces are a bit stony.

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Contact Paul : rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Just 2 of us braved the damp conditions and we made a bit of a short cut to the lunch stop so got back to Twickenham at about 2 – just as the sun came out ! Still an enjoyable ride.

AGM Agenda – 17 April

8 PM, WEDNESDAY 17th APRIL, 2019
to be held at the “Old Ship” pub, 3 King Street, Richmond

AGENDA

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Annual report from the Co-ordinator on the past year’s activities.
  3. Treasurer’s report
  4. Report from the Rides Officer
  5. Election of Officers :-
    Co-ordinator
    Treasurer
    Secretary
    Rides Officer
    Any others to serve on the Committee, eg Chairman, LCC Liaison Officer
  6. Review of current activities and prioritisation for the coming year, including (a) May Fair 10/11 May, and (b) Bike Week 8/16 June.
  7. Any other business

Richmond Rides : Windsor Loop

Sunday 5th May 10.30.

Windsor Ride 2019

Meet Twickenham Riverside by Eel Pie Bridge at 10.30. We cycle down to Hampton and then follow the Thames up to Staines where we cross the river and climb up to Englefield Green and lunch in the Sun Inn. After lunch we head through the open spaces of Windsor Great Park and down past Windsor Castle before heading back to Twickenham via Stanwell.

62km with one big hill.

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Just checked with The Sun a few days in advance – horror they have shut down. The Happy Man looked a possible alternative so I checked if they could accommodate about 10 cyclists arriving about 1sh on a Sunday  and yes they could.

Eight of us set off from a chilly but bright Twickenham Riverside and headed for Staines. The sun soon vanished but the scenic nature of the Thames from Chertsey Bridge to Staines was unspoilt. The obvious route to the new pub was up the  A30 Egham Hill but the cycle track degenerated into a narrow shared use footway so will look at alternatives.

Our bikes were ushered into the garden at the Happy Man and a variety of food and drinks ordered and consumed with general satisfaction.

Windsor Great Park was resplendent in fresh green with a scattering of bluebells and the twisting ride down into Windsor brought out the inner 6yr old.

Despite one puncture we had a tail wind back into Twickenham arriving at 4pm.

 

If interested please email Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk