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 not-over-narrow tyres would be comfortable.
Just 2 of us again. Ok there had been a sprinkling of rain but we enjoyed decent weather that became sunny by lunch time. With the dry weather the trails were mud-free is a bit bumpy but we certainly got away from traffic and enjoyed lots of greenery.
The council is consulting on fixing Sandycombe Road (see here), in an attempt to deal with safety and congestion concerns.
Can this fix Sandycombe Road? Probably not.
Sadly the consultation seems mostly to be about painting, making it easier to drive up and down, and ignoring cycling or walking as options. Sandycombe Road is one of three separate routes that can get you from the A316 to Kew Bridge / the South Circular, but it’s also a way for lots of people to access their homes.
We think Sandycombe would benefit from:
- Filtered permeability (see here). This would prevent people using the road as a rat run, but would allow buses to carry on using it, and maintain access for residents
- 20mph. Many people don’t travel down here at much more than 20mph, but there are some who do, and this is one of the areas that made it very clear that it wanted speeds cut. We won’t see more people cycling on this road if speeds aren’t cut, especially as these designs will likely increase speeds
- Enhanced traffic calming measures. The raised tables are a good start at this, but they are only a start – there are all sorts of other ways engineers have in their arsenal to calm traffic in an area like this
Frankly, it would also benefit from losing its designation as a ‘B’ road – no-one should be lead to Sandycombe Road because they think it’s a key arterial route.
The council designs – which add more pavement parking like this, at the expense of people choosing to walk – is likely to cost a lot of money for no benefit to cycling, and precious little to anyone else, we think.
Finally, did you know there are plans to build a primary school at the top of Sandycombe Road, on the Manor Circus roundabout? If this goes ahead, all bets are likely to be off for safe traffic or pleasant walking in this area.
So please write to the council using their form (here), the engineer’s email (Lisa Fenn at email@example.com) or email us your comments and we’ll share them.
Please tell the council:
- Traffic volumes need to fall on Sandycombe Road
- Speeds need to fall on the road
- Through / non-local traffic should be discouraged
- More focus needs to be given in the designs to walking and cycling
And let us know your comments, below!
We’d like to invite you to come out on a ride with Richmond Cycling. A few years ago, local paper the Richmond Magazine had a very unfortunate editorial. We invited the editor to come for a ride with us to understand cycling in the borough a bit better, and now we’d like to extend the same offer to you.
How we’d like cycling to be (Courtesy GB Cycling Embassy http://www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/good-cycling-facility-of-the-week)
The cycle lane along Priory Lane is a terrible facility, but we understand why many people wouldn’t see that, so we’d welcome the opportunity to show you why we campaign so hard for proper facilities for cycling in the borough.
Richmond Cycling Campaign
The council is soliciting ideas for more cycle parking, so we and our members are happy to oblige – though when you see pictures like this, it’s not hard to see where might be good locations!
This one is in central Richmond, just outside Whole Foods, and a number of member have complained of it being constantly full. But to add to this, members have suggested:
- Homebase on Manor Road
- Pretty much anywhere in Kew village
- By the shops on Friars Stile Road
- High Park Road Kew
- Medical centre in Richmond
- Richmond Green
- Richmond Station
- Kew Station – both sides
- Mortlake Station
- Kew Gardens – Victoria Gate and Elizabeth Gate
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?”
The streets we’ve identified so far are:
- Somerton Avenue @ Clifford
- South Worple Way East End
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, tell us on Facebook, or tweet us @richmondcycling.
Richmond and Twickenham Friends of the Earth’s Group meeting on 1st July at The Triple Crown, 15 Kew Foot Road, Richmond, TW9 2SS from 7.30 to 9.30pm will feature a talk on electric vehicles by Simon Bailey of University of Bradford. All welcome. http://www.thetriplecrownrichmond.co.uk/
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!
Come along to see what you can win, and support cycling in Richmond-upon-Thames.
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 email@example.com