Notice of 3 LBRuT cycle schemes

Details of 3 schemes have been posted recently on the Richmond Borough website and the associated reports give an insight on their strategic thinking.  Paragraph 6.3 of the Cross Deep report says “The Council will seek to provide practical facilities for the safe and convenient movement of cyclists” which gives us a standard to test both the credibility of the existing network and planned work.  It goes on to talk about “the development of a local cycle route to complement the London Cycle Network” and “New development must be designed to give high priority to cycle facilities and to link to the cycle route network and include secure parking in accordance with standards.”

I said in previous postings secure cycle parking is a recurring theme in current and future spending plans and this is why:”It will also seek to provide and support the provision of secure parking areas for cycles in shopping and leisure centres, public transport interchanges and other public buildings.” Cycle Parking at Railway Stations lists the net increase of 116 cycle spaces for £105,000 and in Teddington High Street 5 stands as part of a scheme costing £14,000.

Send your thoughts on these schemes to campaign@richmondlcc.co.uk ahead of the next meeting of the Cycling Liaison Group on Monday 24th January.

Audit of Cycle Parking at Railway Stations in Borough of Richmond

“Although half the nation owns a bicycle and 60% live within a 15-minute ride of a station, only 2% of passengers currently use their cycle to access the local station.”
Source – Dft

Compare this to Holland where:

“All major stations in Holland provide extensive cycle parking, usually based around a cycle hub which also offers additional secure storage for a fee of about £1 a day, together with repairs and cycle hire for as little as £3 a day. A typical Dutch intercity station would store 4,000 cycles, but at Leiden this rises to 9,000 and the plan is to more than double this to 22,000 in the near future.” Source – Dft

There are fourteen railway stations in the Borough of Richmond, each with great potential for increasing the number of people arriving by bicycle. RCC members carried out an audit of all thirteen stations and these audits can be accessed by clicking on the station name in the table below.

Check out your nearest station and the recommendations from the audits. These are live documents so let us know of anything we’ve missed, new issues or things you’d like to see improved at campaign@richmondlcc.co.uk Having accurate information is vital to influence future consultations and any future updgrades of facilities.

Station (Click on station name to see audit)  National Rail Cycles Reported Stolen (1)  Cycle Parking Spaces (2)  % Usage of Parking (3)  Annual Passengers (4)  DfT Target Spaces (1/20 passengers) (5) 
Barnes Station Plan 5 62 TBC 855,109 117
Barnes Bridge Station Plan 1 14 0 233,627 32
Fulwell Station Plan 3 20 40 242,576 33
Hampton Station Plan 3 49 53 610,021 84
Hampton Wick Station Plan 11 82 39 439,060 60
Kew Gardens Station Plan 1 34 141 2,028,668 278
Mortlake Station Plan 6 102 63 992,791 136
North Sheen Station Plan 0 0 n/a 160,160 22
Richmond Station Plan 9 128 125 6,742,049 924
St Margarets Station Plan 1 12 100+ 775,058 106
Strawberry Hill Station Plan 1 16 56 507,697 70
Teddington Station Plan 7 92 52 1,254,146 172
Twickenham Station Plan 14 60 100+ 2,460,099 337
Whitton Station Plan 4 10 100+ 683,975 94

(1) Bikes reported stolen by the British Transport Police, (01/06/09 – 07/03/10). Source, BTP
(2) Bike parking spaces as observed as part of 2010 RCC Parking Audit
(3) Based on number of spaces observed full as part of 2010 RCC Parking Audit
(4) Obtained from BTP website, http://stats.btp.police.uk  Accessed October 2010.
(5) DfT Report targets 5% of passengers arriving by bicycle – equates to one space per 20 passengers
(6) In Holland, where up to 40% of passengers arrive by bicycle, there is on average one space per 3 passengers

RCC would like to see improvements in three areas that would help realise the potential for growth in cycling to stations in the Borough – Security, Provision and Access.

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Cycle Parking Audit at Railway Stations

Following the earlier post about the new cycle parking at Richmond Railway Station, we can report back that after our feedback South West Trains visited the station to review the parking and recognised that additional signage is required. The council are also looking at the opportunity to provide additional signage to complement that provided by South West Trains. We were also told that the cycle parking is covered by CCTV which is monitored on a 24 hour basis from Waterloo.

To coincide with the new cycle parking at Richmond, the members of RCC have undertaken an audit of the other 13 stations in the Borough, which we will report back on next month. In the meantime, the table below lists the stations, with plans of them along with the number of reported bike thefts over the last 9 months, a period which saw a total of 66 bikes reported stolen by BTP. The figures make interesting reading, particularly the disproportionate number stolen from Hampton Wick, in relation to the number of passengers using it.

Station Location National Rail Stolen Bikes (01/06/09 – 07/03/10) Source – BTP Bike Parking Spaces Source – National Rail Passengers Per Year Source – BTP
Barnes Map Link Cycle Parking 5 38 855,109
Barnes Bridge Map Link Cycle Parking 1 10 233,627
Fulwell Map Link Cycle Parking 3 20 242,576
Hampton Map Link Cycle Parking 3 64 610,021
Hampton Wick Map Link Cycle Parking 11 50 439,060
Kew Gardens Map Link Cycle Parking 1 12 2,028,668
Mortlake Map Link Cycle Parking 6 54 992,791
North Sheen Map Link Cycle Parking 0 0 160,160
Richmond Map Link Cycle Parking 9 128 6,742,049
St Margarets Map Link Cycle Parking 1 0 775,058
Strawberry Hill Map Link Cycle Parking 1 8 507,697
Teddington Map Link Cycle Parking 7 98 1,254,146
Twickenham Map Link Cycle Parking 14 60 2,460,099
Whitton Map Link Cycle Parking 4 10 683,975

This review coincides with London Cycle Campaign’s recently launched “Beat the Thief Campaign“, which includes a video and some tips on how to lock your bike as well as an ‘8 Point Beat the Theif Manifesto’.

Closer to home, local Twickenham cyclists are setting up a website called Bike Revolution, which will allow you to register your bike details for free and offer help in finding your bike if it’s stolen. There is also the national Immobilise Website already established. Also in the Borough, several of the Met Police Safer Neighbourhood Police Teams are increasing the priority of countering the theft of cycles. The North Richmond Team have offered to provide free security marking to anyone who contacts them.

There is a lot you can do to reduce the chances of having your bike stolen and increase the chances of having it recovered:
1. Take down the details of your bike (particularly the frame number) and take a photo of it – Bike details template
2. Get it security marked by the Police and register it – Immobilise
3. Choose your locks wisely, lock it up correctly and select where you lock it carefully – Follow LCC’s advice and see Camden’s Bike Security Pamphlet

New Cycle Parking at Richmond Railway Station

South West Trains have just installed a new cycle parking facility in the car park of Richmond Railway Station. There are spaces for up to 96 bikes, it is covered and well lit at night. It is also alongside the well frequented pathway from the rear of the station to Church Road  so should improve security.

 

Unfortunately, at present there is not a great awareness of the new facility as there is little signage of its existence, other than this little sign by the station entrance. 

We intend to raise this with SWT and hope to see improved signage installed.

Going forward, we are going to do a survey of cycle parking at all the railway (and underground) stations in the Borough of Richmond. Anyone guess how many there are? Answer in a later post. In the meantime, if there is a particular station you would like us to focus on, send us an email at campaign@richmondlcc.co.uk and we’ll ensure it gets done.

Cycle security remains an issue throughout London, and is an area that London Cycle Campaign is focusing on. It is a very current issue in the Borough of Richmond, as this report from British Transport Police shows – 16 bikes stolen from stations in the first quarter of 2010 (taken from Community and Police Partnership, March Meeting). 

For more information on cycle security and how to lock your bike, this pamphlet by Camden Council is highly recommended.

Bike Security Event – Teddington Town Centre

Smarter Travel Richmond, working in partnership with Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams and British Transport Police, have organised a series of awareness events – with free bike marking and check ups from Dr Bike – across the borough. They will also be giving you tips and tools to help protect your property.

Activities include:

  • Free bike markings
  • Free bike check ups with Dr Bike
  • Free one to one advice and information from the experts
  • Registration for bike maintenance courses

Read more at http://www.smartertravelrichmond.org/Cycling/Articles/Lock-It-or-Lose-It.aspx

Bike Security Event – Teddington Railway Station

Smarter Travel Richmond, working in partnership with Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams and British Transport Police, have organised a series of awareness events – with free bike marking and check ups from Dr Bike – across the borough. They will also be giving you tips and tools to help protect your property.

Activities include:

  • Free bike markings
  • Free bike check ups with Dr Bike
  • Free one to one advice and information from the experts
  • Registration for bike maintenance courses

Read more at http://www.smartertravelrichmond.org/Cycling/Articles/Lock-It-or-Lose-It.aspx

Bike Security Event – Twickenham Railway Station

Smarter Travel Richmond, working in partnership with Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams and British Transport Police, have organised a series of awareness events – with free bike marking and check ups from Dr Bike – across the borough. They will also be giving you tips and tools to help protect your property.

Activities include:

  • Free bike markings
  • Free bike check ups with Dr Bike
  • Free one to one advice and information from the experts
  • Registration for bike maintenance courses

Read more at http://www.smartertravelrichmond.org/Cycling/Articles/Lock-It-or-Lose-It.aspx