RCC Newsletter – 5 July 2012

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.


A slightly earlier newsletter this month to give a reminder about this Saturday’s ride and Monday’s monthly meeting. Amongst that we’ve news on the campaign front, an increase in cyclist injuries in the borough, the experiences of one local cyclist with his helmet camera and a cyclist reunited with her pride and joy.

Local resident Paul James has made an interactive map for the A316 to capture problems with cycle provision on this TfL managed route. It’s a very visual way to capture concerns, and something we’d like to expand to other routes in the borough. Have a look and let us know any of your problem areas, we’ll update the map to include them – http://is.gd/Ki7CNo

TfL have released the latest road injury statistics for 2011 and they make grim reading. There’s been a 16% increase in cyclist injuries in the borough, they now make up 1 in every 4 injuries on the roads, somewhat disproportionate to the 5% share cyclists make of total journeys in the borough. This comes at a time when the council Cycling Champion has told us not to bring up safety or road design issues in the upcoming Cycling Liaison Group meeting on 16th July, somewhat out of line with other councils. The value of our future participation in these meetings is now questionable. Read more at – http://is.gd/tas2El

This comes at the same time as the London Assembly Transport Committee launches a consultation into cycle safety. They’re asking a series of 9 questions and are looking for initial feedback by end of this week. Read our response and how to give your views – http://is.gd/Ek2P6m

Better by Bike
This month, Teddington cyclist Mathieu Davy explains why he cycles with a helmet camera and shares a range of his videos – http://is.gd/ndMsoe
Next month, we’ve a piece about bicycle recycling, with two projects, one in Whitton and one in Kingston.

Would you like to write a short article on your local, cycling related experiences as part of our ‘Better by Bike’ series ?
Have a look at our previous guest posts at http://is.gd/q9QfyG and send an email to info@richmondlcc.co.uk with your ideas.

Monthly Meeting
Next Monday 9th July is our monthly get together in The Old Ship pub in Richmond. It’s always great to see new faces so come along and hear what’s happening with cycling in the borough and how you can get involved. More online – http://is.gd/eahg52

Our next ride is a ‘Ride for Explorers’, this Saturday 7th July, meeting at Twickenham Riverfront at 10:30, heading out into the meadowlands of Norbury Park. .
More details here – http://is.gd/zzmBNO

Our next ‘Ride for Everyone’ is on Sunday 22nd July to visit Fulham Palace. Meet at Mortlake Green, by the railway station at 10:20. More details here – http://is.gd/qFv4aD

Contact Paul our Rides Coordinator if you’re going to join us on one of these rides or for more information at rides@richmondlcc.co.uk and have a look at our general information page on our rides (http://is.gd/IxqE3S) Why not bring along a non-cycling friend to one of our upcoming rides?

Yes they’re here! After all the build up, the world’s top cyclists will be zooming through the borough in four Olympic cycling events. We’ll keep our information page up to date on the build up to the events. Send us your photos of the races and we’ll link to them from our page – http://is.gd/Gm9LAz

Maintenance Workshops
Our regular maintenance workshops, run in conjunction with The Turning Hub (www.theturninghub.co.uk) continue. Everyone and all bike types are welcome and no appointment is necessary. It’s all free but donations are welcome to cover our costs:

Mortlake – The Old Bakery – 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month 19:00-21:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-4X
Next dates are 12th and 26th July

Twickenham – All Hallows Church, – 4th Wednesday of the month 19:00-21:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-4U
Next date is 25th July

Ham – Ham Youth Centre – every other Saturday 10:00-12:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-14t
Next dates are 14th July and 4th August

Bushy Park – Hampton Wick, KCafe, Church Grove – every other Saturday 15:00-17:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-1mH
Next dates are 14th July and 4th August

Cycle Theft
Upcoming bike marking dates – North Richmond SNT have now started to flag their events to us:
Pools on the Park, Richmond, Saturday 7th July, 5pm to 6pm
North Sheen Recreation Ground, Monday 23rd July, 12noon to 2pm

Just to highlight the value of getting your bike marked, we were contacted after our last newsletter by a Teddington resident. After having a previous bike stolen, she had her replacement bike marked by the transport police at Teddington station. It was later stolen after being locked up outside overnight, but fortunately 3 weeks later, BikeRegister contacted her to let her know it had been recovered and identified by the marking by a passer by – no police even involved. So a happy cyclist and their cycle reunited.

We plan to update our post on cycle theft stats later this year. When we last checked in 2010, 2296 bikes had been reported stolen between 2007 and 2010 – http://is.gd/sa2by2

And Finally…
See if you can spot the difference
Richmond http://www.richmond.gov.uk/cycling
Hounslow http://www.hounslow.gov.uk/cycling

Thanks for reading and keep cycling. Feel free to pass this email on to anyone who may benefit and don’t hesitate to get in touch through info@richmondlcc.co.uk to help make the borough a nicer and safer place to live and cycle. You can see our list of cycling events in the borough on our online calendar: http://www.richmondlcc.co.uk/category/events/

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