RCC Newsletter – 21 June 2013

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.


Yes, it’s Bike Week but for most of us, we don’t need a special week to get us out on our bikes. Lots of news again this month, including a consultation that expires today, so don’t delay! Along with that, an update on the London Road cycle lane in Twickenham, a meeting on 20mph limits and what sounds like an exciting event in Teddington next month.

No new consultations affecting cycling this month on the council’s consultation page (http://is.gd/JnijLg).

TfL have a consultation to remove part of the off road cycle lane on the A316 Lower Richmond Road to give more space for U-turning vehicles (map link – http://goo.gl/maps/VBupQ). We strongly object to these proposals which downgrade this important facility. Deadline to respond via their online form is today, Friday 21 June http://is.gd/HLde7X There is a discussion on the proposals online – http://is.gd/d0UJr9

You can look for consultations on the TfL page – http://is.gd/B52rsy

During the month, we heard of a consultation, now closed, to block off part of the River Crane path in the borough of Hounslow. We put up a post on our website and highlighted the consultation on Twitter and Facebook and many of you registered your objections – http://is.gd/06nJ8c  A big thank you to Friends of the River Crane for highlighting this consultation to us.

As ever, if you spot a consultation which you believe impacts cycling, do get in touch so we can make sure as many people respond as possible.

London Road Cycle Lane, Twickenham
The police continue to monitor the cycle lane which is frequently used by motorists – over 100 tickets have now been issued. These two videos show how blatant the abuse is – https://vine.co/v/b32wbYMl1X1 and https://vine.co/v/b32JZur9d93

We’re continuing to press for the installation of Armadillos along this stretch (http://is.gd/WLgkTt), we get frequent complaints from cyclists who are hounded on this section. Please get in touch with your Councillor to push for this if you use this lane (or any similar in the borough)

The update of our new online campaigning tool, Cyclescape has been great and it is starting to build a picture of the challenges and opportunities for improving cycling across the borough. We are already using it for more proactive campaigning, allowing us to produce a report on potential Cycle Contraflows (PDF – http://is.gd/J09z8P) and ‘Quiet ways’ (PDF – http://is.gd/JbeSCF) which we have submitted to the council. We plan to maintain these as live documents, so do feedback any comments. We are also using it for discussion of consultations, such as the current one affecting the A316 cycle lane http://is.gd/d0UJr9

So get involved and helps us record the good, the bad and the downright ugly issues you encounter while cycling. Find out more on how to join in – http://is.gd/H2Ko84

Some examples of issues that are being discussed:
Access to Richmond station – http://is.gd/5BNKB8
Sheen Cycle Parking – http://is.gd/e0CbzU

Station Cycle Parking
Thank you to everyone who responded offering to help. We hope to kick off the audit this month and we’ve a few stations where we need a volunteer. Find out more in this post – http://is.gd/5d0kFY
– Kew Gardens
– Mortlake
– Barnes Bridge
– Whitton
If you can carry out an audit at your local station (we’ll provide all you need) get in touch via info@richmondlcc.co.uk

20mph Limits
Introduction of 20mph limits in residential streets and in our town centres continues to be a focus for us. Reclaiming our streets doesn’t just benefit those on bikes, but pedestrians, residents and particularly children (captured very eloquently in this article – http://is.gd/3W8ADV)

The London co-ordinator of the national 20s Plenty Group (http://is.gd/Ag5akA), Jeremy Leach, is giving a talk to the local Friends of the Earth group on 26th June at 7.30pm upstairs in the Triple Crown in the Kew Foot Road (Map Link – http://goo.gl/maps/1MglH) Everyone is welcome.

We are getting involved in cycling events at local schools and this month we attended an event at Russell Primary School in Ham, giving out information about cycling in Richmond alongside stalls offering Dr Bike maintenance help, bike marking from the police, 2nd hand bikes for sale from Kingston Bike Co-op and most importantly yummy cake. There was also the opportunity to try out different kinds of cargo bikes that various parents had brought along. If you’re mulling over whether a cargo bike would work for you, this company, will visit you with a variety of bikes to try out (for a fee) – http://is.gd/MBKsN8

Another school with a cycling event this month was St James’s Primary School in Twickenham. In addition to the cycle marking by the Police and the Dr Bike, representatives from local cycle retailers Moore’s and Action Bikes bought along a selection of adult and children’s cycles, child seats, trailers and safety equipment. What was really encouraging was that some parents who have their own trailers and cargo bikes brought them along to show other parents what options there are and let them have a go themselves. One dad came down specially to see the longbox Bakfiets – he wasn’t even a parent at the school but he’d heard about the event and really wanted to find out more! Have a look in this week’s Richmond and Twickenham Times for coverage of the event – http://is.gd/WAazzd

Would your school be interested in organising a similar event? Get in touch and we can give advice on how to organise one.

Meanwhile, Action Bikes are running a BalanceAbility trial with Bishop Perrin Primary school in Whitton to get more kids to learn how to cycle. They plan to see how it goes and roll out to other schools in September if successful – http://is.gd/Jv1Qm3

There are many instances of where road works put cyclists (and pedestrians) at danger. See a particular example in Twickenham where we got the council to do something as well a the link to report similar issues – http://is.gd/8iqE1K

Cycling Liaison Group Meeting
Next CLG meeting is shown on the council website as Thursday 11 July – http://is.gd/CWH47t
The meeting is open to everyone to attend – let us know if you’re going along so we can let you know of any particular issues we’ll be pushing – campaign@richmondlcc.co.uk

The Get Britain Cycling Petition
The petition (http://is.gd/XRYhtS) is now at nearly 70,000 and it has now been agreed that it will be debated in Parliament. We hope the outcome is more than just empty promises – http://is.gd/Ju4y2A

London Cycling Campaign’s Policy Forum Seminar Series
The next seminar is on Wednesday 10 July. Open to anyone to attend, they’re a great networking opportunity to meet those involved in cycle campaigning across London. Details on how to register – http://is.gd/M195Uu

Teddington Cycle Fete
This year sees the 100th edition of the Tour de France and on Bastille Day itself, you’ll be able to watch the event in style in Teddington at a cycle fete organised by local clothing firm Vulpine. Running from 12noon to 6pm it looks like it will be a great event with many firms in attendance. See you there! http://is.gd/Yf5oF4

Monthly Meeting
Again, it was a busy meeting on Monday with lots to discuss with regards to recent meetings about the A316 with TfL and the council and the council’s upcoming Mini Holland Bid. Minutes are now online. Next month’s meeting is on Monday 8 July. Location details – http://is.gd/eahg52

Maintenance Workshops
No excuses not to get out with the summer weather and longer days so if your bike needs a tune up, pop along to one of our workshops. Everyone and all bike types are welcome and no appointment is necessary. Come and learn a few tips and tricks to use at home. It’s all free but donations as always welcome to cover our costs – http://is.gd/oKpKQW:

Mortlake – The Old Bakery – 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month 19:00-21:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-4X
Next dates are 27 June and 11 July

Twickenham – All Hallows Church, – 4th Wednesday of the month 19:00-21:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-4U
Next date is 26 June

Ham – Ham Youth Centre – every other Saturday 10:00-12:00
Location – http://wp.me/pSDFw-14t
Next dates are 22 June and 20 July

Apologies to those who turned out for the Olympic Road Race route ride on 2 June. Paul, our Rides Coordinator had a dog run under his wheel on the way to the start and ended up in A&E with a minor fracture of the collarbone. He’s on the mend and will be back in action next month. Upcoming rides:

‘Ride for Everyone’ on Saturday 20 July to the tour the palaces of West London.
Meet at Richmond Little Green at 10.00am.
Details online – http://is.gd/usWuZs

Ride London FreeCycle Feeder Ride on Saturday 3 August. More details on this next month. In the meantime, we are looking for people to get involved to help marshal alongside us. It’s a great way to get involved on the day. Email us at rides@richmondlcc.co.uk More about the Ride London event – http://is.gd/owwoQI

More details on our Rides Information page – http://is.gd/IxqE3S. All of the routes that Paul has crafted for the monthly rides can be found online – have a look, there are now over 95 routes uploaded – http://is.gd/A7nvTz

Unwanted Bikes
Action Bikes are getting ready to send their third container 2nd hand bikes to Africa on Saturday 6 July at Twickenham rugby ground. All helpers are welcome and you can bring any unwanted bikes or bits to the shop or the club on the day. More about Bikes for Africa – http://is.gd/k0XEIW

And Finally…
One of the amazing things about cycling is how it crosses over to many cultures. A gripping documentary all about Japanese Keirin racing and the Keirin school.

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 and if you’ve missed any of our newsletters, they are all online – http://www.richmondlcc.co.uk/category/newsletters

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