Midweek ride to Ashtead

Wednesday 12th December. A cool day, with Sunny spells, saw 9 Cyclists, leave via the Portsmouth Rd track, Hinchley wood, Littleworth, Esher, Fairmile, Cobham, Downside, Bookham Common, Fetcham, Leatherhead, to Ashtead for lunch at the ‘Woodman’, Ashtead Park, Epsom, West Ewell, Chessington, to Long Ditton for Tea & Refreshments at Squires Garden centre, Surbiton, to Kingston, Total 28 Miles, thanks to Ellie for back marking duties.

Map:- http://www.bikemap.net/en/r/4716052

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Christmas special Bread pudding ride to Woodies

Bonesgate open space

Sunday 9th December. A day, with a heavy Shower finishing before the start, Bright Sunshine, mixed with heavy Clouds, saw 24 Cyclists leave the Market place via the Portsmouth Rd track, Giggshill green, Western Green, Esher, Claygate, Chessington, Bonesgate path, Tolworth, Malden Manor, to New Malden for lunch at Woodies freehouse, adding an extra 6 people that had somehow found the Pub independantly, 😉 afterwards, John announced the winner for the best attendance on this years rides for John E, Roger gave the award for best support Rider to Jon W, Bai said a very big thanks to the Leadership from Roger, the Catering to John D & Derek, some decided to stay for more refreshments, some headed for Home, but 16 were insistant that more Cycling was required, so via, Berrylands, Tolworth, Long Ditton, Thames Ditton, a very busy Hampton Court Roundabout, Bushy Park, Fulwell to Squires Garden centre, for Tea & Bread pudding, with darkened Skies, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 24 Miles, thanks to Steve F & Amy for back marking duties, and many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP.

 Map:-http://www.plotaroute.com/route/721930

2 part ride to Twickenham & Hersham

Sunday 25th November. Part 1, a mostly Cloudy, chilly day saw 22 Cyclists leave via Skerne Rd, Lower Ham Rd, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond Park, to Petersham gate, Richmond Bridge, Ducks Walk, -pausing briefly to see the Memorial Plaque for Charles Lightoller, the most senior Officer to survive the Titanic -, thanks to Rob for the news
Charles Lightoller , St Margeret’s, Isleworth, Whitton, Kneller Gardens to Twickenham for lunch at the ‘Prince Blucher’, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Sub Total 12 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to John E for back marking & many others for watching corners.

 Map:- http://www.plotaroute.com/route/723496

Part 2. Still cold & Cloudy, farewell to 10, & welcome 3 fresh faces, so 15 Cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton Court Bridge, Thames Towpath to Walton on Thames, Ashley Park, Burwood Park, to Hersham Garden centre for Tea & Bread Pudding, Hersham, Esher, Weston green, Giggshill Green, Portsmouth Rd & track to a very busy Market place. Sub total 16 Miles, Total 28 Miles, thanks once again to John E for back marking, & others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP

Map:-http://www.plotaroute.com/route/723510

Bread pudding ride to Streatham

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Brixton Windmill

Sunday 11th November, on a mostly bright, Sunny day, would those who signed the Armistice 100 years ago have expected a group to find a War memorial to reflect for the 2 minute silence, then Cycle onward, yet 18 Cyclists, went via Cranes park, King Charles Bridge, Berrylands, New Malden, to pause at the ‘Malden & Coombe War Memorial, for the 2 minute silence, afterwards, Andrea read a few words from ‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:’, by Laurence Binyon , Lisa also reminded us that in modern Wars, it is the Civilian population that bears the brunt of hostilities, with that, we resumed our journey, via Motspur park, Cannon Hill, Morden, Merton park, South Wimbledon, Tooting, Tooting Bec Common, to Streatham Hill for lunch at ‘the Crown & Sceptre’, afterwards, finding a heavy Shower had dampened the Saddles, (I’m getting good at timing lunch to avoid the Rain, 😉 (see Midweek ride to Northolt)), Tulse Hill, Brockwell Park, to Brixton Windmill, Clapham park, Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common, where Mags pointed out the location of the ‘Royal Victoria Patriotic Building , Earlsfield, to Wimbledon Park for Tea & Bread pudding, Wimbledon Village, CopseHill, Malden Golf course, Mount Pleasant, Norbiton to Kingston. Total 26 Miles, thanks to Andrea for Back marking duties, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/717450

Midweek ride to Northolt

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Northala Field, Northolt

Wednesday 7th November, a mixed day with Slight Showers intermingled with Sunny spells, & Stiff breeze, saw 8 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Hounslow, Osterley, Osterley Park, Norwood green, Southall, Northala Fields, to Northolt for lunch at the very reasonable ‘Crown’, -with a very heavy Shower hitting over lunch, ;-)-,then joining the Grand union Canal towpath (Paddington branch), to North Greenford, Greenford, Hanwell- pausing briefly to admire the ‘Wharncliffe Viaduct’-, more GU Canal towpath, Brentford, to Syon Park for Tea at the Garden centre, Isleworth, Twickenham, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 29 Miles, thanks to Steve D for back marking.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/714331

Bread Pudding ride to Wraysbury

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Penton Hook

Sunday 21st October. A Warm Sunny day saw 24 Cyclists, with 1 extra arriving just in time , so 25 left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, (with everyone following the leaders ‘Squeaky Brakes’, me thinks the Pads have reached the end of life), Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, Bedfont, Stanwell, Stanwell Moor, Poyle, to Wraysbury for lunch at a very hospitable ‘Perseverance’, then Hythe end, Staines upon Thames, Thames Towpath, Penton Hook, Laleham, -with 3 of the group getting ahead of the Leader, staying with the Towpath & finding an alternative route to Tea-, Shepperton, Walton Bridge, to ‘Gino’s’ for Tea & BP, Walton on Thames, Walton Park, Esher, Weston Green, Giggs Hill Green, Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 31 Miles, 1 visit from the ‘P fairy’, 2 new Faces, thanks to Mike for Back marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the Bread Pudding.

 Footnote: A sandwich box was picked up at Lunch, if anyone wants to claim it, do let me know, by E mail rogerdodge59@gmail.com

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/707341

Mini-Holland (Go Cycle) – October 2018 update

Progress continues on a large number of different Mini-Holland schemes in Kingston town centre. The main progress since our last update in June has been:

  • The Kingston High Street scheme has finished;
  • Works continue on Wheatfield Way;
  • The Kingston Station plaza is almost complete;
  • Work has commenced on the New Malden to Raynes Park scheme; and
  • Work has started on the main Kingston Vale route.

Kingston High Street – construction has now (subject to a couple of snagging points) been completed. This high quality scheme extends the very successful Portsmouth Road segregated 2-way cycle track onto Kingston High Street until just after its junction with Kingston Hall Road. As a next step, we would like motor traffic to be restricted on the North part of Kingston High Street (between Kingston Hall Road and the Market Place) to finish this link into Kingston town centre. We have also asked the Council to review loading bays and the times when loading is allowed before they are placed next to/on cycle tracks; we understand that this is now being looked at for future schemes and is also being monitored on completed schemes.

Wheatfield Way – construction of the 3m wide 2-way cycle track between College Roundabout and the junction with Brook Street has been completed (signage/paint markings to be added). Work has recently been taking place at the Clarence Street/Old London Road junction (next to Wilko’s); Fairfield North junction (next to Fairfield Bus Station) and Brook Street junction. As per our last newsletter, we have been disappointed in some of the Wheatfield Way works and have been discussing with the Council the improvements that should be made. In good news, the Council has agreed to amend the shared island at the Clarence Street junction to allow easier and safer access by people on bikes. The Council is also looking at improvements to the Brook Street junction too. Unfortunately, despite these improvements, the scheme as a whole will still have a number of areas of shared use areas for pedestrians and people on bikes at junctions. We understand that this is due to TfL not allowing segregated space at junctions due to impacts shown in traffic modelling. We also await confirmation of when the consulted 20mph limit will be implemented on Wheatfield Way.

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Wheatfield Way segregated 2-way cycle track between Brook Street and College Roundabout

Kingston Station – construction of the plaza directly outside of the station has almost finished. The Station works have also included re-laying the 2-way cycle track underneath the railway bridge on Richmond Road to provide a much smoother surface than before. Works on this scheme are now focussed on Wood Street to get ready for the replacement pedestrian and cyclist bridge to be installed over Kingsgate Road in Spring 2019. We have also heard that the ‘Beacon’ planned for the station plaza has been cancelled. We welcome this decision as the savings from this will be reinvested in other Mini-Holland schemes which offer greater benefits for people on bikes (and pedestrians) than the Beacon would have done.

New Malden to Raynes Park – construction of this new route has now commenced. People on bikes and pedestrians will have their own separate paths from New Malden to Raynes Park Recreation Ground where the route will then connect into current cycle routes (which we hope will be improved by Merton Council in due course!). It is great to see construction start on this scheme and we are already looking forward to it being finished.

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Current state of New Malden to Raynes Park route

Kingston Vale – construction on the main part of this route has also finally started! Kingston Vale is the longest individual scheme of all the Mini-Holland schemes and reaches from Kingston town centre all the way through to the Robin Hood junction on the A3. On its way it will connect numerous shops, schools, Kingston Hospital and Kingston University’s Kingston Hill campus. Work has started between Derwent Avenue and Warren Road and will include the installation of new zebra crossings (replacing informal ‘refuges’), new kerbs where these are needed and, for most of this section, the installation of Orcas (or an equivalent) to separate people on bikes from motor traffic. Orcas have been successfully used in many cycle schemes already in London and provide semi-segregation for cyclists from motor traffic. Although we would have preferred full segregation along the whole length of the route, the cost of this would have meant that other Mini-Holland schemes would not have been possible. To supplement the Orca installation, the Council will also be looking at putting in ‘wands’ and segregation islands where these are needed on the route.

What’s next

As above, there are a lot of schemes now in progress. Works will continue this year and into 2019 on the Kingston Station scheme; Wheatfield Way; New Malden to Raynes Park and Kingston Vale. 2019 should also see the start of works on Penrhyn Road, linking the Wheatfield Way scheme with Surbiton (passing the main Kingston University campus on its way).

Kingston Cycling Campaign will continue to ask the Council for any improvements needed to schemes. If you have any comments on the Mini-Holland schemes proposed or currently in construction, please let us know.

 

Challenge ride to Downe

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Kelsey Park, Beckenham

Sunday 7th October. A mostly Sunny day saw 22 Cyclists leave via Motspur park, Joseph Hood Park, North Cheam, Sutton, Wrythe green, Beddington Park -collecting 1 more ‘late starter’-, Waddon, West Croydon, Heavers Meadow, Woodside Green, Shirley, West Wickham, Coney hall, Keston, (with the 1st victim of the ‘P fairy’), to Downe for lunch spread over 3 venues, a local Cafe, the ‘George & Dragon’, & the ‘Queens Head’, then via High Elms, Farnborough, Orpington, Petts wood, Southborough (with the 2nd visit from the ‘P fairy’), Bromley, to Kelsey Park for Tea & BP, Elmers end, South Norwood country Park, -a little too much of South Norwood, 😉 Heavers Meadow, Thornton Heath, Pollards Hill, Mitcham, Morden Hall Park, Morden, Raynes park to New Malden. Total 46 Miles, 1 new face, 2 victims of the ‘P Fairy’, thanks to John E for back marking, & many others for marking corners, Thanks to John D for the Bread pudding.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/699556

Midweek ride to Send Marsh

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Basingstoke Canal towpath

Wednesday 3rd October. A bright largely Sunny day, saw 18 Cyclists on the inaugural KCC Midweek ride leave via Portsmouth Rd, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Esher, Fairmile Common, Fairmile estate, Cobham, Hatchford, Ockham, Ripley to Send Marsh for lunch at the ‘Saddlers Arms’, then Newark Lane, Pyrford, West Byfleet, Basingstoke Canal & Wey navigation Towpath’s, Brooklands Park, Weybridge, Burwood Park, to Hersham Garden centre for Refreshments, Hersham, Esher, Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 3 new faces, thanks to Will for back marking & many others for marking corners.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/90179