Midweek ride to West Horsley

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Ashtead Common, with the Poser at the front & his new Bike

Wednesday 17th April, a largely bright Sunny day saw 16 Cyclists leave via the Portsmouth Rd track, with 1 extra ‘late starter’, joining us as we approached Winters Bridge, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, – with a short delay whilst someone got his stamps !-, Littleworth, Esher, Fairmile, Cobham, Hatchford, Ockham, to West Horsley for lunch at the ‘Barley Mow’, then East Horsley, Effingham, Bookham, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Ashtead Common (Photo), – with a brief explanation of how the ‘Coal Tax’, helped the City of London maintain this & many other Commons & green spaces around the City-, Epsom Common, to the ‘Old Moat Garden Centre’ for refreshments, West Ewell, Tolworth, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 32 Miles, 2 new Faces, thanks to Steve D for back marking, & others for marking corners.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/763492

Christmas special ride to New Malden

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Wimbledon Common & Windmill

Sunday 8th December, a bright pleasant Morning saw 23 Cyclists have a slightly delayed start, due to the late running of Trains, leave via Skerne Rd, Kingston gate Richmond Park, White lodge, Roehampton gate, Roehampton, Wimbledon Common, (Photo), Westside, Raynes park, New Malden to Woodies, for a superb lunch,

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Lunch at Woodies

including a few others who managed to find the venue by other means, after thank-you speech’s from Bai to the ‘leadership team’, also the Back markers, from Ride leader Roger, to Mike for deputizing on occasion, reiterating thanks to all the Back markers & corner markers, for all there hard work, & especially the Pub for Catering so wonderfully, then the presentation for assistant of the Year to Ellie for Back marking & other help as needed, finally Ride organiser, John announced the Prize for the best attendance, went to Rob W, a slightly Cooler afternoon, with light Drizzle….., soon turning gradually heavier and with a Cold brisk Wind, to Freezing Rain via Motspur park, Worcester park, Stoneleigh, West Ewell, -the Rain finally ceasing, also displaying a good Rainbow-, Chessington, to Long Ditton for Tea & Bread pudding, Surbiton, to finish at Kingston. Total 23 Miles, Thanks to Ian for Back marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/962880

2 part ride to Epsom & Twickenham

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New Malden to Raynes Park path

Sunday 17th November, Part 1. A mostly bright morning saw 21 Cyclists leave via Fairfield, -with 1 minor navigational hiccup-, Bonner Hill, Norbiton, New Malden, (Photo), Raynes park, Lower Morden, Worcester park, Stoneleigh, Ewell village, to Epsom, for lunch at ‘the Assembly rooms’, (Wetherspoons), West Ewell, Tolworth, King Charles Bridge, to Kingston. Sub total 20 Miles, thanks to Ellie & Lars for back marking, and many others for marking corners, especially Ken, for bringing the group back together, 2 new faces.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/970863

Part 2, with Cloudier Skies, saying farewell to 18 & welcoming 2 fresh faces, just 5 Cyclists left via Skerne Road, Lower Ham Rd, Thames path, Aerospace estate, Ham, more Thames path, Richmond, Richmond Bridge, St Margerets, River Crane path, Twickenham to Squires Garden centre for Tea & Bread pudding, Fulwell, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick and Kingston Bridge. Sub total 11 Miles, Total 31 Miles, Thanks to Steve J for back marking, thanks to John D for the BP.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/971599

Midweek ride to Staines

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Bushy Park

Wednesday 13th November. A very Sunny Morning, with a cloudy afternoon, saw 14 Cyclists leave via Cranes park, (anyone spot the ‘loose Pig’, hindering Thames Water, trying to repair a burst water main ? 🙂) King Charles Bridge, Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Littleworth Common, Esher, Walton, Walton Bridge, Shepperton, Laleham, Thames Towpath to Staines for lunch at ‘the Wheatsheaf & Pigeon, then, finding the ‘P fairy’ had paid another visit, swiftly repaired, onto Ashford, Feltham, Hanworth, Hampton hill, Bushy Park, (Photo), to ‘the Pheasantry cafe for Tea & refreshments, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 28 Miles, thanks to Steve D for back marking, and others for marking corners, 1 visit from the ‘P fairy’.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/967836

Bread pudding ride to Wraysbury

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River Mole near Esher

Sunday 3rd November, a bright start, with increasing Clouds & 1 or 2 very light Misty showers saw 25 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, Bedfont, Stanwell, Stanwell moor, Poyle, to Wraysbury for lunch at ‘the Perseverence’ about to leave the Leader finds the ‘P fairy has paid a visit,- maybe because he had been a bit Jocular about the Pub name before the start-, after several minutes of fruitless grunting & heaving, still unable to remove the Tyre from the Rim, it was felt prudent for the main group to proceed with a fresh leader, meanwhile assisted by Rob, with a bit of fruity language, & more perseverence, finally the Tyre was off, to find it wasn’t a ‘Tubeless Tyre after all, although stuck to the Rim in a similar fashion, still more fun removing the thorn, refitted with a new tube, could we catch the main group before Tea ? Via Hythe end, Staines, -with a small section heading for the Train, including our Back marker-, Thames towpath, Penton Hook, Laleham, a couple of fleeting glimpse’s, that might be, no not in Laleham, had they stayed on the Towpath, following the Thames towards Chertsey Bridge, Yes, there they are, Shepperton, -with the 2nd visit from the ‘P fairy’-, Walton Bridge to Gino’s Cafe for Tea & Bread Pudding, Walton, yet another visit from you know who, Esher, Weston Green, Giggshill Green, & yet again a 4th visit from the ‘P fairy’,(all different victims), Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 32 Miles, thanks to Will, Jon W &  Andrea for Back marking duties, & others for marking corners, thanks to Mike F for filling in as Leader, thanks to John D for the BP, special thanks to Jon W for assisting with repairs. Anyone with influence, please have a word with the right god’s to resume only occasional visit’s from the P fairy, 😉

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

Bread pudding ride to Little Bookham

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Long Ditton

Sunday 20th October, a largely Sunny morning, with grey clouds in the Afternoon, saw 28 Cyclists leave via, Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & greenway, West Ewell, Hogsmill path, Long grove Park, Ashtead Common, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Bookham to Little Bookham for lunch at ‘Ye olde Windsor Castle’,- with a select few opting to visit the ‘Vineries Garden centre Cafe’-, re-gathering, Effingham, Martyr’s Green, Hatchford, Cobham, the Fairmile estate, Portsmouth Rd to Claremont Lake Cafe, (NT) for Tea & Bread pudding, Esher, Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, (belated Photo), Surbiton, a brief look at the Surbiton Rd & Penrhyn Rd works, to Kingston. Total 29 Miles, 4 new Faces, thanks to Mike for back marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/954549

Midweek ride to Woodmansterne

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the London Skyline, from Epsom Downs Credit: Rob R

Wednesday 9th October. A mostly bright day saw 16 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & the greenway, West Ewell, a brief part of the Hogsmill path, Epsom, Epsom downs, (Photo), -with a small tumble leading to a slight ‘exposé’, luckily for the victim, the Camara didn’t record the event 😉,-Tattenham corner, Burgh Heath, Banstead, to Woodmansterne for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, then Wallington, Beddington Park, Hackbridge, the Wandle trail, Morden, to Morden hall Park, for Tea & refreshments, then Merton park, Wimbledon Chase, Raynes park, New Malden, Norbiton, to Kingston. Total 28 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Pete S for back marking, & others for marking corners.

Map:-https://www.plotaroute.com/route/945357

Challenge ride to Woking

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HG Wells Statue, Woking

Sunday 6th October. After a night of very heavy rain, a pleasantly dry day, with the Leader a tad late on parade, due to almost forgetting his money ! Saw 12 Cyclists manage to dodge the ‘Half Marathon’, (staying alert for any huge Puddles), leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, -with 1 extra Cyclist, delayed due to a visit from the ‘P Fairy’, finding us-, Lower Sunbury, -with the first of Three encounters with the ‘Palace to Palace’ Cyclists, leading to 1 of our number briefly joining there group, but thanks to ‘good Shepherding’ by Chris F,- Shepperton, 2nd meeting with ‘P to P’, Chertsey Bridge, with a visit from the ‘P Fairy’ & a wrong Spare causing the victim to head for the Train, 😦 Chertsey Meads, Addlestone, Homewood Park, 3rd time with ‘P to P’, (even confusing their Marshal’s by not following the direction 😉), Dunstall green, Coxhill green to Woking, (with confusing Road works, hiding the Cycle lane, 😦), for lunch at the ‘Herbert Wells’, (Wetherspoons), pausing at the Statue for ‘HG Wells’ (Photo), -who lived locally whilst writing ‘War of the Worlds’, hence many links to the Author in & around Woking, and some of the local Cycle routes, named after various Planets, as a tribute to him-, Basingstoke Canal path, Wey Navigation path, Byfleet, Brooklands community Park, Weybridge, Burwood park, to Hersham Garden centre for Tea & Bread pudding, Hersham, Esher, Weston green, Giggshill Green, Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 38 Miles, thanks to Steve D for back marking, & others for marking corners, thanks to John D for the BP, 1 visit from the ‘P Fairy’.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/943475

Horse Fair crossing changes: September to November 2019

Kingston Council will shortly be commencing work at the Horse Fair/Clarence Street junction in Kingston (near TK Maxx). Works will involve changing the current staggered pedestrian crossing over Horse Fair to a wider, staggered Toucan crossing (one that can be used by both people walking and people on bikes). This will also replace the separate cycle crossing which is only traffic light controlled half way across Horse Fair which we consider a current safety issue.

These works are taking place as part of the Mini Holland (or Go Cycle) projects in the Borough. The works in this area are due to be completed by mid-November 2019.

We asked for the Horse Fair crossing to be ‘straight across’ the road when it is changed rather than continuing to be staggered (in 2 stages). However, traffic modelling of this change suggested it would have caused delays to motor vehicles and therefore unfortunately became a discarded option. We will nevertheless continue to campaign for people taking sustainable options to travel being prioritised above cars as this is the best way to create positive changes in the way people choose to travel across Kingston.

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Current staggered crossing over Horse Fair

Changes in this area will also involve building a new pedestrian and cycle crossing over Clarence Street (outside TK Maxx) to join the Horse Fair crossing to upgraded cycle parking outside TK Maxx and an enhanced cycle path towards the West side of Kingston Bridge.

Whilst the works are underway, the cycle parking outside TK Maxx will unfortunately be unavailable but we have been informed by the Council that temporary cycle parking will be installed on the opposite side of the road near to John Lewis.

When the works are complete, the current cycle stands will be re-installed and additional ones will be installed too. This will significantly increase the number of bikes that can be parked here. We are really pleased that more cycle stands will be installed in this extremely popular area for bike parking.

As demand for cycle parking in Kingston town centre increases, we’ve provided the Council with other suggested locations for cycle parking and await a response on which, if any, will be taken forward. Please let the Council know if you have any suggestions for bike parking in the Borough.

Bread pudding ride to Pimlico

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Victoria Embankment & the Elizabeth Tower

Sunday 22nd September, a bright start, with a wet day forecast, didn’t deter 17 Cyclists remember the start from New Malden, via West Barnes, Cannon Hill, Merton park, South Wimbledon, the ‘Wandle trail’ to Earlsfield, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, Clapham, Vauxhall, ‘Cycle super highway 5’, (CS5), across Vauxhall Bridge to Pimlico for lunch at the very Popular ‘White Swan’, fortuitously the 1 heavy Shower occuring whilst we enjoyedd lunch, but with light drizzle & more predicted, 3 people decided to find an alternative option, the remainder continued via Westminster, to CS3 & Victoria Embankment, (Photo with Big Ben, the Elizabeth Tower, swathed in Scaffolding), to Southwark Bridge, -alas we had all forgotten our ‘Yoga mats’, so were unable to join the fun on Tower Bridge, see BBC report -, Southwark, where a navigational mishap led to Kennington, Kennington Park, instead of Burgess Park, back on track in Loughborough, Brockwell Park, with ‘threatening’ Black clouds, a ‘strategic decision was taken for an indoor Tea & Bread pudding stop at ‘Brockwell hall Cafe’, Tulse hill, Streatham Hill, Tooting Bec Common, Tooting, Colliers wood, Wimbledon Chase, Raynes park, & the still lovely new track to New Malden. Total 31 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to John E for back marking, and many others for marking corners, as always, thanks to John D for the BP.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/933539 with the ‘intended route’ marked with Red dashes.

Midweek ride to Shirley

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Shirley Windmill credit: Christine G

Wednesday 18th September, a glorious Sunny day saw 10 Cyclists remember the alternative start in New Malden, with a slight delay as 1 member had a visit from the ‘P fairy’ before the start, via New Malden Station to meet 1 extra person at the Raynes Park link, Raynes Park, Wimbledon chase, Colliers wood, Tooting, Streatham, Norbury, Thornton heath, – to find yet another Cyclist, now 12-, Heavers Meadow, Woodside, Ashburton Field, to Shirley for lunch at ‘the Surprise Inn’- with 1 person trying an alternate approach-, with 1 meal needing some extra attention, continuing via the second ‘surprise’, the Shirley Windmill, (Photo), Addiscombe, Lloyd Park, (new Cycle path), South Croydon, Roundshaw, Beddington Park, Hackbridge, Wandle Trail, Morden, Morden Park, to Lower Morden & the ‘Wyevale Garden centre’ for refreshments, Morden Cemetery, Joseph Hood Park, Motspur park, to New Malden. Total 28 Miles, thanks to Steve D for Back marking, & many others for marking corners.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/872467