Reporting dangerous driving

There is a glut of internet items about how some cyclists feel pushed into retaliating in the face of dangerous, reckless or simply poor driving.  Kingston Cycling Campaign does not condone this response.

When I reported an aggressive driver a few weeks ago the duty officer confirmed that you should always report  such incidents, preferably with the vehicle number as well as the location and a description. Chances are, this information could be useful in other investigations too. The Crown Prosecution Service has a fact sheet outlining their definitions of dangerous and reckless driving: www.cps.gov.uk/news/fact_sheets/dangerous_driving/

They say:

A person drives dangerously when:

  • the way they drive falls far below the minimum acceptable standard expected of a competent and careful driver; and
  • it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous

Clearly this includes:

  • driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • street racing
  • a  vehicle with a dangerous fault or an unsafe load
  • driving into street furniture
  • driving the wrong way on a fast road (motorway or dual carriageway)
  • mounting a heavily-pedestrianised pavement

For non-emergencies (such as reporting a reckless driver from the comfort of your sofa) call 101. However if you feel intimated enough to wish to remain anonymous you can report dangerous driving on RoadSafe London: content.met.police.uk/Site/roadsafelondon/

London Cycling Campaign also offer advice on reporting incidents with taxis, buses and lorries.

In the week that Christopher Gard was jailed for texting while driving at 65 mph and killing a cyclist taking part in an organised event, there was a discussion on ‘Death by Dangerous Driving’ on the Today programme on Radio 4 (now on iPlayer). Gard had been convicted of using his phone at least six times prior to this.

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2 part ride to Cheam & Wimbledon Common

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Nonsuch Park

Sunday 17th June, Part 1, a dull overcast day saw 16 Cyclists leave via a slightly new route, -avoiding some of the Roadworks, that will soon mean improved Cycle routes in Kingston- Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & Greenway, Hogsmill path, (with 2 people missing the turn onto the Bonesgate path, rejoining the group at ), Horton Country park, West Ewell, St Ebba’s path, Hogsmill path, Stoneleigh, Nonsuch Park, to Cheam village, for lunch at ‘Ye olde Red Lion’, -with some delayed Meal’s meaning a late departure-, North Cheam, Worcester park, Old Malden, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Sub total 17 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Derek for Back marking.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/632049

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Wimbledon Common, near the Windmill

Part 2 Saying farewell to 10, hello to 2 fresh faces, leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate Richmond Park, via White Lodge, to Roehampton gate, Roehampton, Putney Heath, to Wimbledon Common for Tea & BP at ‘the Windmill tea rooms’, Crooked Billet, Copse Hill, Malden Golf course, New Malden, Norbiton, Bonner Hill, to Kingston. Sub total 13 Miles, Total 30 Miles, thanks to Chris for Back marking, thanks to John for the Bread Pudding.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/632080

Evening ride to Richmond

Wednesday 13th June, a Bright start, with increasing Clouds, saw 14 Cyclists, leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Coombe, Ladderstile gate of Richmond Park, White lodge, to Richmond gate to Richmond Hill for refreshments at the ‘Roebuck’, with a cooler finish to the Evening, due to the total Cloud cover, return via Richmond Park, to Kingston Gate, to the Market place, with a fruitless search for a ‘lost Cycle helmet’.

Total 12 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Jon W for back marking.

Map:- https://www.plotaroute.com/route/630019

Mini-Holland (Go Cycle) – June 2018 update

2018 is turning into a busy year for Kingston’s Mini-Holland (Go Cycle) schemes. Since our last update in April:

  • Main works have finished on the Surbiton links and the Kingston Vale ‘quietway’;
  • construction has continued at Kingston Station and Wheatfield Way; and
  • works have started at Kingston High Street.

Kingston High Street – construction has only recently started (in May) but already a huge amount of progress has been made as the council plan to finish main carriageway works in time for Ride London on 29 July 2018. As we’ve said before, this scheme is a natural extension of the very successful Portsmouth Road scheme and will allow cyclists to be segregated along Kingston High Street until just North of the roundabout with Kingston Hall Road. In the future, we would like the council to consider reducing motor traffic on the North part of Kingston High Street – the recent High Street works showed what a pleasant route this could be for pedestrians and those on bikes if motor traffic was restricted here.

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Kingston High Street works

Kingston Station – construction has made swifter progress recently and the extended paving outside the station is almost complete. Works have now moved across to Richmond Road (outside Tesco Express) to add new carriageway paving. Although we are pleased to see that the motor traffic lanes have been narrowed and the station plaza is now much larger, we are still disappointed that so much of the mini-Holland budget (as well as so much of the Council’s efforts) have been spent on public realm enhancements whilst not making substantial improvements to walking or cycling directly outside the station.

As the Kingston Station scheme continues, we look forward to the Richmond Road works being completed as this will include relaying the 2-way cycleway with a new surface under the railway bridge. We also look forward to the (hopefully imminent) introduction of the 20 mph limit on the one-way system outside the station which was part of the original consultation and could help to calm motor traffic through the area.

In other changes in the area, the shared pedestrian/cycle bridge over the one-way system at the junction of Wood Street and Kingsgate Road was successfully removed in April ready for a much wider bridge to be installed. We also understand that the design and planning of the 250 space cycle hub at the station continues to progress.

Wheatfield Way – construction has continued from College Roundabout and is almost complete up to the junction with Brook Street. Work now continues from Brook Street towards the Orchard Road junction.

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New 3m wide 2-way cycle track being installed on Wheatfield Way

What’s next?

As above, Kingston High Street works are being completed quickly and should be finished over the next few months. Wheatfield Way works will continue over the course of the year, as will the Kingston Station works. The next two schemes we are looking forward to starting are the Kingston Vale (main route) and the New Malden to Raynes Park (mainly) off-road route. We understand that the Kingston Vale design is being finalised and construction could start later this year. On New Malden to Raynes Park, planning permission has now been granted by both Kingston and Merton councils so subject to Thames Water approvals, meeting the planning conditions and any final Transport for London approvals required, construction could also start later this year.

 

Bread pudding ride to Woodmansterne

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Pyl brook Path

Sunday 3rd June.A mostly warm, Sunny day saw 24 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & Greenway, West Ewell, Epsom, Epsom downs, Burgh Heath, Banstead, to Woodmansterne for lunch at the ‘Woodman’, -very good apart from a minor hiccup with our Leaders lunch, ;-( -then Clockhouse, Woodcote Garden village, South Beddington, to Beddington Park for Tea & BP at a very busy ‘Pavilion Cafe’, Hackbridge, Wrythe Green, Benhilton, Pyl Brook path, Sir Joseph Hood Park, Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands, the Grove to Kingston. Total 29 Miles, thanks to Will & Steve D for Back marking and many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the Bread pudding.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/623630

Bread Pudding ride to Thorpe Green

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Thames Towpath, Staines

Sunday 27th May. A mostly warm Sunny day, without any of the predicted ‘thunder Showers’, (thankfully), saw 23 Cyclists leave via the Portsmouth Rd track, Giggs hill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Ashley Park, Walton Bridge, Shepperton, Chertsey Bridge, Chertsey, Thorpe Village, to Thorpe Green for lunch at a very hospitable ‘Rose & Crown’, then Stroude Cycle path, Egham Hythe, Staines Bridge, Staines Riverside, Thames Towpath, Laleham, Shepperton, Haliford, to Sunbury & the ‘Walled Garden’, for Tea & BP, Lower Sunbury, Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 32 Miles, 2 new Faces, thanks to Will & Mike for Back marking duties, & others for watching corners, special thanks to John for the Bread pudding.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/553151

Evening ride to Esher

Wednesday 23rd May, a mostly bright evening saw a Bakers dozen, (13 Cyclists), leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Southborough, Long Ditton, Claygate, Esher to Esher green for refreshments at the ‘Wheatsheaf’, -with a very amusing Barman not happy that we weren’t on a Charity ride-, even threatening to take some drinks back, then Weston Green, Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd, (with the extension to the Cycle track, along the High St making steady progress. Total 13 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Steve J for Back marking duties.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/617415

 

Bread pudding, Challenge ride to Leigh

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Gatton Park, view

Sunday 13th May. a Cloudy morning, with some Sun later, saw 15 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth greenway, West Ewell, Hogsmill path with added ‘fun runners’, St. Ebba’s path, Manor Park, Woodcote, Headley, Pebblecombe- with many of the group having the chance to do some Train spotting at the Level crossing-, Betchworth, to Leigh for lunch at the ever reliable Plough,- to find that 1 extra person had missed the start, taken an alternative route via Epsom, and saved the best table for the greater party, thanks Steve-, then Flanchford, Reigate, Wray Common, Gatton Park, Gatton, Chipstead, to Banstead for Tea & BP at Pistachios,  Belmont, Sutton, North Cheam, Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Total 41 Miles, thanks again to John E for back marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John D, back from his travels, for the Bread Pudding.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/608752

Evening ride to Twickenham

Wednesday 25th April. A bright evening after a few earlier showers, and after much debate, saw 5 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton Hill, Fulwell, River Crane path, Twickenham, with the first option now closed & covered in Scaffolding, to the Royal Oak for refreshments, then Twickenham, town, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 11 Miles. Thanks to John for Back marking.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/600254

Bread pudding ride to Harmondsworth

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at the Shot Tower, Crane River Park

Sunday 22nd April. A bright Sunny morning, with increasing Cloud in the Afternoon, saw 20 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Hampton Wick, Teddington, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Hounslow heath, West Hounslow, Cranford, Harlington, Sipson to Harmonsworth – with the first choice Pub, the Five Bells having no food – The Crown more than filled the gap with very generous portions & very good service, then a short detour to visit the great Barn, (also known as the Cathedral of Middlesex), -with some of the group electing for an extra Tea stop-, then Harmondsworth Moor, Poyle, Stanwellmoor, Ashford,- including a new Cycle path along Town Lane-, Feltham, Hanworth, Hampton Hill to Bushy Park for Tea & BP at the ‘Pheasantry’, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 30 Miles, thanks to Bob for Back marking & Many others for marking corners, special thanks to Derek for the Bread pudding.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/108975

Bread Pudding ride to Peckham

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Brockwell Park

Sunday 8th April,a largely wet and grey day saw 20 Cyclists leave via Fairfield, Bonner Hill, Norbiton, New Malden, Malden Golf course, Copse Hill, Wimbledon village, Wimbledon Park, Earlsfield, – with a slipped Chain & A visit from the ‘P fairy’-, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, Larkhall, Oval, Kennington, Burgess Park, Surrey Canal Path to Peckham, for lunch at the ‘Kentish Drovers, then Camberwell, Dulwich, Brockwell Park, Tulse Hill, – with 1 of our party almost wiping the leader out-, ‘Streatham Hill, to Tooting Bec Common for Tea & BP, then Furzedown, Mitcham, Colliers Wood, Merton park, Cannon Hill, West Barnes Motspur Park, New Malden, Berrylands, to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 4 new faces, thanks to Steve D for Back marking, & others for marking corners, thanks to Derek for the Bread pudding.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/589560