February 2023 Newsletter

Yay! Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are good things! 

Our borough is actually covered with small changes which prevent people rat-running down residential roads. We might not have too many full Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, but the good news is that the ones we do have – and the many others cross London – are making a difference. A significant report from Rachel Aldred and her team shows all the good stuff: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13Nsm_GFdH6CpIpPpOZ7hbhLZScgqCAP7ZGI0xi4qDqA/edit (With some press coverage here.) 

Kew Eco Fair

Save the date! March 11th! we are delighted to be taking part in the very first Kew EcoFair at St Luke’s Church, Kew on Saturday March 11th (10:30am – 2pm).

The event will be officially opened by the Mayor of Richmond Cllr Julia Cambridge, alongside broadcaster and active travel advocate Jeremy Vine.

RCC will have a stand showcasing different bikes (especially cargo bikes), along LCC’s Cycle Buddies scheme, and London Cycle Workshop in Sheen will be doing free bike ‘health checks’.

We will also be holding a second-hand ‘bike bits’ stall – please do donate your unneeded, good condition ‘bike bits’ – think gloves, old phone cases, baskets, bike tools, inner tubes for bikes you no longer have…the list is endless! Contact Tim (timlennon@mac.com)  or Charlotte (charlotte.baker0412@icloud.com) to arrange collection, or bring to the next RCC meeting.

And do come along on the day – there is something for everyone at the event – more than a dozen local eco-businesses and sustainability-focused organisations, as well as a Repair Cafe, Clothes Swap, childrens’ activities, refreshments, eco-songs by Kew Community Choir and a ‘wishing tree’ with amazing mystery prizes from local businesses!

Cycle buddies is up and running!

London Cycling Campaign’s Cycle Buddies programme now has its own website – lcc.org.uk/groups/cycle-buddies/ – where you can offer to ride with someone else, or find someone to help you with a route or just to go for a ride together. 🙂 

Clean air market

Last week we attended the launch of the ‘Clean Air Market’ report – a ground-breaking study with Maltby Street market which showed that traders in the market could cut their carbon footprint by 70% or more. Watch their film to find out more: https://farecity.org/2023/01/26/cleaner-air-market-report-film/ 

Next ride coming up

We’ll be taking the scenic route to Box Hill on 5th February – more details on the site. Join us for a relaxing ride to a famous destination and a great view. 

Will TfL help us in Kew?

This month we also met with Will Norman – the Mayor’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner – to talk about Kew Bridge and linking us to Cycleway 9. It sounds like this isn’t on the table at the moment, although Will is clearly aware of the issues with this, and what a poor effort the bridge is. We’ll keep asking him for action, and we’d urge you to do the same. Linking to Cycleway 9 and finishing the route from Richmond to the north side of the river will be a game changer of a route. 

Cycle contraflows and a new zebra

We’re pleased to see plans for more roads to get contraflow cycling (where one way streets are made two way for cycling). A recently highlighted report shows that contraflows are generally safe and appropriate, so we’ll be asking the council to speed up this programme. 

And there’s a new zebra crossing being planned in Hampton Hill – more power to our feet! 

Burtons Road is done

Yes, after a tortuous process, the transport committee agreed to make the changes on Burton’s Road permanent. For years residents have asked not to be a rat-run, and now it’s done. Congratulations to the council, and we hope this will be the first of many interventions in the nearby area to make streets calmer and quieter. 

Strawberry Vale is go!

Yep, it’s finally shovels in on Strawberry Vale – really looking forward to riding this one. 

We’ll be at Kew Summer Cycle!

Not only will you be able to come along and say hello, but we’ll hopefully have a discount code for all you lucky newsletter subscribers. Date is still to be definitely confirmed, but we’re looking forward to seeing you there. 

Next meeting

We’ll be meeting on February 8th at the Turk’s Head in St Margaret’s, at 7pm. 🙂 

 

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