Halloween Ride - Round Richmond Park in the Dark

Round Richmond Park in the Dark - A Halloween Scary Social Ride

Route Round Richmond Park in the Dark

Wednesday 31st October
19:15 for a 19:30 depart
Location: Little Green, next to the Green, Richmond
Contact: info@rcc.myzen.co.uk, led by The Shadow

A ride for brave Richmond cyclists, we go once round Richmond Park and then head for a chat and a drink in the White Cross to ward off the witches. We start by riding to Richmond Gate and then go round the park clockwise (anti-clockwise is the evil way), leading the spirits of the underworld to their rightful place. At Ham Gate we try out the new path to Petersham Gate. After a short section of road, we turn down River Lane for the towpath, towing our spirits behind and back into Richmond. The ride should take about an hour, the social bit can take as long as you want to keep the spirits happy. Ever wondered what it's like riding in pitch black with no cars to worry about? Don't forget your lights to ward off the evil spirit known as FaceBrake.

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The Wandle Womble Wander Ride

The Wandle Womble Wander

Route of The Wandle Womble Wander

Sunday 4th November
09:45 for a 10:00 depart
Location: Little Green, next to the Green, Richmond
Contact: info@rcc.myzen.co.uk

Mostly on quiet roads and trails, this route heads off to Putney via Barnes and the towpath, then goes through Wandsworth to pick up the Wandle trail. We turn off to ride up Wimbledon Hill onto the common, with a stop at the Windmill to visit Uncle Bulgaria for tea, then downhill all the way to Roehampton and Richmond Park. It's about 19 miles and should take about 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on how long we stop. Some off road, all but the most fragile bikes will be fine.

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Richmond Council Cycle Map

We have been asked by LBRuT to comment on their cycle map.

Anything in particular that annoys you? Any mistakes you've noticed?

It's unlikely they will change it to look like the Kingston map which is much clearer but we can at least get it looking like a map you can use. If we provide useful suggestions, they should ask our help when it comes to making a new one.

Send your sensible suggestions to info@rcc.myzen.co.uk.

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Ride - Morning Tea at the Palace

Saturday 20th October
10:15 for a 10:30 depart
Location: Mortlake Green, next to Mortlake train station
Contact: richmondcc@gmail.com, led by Susan Scorer
Phone: 07976 294626

After leaving Mortlake Green, the ride heads off to Putney Bridge, where we will cross the river and enter Bishops Park for tea (or coffee!) at Fulham Palace. After suitable refreshment, it's back to Mortlake Green via the Wetlands Centre and Barnes. This is a towpath/quiet road ride and all are welcome. Distance is about 8 miles and speed will be steady. No-one gets left behind.

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Taking the pain out of campaigning

RCC met with Tim Segedin at Richmond council recently and had a very positive meeting. Tim is a transport engineer responsible for implementing cycle provision and is keen to get things done for cyclists. We talked about the current plans and discussed the financial aspect. Come along to our next meeting on 12th November to hear more and to add your opinions.

Details of our meetings are here.

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Camden Cyclists Mapping Project Part II

RCC attended the Camden Cyclists meeting about their mapping project, which you can see here.

This could be a very useful tool for the group. Come along to the next meeting on 12th November to discuss it's uses. Let us know if you have any thoughts, ideas or would like to get involved in adding information.

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RCC attended the A316 CRIM* on Tuesday 16th October.

Whilst it wasn't the most pleasant bike ride we've ever been on, it did highlight some important issues that needed to be addressed. For example, access to the route from the towpath via Twickenham bridge. RCC impressed on the CRIM group that experienced commuter cyclists are more likely to use the carriageway and those less experienced would use it for access to other destinations.

Hopefully, the CRISP** recommendations will be taken on board and implemented, although don't expect any changes for the next year or two.

*CRIM = Cycle Route Inspection Meeting, part of a
**CRISP = Cycle Route Implementation and Stakeholder Plan

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LCC AGM - Tuesday October 16th, 17:30 at City Hall

The LCC AGM takes place at City Hall on Tuesday 16th October. Details on the LCC website here. Ken Livingstone is the guest speaker and Twickenham resident and new LCC director Koy Thomson will also be present.

Deadline for registration is 15th October by 17:00.

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Camden Cyclists Mapping Project

You may have seen in the latest London Cyclist (LCC) magazine that Camden Cyclists have created an online mapping system that shows all sorts of cycling information. It is based around Google maps.

You can see it here.

They are having a meeting on
Wednesday 17 October at 18:45, Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design, to discuss the system and it's development. RCC will be attending. Email RCC here if you want to ride to the meeting.

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Friends Of River Crane Environment AGM

RCC will be attending the Friends Of River Crane Environment (FORCE) AGM on the 22nd October at 18:00.

FORCE want to integrate cyclists into the river Crane corridor and are interested in the Sustrans plan to extend the Crane river route to the Grand Union and onto Wembley for 2012. They are also about to do a feasibility study into
Crane Riverside Park, linking Hounslow Heath with Twickenham Station and a cycle route will be an important part of that project.

FORCE website here.

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A Marshal's Job Is Never Done Until It's Done

Another day, another LCC organised feeder ride; emails to be sent and replied to, phone calls to make, people to cajole into helping out, panniers to be packed in readiness and sleep to be deprived in worry, all part of the job of volunteering to lead the Richmond feeder ride to Ravenscourt Park. And so we set off, resplendent in our marshal’s jerseys of sun kissed yellow and orange, closely followed by any number of eager riders, some regular cyclists, some not so regular and a few complete novices.

Slowly, so very slowly, we made our way along Kew Road, past Kew Gardens and over Kew Bridge. A lovely right turn onto Welesey Street and our journey was almost over. I think it was around here that my hangover (hungover in charge of a large group of cyclists, is that against the law?) got the better of me and I drifted off to the numbing sound of traffic accelerating past.

At Ravenscourt Park most of the group set off on their own, including a marshal’s young son who set off without his parents in his eagerness. It was then I realised I should have given out my mobile number to everyone in the group. Pants.

Our group was whittled away to us marshals (we stick together, like fluff to a half sucked pocket sweet, it’s the tabards) and a couple of other riders who we soon lost in the twisty route to Bayswater Road. And here we came across our first adventure, a family group with a wobbly young son who was tired and wobbly. We gave him a full escort to Hyde Park, protecting him and his family from the cars. What a terrible route to encourage new people to cycle.

We arrived, bereft of responsibility but still weighed down with our marshal’s tabards. One of us went off to perform official duties, one of us nearly fainted from lack of food and another went off to search out the free sandwiches. A couple of emergency flapjacks later and then the sandwiches arrived, along with a stream of people who thought we were marshals of the event and kept asking questions. At one point, we were the info desk and lost person’s meeting point. We took off our tabards.

And set off down the Mall with about a million other happy cyclists. A friend was somewhere, watching it all go by and I had a mobile cycling moment and met up with her and her two young tagalongs for a quick chat and a peck on the cheek.

Off we set again, only to be held up in a wall of cyclists somewhere before Parliament Square. We waited and waited and didn’t move and then it was Whitehall and we’re all moving now.

It was a lovely day with a cooling breeze, proof that cycling is blessed (cf the weather for the Tour de France stages). We went past the sights and I took some pictures with my mobile. We even passed the wobbly family we’d shepherded to Hyde Park. We saw the Dutch Cargo bikes with four, yes, four kids in the front. Recumbents, stripped down fixed wheel beauties, kids bikes, carbon bikes, tourers, racers, tandems, girl’s bikes, boy’s bikes – I love looking at the bikes, bikes everywhere.

And then we were at the finish outside Buckingham Palace, wondering what to do next. We checked out the festival and drank tea, ate cake and chatted. I had a bike map badge made at the LCC stall. It’s great. The badge, not the stall, although the stall was good, too.

The marshal posse met up once all official duties were done and we set off to search for that wanted beer, located in a pub somewhere by the river in leafy south west London. Roll on next year, it’ll be wheelie good.

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