Southwest London Parks & links

A new route to complement the get Cycling booklet, to see some quiet routes in New Malden, & Morden, as well as a couple of good family friendly Parks, & a nice refreshment stop, before finishing with the delightful Beeline way. Approx 10 Miles total.

Start from New Malden Station, cross the main Road to the Cut, an off Road, tarmac path, follow to the end, turn Left (L), under Railway, use the Toucan crossing at the end, then follow signs to South Lane,

1. Use Subway under the A3.

2. Use Toucan crossing to get to Motspur Park.

3. Lower Morden Roundabout can be busy, if uncertain, dismount & Walk to Lower Morden Lane,

4. Morden Park, Morden Leasure centre is also nearby.

5. Use Toucan to cross busy Dual carriageway.

6. Stableyard Cafe for refreshments, Morden Hall Park has many other delights, including a Boardwalk, (Dotted Red line), no Cycling, but you can walk the Bikes for 200 metres, then remount to rejoin the route.

7. Kingston Road can be busy at times, please stay alert to Traffic & suroundings.

8. The Beeline Way, a delightful end to the ride.

https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1581577

Bread pudding ride to Effingham

Sunday 10th April, a mostly bright sunny day, after 2 cancellations, and 2 no shows, 19 Cyclists split into 2 groups, left via Portsmouth Rd, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Littleworth, Claremont, – with 1 local resident a little upset that group 2 knew the way out-, Fairmile, Cobham, Hatchford, Martyr’s green, to Effingham for lunch at a very hospitable, ‘Queen Stage’ (a term used in multi-day Cycle races for the hardest stage), (Photo group 2), with 1 defection from group 1 to group 2, Bookham, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Ashtead, Ashtead Common, Epsom Common (group 1 photo), to Epsom for Tea & Bread pudding at ‘the old Moat Cafe’, with a defection from group 2 to group 1, also ‘Sat-nav’ for group 2 deciding to retire early, but ‘the Stowaway’ from lunch saved the day, West Ewell, Tolworth, Berrylands, to finish back in Kingston. Total 30 Miles, Special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to Chris F & Mike F for back marking each group, thanks to John D for the BP.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1866719

Group 2 & Stowaway after lunch, Queen Stage, Effingham
Group 1, at Stew Pond, Epsom Common

Kingston rides in 2021

Wednesday 15th December. With a Cloudy but otherwise pleasant day, and after a few late cancellations, 15 Cyclists, in 1 group left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Teddington, Teddington Lock, Ham gate Richmond Park, Roehampton gate, Barnes Common, Putney- with a slipped Chain causing a minor delay-,, Putney Bridge, Bishops Park, Fulham, Thames Towpath to Hammersmith for lunch at the ‘Plough & Harrow’ (Wetherspoons), then Ravenscourt Park, Acton, Gunnersbury Park (Photo), Brentford, to Syon Park for refreshments, Isleworth, Whitton, Twickenham, Strawberry hill, Teddington, a very congested Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge, to finish back in the Market place. Total 28 Miles, thanks to Mike & John for sharing the Back marking, thanks to Pete for being on standby to lead a group, thanks to Tilani for the Shortbread, thanks to Chris for the Ginger Cake, Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1033328

Sunday 12th December, a bright start, with some light drizzle during & just after lunch, saw 29 Cyclists, split into 3 groups, leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & Greenway, West Ewell, Stoneleigh, Worcester park, Old Malden, to New Malden, joined by 2 non Cyclists & 2 more who had missed the Train to Kingston for the start, for a superb lunch at Woodies, after thankyou speech for the Pub & others our leader announced, that he couldn’t split the final Two for Support rider of the year, So Carl & Bai both got some treats, thanks also to John & Christine for all the Bread puddings this year, Bai replied with thanks to me as ride leader & organiser, with 1 of group 2 having a visit from the ‘P fairy’, then back on the Bikes with some very ‘full bellies’, Motspur park, Lower Morden, Morden Park (Photo group 1), Morden, Ravensbury Park- group 1 suffering a visit from the ‘P fairy’-, soon overtaken by group 2 plus, to Morden Hall Park, just in time for Tea & Bread pudding, another presentation from John, for the best attendance this yeaar, to John Ede, just about daylight as we departed via, Merton park, Wimbledon Chase, Raynes park, New Malden, Norbiton, to finish back in Kingston. Total 25 Miles, Special thanks to Bai & Carl for leading groups 2 & 3, thanks to Toni, Mike F, Jon W & Chris F for back marking duties, thanks to John D for the BP. Map:- http://www.plotaroute.com/route/1760624

Sunday 28th November. a not quite frozen, sunny day, after 6 late cancellations, saw 16 Cyclists in 2 groups, leave via Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, -collecting 1 more for group 2-, Cannon Hill, Morden, Morden Hall Park, Mitcham, -collecting 1 more for group 1-, Tooting, Tooting Bec Common, to Streatham Hill for lunch at the very reasonable ‘Crown & Sceptre’, Tulse Hill, Brockwell Park, Brixton, Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common (Photo group 1), a novel detour to Wandsworth, King Georges Park, Earlsfield, to Wimbledon Park for Tea & Bread pudding, Wimbledon village, Raynes park, New Maldeen, Norbiton, to finish back in Kingsto. Total 27 Miles, Special thanks to Carl for leading group 2, thanks to Chris F for taking on the Back marking at short notice, also thanks to Mike for back marking group 2, thanks to John D for the BP. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/717450

Wednesday 17th November. A bright but chilly day saw an impressive 23 Cyclists (a record for a Midweek ride), split into 2 groups, leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & Greenway, West Ewell, Epsom, Epsom Downs (Group 1 Photo), Tadworth, Banstead, to Woodmansterne for lunch at the Woodman, joined by 1 more guest, then Wallington, -with group 1 back marker having a technical issue, Group 2 having a visit from the ‘P Fairy’, and a Mudgaurd malfunction, all in the ‘Beddington Triangle’, might give the area a miss in future -, Beddington Park (Photo group 2), Hackbridge, Wandle trail, to Morden Hall Park for refreshments, Morden, Morden Park, Lower Morden, Motspur park, New Malden to finish back in Kingston. Total 29 Miles, 2 new faces, Special thanks to Pete for leading group 2, thanks to Dave P & John E for back marking each group. Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/623630

Sunday 14th November Part 1. A mostly overcast day, with 1 small period of very light misty drizzle, after 4 late cancellations, saw 18 Cyclists, in 2 groups leave via Skerne Rd, Aerospace Estate, Ham, Ham gate, to Petersham Gate, -time to reflect on Remembrance Sunday for 2 minutes, group 2 also listened to Andrea read a verse from ‘For the Fallen’,by Laurence Binyon, ‘They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Richmond, Richmond Bridge, St Margarets, Isleworth, Whitton, Kneller Gardens (Group 1 Photo), to Twickenham for a (too) early lunch at the ‘Prince Blucher’, -with hastily printed Menu’s that had the wrong price’s for most meals-, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge, to finish. Sub total 13 Miles, special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to Chris F & Andrea for back marking each group. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/723496

Part 2, saying farewell to 6, welcoming 7 fresh faces, 19 Cyclists in 2 groups left via Kingston Bridge, Thames Towpath, Hampton Court, (Group 2 Photo), East Molesey, Esher, Claygate, to Long Ditton Garden Centre (Squires), now insisting on ‘Table service’, a long wait for orders, but quick delivery, to help digest the Bread pudding, Surbiton to finish back in Kingston. Sub total 12 Miles, Total 25 Miles, 1 new face, special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to Toni & Mike F for back marking each group.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1742227

Sunday 24th October. With 1 late cancellation, & 1 unannounced guest, a rather Cloudy Morning, & a Sunny Afternoon, saw 20 Cyclists split into 2 groups, leave New Malden, via the Beeline (C31), Raynes park, South Wimbledon, a stretch of the Wandle trail- with 1 more joining group 1-, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, -with 1 member of group 2 suffering a Saddle Malfunction, manage to find a Bike shop, get a new Saddler fitted & rejoin the ride before the end of lunch, quite impressive-, Vauxhall (Q5), Vauxhall Bridge CS5), to Pimlico for lunch at the ‘White Swan’ (McMullens), Westminster (Photo group 2), Victoria Embankment (CS3), to Southwark Bridge CS7), Borough, Walworth (C17), Burgess Park, Loughborough, Brockwell Park, Tulse Hill, Streatham, To Tooting Bec Common, for Tea & Bread pudding, Tooting, Mitcham, Morden Hall Park, Morden, Morden Park, Lower Morden, Motspur park, to finish back at New Malden. Special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to Steve D & Mike F for back marking each group, thanks to John D for the BP. It was good to see Tom again after the incident earlier in the Summer. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/747539

Wednesday 13th October, A mostly bright sunny day, with 1 cancellation due to a visit from the ‘P fairy’, saw 19 Cyclists (I think this is a record for a Midweek ride), left via Portsmouth Rd track, Thames Ditton, Molesey, Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Brooklands Park, Byfleet, West Byfleet, Pyrford, Newark Priory (Photo)- whilst Group 1 stopped for the Photo, group 2 took the lead, never to return it, cheeky or what ;-)-,Send Marsh, to Ripley, for lunch at the Jovial Sailor, with the Garden mostly closed off for repairs, space was somewhat restricted, but all got Fed & Watered, then Ockham, Hatchford, Cobham, Fairmile, to Claremont lakes Cafe for Tea & refreshments, Esher, Littleworth, Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton, to finish back in Kingston. 32 Miles, 2 new faces, special thanks to Pete M for leading group 2, thanks to Mike F & Dave P for back marking each group. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1559849

Sunday 10th October, An overcast Morning, with 3 late cancellations, 18 Cyclists, split into 2 groups, wait 1 late arrival for group 1, left via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate Richmond Park, Sheen gate, congested Mortlake ? Chiswick Bridge, Chiswick, Acton- to find the Level crossing closed, A what detour to take, B how to let group 2 know, retrace our route, to the Junction, who should be approaching, hence, stay as 1 large group for a short section-, West Acton, Park Royal, Stonebridge park, Wembley- with a visit from the ‘P fairy’ for group 2, Preston park, Kenton, Kenton Park, Belmont, to Harrow Weald for lunch at the Duck in the Pond, with the Sun emerging from its hiding place, a Sunny Afternoon, Harrow Weald Common (Photo’s), Hatch end- with 1 of group 1 suffering a small tumble, swiftly remounted-, Headstone Manor Rec, West Harrow Rec, South Harrow, Northolt, Northala Field, Southall, Norwood Green, to Osterley Park for Tea & Bread pudding, Osterley, Hounslow, Whitton- with 1 member of group 1 needing a short rest after an ‘SVT episode’, Twickenham, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick Kingston Bridge to finish. Total 42 Miles, 1 new face, Special thanks to Carl for leading group 2, thanks to Toni & John E for back marking each group. Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/1717345

Sunday 26th September. A mostly Cloudy morning, with some Afternoon Sun saw 11 Cyclists gather at Clapham Junction, for the Train to Hurst Green collecting 2 more en route, so a Bakers Dozen (13) Cyclists in 1 group with a surprising turn, Bai took the lead, via Merle Common, Crowhurst with a brief chat on the Yew tree (Photo), Blindley Heath, Horne, Smallfield, to Horley for lunch at the very homely ‘Farmhouse Pub’, then a poorly surfaced stretch of NCN 21, Whitebushes, Woodhatch, Flanchford, to Brockham for Tea & Bread pudding at the Church hall, Coach Rd, Pixham, A24 track, Leatherhead, to finish at the Station. Total 31 Miles, very special thanks to Bai for leading, thanks to Mike for back marking, thanks to the Apprentice Corner marker (he does show propmise, he may prove useful in the future), thanks to John D for the BP. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1606022

Wednesday 22nd September, in a new departure for KCC, a jointly organised ride with Kingston Council, to celebrate International Car free day. A warm Sunny Afternoon, saw 9 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & the Greenway, Kingston Rd Track, West Ewell, St Ebba’s path, Long grove Park, Manor park, to the Old Moat Garden centre Cafe for Tea & Refreshments, then Horton Country Park, Chessington, Tolworth, Surbiton to finish back at the Market place. Total 14 Miles, 4 new faces, special thanks to Helen for acting as Back marker, thanks to Peter for help with organising the ride.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1693919

Wednesday 15th September, A mostly overcast morning, with a brighter afternoon, after 1 cancellation, saw 12 Cyclists leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate Richmond Park, White Lodge, Roehampton gate, Barnes Common, Putney, Putney Bridge- with 1 extra ready to join us, now a Bakers Dozen-, Parsons Green, Eel Brook Common, Brompton Cemetery, Kensington, Hyde Park, Marylebone, to Maida Vale for lunch at the newly rebuilt & very hospitable Carlton Tavern, –quite a story-, Kilburn, North Kensington, Shepherds bush, Hammersmith, Hammersmith Bridge, Barnes, – with a very long wait for a Train to appear on Line 1 at the dual Level crossing -, East Sheen to Palewell Common Cafe, for Tea & refreshments, with some home made Cookies, Sheen gate, Richmond Park, Kingston gate, the Station Bridge to finish back at the Market place. Total 29 Miles, thanks to John E for back marking, thanks to Janet for the Cookies.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1691708

Sunday 12th September Part 1. A largely Sunny Morning, with 1 late cancellation & 1 unannounced visitor, saw 16 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands – with 1 extra joining group 2-, Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Littleworth Common (Photo group 1), Esher to Molesey (somewhat too early), for lunch at ‘the Bell’ (Greene King), then Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd to finish back in Kingston. Sub-total 13 Miles, Special thanks to Carl for leading group 2, thanks to Toni & Mike for back marking each group, 1 new face. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1684206.

Part 2 With cloudier skies,we said farewell to 7, & welcomed 5 fresh faces, plus 1 more late arrival, just missing departure of group 1 so 16 Cyclists, in 2 groups, left via Fairfield, Norbiton, New Malden, Worcester park, Stoneleigh, Ewell, to Epsom for Tea & Bread pudding at ‘Old Moat Garden centre Cafe’, West Ewell, Tolworth, Surbiton, to finish back in Kingston. Sub total 16 Miles, Total 29 Miles. Special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to John E & Andrea for back marking each group, 2 new faces. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1684604

Wednesday 6th September. A warm Sultry evening saw 10 Cyclists, in 1 group leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park- with an inordinantly long wait at the Level crossing-, Cannon Hill, South Wimbledon to Wimbledon for refreshments at the Wibbas Down Inn (Wetherspoons), with Rain & Thunder forecast 1 member made an early departure, 2 others also headed in other directions, the main group, with steady rain soon turning to light Drizzle, continued via Wimbledon Chase, Raynes park, New Malden, Norbiton to finish back in Kingston. Total 14 Miles, thanks to Ellie for back marking.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/879155

Sunday 22nd August. A largely grey day saw 19 Cyclists split into 2 groups, leave via Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Claremont, Fairmile, Cobham, Downside, Bookham Common including ‘the Isle of Wight’ ?, Fetcham, (Photo group 1), Leatherhead to Ashtead for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, Ashtead Park, Epsom, East Ewell, Nonsuch Park, Cheam Park, North Cheam, Lower Morden to the ‘Blue Diamond’ Garden Centre, -including a long tour of the building to the Cafe-, for Tea & Bread Pudding, Morden Cemetery, (Photo group 2), Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands to finish back in Kingston. Total 32 Miles, 1 new face, Special thanks to Carl (with a little help from Bai), for Group leading, thanks to Mike & Amy for back marking, thanks to John D for the BP. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1306141

Wednesday 18th August. A Mostly grey but dry day, after 1 cancellation, saw 10 Cyclists in 1 group, leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, Sunbury, Ashford, Staines, Hythe End to Wraysbury, with a a few false starts to find the best view of the Windmill (Photo) before lunch at the very hospitable Perseverance, with a speedy delivery of our pre-ordered food :-), Poyle, Stanwell Moor, the much improved Cycle path in Stanwell, Bedfont, Feltham, Leitrim Park, Crane River, to Kneller Gdns for Tea & Refreshments, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge to finish. Total 30 Miles. Thanks to Mike for back marking. Map :- www.plotaroute.com/route/1656189

Wednesday 11th August. A Bright Evening, after 1 cancellation saw a Bakers Dozen (13) Cyclists in 1 group leave via the new Station Bridge, London Rd Track, Norbiton, Kingston gate Richmond Park, the Tamsin Trail, Petersham gate, Ham House, Thames towpath, Teddington Footbridge, Teddington to the very hospitable Lion for refreshments, with a brand new feature- Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge to finish back at the start. Total 10 Miles, 4, yes Four new faces, thanks to John E for back marking, thanks to Jon W for marking corners. Map :- www.plotaroute.com/route/1648479

Sunday 8th August. A Drizzly Morning, with 1 or 2 heavier showers & A drier Afternoon, until just before Tea, with 2 cancellations & 2 no shows, saw 17 Cyclists, gather at the Fountain Roundabout, split into 3 groups, -alas, group 3 had navigational issues, so group 2 agreed to wait, then continue as a ‘Super group’-, leave via Motspur park, North Cheam, West Sutton, Carshalton Beeches, Oaks Park, with 2 more Cyclists joining group 2, Woodmansterne, Coulsdon, Farthing Down, Chaldon, Brewer Street, Bletchingley, to Godstone, – but what’s this, no Pub, a Farm ? But wait, ahh, now I see, we have a Brewery attached, with possibly the biggest Pub Garden anywhere, the Flower Farm also has a superb Farm shop, if only I’d brought the Trailer , then the delightful Woldingham Valley (Photo group 1) Manor Park, Whyteleafe, Kenley, South Croydon, Duppas Hill, Beddington, – with a sudden heavy Shower -, to Beddington Park for Tea & Bread pudding, Hackbridge, the Wrythe, Benhill, Sutton, North Cheam, Motspur park, to finish back in New Malden. Total 40 Miles, 1 new face, special thanks to Bai & Carl for group leading, thanks to Mike F, John E & Amy for back marking duties, thanks to John D for the BP.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1484198

Sunday 25th July. A mostly dark day, with 1 light shower in the Morning, a few rumbles of Thunder & light Drizzle as we approached Tea, with steady Rain for the last part, saw 18 Cyclists split into 2 groups, leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Fulwell, Twickenham, Whitton, Isleworth, Osterley Park, Norwood Green, (Photo’s), Southall, Northala Field to Northolt for an al-fresco lunch at ‘the Crown’, (Sizzle Pubs), Greenford, Hanwell, West Ealing, South Ealing, Brentford to Syon Park for Tea & Bread pudding,, at the newly opened Garden centre, Isleworth -with a short dismount section due to Roadworks-, St Margerets, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge to finish. 30 Miles, 1 new face, Special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to Ralph & Toni for back marking duties, thanks to John D for the BP.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1628116

Note: I think it is fair to say, we got off quite lightly Weather wise, on the ride, judging by the huge Puddles & Swollen Rivers on my return to New Malden.

Wednesday 21st July, A hot Sultry day saw 9 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, Thames Ditton, Molesey, Walton, Weybridge, Addlestone, Bretlands, Lyne to Thorpe Green for lunch at the ‘Rose & Crown’ (Barons Pubs), Virginia Water village & Lake, Totem Pole (Photos), Egham Wick, Egham, Staines Bridge, – with the Back marker suffering a broken gear cable, hence a deputy Tail ender took the rear-, Staines, Thames Towpath past Penton Hook, Laleham, Shepperton, to Sunbury for Tea & Refreshments at the Walled garden, Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick Kingston Bridge to finish. Total 36 Miles.

Thanks to John E & Mike F for Back marking. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/849407

Weds 14th July. A warm bright Evening saw 8 Cyclists, in 1 group leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Old Malden, Auriol Park- with loose Dogs, & ‘trainee Cyclists’ almost bringing the leader to his knees-, Stoneleigh, Nonsuch Park, East Ewell to Ewell village for refreshments at the very welcoming ‘Wheatsheaf’, West Ewell, a short bit of Hogsmill Path, Tolworth, Surbiton, to finish back in Kingston. Total 13 Miles, thanks to John E for back marking. Map:- wwwplotaroute.com/route/903978

Sunday 11th July. A surprisingly Sunny Morning, with more Cloud later, after 2 late cancellations, 1 no show & with 1 surprise guest saw 20 Cyclists in 2 groups leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Hounslow Heath, West Hounslow, Cranford, Harlington, Sipson to Harmondsworth for lunch at the ‘Crown’ with a few electing for the ‘Five Bells’, also stopping to admire the ‘Great Barn‘, (Photo group 2), then Harmondsworth Moor (with a few ‘slippery patches’), Poyle, Stanwell moor, Stanwell -with new Cycle path -, Ashford, Feltham, Hanworth, Hampton to Bushy Park (Photo group 1), for Tea & Bread pudding at the Pheasantry, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge to finish. 29 Miles, special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to John E & Mike F for back marking each group, Special thanks to Christine for the gorgeous Bread pudding. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1610437

Wednesday 23rd June. A mostly Sunny Evening, with 2 late cancellations, saw 10 Cyclists in 1 group leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Fulwell, Twickenham, St Margerets, Richmond Bridge, to Richmond Hill for refreshments at ‘the Roebuck’, also meeting up with the ‘unofficial Merton group’, the big question, would we get to enjoy a Sunset ? not quite, but pretty good all the same, (Clouds appearing just after the Photo) then with a slight delay for a minor Mechanical problem, via Richmond Park, Kingston, the new Station Bridge to finish. Total 11 Miles, Special thanks to Ralph for Back marking.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1588396

Sunday 20th June. A Cloudy, but otherwise pleasant day after 2 late Cancellations, & 1 abandon before the start, due to a visit from the ‘P Fairy’, so 15 Cyclists split into 2 groups, leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & Greenway, West Ewell collecting 1 extra Cyclist, Long Grove Park, Epsom Common, pausing briefly at a Coal tax Post, also a short chat about Ashtead Common & why it’s owned by the City of London, Leatherhead, Fetcham, to Bookham, -not Pub in Little Bookham as originally planned, it turns out someone should have done a bit more research-, as the ‘Old Crown’ isn’t doing food at the moment, but does have very helpful, friendly staff & 2 Pet Rabbits, so we elected to stay, whilst some had come prepared, others found the local Co-op for grub, then with darkening Skies, Effingham, Martyr’s Green, Hatchford, Downside (Photo 1), Cobham, Fairmile, to Claremont Lake Cafe for Tea & Bread pudding, Esher, Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton (Photo 2) to finish back in Kingston. Special thanks to Mags for group leading, thanks to Amy & Toni for Back marking each group, very special thanks to Christine for the BP. Map:- www.plotaroute/route/954549

Weds 16th June. A glorious Sunny, if somewhat humid day, after 3 late cancellations, saw 13 Cyclists gather at New Malden, split into 2 groups, leave via Raynes park, South Wimbledon, Colliers wood, – with 1 member of group 2 suffering a ‘brief encounter with some Nettles-, Tooting collecting 1 extra Cyclist, Streatham, Norbury, Thornton heath, Heavers Meadow, Woodside, Ashburton Field, Shirley, Langley Park, to West Wickham for lunch at ‘the Railway’ (Ember Inns), then more Shirley, Addiscombe, Lloyd Park (Photo 2), South Croydon, Waddon to Beddington Park (Photo 1) for Tea & Refreshments, a congested Hackbridge, a nicely re-wilded part of the Wandle trail, Morden, Morden Park, Merton Cemetery, Motspur Park, to finish back in New Malden. Total 31 Miles. Special thanks to Pete M for leading Group 2, thanks to Stephanie & John E for back marking each group. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1579827

Sunday 6th June, Part 1 A mostly cloudy Morning saw 18 (or was it 19) Cyclists split into 3 groups, leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & Greenway, Bonesgate path, Horton Country Park, West Ewell, Hogsmill open space, Stoneleigh, Nonsuch Park, to Cheam for lunch at ‘Ye Olde Red Lion’ (Stonegate), – with a little confusion among the staff on the billing front-, North Cheam, Worcester park, New Malden, Berrylands to Kingston. Sub total 17 Miles. Special thanks to Bai & Steve F for Group leading, thanks to Chris F, Andrea & Amy for back marking each group. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/632049

Part 2, A slightly brighter Afternoon, with late Sun, saying farewell to 7, but hello to 7 fresh faces, this time split into 2 groups of 9, after an admin mix-up, leave via Skerne Rd & Path, Thames towpath, Aerospace estate, Ham lands, Teddington Footbridge, Teddington, Bushy Park, Hampton Court Bridge, -with a small detatchment of group 2, extra thirsty, taking a short cut-, Molesey, to Molesey Lock Cafe, with a ‘sedate service’, for Tea & Bread pudding, Thames Ditton, Giggshill Green, Portsmouth Rd & Cycle track to Kingston. Sub total 11Miles, Total 28 Miles. Special thanks to Carl for group leading, thanks to Bai & John E for back marking, thanks to John D for the BP. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1570078

Sunday 23rd May. A Blustery day, with a few short but heavy Showers saw 15 Cyclist after 1 late cancellation, split into 1 Group of 8, 1 of 7, leave via Portsmouth Rd Track, Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Esher, Fairmile, Cobham, Hatchford, Ockham, to Ripley for an early lunch at the ‘Jovial Sailor’, with a fantastic canopy covering most of the Garden, -very handy, because a short Deluge from above, & somehow Group 2 got fed first, so they could leave first-, Send Marsh, passing the remains of Newark Priory, Pyrford, West Byfleet, Byfleet (where another Deluge for gropup 2, let group 1 almost catch the tail, thus time for a group 1 Photo), Weybridge, Broadwater path, with a Fallen Tree, anyone got a Chainsaw ?, can’t go around it, can’t get under, we’ll have to lift our Bikes over the obstruction, now ‘Groupo Compacto’ as the Giro de Italia riders might say, to Walton Bridge for Tea & Bread pudding at ‘Wilde Bunch’, Walton on Thames, Molesey, Thames Ditton – with Group 1 Leader not watching the tail, so initially unaware that 1 person had suffered a mechanical, leading to an alternaive route home- (a reminder to keep an eye on the back marker, even if we are almost back to the finish), Portsmouth Rd & track to Kingston. Total 34 Miles, Special thanks to Carl for leading group 2, thanks to Steve D & Mike F for Back marking each group, Thanks to John D for the BP. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1559849.

Wednesday 19th May after a few Showers, a largely Bright evening saw 8 Cyclists, with 2 late cancellations, leave via Cranes park, Tolworth -including a short stretch of the new Cycle Path-, Old Malden, Motspur park, Raynes park, to New Malden for Refreshments at Woodies,- with a visit from a ‘Special guest’,- then Norbiton, Kingston & the new Bridge next to Kingston Station, to finish back at the Market place. Total 12 Miles, 1 face returning after a very long interval, thanks to Mike for Back marking.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1549009

Wednesday 12th May, A largely Sunny day, with a few light Showers, saw 15 Cyclists, with 1 cancellation, split into 3 groups of 5 leave via Portsmouth Rd Track, Thames Ditton, Molesey, Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Brooklands Park, Byfleet, New Haw to Addlestone for lunch at the Pelican, a lovely Pub next to the Wey Navigation, Chertsey Meads, Chertsey Bridge, Shepperton, Sunbury, Hampton, Bushy Park for Tea & refreshments, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 30 Miles 2 new faces, special thanks to Mags & Mike F for group leading, thanks to Dave P, John E & Steve F for back marking each group. Alas it was Raining the couple of times I thought about a Photo for group 1, but if any others have Pics to share, do let me know. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/966549

Sunday 9th May, a very pleasant sunny day, much warmer than of late, saw 23 Cyclists, with 1 cancellation, split into 4 groups, but all groups seemed to play a version of Musical chairs at various stages of the day, (group 2 not being quite ready, so they were demoted to group 4). Leaving the Market place via Fairfield, Norbiton, New Malden, Raynes park, South Wimbledon, Wandle path, Earlsfield, with Group 3 suffering a visit from the ‘P Fairy’ meaning Group 4, now became group 2 ?, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, Vauxhall, Camberwell to Burgess Park for a Picnic lunch, pausing earlier at the Lime Kiln, the Camberwell Beauty Mosaic & also ‘Silent Raid’, an Art installation in memory of a Zeppelin raid from WW1, continuing via the Surrey Canal Path, Peckham, Dulwich, Brockwell Park, where an unfortunate coming together between 2 members of group 3, with 1 Bike unridable, & a slight Shoulder injury, meaning a Taxi ride home was the best option, thanks to members of Group 2/ 4, (if you’re keeping up), for there assistance, meanwhile ahead, due to an impromptu Loo stop, group 4/2 had briefly taken the lead, which was a surprise for group 1, Tulse Hill, Streatham Hill, Tooting Bec Common for a Tea & Bread pudding stop, Tooting, Mitcham, Morden Hall Park, Morden, Morden Park, Lower Morden, Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands, to finish back at Kingston. Total 34 Miles. Special thanks to Bai, Carl, & Steve F for group leading, thanks to Toni, Steve D, Ellie & John E for back marking each group, thanks to John D for the BP. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1534861

Thursday 29th April. Well there’s a thing, KCC having a Midweek evening ride on a Thursday, but as Pubs are still adjusting their opening & closing times, it seemed the best idea this month. A Bright, if slightly chilly evening saw 16 Cyclists gather, after 2 late cancellations, with 1 extra from the wait list, split into 3 groups, at 5 Min intervals, go via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Lion gate, Hampton Court Bridge, to East Molesey for refreshments at the always reliable Bell, with 1 special guest already waiting, then, Thames Ditton, Long Ditton, Surbiton, to Kingston. Total 8 Miles, 2 new Faces, special thanks to Jon & Ralph for group leadership, thanks to John E, Andrea & Steve F for back marking each group.

Wednesday 21st April, A bright Sunny day, with too much cloud in the afternoon, saw 16 Cyclists, split into 3 groups leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park (helped by a nice Tailwind), Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, (group 2 took a slightly longer route, catching group 3, just as g3 had a visit from the ‘P fairy’, so g2 stayed ahead), Ashford, Staines upon Thames, Staines Bridge, Egham, Stroude, Thorpe Green, to Lyne for a Picnic lunch at ‘the Royal Marine’, Bretlands, Addlestone -alas the Wind was still mostly an Easterly, so now a Headwind-, Victory Park (alas group 1 Photo did not record properly ), Weybridge, Broadwater Path, to Walton Bridge for Tea & refreshment at Wilde Bunch, Walton on Thames, Molesey, Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 31 Miles, 1 new face, 1 visit from the ‘P fairy’, Special thanks to Mike F & Pete M for group leading, thanks to Steve F, Dave P, & John E for back marking each group. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1511728

Sunday 18th April. After another long break, due to Covid a glorious Sunny Day saw 23 Cyclists, find 4 Leaders, so at 5 Minutes apart, via Portsmouth Rd Track, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Claygate, Claremont -would the group leaders remember the clue-, Fairmile, Cobham, Hatchford, Ockham to West Horsley for a ‘Picnic Lunch’ at the ‘Barley Mow’, (as it was quite a struggle to find many Pubs doing Food just yet, after the latest Lockdown), Horsley Common (Photo), Effingham, Bookham, Fetcham & Pond (Photo’s Group’s 1, 2, 3 of course great minds think alike ), Ashtead, Epsom Common, Epsom, West Ewell, Stoneleigh, to Auriol Park for Tea & A Sumptuous Bread Pudding, Worcester park, New Malden, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 34 Miles, Very special thanks to Bai, Mags & Steve F for group leading, thanks to Mike, Andrea, Will & John E for back marking each group, special thanks to John D for the BP.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1508730

Rogers review of 2021

The Year started with another long break, due to the Covid Pandemic, with many Pubs not offering Food yet, a few Picnic rides seemed in order, either in a Pub Garden, or a Park. A Sunday ride in early May, had an unfortunate mishap, Tom having a fall, with a heavily bruised Shoulder & a damaged Bike, needing a Taxi home, happily he is back on the Bike, & joined us for at least 1 ride, before the Year end despite his busy schedule, later in May a Fallen Tree caused some inconvenience between Weybridge & Walton. Evening rides also had an unusual start, most Pubs looked to close by 9pm on a Wednesday, so for April, we moved to a Thursday, thankfully for 1 month only, in June after much debate, we decided to have the Evening ride, as near to the ‘Summer Solstice’ as poss, rather than stick to ‘Bike Week’, worth it for the Pic.

In July, it was nice to see an improved Cycle path, together with a new stretch in Stanwell- not just Kingston finding Money for improved Cycle facilities-. A highlight for me this year was a new ride to Godstone, with lunch at a Farm (it does sort of double as a Pub as Godstone Brewery is on the same site),

followed by the delightful Woldingham Valley, an area I’ve tried to include in a ride for many years, sadly the Weather didn’t play ball this year, so me thinks we’ll have to do that ride again 🙂, another good ride was the ‘Train assisted ride’, somehow Bai was allowed to lead 😉, from Hurst Green to Horley to another new venue, the Farmhouse Pub, I’m sure we’ll be back. For 1 of the Midweek rides, another new venue, was a ‘Knocked down Pub’, happily rebuilt on the orders of the Council, so rare praise for Westminster this time,

again, I’m sure we’ll be back to the Carlton Tavern, before too long. In September we were asked by Kingston Council to organise a ‘Car free day ride’, which was quite successful, at very short notice, I’m sure we will happily do the same again in the future. The Year finished very strongly, especially for the Midweek rides, with a record attendance of 23 Cyclists in November ! The final Sunday ride visited Woodies, for a fantastic ‘Christmas lunch’, as the Pub is very welcoming, I hope it is now a firm fixture in the ride schedule.

Very special thanks to all the group leaders, that have helped this year, Especially Carl & Bai, also Mags, Mike, Steve F Pete M, thanks as well to all the Back markers, particularly John E & Ellie, but many others who all make the running of the rides go much smoother. Special thanks to John D for all the Bread Puddings, also to Christine for deputising when John has been away, also thanks to Janet, Chris & Tilani who have brought treats for some of the Midweek rides.

Happy new Year to all, see you in 2022 !

A look at how well Kingston’s new Cycleways are being used

Whilst the network of Kingston’s new Cycleways delivered as part of the Council’s ‘Go Cycle’ project is far from complete, it’s interesting to see the large number of people who are using the parts of the network already completed.

Although we see lots of people using the network on a daily basis, it is always interesting to have a look at real data to determine actual usage and look for any trends that can be spotted. We have therefore compiled some data from the Council’s existing Cycle Surveys as well as some more recent data produced from Vivacity traffic counting monitors which Kingston Council has been trialling and which we’ve received limited access to.

So, what does the data show us?

New Malden to Raynes Park (Cycleway 31)

This excellent Go Cycle project created brand new walking and cycling paths alongside the South Western train mainline between New Malden station and Raynes Park recreation ground.

Kingston Council’s 2020 cycling survey stated that an average of 320 people were using this route for cycling each day. However, in 2021, The Vivacity sensor data trial shows that 542 people on average used it for cycling (between 14 May and 21 November 2021).

In addition to people using it for cycling, 703 trips by people walking have also been recorded on average each day. Given that before this route opened people couldn’t walk or cycle at all along this path, the data demonstrates how amazingly popular it has become in such a short amount of time.

The popular Beeline Way (Cycleway 31)

The popularity of the path is probably helped by it being away from roads meaning it has reduced air and noise pollution compared to alternative routes (for example, via Burlington Road).

Kingston to Kingston Vale (Cycleway 30)

This is the longest end to end Go Cycle project (4.5km) leading from the centre of Kingston to (almost) the Borough boundary with Wandsworth at the Robin Hood junction of the A3.

Despite construction being started in 2018, this Go Cycle route was only completed in full in early 2021 due to Covid related delays. However, parts of the route were open in 2020 and Kingston Council’s 2021 cycling survey stated the number of people using Kingston Hill for cycling was already increasing, with 363 people cycling on the route in 2020 compared to 211 in 2019 (noting that there had been a general increase in cycling in 2020 due to a national lockdown).

There isn’t a Vivacity sensor on Kingston Hill itself, but there is one on London Road near the end of the Go Cycle route by Tiffin School. This sensor shows an average of 1,521 cycling trips using the route a day (between 12 May and 21 November 2021). This compares with an average 15,467 cars being picked up by the sensor each day meaning, in the same year the route was completed, the number of cycle trips on this part of the route has already reached around 10% of the number of cars using the road!

The London Road section of the Kingston to Kingston Vale route (Cycleway 30)

Kingston to Surbiton (Cycleway 29)

This Cycleway was the second major road route to be completed as part of the Go Cycle programme (the first being Portsmouth Road). Unfortunately, this route suffers from many shared areas at junctions (where people cycling and walking mix in the same space), particularly along the Wheatfield Way part of the route. It therefore doesn’t provide direct, uninterrupted journeys for people cycling and its popularity as a cycling route is likely to be harmed as a result. Despite that, the Vivacity sensor on Wheatfield Way shows an average of 462 cycling trips on this part of the route per day (24 June to 21 November 2021) and 652 cycling trips on Penrhyn Road (6 May to 21 November 2021) based on a sensor near the Kingston University building.

A shared area section of Cycleway 29 at the junction of Wheatfield Way and Fairfield North

There is also a Cycleway ‘link’ route along Claremont Road towards Surbiton that connects to Cycleway 29 but isn’t the main Cycleway 29 route. The Claremont Road Cycleway is an indirect route as a decision was made to reroute the Cycleway around The Crescent rather than continuing it along the full length of Claremont Road (which would have required the removal of car parking spaces). The Vivacity sensor here recorded an average of 298 cycle trips per day (6 May to 21 November 2021).

The final Vivacity sensor we’ve seen data for on this route is on St Mark’s Hill though again, this is just a Cycleway ‘link’ and isn’t the main route for Cycleway 29. As with Claremont Road, due to the decision to keep car parking spaces, there is only a segregated cycle path on one side of the road (in the direction up the hill) reducing its popularity for people cycling. The Vivacity sensor here recorded an average of 359 cycle trips per day (6 May to 21 November 2021 (excluding 5 days in June where data recording appears to have failed)).

Surbiton to Kingston via Portsmouth Road (Cycleway 28)

This was the very first Go Cycle route to be built and was completed to a very high standard after Kingston Cycling Campaign successfully obtained improvements to the original plans.

This route features a two-way segregated cycle lane for most of its length and was extended in 2018 to take the two-way segregated cycle path along most of Kingston High Street (though unfortunately it does not yet reach the Ancient Market Place).

Sadly a Vivacity sensor has not been placed on this route so we need to look at data released as part of the Kingston Council Cycling Survey to look at numbers using this route. Helpfully, the 2021 survey provided average cycling figures for 2018-2020 (which we assume are from the automatic cycling counters the Council has installed on this road):

  • 2018 – 1,068 people cycling per day
  • 2019 – 1,114 people cycling per day
  • 2020 – 1,582 people cycling per day

As the survey notes, during the middle part of 2020 there was a large increase in cycling following a national lockdown (the number of cycle trips peaked at 3,891 on a single day during 2020!) so it will be interesting to see if this has increase has been sustained on Portsmouth Road for 2021. In any case, it is great to see an increasing number of people using this safer cycle route.

Is there any other data available for this route? Well, the Department of Transport also compiles traffic counts and has one for Portsmouth Road. Looking at the Department of Transport’s figures we can see an actual (rather than estimated count) was last completed in 2016. Whilst this is a ‘spot count’ (it only counts people using the road on a single day rather than averaging it over a longer period), it shows that there were only 815 people counted cycling using the road on the day the count was taking place out of 15,424 total number of vehicles counted. Compared with that ‘spot day’ and the latest Kingston Council figures, cycling along the route has therefore almost doubled between 2016 and 2020.

As with the Kingston to Kingston Vale route, assuming the total number of vehicles using Portsmouth Road has remained broadly steady since 2016, the number of people cycling on the route could again be around 10% of the total vehicles using the road!

Portsmouth Road – Cycleway 28

Any other data?

Some other quick statistics:

  • 1,370 walking or cycling trips on average per day across the new bridge taking people over the one-way system near Kingston Station (25 June to 21 November 2021 – Vivacity sensor data). Given this route was closed for over two years and only reopened earlier this year it’s already proving popular and allows for many more people to use it than the bridge it replaced.
  • 421 cycling trips on average per day using the South Lane underpass to cross the A3. This is one of the few safe and convenient crossings of the A3 in this area (6 May to 21 November 2021 – Vivacity sensor data).
  • Only 394 cycling trips per day on average on Coombe Lane West (2 May to 21 November 2021 – Vivacity sensor data). This route was removed from the first phase of the Go Cycle programme and therefore lacks segregated cycling facilities. This is despite it being a major desire route for cycling between Norbiton and Raynes Park. It also passes a number of current (and planned) schools as well as Kingston Hospital. We hope that Kingston Council will be successful in their funding bid for Go Cycle phase 2 which provisionally includes this route. Coombe Lane West could then see an improvement in cycling rates as seen on the Go Cycle phase 1 routes already constructed.
  • More Department for Transport data suggests that, as mentioned earlier, there was a large increase in cycling nationally during the middle part of 2020 following a national lockdown. However, nationally, the data states that cycling levels in 2021 have broadly returned to those at the beginning of March 2020. The apparent increase in people cycling in Kingston during 2021 is therefore even more impressive.

What does all this data tell us?

It is important to emphasise that the Vivacity sensors are under trial and the figures used above have not been audited. However, the Vivacity sensors do seem to pick up a similar number of vehicles per day as shown in other recent Council traffic counts which use different technology. A trial of these sensors elsewhere in London also showed they were up to 97% accurate.

It is also interesting that the sensors can pick up ‘tracks’ of vehicles so can see what paths they are taking and which turns they make (see photo below). These images could help more easily determine the origin and destinations of journeys as well as helping understand whether people find the new cycling infrastructure useful or if they are avoiding it and are using the road instead.

Vivacity sensor image showing cycling ‘tracks’ along Beeline Way during a one hour period on 23 November 2021 and a picture of the sensor on a nearby lamppost

We look forward to hearing the results of the full trial of the Vivacity sensors and hope the Council will keep those in place on the Go Cycle network as well as filling in gaps in their coverage on the remainder of the network.

The data seems to show that the New Malden to Raynes Park has been very successful and also, that where there is continuous high-quality segregated cycle routes, e.g. Portsmouth Road and London Road, that cycling rates can be a substantial portion of the total number of vehicles using the route. However, where there are gaps in segregation for people cycling, for example Wheatfield Way, cycling rates seem to be lower. We therefore hope this data gives Kingston Council the drive to look at improving the continuity of exiting Cycle routes to provide direct and segregated routes, even through junctions.

Overall, the numbers of people cycling on the Go Cycle routes seem to be increasing. However, with Phase 1 of the Go Cycle network still not complete and Phase 2 currently unfunded, it will be some time before everyone in the Borough lives next to a safe cycling network. Until that happens, cycling levels in the Borough are unlikely to reach their full potential.

You can visit the Vivacity sensor website to find out more about their sensors.

You can read more about the Go Cycle programme at the following links:

The Council’s Go Cycle website

Our map of Mini Holland routes open, in construction and proposed

Our guide to new cycle infrastructure in Kingston

Kingston’s Mini-Holland/Go Cycle programme: What’s happened in 2021 so far

Following our look at Kingston’s Mini-Holland (or Go Cycle) programme’s progress in 2020 at the beginning of the year, what’s happened so far in 2021?

Firstly, after some uncertainty, we were very pleased to find out in February that Transport for London (TfL) had awarded Kingston Council outline funding to complete the last link in the Mini-Holland programme, the Kingston to New Malden Cycleway. The funding from TfL was significantly reduced from that originally budgeted so some of the work has been scaled back but it will still be a significant improvement for cycling compared to the current state of the route. See below for more on how that scheme is getting on now as well as updates on the other schemes that have made further progress this year.

Kingston Station

In April 2021, one of the most visually striking parts of the Mini Holland programme opened with a new four metre wide walking and cycling bridge taking people from Kingston Station the Kingston one-way system towards the river and Ham. This bridge replaces a very narrow bridge and has created a much more pleasant route from Kingston Station towards the Thames, Canbury Gardens and for people heading to Kingston Bridge.

Photos of the new bridge next to Kingston Station and the bridge it replaced

The other big milestone for the Kingston Station Mini-Holland scheme was the opening of the 424 space bike storage hub (official opening date was 25 May 2021). This storage hub has free access to bike tyre pumps, bike maintenance stands with tools, a water fountain, lockers, many CCTV cameras linked to Kingston Council’s CCTV centre, a spacious lift to the first and second floors and space for non-standard bikes too. There is also space for a cafe and bike mechanic on the ground floor. Whilst Kingston Station is not at pre-Pandemic usage levels being used very much at the moment, we’ve already noticed that the bike hub is being used for people visiting the city centre. Whilst we would have been interested in some of the bike spaces being even more secure (for example, only accessed with a swipe card) as well as more signage (which hopefully is to come!), we hope it will be a valuable resource to Kingston’s residents and visitors.

Photos of the new Kingston Station bike hub which has capacity for 424 bikes

Surbiton to Tolworth

The Surbiton to Tolworth Cycleway along Ewell Road started construction at the beginning of 2020 before being delayed due to Covid. Phase 1 (St Mark’s Hill to Browns Road) was completed last year before Phase 2 (Browns Road to Tolworth Broadway) was paused so that the original designs could be re-worked (again, to fit within reduced budgets from TfL). Phase 2 is now under construction and, to fit in around roadworks required for gas main upgrades, started at the Tolworth Broadway end of Ewell Road. The first sections of protected cycleway have now been finished between Tolworth Broadway and the Elgar/Princes Avenue junction on Ewell Road. Work is now taking place on Ewell Road near the junction with King Charles Road and Red Lion Road. Over the next c.6 months, work will continue along Ewell Road, joining up with the completed Phase 1 at Browns Road.

Construction of the Surbiton to Tolworth Cycleway continues with this ‘bus stop bypass’ being built near King Charles Road/Ewell Road junction

When this Cycleway is complete, and combined with the new bridge by Kingston Station (as well as the trial Low Traffic Neighbourhood on Lower Ham Road), there will be a c.7km safer cycling route all the way from Kingston’s border with Richmond upon Thames (at Ham Cross) to its border with Epsom & Ewell (near Tolworth)!

Kingston to Kingston Vale

The longest individual Mini-Holland scheme, at almost 4.5km in length, was completed earlier this year with the final works happening on Kingston Hill at its junction with Galsworthy Road and also Queen’s Road. Changes were also made earlier this year at the Kingston Vale end of the route near the A3.

Named Cycleway 30, we’ve already noticed a large increase in use with a large variety of bikes making an appearance. We’ve seen tandems (including side-by-side tandems!), bikes with trailers, specially made cargo bikes as well as the usual variety of road, hybrid and mountain bikes with people of all ages using the Cycleway to be active, reduce air pollution and best of all, skip the queues of motor vehicles!

All types of bikes can be found using the new Cycleway network in the Borough

We’ve been speaking with the Council to try and get a number of improvements made to the Kingston to Kingston Vale Cycleway to make it even better to use. This includes converting a zebra crossing between Warren Road and Ladderstile Rise to shared use to assist people on bikes with getting to Richmond Park more easily. We’ve also raised issues with some of the signage – particularly around Manorgate Road roundabout, we think some of it is unclear and confusing and we’d like it changed. Whilst budgets are tight, we don’t have any promises that these changes will be made but will continue campaigning to get these (and other) changes made to make the route the best it can be.

In a very recent update, Councillor Olly Wehring has announced that the Council are looking into improving safety at the Birkenhead Avenue/London Road junction on the Kingston to Kingston Vale Cycleway. This busy junction interacts with a 2-way cycleway and we’ve had many reports of near-misses at this junction since it was rebuilt in mid-2020. The danger is caused by Birkenhead Avenue being used by a lot of cars to avoid the one-way system. Keeping cars to the main A-roads (which have 3 to 4 vehicle lanes here and are designed for large volumes of traffic) would make this junction safer. We look forward to seeing further details of what is proposed.

Kingston to New Malden

As per the beginning of this update, funding for the Kingston to New Malden Cycleway was confirmed by Transport for London in February. Kingston Council didn’t take long to start work on the ground with work starting at the Cambridge Road end of the route to join with Cycleway 30 (Kingston to Kingston Vale) at its junction with London Road near Asda.

The first work completed included preparations for a brand new zebra crossing across Cambridge Road making it easier and safer for people to cross the road (this is the 14th new zebra crossing that has been introduced as part of the Mini-Holland programme) as well as resurfacing and kerb works for the two-way Cycleway which will be introduced on Cambridge Road between Hawk’s Road and London Road.

More recently, work has continued at the other end of the route near New Malden with the creation of another new zebra crossing (the 15th!), new ‘bus boarders’, and the installation of poles (or ‘wands’) separating people cycling from cars, buses and lorries.

New bus boarder on the Kingston to New Malden route with ‘wands’ separating people cycling from cars on the opposite side of the road

We were also pleased to see the access to this improved cycle route from Chatham Road amended to make it easier for bikes to pass around an old fire gate (though it’s still not quite wide enough for all types of bikes (e.g. cargo/adapted bikes) so it will stay on our list of improvements we’d like to see).

What’s coming up

As above, Surbiton to Tolworth (Phase 2) and Kingston to New Malden are currently in construction and this will continue for the rest of the year and into the beginning of 2022.

In the meantime, we will also try and get things improved on routes where main construction has ended and in particular, will be asking the Council to get signage improved on routes that have now been completed

We will also continue to campaign for more funding for the Cycleways network to be extended to other parts of the Borough too. Although completion of the Mini-Holland schemes will mean around there’s around 17km of new, safer Cycleways in the Borough, there are still parts of the Borough that will still be a long way from this upgraded network (e.g. Old Malden/Worcester Park and most of Chessington and Hook).

As a very final note, the extremely successful and popular New Malden to Raynes Park Cycleway, starting next to New Malden Station, has been named ‘Beeline Way’ following a public vote.

How you can support us?

If not already a member, why not consider joining London Cycling Campaign and benefit from discounts, 3rd party liability insurance, free legal advice on cycling matters, as well as adding your voice to our campaign for safer cycling throughout London. You can join using this link: https://www.lcc.org.uk/membership/

You can also contact us with any thoughts or comments

If you live locally, you could also contact your Local Councillor with details of any improvements you’d like to be made for cycling in your local neighbourhood.

Further reading

The Council’s Go Cycle website

Our map of Mini Holland routes open, in construction and proposed

Our guide to new cycle infrastructure in Kingston

16 new Secure Cycle Hangars being installed across Kingston and Surbiton

16 new Secure Cycle Hangars are now appearing in streets across Kingston and Surbiton after Kingston Council obtained funding for their installation from Transport for London.

Each of these Cycle Hangars allows six bikes to be securely stored on the street with the hangar taking about half the amount of space a car would take. Each person who hires one of these spaces will receive secure access to the Hangar and can store their bike there for as long as they keep hiring the space. Cycle Hangars have been in place for many years on some of Kingston Council’s housing estates so it is great to see Hangars now being installed on the borough’s streets.

Find out where the Cycle Hangars are being installed, their likely cost and how to register for them below.

Four of the new Bike Hangars installed in the Borough

Why are Cycle Hangars so useful?

  • Many people do not have space in their home (including lots of those who live in flat conversions) so these new Cycle Hangars will allow many residents the opportunity to store a bike securely for the first time. This will support an increase in bike ownership in the Borough and therefore help more people to cycle.
  • Encouraging more cycle use is essential to help the Borough’s air quality problems, reduce congestion and assist the Borough’s residents with becoming more active.
  • The Cycle Hangars are very efficient use of street space as six bikes can fit in less than the space needed for a single car.

Where are the Cycle Hangars being installed?

The Cycle Hangars have been installed on the following roads:

  • Adelaide Road, Surbiton
  • Anglesea Road, Kingston
  • Berrylands, Surbiton
  • Cadogan Road, Surbiton
  • Claremont Road, Surbiton
  • Elm Road, Kingston
  • Grayham Road, New Malden
  • King Charles Road, Surbiton
  • Lovelace Road, Surbiton
  • Maple Road, Surbiton
  • Oakhill Crescent, Surbiton
  • Princes Road, Kingston
  • St Andrew’s Square, Surbiton
  • St Mark’s Hill, Surbiton
  • Surbiton Hill Park, Surbiton
  • The Avenue, Surbiton
  • Windmill Rise, Kingston (not yet installed)

A map produced by Kingston Council of all the new cycle hangars is below:

How much will the Cycle Hangars cost?

If the Council do not subsidise the cost of renting a space in the hangars, we understand that the annual charge will be about £70 for the hire of one space in a Cycle Hanger. This will cover the maintenance and administration of the Hangars.

How do I get a space in the Cycle Hangars?

The Council has published this web page with details of how to register an interest in a Cycle Hangar space. We understand that they will be available to use from December 2021. We will update this page once we know more.

Why isn’t there a Cycle Hangar on my road?

If you would like a Cycle Hangar on your street but your road isn’t on the list above, why not contact your Local Councillor or the Sustainable Transport team to ask when Kingston Council will be installing more? Ask your neighbours if they would be interested as well and get them to contact the Council or Councillors too. The greater demand that is shown for the Cycle Hangars on your street, the higher likelihood that more will be installed!

Though it is great that Kingston Council is installing these new hangars, nearby Wandsworth are installing 111 Cycle Hangars over the next year whilst Waltham Forest now has around 500 Cycle Hangars. New Malden is only receiving one Cycle Hangar of the 16 new ones being installed with none due to be installed in Tolworth or South of the A3. Kingston Cycling Campaign will therefore continue to campaign for more Cycle Hangars to be installed in the Borough as well as making sure other types of cycle parking are improved.

Evening ride to Wimbledon

Wednesday 6th September. A warm Sultry evening saw 10 Cyclists, in 1 group leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park- with an inordinantly long wait at the Level crossing-, Cannon Hill, South Wimbledon to Wimbledon for refreshments at the Wibbas Down Inn (Wetherspoons), with Rain & Thunder forecast 1 member made an early departure, 2 others also headed in other directions, the main group, with steady rain soon turning to light Drizzle, continued via Wimbledon Chase, Raynes park, New Malden, Norbiton to finish back in Kingston. Total 14 Miles, thanks to Ellie for back marking.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/879155

Midweek ride to Wraysbury

Wednesday 18th August. A Mostly grey but dry day, after 1 cancellation, saw 10 Cyclists in 1 group, leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, Sunbury, Ashford, Staines, Hythe End to Wraysbury, with a a few false starts to find the best view of the Windmill (Photo) before lunch at the very hospitable Perseverance, with a speedy delivery of our pre-ordered food :-), Poyle, Stanwell Moor, the much improved Cycle path in Stanwell, Bedfont, Feltham, Leitrim Park, Crane River, to Kneller Gdns for Tea & Refreshments, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge to finish. Total 30 Miles. Thanks to Mike for back marking.

Map :- www.plotaroute.com/route/1656189

Wraysbury Windmill & Church: Lindsay

Bread pudding ride to Harmondsworth

Sunday 11th July. A surprisingly Sunny Morning, with more Cloud later, after 2 late cancellations, 1 no show & with 1 surprise guest saw 20 Cyclists in 2 groups leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Hounslow Heath, West Hounslow, Cranford, Harlington, Sipson to Harmondsworth for lunch at the ‘Crown’ with a few electing for the ‘Five Bells’, also stopping to admire the ‘Great Barn‘, (Photo group 2),

Group 2 with the Great Barn, Harmondsworth: Bai Kamara

then Harmondsworth Moor (with a few ‘slippery patches’), Poyle, Stanwell moor, Stanwell -with new Cycle path 🙂-, Ashford, Feltham, Hanworth, Hampton to Bushy Park (Photo group 1),

Group 1 with a few Deer in the background, Bushy Park: Lindsay Webster

for Tea & Bread pudding at the Pheasantry, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge to finish. 29 Miles, special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to John E & Mike F for back marking each group, Special thanks to Christine for the gorgeous Bread pudding.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1610437