At the Council, March 2018

An aide memoire of items I’ve noted from the boroughs where I work, rest and play, in case its of use to others.  With London council elections in May 2018, and the purdah period kicking in for April, this month will probably be the last useful one for council business for a couple of months. … Continue reading At the Council, March 2018

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Cyclehoops and contraflows: five years of failed cycling promises by Wandsworth Council

(Updated 29 March 2018) In 2013 and 2014, Wandsworth Council committed to trialling 10 Cyclehoop on-street bike hangers, put contraflow cycle lanes 10 one-way streets, and put five dropped-kerb through-ways between adjacent streets which have been closed to through motorised traffic.  Each year since, Wandsworth Council has requested funds from TfL towards these initiatives. Five … Continue reading Cyclehoops and contraflows: five years of failed cycling promises by Wandsworth Council

Wandworth Council’s Priory Lane (Richmond Park) Consultation, February 2018

Wandsworth Council is holding a consultation into its plan for cycling infrastructure in Priory Lane, a road which runs north-east from Roehampton Gate in Richmond Park towards Barnes.  The consultation closes on Friday 16 February. Linkies to Wandsworth Council’s key documents: Overview and explanation; Consultation document with designs (PDF, 500kb); Survey form for feedback. You’ll … Continue reading Wandworth Council’s Priory Lane (Richmond Park) Consultation, February 2018

Richmond: the only council in London charging for cycle training

[Updated 6 March 2019: Richmond Council has issued a statement saying that the charge will now be replaced by a refundable deposit scheme i.e. Richmond joins Hammersmith & Fulham by refunding the booking fee at the completion of training, making it effectively free] [Updated 21 January 2019 with new section: the new Liberal Democrat administration … Continue reading Richmond: the only council in London charging for cycle training

Wandsworth Common to Teddington Quietway (Q21), Part 1: Wandsworth

Wandsworth Council is currently consulting on its section of the Wandsworth Common to Teddington cycling quietway.  The consultation ends on 13 November 2017. This post looks at Wandsworth Council’s section from Wandsworth Common to Richmond Park (about 7.5km), and includes some comments which I’ll submit in response to the consultation.  I’m not pretending to give … Continue reading Wandsworth Common to Teddington Quietway (Q21), Part 1: Wandsworth

Wandsworth: oBikes, obstructed pavements and following the money

Wandsworth borough council, in London, has attracted a lot of attention in the last few days after its decision to impound over 100 hire bicycles from the oBike scheme.  It published a news article on the council’s website entitled “Yellow bike plague being tackled on the streets of Wandsworth”. There’s been lots of commentary on … Continue reading Wandsworth: oBikes, obstructed pavements and following the money

Wandsworth’s proposed cycling infrastructure that never gets delivered

While I was digging through council committee papers as a follow-up to posts about the Wandsworth Riverside, I kept finding references to some simple bits of cycling infrastructure proposed in September 2013: a set of contraflow cycle lanes in one-way streets, and “through-ways” in street junctions which are currently blocked.  On my meanderings around Wandsworth, … Continue reading Wandsworth’s proposed cycling infrastructure that never gets delivered