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Cycling in Richmond (Greater London)

The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames has many attractions for cycists. There are several notable routes away from the roads such as the Tamsin Trail around the periphery of Richmond Park, extensive river paths alongside the Thames and the Crane River providing pleasant cycle rides.

Richmond Cycling Campaign is the local London Cycling Campaign group in the area. They cover the whole Borough of Richmond upon Thames, which as well as Richmond includes Twickenham, Hampton, Whitton, Teddington, Mortlake, Kew, Sheen, St Margarets and Barnes. They work to make a cycle friendly borough, working with the council to improve facilities for cyclists and raising the profile of cycling in the borough through education and participation. They organise regular cycle rides and maintenance workshops open to all.

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Petersham Nurseries - a wooden cycle rack and flower carts built with bicycle wheels.

Cycle racks outside Petersham Nurseries. The board says they encourage greener travel.

Pedestrian Priority at the Petersham side of Richmond Park.

Richmond Park on Sunday morning - trainee cyclist, jogging father and horse-riders.

National Cycle Network route 4 in Richmond Park - supposedly one-way and with a 10mph maximum speed

Sunday morning cyclists at Ham Gate, Richmond Park - No Cycling and National Cycle Network signs on the same post - presumably one applies on one side and one on the other, but who's to know which is which?

Ham Gate, Richmond Park - No Cycling and National Cycle Network signs on the same post - presumably one applies on one side and one on the other, but who's to know which is which?

Shortage of secure cycle parking spaces outside Kew Gardens station

Cycle parking outside the Tide Tables cafe.

Cycle parking at the side of Richmond station.

Cycle parking at the SW end of Water Lane beside the Thames Path.

Cycle parking at Hampton Court Palace. This is located to the left of the building as you approach it from the main entrance.

Cycle parking at Hampton Court Palace. This is located to the left of the building as you approach it from the main entrance.

Gateway to Richmond Park, there's a water point on the left, but it wasn't operational on this visit.

A water point at Richmond Park.

A ride around Richmond Park. This bit is a long slow hill.

A ride around Richmond Park.

A ride around Richmond Park.

Ride around Richmond Park.

Cycling round Richmond Park.

Cycling round Richmond Park.

Cycling round Richmond Park.

Cycle route in Richmond Park

Cycle parking next to St Margaret's Station. 6 stands with 12 spaces in total. Read more at http://is.gd/xYCM8E

Cycle parking at Strawberry Hill Station. Space for 16 bikes. Read more at http://is.gd/xYCM8E

Cycle parking at Fulwell station. Covered stands with space for 20 bikes. Read more at http://is.gd/xYCM8E

Cycle parking at Barnes Bridge station. Very limited facilities but station is unmanned, has little space and is a short cycle from more important, busier and better provisioned stations (Barnes and Mortlake). Hard to say whether poor facil ... [more]

Covered cycling parking at Richmond Railway station. 16 stands giving 32 spaces, located next to #31533. Lighting and CCTV coverage is poor. Read more at http://is.gd/xYCM8E

New covered cycle parking at Richmond Station installed in 2010. In this section, there 48 stands giving 96 spaces and the adjacent walk way is well used. Located next to #31534 Read more at http://is.gd/xYCM8E

Three cycle stands (6 spaces) on A316 at Richmond Circus

Tesco's delivery van blocking the cycle lane.

Lucky escape for this woman. The shared use cycle lane passes the exit from the London Scottish Rugby Club car park and has been the scene of a number of cyclists being knocked off their bikes, fortunately none into the main dual carriagewa ... [more]

RAC launches a bike rescue service, conveniently parked in the middle of the segregated cycle lane.

Cycle shed and access to the Thames towpath at the Brentford Gate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The Thames towpath passing Kew Gardens - too narrow for cycling when it's remotely busy.

The Thames towpath passing Kew Gardens - too narrow for cycling when it's remotely busy.

Bit of a narrow cut-through here.

This is a private road with a bumpy potholed surface - and there's a cut through at the end.

Looks like a 5-litre tub of paint fell off the back of a lorry here.

Shrine to Marc Bolan

This road-side shrine is for Marc Bolan - see #30634.

Approaching a busy junction, the advisory cycle lane has disappeared and all you get here is a cycle marking in the carriageway.

Busy road with advisory cycle lanes on both sides.

Great view from here and the cycle track goes down a steep hill and winds off into the distance.

Useful cycle route alongside Hampton Court park

Cycle Route past Hampton Park

Thames path cycling and walking routes.

Riverside route

Riverside route

Cycle toastracks

Bushy Park cycle route

Racks near the toilets and children's playground

Bushy Park

It's selling satnav, but the message should be understood by all those people driving their children to school because 'the traffic is so bad'. (approximate location)

Richmond Park - road closed except for cycling and disabled access.

Greedy planning - allowing cars to fill the available space. This street has recently been converted to one-way traffic. Despite there being plenty of room for two lanes at the exit and car parking on both sides of the road there is no pro ... [more]

This walker is about to leave the danger zone and enter the safety zone. Photos on a walk around Richmond, Surrey.

Photos on a walk around Richmond, Surrey.

Cycles and motorcycles can pass through here.

A through-route for cycling.

Vineyard Passage - rather than an official no cycling sign as recognised by the Highway Code this ground sign has been used.

This sign looks like an official rant at dog-walkers!

Vineyard Passage - no cycling

Photos on a walk around Richmond, Surrey.

Photos on a walk around Richmond, Surrey.

Some well-used cycle racks.

No provision for cycle parking at this shopping development means bikes are attached to the railings here. (Sorry about the blurred photo, taken while I was being hurried along by my companions.)

Bikes parked on both sides of the railing here point to the shortage of secure cycle parking areas for bikes.

The bicycles attached to all manner of railings around here point strongly towards a shortage of cycle parking spaces.

Clear evidence of demand for contraflow cycling on this one-way street

Clear bike symbol on this South West Trains train

Some cycle racks near the other street furniture.

Electric bike shop - had a gocycle in the window.

I'm guessing but I think this unusual No Cycling sign on a pavement has materialised because this road has recently become one-way. Presumably the cyclists who used to use it continue to do so, because the alternatives seem to be a long way ... [more]

Double no cycling. The road environment along here seems to be particularly mean for the cyclist. The road has recently become one way - seemingly to accommodate car parking along its length on both sides of the road - (greed). The wide ... [more]

The very wide 'pedestrian priority' path on the left is punctuated by short periods of steps and so is unsuitable for cycling.

Steep winding stairs at the end of the tunnel under Petersham Road.

More finger-wagging at those bloody cyclists.

A tunnel under the Petersham Road leads from the Thames path up some steep steps to some gardens that have public access.

Some racks alongside the Thames Path.

The Thames path.

A bit of cycle parking alongside the postbox here.

The cyclists in this area have no secure places for their bikes, and many of the properties have these unfriendly signs for their railings. I've yet to see a property with a 'You are very welcome to attach your bike here' sign.

Many of the railings along here have Bicycles left here will be removed signs - and there is no official cycle parking.

Some cycle racks outside Richmond Library

Some sheffield style stands down by the river.

From a model in the Richmond Museum - it shows the Richmond Bridge (which was widened in the 1930s)

These racks probably help stop pavement parking.

Horribly busy junction - these rails that are to pen pedestrians in to their narrow walkway are narrowed further by these parked bikes.

Cycle route approaching Richmond bridge - with reminder that pedestrians have priority.

Cyclable path alongside the Thames in Twickenham.

Hammerton's ferry - from the Twickenham side.

Cyclable route alongside the Thames - heck its even being used as a car park.

No cycling in this park, which is a shame as this should be a great place for children to cycle.

Cycle parking for this Children's playground.

An ice-cream prison! This grim toilet block does not look very lick-able!

I rather liked this textile response to Van Gogh's work at this Orleans House riverside gallery. A lot of work seems to have gone into this, and its tagged at £515.

Cyclists wanting to enjoy this route along Warren Path get a mini-lecture from these signs.

Abord the aluminium hulled ferry, Twickenham bound. Pricing: see #26087

Thames path

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