Sunday, 13 November 2016

Christmas Bike Ride, Sunday 27 November 10.45am

Join us for a ‎festive group ride to get the season off to a fabulous start.

We'll meander through the borough before enjoying a ride along river and a stop for lunch at The Anglers pub at Teddington before we return to Wimbledon via Richmond Park and Putney Heath.

Sunday 27 November, 10.45am - 2.30pm (finish time is approximate)
Meet at the deer outside Wimbledon Train Station, SW19 7NL   

Members and non-members both welcome!

Sunday, 3 July 2016

MCC Annual General Meeting 14 July 2016

The Annual General Meeting of Merton Cycling Campaign will be held at 8pm on Thursday 14 July at All Saints Centre, All Saints Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1BX.

The main agenda item is to review and adopt the the revised constitution, which is solidly based on the model constitution for LCC Groups. Also on the agenda is:
  • Treasurer's Report 
  • Chairman's Report

All members of Merton Cycling Campaign are welcome to attend and participate in the meeting.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Road casualties in Merton: decade to 2014

Today, November the 15th is the World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims. http://worlddayofremembrance.org/

Merton continues to show slow progress in addressing road danger, but the data provides worrying indicators for where that danger is likely to fall.  The group Travel Independent publishes annual analysis of road traffic casualties, 2014 recorded a rise for all groups of road users.

But when viewing the data over ten years, something else is very obvious. There is no significant change in the number of vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists) who have been killed or seriously injured over this period.



The only group which has seen a reduction in deaths and serious injuries were those inside the cars during a crash.


The considerable improvements that manufacturers have applied to cars have made them better at protecting their occupants from the results of a collisions.  Sadly the same cannot be said for those outside the car.

Making the roads fit for all requires safer design, the protection of the law and political will.

In remembrance of lives lost on the roads.

Reference: Travel Independent data for Merton



Thursday, 5 November 2015

Public meeting on road safety in Dundonald Ward

Following the crash on the 30th September in which a schoolboy was seriously injured while cycling on Merton Hall Road, the local Councillors for the Dundonald Ward have called a public meeting. This will be held on Wednesday the 11th November from 7:00-8:30pm at the Wimbledon Chase Primary School.

Rat running motor vehicles have been a growing problem in this area, as identified by the LCC in the 2014 local elections. The wards asks were as follows:
Prevent rat running and introduce ‘home zones’ in the Dundonald Park area The Dundonald Park area is a quiet residential area, which is used as a rat run to Wimbledon town Centre from Lower Downs Rd and Kingston Rd. This could be avoided by placing 2 or 3 bollards in the area to prevent through traffic.
The three local Councillors, Suzanne Grocott, Michael Bull and David Dean all pledged their support to the campaign. Dundonald Ward space4cycling campaign, 2014 local elections

Unfortunately since 2014 there has been no decline in traffic, instead the empirical evidence from our members who are local to the area suggests that it has worsened.


In addition to traffic running from Toynbee Rd through to Wimbledon Town Centre (point A to G), some drivers are also using the area to jump the queue of traffic on the Kingston Rd in the morning (point C to D or F).

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The revised Colliers Wood junction, your views wanted.

Transport for London have recently completed their work to transform the busy junction in Colliers Wood between Merton High St and the start of CS7. The most welcome feature is the bypass lane which avoids an unnecessary wait at the lights.


However there is concern at how well the rest of the changes function.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Petition to support the New Malden to Raynes Park Mini Holland cycling and walking route

Please sign our petition in favour of the proposed New Malden to Raynes Park Mini Holland Cycling and walking route;

http://bit.ly/new-malden-greenway

Background

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has a once in a generation opportunity to improve its facilities for walking and cycling and for environment and community friendly travel for all its residents and visitors. Last year the Borough was awarded more than £30million from the Mayor’s Outer London Cycling Fund (the Mini Holland Programme) and has christened the project “GoCycle”. The idea is to promote active travel for all, particularly children, the old and women.

https://tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/improvements-and-projects/cycle-mini-hollands

http://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200355/go_cycle/1118/about_the_go_cycle_routes_and_projects/3

A vital part of this programme is this connection between New Malden and Raynes Park; a new walking and cycling route about a mile in length. It will run alongside the railway on the north side on Thames Water supply pipes and go under the A3 dual carriageway. The new route will open up an area of valuable green space, for all ages to enjoy, cycle, walk, learn and relax. We hope it can be a linear park like the Crane river route in Richmond or the Parkland walk in Haringey. It will provide a quick, direct and easy traffic free route between the two town centres in a way that is not possible at present and reduces the severance, and even sense of dystopia, in this part of London caused by the A3 urban motorway.

The plan is that this route will link with the Transport for London cycling Quietways 4 and 5 from Waterloo to Clapham and on to Wimbledon which will extend to Raynes Park. It will also link to the Cycle Superhighway at Colliers Wood. This route will, in fact, join Kingston town centre and the Mini Holland or GoCycle routes to Central London. The prospects for the route are good. It is intended to link to the bridge over the railway in the middle and with the Cut in New Malden at one end and Raynes Park Sports Ground at the other.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Prudential FreeCycle Feeder Ride, 1st August

Join a family-friendly ride along quiet roads to and from the RideLondon FreeCycle 2015, led by experienced ride leaders from London Cycling Campaign’s Merton Group.

  • Route: Wimbledon to Green Park (Constitution Hill)
  • Start point: Wimbledon Police Station, 15-23 Queens Road, Wimbledon SW19 8NN
  • End point: Green Park (Constitution Hill)
  • Start time: 09:00
  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Return ride start point: Green Park (Constitution Hill)
  • Return ride start time: 15:00

This ride is one of 31 led rides organised by LCC to the 2015 FreeCycle, aimed at giving less confident cyclists the opportunity to ride into the FreeCycle event on a pre-planned quiet route.

To see details of all 31 rides and register to join this ride, please see the Guided Rides Schedule on the FreeCycle website at: http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/The_Events/FreeCycle/Rider_Info/Guided_Rides.htm

The RideLondon FreeCycle offers the chance for all the family to enjoy a traffic-free route on closed roads through central London, passing some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks. Everyone is welcome, no matter what their age or ability. Cyclists may cycle at any pace and as many times round the route as they like, stopping along the way to enjoy a range of free bike-based entertainment and activities at Festival Zones.