August 2020 newsletter

We, together with a host of other organisations, have written an Open Letter asking for Hammersmith Bridge to be opened for cycling while no works are going on and for its future to be designated car free. 

The letter is delivered to Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport; Chris Heaton-Harris, Transport Minister; Stephen Cowan, Leader of the Council; Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport and Will Norman, TfL Walking and Cycling Commissioner. 


We rode from Hammersmith Bridge to the Council offices at 8.30 on Monday to hand deliver the letter. It was received on the council’s behalf by Paul Henry, himself a cycling commuter. 

A petition has been started to ask for the bridge to be opened to cycling. Please click here to support

Last month we rode to Crane Park. Our next ride is on Sunday 16 August 2020. Departure is from Pekoe Mellow Tea House, 22 Aldensley Road Hammersmith W6 0DH from 10am with a pick up in Fulham from outside Pedal Back Café, 24 Lillie Road SW6 1TS at 9.30am. If joining from Fulham text 07878327353 on let us know on the WhatsApp group. 

Death On The Streets by Robert Davis, Chair RDRF

Introducing: Road Danger Reduction Forum  

This month we introduce the Road Danger Reduction Forum. Please see their page to understand this vital resource body.  Click on the link above or the book picture.

Mums for Lungs is running a webinar on (emergency) School Streets in 3 weeks targeted at parents who are getting a School Street at their school in direct response to corona

If you cycle in Richmond Park or you’re fond of walking there – and if you’re on Twitter or Facebook – then please give @TheRoyalParks (Twitter) and lots of love because they’re under sustained pressure to reopen for through traffic. the current arrangement, with car parks next to the Roehampton, Sheen, Richmond and Kingston gates back open, but roads closed to cars beyond, works. It allows people with reduced mobility access to the park but keeps the roads largely car-free, safe and clean. “Last weekend, I saw more people milling around, cycling, walking, roller skating and so forth in the park than I think I’ve ever seen. Local residents… also seem really happy with the current arrangement.” 

“No money for Hammersmith Bridge in £1.3bn ‘shovel-ready’ fund” 

Petition from the climate charity Possible to get SUV adverts banned as harmful to the climate, please sign! 

We’ll Build Thousands Of Miles Of Protected Cycleways, Pledges Boris Johnson  

Residents to get new decision-making powers in England cycling ‘revolution’  Measures include watchdog to ensure quality and safety of walking and cycling routes  

The Moffitt family cycled from London to Brighton to raise money for the London Cycling Campaign (since the annual London to Amsterdam ride is cancelled this year). Please support and donate via their Just Giving page.

Union Canal works closure 

We worked with London Cables, Martin Barratt of TfL and Ealing and Brent Cycling to look at options to the closure of sections of the canal towpath and cycling route while work is underway to renew cables by the National Grid. In order to avoid lengthy detours, we looked at options that could include a short ferry stretch. We are also asking them to include maintenance as part of the works. See observations written by Peter Mynors of Ealing CC  here

Thames Path cycling 

We are looking for clarification on the position as confusion seems to be arising due to old guidance and posters and confusion over the current state of restrictions.