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Explore Elmbridge - December Ride

December's bike ride will be this Sunday 20th at 11:00am. We'll start from outside the Hand and Spear at Weybridge Station as usual. The plan this month is to stick to the roads and head South. Exact route to be revealed on the day. The usual format, ride for an hour or so, stop for lunch at a pub and then another hour or so returning to Weybridge Station. 10-15 miles, 3 -4 hours. If you want to come along just turn up on Sunday at 11:00 outside the Hand and Spear. As daylight is very short at this time of year please consider bringing hi-visibility gear and/or lights. Seven Hills Road: Thank you to all of you who emailed Ian Lake about this, he's passed our comments and views on to his negotiator but we've not heard anything back yet. If you haven't written to Ian, please do so, it's not too late and the weight of opinion really does make a difference. His email address is: i.lake@surreycc.gov.uk Now, since I always seem to leave it to the last minute to send out details of these rides I thought it might be helpful to have a schedule. These dates are provisional and may change but we'll try to keep to them if we can: Sunday January 17th 2010 Sunday February 21st 2010 Sunday March 14th 2010 Sunday April 18th 2010 Sunday May 16th 2010 After that we may revert to the summer schedule of Thursday evenings. Next, The Weybridge Society is preparing a Transport Strategy document in response to the Council's Core Strategy (you may remember it being presented at a town meeting in St James Church a few months back). The Weybridge Society is a resident's association that represents all residents in Weybridge. They are looking for input in formulating a strategic vision of transport in the area. Obviously cycling is a key consideration and so ideas and suggestions from cyclists would be very welcome. If you have any input please email me and I'll make sure it gets taken into account. Finally, seasons greetings and a happy new year. George

Seven Hills Road - No cycle access during closures

An open letter to Councillor Ian Lake: Ian I am writing to you, on behalf of the Elmbridge Cycle Group, to express our concerns about the lack of provision for cyclists during the closure periods of Seven Hills Road. I appreciate that you are already aware of this and welcomed the statement you made yesterday at the Local Committee meeting indicating that you were still in discussion with Robert Haddlestone about possible solutions. I'd like to take this opportunity to ensure that you are fully aware of the considerations that are important for cyclists during the closures. 1 There are very few north/south cycle routes in this area. The main choice for any cyclist crossing the borough in this direction is either Seven Hills Road or Brooklands Road. Neither are good routes but they are strategically important for cyclists that need to travel north/south, from Walton or Weybridge to Cobham for example. 2 The official car diversion route for 10 miles along the A3 is obviously unsafe and impractical for cyclists. The shorter alternative along Byfleet Road and Brooklands Road is busy and very unpleasant for cyclists. 3 While the movement of the main closure period to the summer months is welcome, it is the peak season for cycling and so the effects of no access along Seven Hills Road will be amplified. More cyclists would be inconvenienced than during the winter months. 4 I believe you are already aware that one of the difficulties with the orginal plan was that cyclists would not be permitted to make a right turn from Byfleet Road into Seven Hills Road when approaching from the Cobham direction. This was overlooked in the original proposals and I presume that this is one of the points that you are currently in discussion about. 5 I was unable to ascertain from the plans presented at the SCN open day whether there would be any provision for cyclists along the section between Burwood Road and Queens Road, which I believe will be used for equipment and materials storage during the project. The presumed diversion route if cyclists were not permitted to use this section would be Burwood Road, Westcar Lane and Queens Road. This is five times longer than the direct route, two thirds of which would be along fast and busy sections of the A317. Cyclists would inevitably take short cuts through either the St George's Hill or the Burwood Park estates which would not be welcomed by those residents. Finally, I understand that SGN will be resurfacing the Queens Road roundabout on completion of the works and presumably resurfacing the road at other places. This would seem like a good opportunity to look at ways that the junctions can be re-marked to better accommodate cyclists. In particular consideration could be given to advance stop lines at all the junctions onto Queens Road roundabout, the Burwood Road roundabout and especially the traffic lights at the southern end of Seven Hills Road. The other measure that could be achieved at this time would be the implementation of the much called for shared cycle path along the length of this road. I know you are already aware of this need and the issues around it, but I'm sure you'll agree that there will be no better opportunity than this. Please do contact me if you require any clarification about these points or would like to discuss anything. Regards George James Elmbridge Cycle Group www.elmbridgecycle.org

New Cycle Route

From Christmas we'll have a brand new cycle route in Elmbridge. That's the good news. The bad news is that we'll only have it for six months. And the other bad news is that there will likely be traffic chaos in the Weybridge area as the whole of Seven Hills Road will be closed for that period. You can read all about it here on the Weybridge Society's web-site. The good news for cyclists is that we will have traffic free use of Seven Hills Road for the duration of the works. Let's make the most of it.

Explore Elmbridge - November Ride

November's bike ride will be this Sunday 22nd at 11:00am. We'll start from outside the Hand and Spear at Weybridge Station as usual. The plan this month is to proceed South towards Wisley and then on to Cobham and back through Esher. It'll be about 15 miles give or take any detours that we might find excuses for. We'll stop for lunch at a pub somewhere along the way. Possibly the Black Swan in Martyrs Green or the Cricketers in Downside unless someone has better a suggestion. The total distance will be around 15 miles and will take about 3 - 4 hours depending on the pace and how long we spend in the pub. The route will be on road for a lot of the time although we'll take you on one or two off-road paths that you probably didn't know were there. Road tyres recommended if you have the choice. If you want to come along it's free and you don't need to let us know in advance, just turn up on Sunday at 11:00 outside the Hand and Spear. All ages are welcome but under 13's ought to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Explore Elmbridge - October Ride

September's bike ride didn't happen - sorry I was just too busy to organise it. And now that the days are shorter it's no longer practical to do it mid-week, so we're moving to a weekend slot instead. October's bike ride will be on Sunday 18th at 11:00am. We'll start from outside the Hand and Spear at Weybridge Station as usual. The plan this month is to proceed down to Weybridge and then pick up National Cycle Route 4 and follow it through Chertsey to Staines. We'll stop for lunch at a pub and then return along the towpath on the northern side of the river to Laleham and then Shepperton, finally crossing the river at the ferry and then back to Weybridge Station. The total distance will be around 15 miles and will take about 3 - 4 hours depending on the pace and how long we spend in the pub. The route is mostly designated cycle lanes most of which are shared pavement, the towpath sections are well surfaced so road tyres will be ok. If you want to come along it's free and you don't need to let us know in advance, just turn up on Sunday at 11:00 outside the Hand and Spear. All ages are welcome but under 13's ought to be accompanied by a responsible adult.
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