Is this the most dangerous cycle lane in Richmond?

Check out our post on the A316 TfL cycle lane, where a mother and her son were knocked off their bicycle. Is this the most dangerous cycle lane in Richmond?


  • By gegi at 8:55am 4 July 2011

There is a cycle lane??? It looks like a pavement to me. Bad design nevertheless and all too common. When there is a danger from drivers what we tend to do is prohibit the movement of the potential vicitms and call it road safety.

Never cycle on the pavement - especially when it is a designated cycle lane.

This is just a form of vehicle apartheid - cycling on these "cycling provisions" just gives them totally unwarranted credibility.

  • By paul at 7:10pm 15 October 2011

For substantial lengths of the A316 there are proper off-road cycle paths without crossing traffic and toucan at major junctions. Rather more pleasant IMO than having HGVs passing inches from your elbow at 60 mph. (yes, traffic reduction/speed reduction should be a priority but if motorised traffic must come through Richmond, the A316 is the least damaging place for it to be.)

The trouble is that whenever creating space for cycling becomes a bit more difficult TFL just gives up.

The A316 between the Hogarth roundabout (A4) and the south circular is pretty dangerous for cyclists. There is a very good cycling path there, I take it every day but I see the lycra kamikaze brigade thinking they are in Tour de France ignoring the cycling path and staying on the road. The part between Richmond and the south circular is indeed not as good but safe for careful cyclists! I'm ashamed by the majority of cyclists in London. If you go to Amsterdam or Copenhagen cyclists do not behave as if they are in Tour de France!

  • By Jon G at 11:58am 10 December 2015

"Hogarth roundabout (A4) and the south circular ...... There is a very good cycling path there"

 There is no cycle path there at all! There is permission to ride on the pavement and good ramps to get off the carraigeway onto it - but rejoining it at the end is a different story. Going North there is a ramp back, but with no slip lane, so cyclists rejoining the carriageway have to stop at that point and give way to motor traffic first. That can take so long that it is often considerable faster to stay on the carraigeway in the first place. As for southbound, there is no proper return ramp at all, so the luckless rider led onto the shard path finds a grass vereg and a kerb prevent them getting back into the carriageway at all without without either dismounting or misusing a perdestrian crossing for the purpose. 

The ref to the TdF makes no sense - that is held on roads specially closed for the purpose.

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