Comment on proposed new cycle quietway

Published: Monday 2nd October 17

The council is giving local people the chance to have their say on proposals for another cycle quietway through the borough.

Quietways are being promoted across the capital by Transport for London which wants to create a network of quieter and less busy backstreet routes that inexperienced and less confident cyclists would be happier using.

In some cases only new signs and limited road markings are necessary to create quietways, but sometimes more extensive changes need to be made to roads.

Following consultation last year, work is progressing on two other quietways, Q4 from Clapham Common to Wimbledon and Q5 from Waterloo to Norbury. The proposed new quietway would link Q4 in Wandsworth Common with Teddington via Richmond Park.

Residents can find out more and discuss the proposals with a council officer at a series of drop-in sessions at the following locations:

  • King George’s Park Mapleton Road Entrance (near Wandle Recreation Centre, Tuesday October 10, 3pm to 6pm and Saturday October 21, 2.30pm-5.30pm
  • Focus Hall Community Centre, Minstead Gardens, Roehampton. Thursday October 19, 4pm - 7pm and Saturday October 21, 10am - 1pm
  • Open Door Community Centre, Keevil Drive, Beaumont Road, Southfields. Wednesday October 11, 4pm-7pm and Monday October 23, 4pm-7pm.

You can also take part in the council’s consultation online. Follow the links to the online form at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/quietways.

The deadline for responses is November 13. 

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Recent comments

I'm all for extending cycle quietways through the borough - hopefully this will promote more people to get on their bikes, instead of in their cars. However, there are other provisions that will need to be put in place/ considered. More places to lock up bikes in town centres - in the Southfields, for example, it is often very difficult to find somewhere to lock up bikes. Castlecombe Drive, for example, should be made a one way street (as it has already been considered) to enable cyclists to ride safely - as cars often speed on this road despite the 20 mph speed limit and very poor visibility due to bends and parked cars. Roads will need to be pothole free - the road surfaces for cycling are often extremely dangerous.
Sarah Mallet

19 October 2017

Wandsworth Common needs a North-South cycleway or access to a ‘shared path’ not just for recreation cyclists but for those travelling through the Common heading north towards the Thames and then further west (or east) along the river towards Putney, Barnes Richmond and beyond.Wandsworth Council increasingly are putting more & more ‘no cycling’ signs up in Wandsworth & Tooting Common etc but not providing a safer & healthier alternatively despite the demand.
Gill Allen

12 October 2017

I don’t really see what benefit a ‘quietway’ has other than a few signs. There are plenty of things that could be done to make roads less imtimidating to cyclists that lack confidence (such as making a cycle lane and one way) without closing rat runs completely. I guess we should be grateful that it’s a step in the direction of getting more people out of their cars and doing some exercise though.
Graham

11 October 2017

Some might think this is a good idea in theory. However, in practice some cyclists do not stop at traffic lights, give way to pedestrians where they should, or behave appropriately. Similarly, some motorists are inconsiderate too. Until there is some form of enforcement and education there will continue to be clashes between cyclists, motorists and pedestrians. But I suppose TfL and the authorities will say there is no money for this as it would have to be met from revenue budgets, not capital. In summary, why not tackle the root cause of the problems?
Mr Andy

11 October 2017

I am unimpressed at the speed at which cycling is being promoted everywhere. It should be permitted everywhere with the proviso that all cyclist must give way to and respect pedestrians. Where the pavements are very wide with little pedestrian use [as on a section of Trinity Road], it should be allowed without the fuss of expensive and useless signage. The sections of cycle ways that last a few yards is a criminal waste of money.
Andrew Pearson-Gee

10 October 2017

I just don't get it. Does a 'quiet' road (relatively speaking for London) mean a 'safe road' for cyclists? I got knocked off my bike by a car in a very quiet road. He was impatient to overtake. The road was too narrow to overtake but he tried it anyway and side-swiped me and ran over my back wheel crushing it. It was a real shock that someone could be so reckless.
A

8 October 2017

Exciting project. Keeping bicycles away from major routes is a fantastic idea
David Moreschi

8 October 2017

Looks good
Mark Winter

7 October 2017

The more xyxkeways the better. Why is wandsorth so behind in making cycle paths . Why can we make pavements wider and share the space with cyclists and pedestrians like the do successfully in Holland and Germany. Change the rules so cycling is only against the rules if it’s dangerous on pavements. All Wandsworth council seem interested in is spending money putting up lots of no cycling signs and the cycle policy does not make sense (especially accross commons and on busy roads like Bellevue and Trinity).
Simon

7 October 2017

This is an excellent idea that should go ahead. The future of London is going to be all about safer walking and cycling : the car has had its day as the over-privileged form of transport. Wandsworth should show confidence in leading the way towards a healthier urban life for its residents.
Nicholas Tromans

7 October 2017

This is great for people like me and my husband who cycle to Richmond Park but will parking be restricted to the side of the cycleway? The scope for swinging car doors along those roads is immense. And it's no fun weaving around parked cars. If the cycle lan was car free and protected then I think it would encourage lots of people to ride to Richmond Park from the area.
Rebecca Slack

7 October 2017

Wonderful idea. Thoroughly supportive of it.
Angela Feather

6 October 2017

Looks good!
Mark Horley

6 October 2017

The sooner it’s done the better. And it would be great if it could be extended to Tooting.
Chris

6 October 2017

Don't know what Charlie Edwards is hinting at in his comment. Cyclists already pay for roads, cycle paths, etc. through income tax, council tax, etc. Before anyone mentions "Road tax", it was abolished in 1937.
Mick

6 October 2017

Yes please! The more cycle paths the better. Eastbound on West Hill is awfully dangerous for cyclists. More is needed to be done about that road, however this might help some. Thanks!
Mick

6 October 2017

Oh look another ‘cycle route’ proposed by Wandsworth that includes ZERO cycle tracks. Truly awful plans. As for all the bigoted comments about cyclist behaviour, I’d ask those making them: 1. Does pavement cycling happen in places that have proper, separate cycle tracks? (Answer: no, it drops over 95%). 2. How do you expect cycling behaviour to improve when you oppose the infrastructure required to enable people to cycle safely? 3. We don’t license, tax or demand insurance from cyclists because they cause fewer deaths than peanuts. Drivers kill and maim every single day. So why keep demanding we do? Give one example of one nation anywhere that has gone ahead with such a scheme - if you can’t, explain why none have.
Simon Shields

6 October 2017

The sooner it’s done the better. And it would be great if it could be extended to Tooting.
Chris

6 October 2017

Great - as a cyclist and car driver I am in favour of pretty much anything that encourages us out of cars and onto bikes - But also support any moves to improve cyclist behaviour re lighting/clothing visibility, respectful behaviour to other road users, particularly giving priority to pedestrians - as selfish car drivers need to understand what it is like to ride a bike....
Nick Williams

6 October 2017

Looks like a sensible new quitway route. I'm familiar with all this route by bike.
Mark Wilkinson

6 October 2017

Great idea if the route can be cycle friendly and not conflict with pedestrians/vehicle traffic. I already use a lot of this route when cycling from Sheen to Richmond. There is poor lighting around the Tibbets Corner underpass and on to Putney Heath so would like to see this improved to make lone cyclists feel safe
Charlie Edwards

6 October 2017

Hope they are paying for it - when is visible registration, driving test etc going to be a legal obligation for these 'pavement hoppers'.
Elizebeth

6 October 2017

Whilst it is good idea for dedicated cycle ways could you remind cyclists that pavements are dedicated to pedestrians not cyclists who grumble at us for slowing them down especially elderly pedestrians who sometimes are a little shaky in their gait
Ann johnston

6 October 2017

I fully support any improvements to get people out of there cars and stop the air pollution and congestion which is affecting all the residents of the borough
stuart mclaren

6 October 2017

I support this proposal. Once upon a time I cycled frequently on a route very like this, but it took me a fair while to find the best way through. An unobtrusively signed and optimised route could be very helpful to new cyclists. As a cyclist myself I agree with some of the negative comments about the behaviour of (usually male) cyclists trying to better their personal best on shared routes. Pedestrians should have priority.
Peter Ramage

6 October 2017

I do not support pavements being shared with cyclists. Where I live in Broomwood road, SW11 cyclists regularly cycle on the pavement even though there are signs prohibiting this. When confronted cyclists are usually either rude or say the road is unsafe for them to cycle on. It is the same on Clapham Common where pedestrians have to share the footpaths with cyclists who often cycle at great speed and expect pedestrians to get out of their way.
Suzanne Foster

6 October 2017

I do not support pavements being shared with cyclists. Where I live in Broomwood road, SW11 cyclists regularly cycle on the pavement even though there are signs prohibiting this. When confronted cyclists are usually either rude or say the road is unsafe for them to cycle on. It is the same on Clapham Common where pedestrians have to share the footpaths with cyclists who often cycle at great speed and expect pedestrians to get out of their way.
Suzanne Foster

6 October 2017

I am all in favour but am concerned about the level of lighting. In general it seems to be less bright (eg Balham High Road) and many cyclists do not do enough to make themselves visible. In the gloaming it becomes hard to see them. Please bear this in mind for the proposal and, indeed, generally.
Dr Mark Gretaso

6 October 2017

Nothing about the other section that has clearly changed without further consultation. The routes are rather a waste of money. Anyone with any sense and a map could work these out for themselves. As an OAP and a cyclist I frequently manage to accomplish this feat. A great deal of money has been wasted on putting "no cycling" signs on Wandsworth Common when what is really required in order to create quiet ways is to widen the paths between Lyford Road and the Trinity Road/Bellevue crossroads and the Trinity Road to Wandsworth Common Station and designate them dual use. Cycling on Trinity Road and Burntwood Lane is a nightmare, particularly at peak times. Overall, from a cyclist's perspective, rather poorly thought through.
Neil Jordan

6 October 2017

I have absolutely no confidence in Wandsworth council listening to any opinions from local people re anything after you have ignored and belittled and frankly been so disrespectful of residents over the Chestnut Avenue destruction and vandelism. I'm surprise you have even bothered to put out the question - but then you have to say you asked just so you can go ahead and justify your own vanity projects even if the majority of the residents don't want what you are doing. I think a labour council may listen more to residents and after all the years of voting conservative, you have lost my vote over what you did on the common. I hope you have lost many votes, you do not deserve to be in power.
Sam Bourne

6 October 2017

Looks good. i've tried that route and it works Why does the map show the route right to left when the route is east to west?
Jenny Purkis

6 October 2017

I would like a quiet way for me instead of being trampled by joggers and cyclists on the pavements
Mrs A Jackson

6 October 2017

A good idea in principal but I hope the council has given up the mad idea of removing the partial barriers from the cat's back bridge over the railway on Wandsworth Common. It also looks as if the quiet way ends at a non-cycling path across the common. I hope they are not going to make that a cycling path. Pedestrians need somewhere where they can walk safely.
jenny knight

6 October 2017

Stop destroying the roads and losing investment into the city. Fools!
adam reid

6 October 2017

This proposal looks ok. However, PLEASE, do something to STOP mis-behavouir from cyclist along the Thames Path. As a pedestrian, if I civilly ask a cyclist to slow down or not cycle so close to me, I ALWAYS receive a mouthful or profanity and abuse. I live n Plantation Wharf. I walk daily up and down from Wandsworth Bridge to Battersea Bridge. Someone is going to get killed unless further barriers (flower/tree pots) are put in place right along the Thames Path to slow the cyclist down. ESPECIALLY under the archway beside the new LOMBARD WHARF building. Cyclist get the road lane, cycle lane & Thames Path to cycle on, with many abusing this privilege. You can contact me to discuss further Thank you.
Merryn Wilshier

6 October 2017

Some of these roads can be quite intimidating so modification to make a safer route would be so much better.
Henry Ashbee

6 October 2017

Excellent; can we please extend this new cycle quietway all the way to Battersea.
Alex

6 October 2017

Great idea. Ensuring that there are clear physical barriers between the cycle and road lanes would be best, but clear and defined road lines would be the minimum. As long as the Quietlane doesn't just fizzle out into nothing when the current road layout is inconvenient, which is the probably with a lot of London cycle lanes
Ian Bullock

6 October 2017

Great idea.
Phyll

6 October 2017

excellent - we really need a quiet route linking Wandsworth Common to Richmond Park and Wimbledon which avoids the mayhem of the High Street. very much support this
Raymond Cox

3 October 2017