Jubilant family cycle ride celebrates opening of C9 through Hammersmith

Hundreds of people cycled the length of the C9 protected cycleway from Hammersmith Broadway to Turnham Green on Saturday to celebrate its completion. LB Hammersmith and Fulham have been installing the segregated lane over the past few weeks, separating it off from the main highway with plastic wands for safe cycling and joining it to the stretch along Chiswick High Rd.

One of the organisers of the ride, Leo Murray from W6 Safe Cycling Families told The Chiswick Calendar:

“It was a lot of fun! The mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham PJ Murphy cut the ribbon, held by kids on both sides, and then came on the whole ride with us, which was lovely.”

He said the members of W6 Safe Cycling Families planned to use it “practically every day.”

Paul James, who took many of these pictures, said:

“I wrote to the council 20 years ago telling it I felt unsafe gong straight on to Chiswick High Rd at Chiswick Lane with drivers often left hooking me in a hurry to get past. It’s great to see it’s safe now for the next generation…

“it was such a life affirming event to see all the smiles on those kids faces, even the smallest ones rode for miles without complaining once …

“it’s so good to see this sort of thing happening on our streets.”

Images above: Jeremy Vine with his pennyfarthing; David Giles shouting from his car

Broadcaster Jeremy Vine took part on his penny farthing bike. The cyclists got support from a passing bus driver who tooted his horn and were shouted at by David Giles, formerly a prominent Conservative party member in Chiswick until he was recently expelled from the party for referring to Hounslow Council as the “Brentford Taliban”. A long term opponent of the cycle lane, he yelled “get off your bike” at Jeremy as he passed him in his SUV.

Ruth Cadbury MP for Brentford & Isleworth Tweeted:

“Thank you @LBofHounslow and @LBFH for the safe cycle route from Kew Bridge, which would be non-stop to Barking if not for the 1.5km in @RBKC.

Pictures courtesy of W6 Safe Cycling Families.

 

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