Thursday, 17 April 2014

Streatham MP's People’s Question Time on Cycling – Wed 23 April

Streatham MP People's Question Time on Cycling: Wed 23 April

We've just received details of this event - a chance for you and/or your children to talk to some of the movers and shakers who can make Lambeth the best place for people of all ages and abilities to cycle. 

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From: Chuka Umunna
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 I’m writing because I know you have contacted me in the past about cycling and I wanted to invite you to a ‘People’s Question Time’ I am holding next week to talk about the issues you and other constituents have raised with me about this - particularly safety, infrastructure and support for cyclists.
I hold these People’s Question Time events on a variety of issues that there is a lot of concern about locally – they are designed to be an opportunity for residents to raise concerns directly with those who have the authority to improve the situation. I have invited Lambeth Council and Transport for London, and the Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan, a representative of Lambeth cyclists, and the Metropolitan Police Cycle Taskforce Safety lead, have all agreed to speak on the panel at the event.
 The event is being held at The Grand Union Bar (123 Acre Lane, SW2 5UA) between 7pm & 8.30pm on Wednesday 23 April 2014. There’s no need to RSVP though do email me if you have any queries about the event.
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Lambeth's Transport Plan (with targets to 2013/14) can be found here - have the targets for cycling modal share and reduction in ground-transport CO2 emissions been met? 
Lambeth's Cycling Strategy is here

Lambeth Cyclists 'ask' for each ward that we want prospective candidates to sign up to can be found here 

Monday, 14 April 2014

London’s Street Furniture, a FREE Lambeth Cyclists' Architecture Ride - Sat 26 April 2014



Extend your familiarity with bollards, crossings, grit boxes and  other essential aspects of the streetscape. Along the way we’ll discover the first place in the world to have traffic lights, and stumble across the likes of the Duke of Wellington’s Mounting Block.


We will also visit the English Heritage Carscapes exhibition en-route, so you'll need to bring £4.20 or an English Heritage membership card to gain admittance, plus some money for lunch (or a packed lunch).

There is no need to book for this free c10 mile ride, just turn up on Saturday 26th April from 10.15 for a 10.30 am departure from the entrance to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens next to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5HY. The ride will end around 4pm near the Elephant and Castle.

Lambeth Cyclists Meeting this Tuesday 15 April

The Space for Cycling has kicked off - Please, please make every effort to contact prospective Councillors and ask them to pledge their support to the asks for their ward. This is easy to do via http://action.space4cycling.org/ - please persuade as many other Londoners as you know to use the same link and spend a moment to do the same.

Some prospective Councillors have replied with questions, some with support, some not at all. We'll discuss how to step up the campaign at the meeting, plus we'll have Space for Cycling campaign posters, stickers etc. for you to take away.

Tuesday's meeting will be at the later than usual time of 8pm at the Crown and Anchor 
http://www.crownandanchorbrixton.co.uk/ 246 Brixton Road SW9 6AQ,

The meeting will be informal, so please come along and try the excellent ale etc.

More discussion is at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Lambeth_Cyclists/conversations/messages


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Free bike checks and advice this evening in Streatham

Lambeth Council's Sustainable Transport team will be running a Dr Bike session this evening, Wednesday 2 April 2014 , 4:30-7pm in Streatham: just off the Streatham High Road near St Leonard's Church, Babington Road, SW16 1HS. Come and get your bike checked for free
Lambeth Dr Bike on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Qualified bike mechanics will be on hand to give your bike a look over and offer help with adjustments and advice to keep it on the road through the winter.

Further information on the Lambeth website

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Bike checks, advice and information this evening Windrush Square Brixton SW2

Lambeth Council's Sustainable Transport team will be running a Dr Bike session this evening, Wednesday 26 March 2014, 4:30-7pm in Brixton's Windrush Sqaure, SW2. Come and get your bike checked for free
Lambeth Dr Bike on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Qualified bike mechanics will be on hand to give your bike a look over and offer help with adjustments and advice to keep it on the road through the winter.

Further information on the Lambeth website

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

How can we make Brixton more cycle friendly? Public meeting 1 April 2014

How can Brixton and the surrounding areas be transformed into places where adults and children feel safe and comfortable cycling around?

Come to the PUBLIC MEETING arranged by Lambeth Cyclists on Tuesday 1 April 2014 7.00pm at 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA 

Brixton is very much the political centre of Lambeth with the town hall and council offices located around the town centre. Brixton is also an important retail and entertainments centre with good transport links bringing people in from across London and further afield. But away from the main streets Brixton is largely a residential area.

Greater Brixton, incorporating surrounding areas including Loughborough Junction, Herne Hill and Tulse Hill, has one of the lowest levels of car ownership in the UK but the area is dominated by motor traffic with the A23 Brixton Road a key strategic London route and roads such as Acre Lane and Coldharbour Lane acting as important cross-London links.

Brixton cycle rack (photo Cyclehoop)
We know that cycling provides astonishing health benefits; doesn’t pollute; helps fight climate change; is cheap; and could provide a quick and independent form of travel around the central London area for adults of all ages as well as children.

Although improved over the past 10 years many Brixton roads remain intimidating; not just to children but also to many people who would cycle if it were made pleasant to do so.

What changes need to be made for Brixton to become a place where people of all ages cycle without fear to friends, to shops, to school, or to work? How can we make Space for Cycling?

How long will it take for changes to take place and what obstacles need to be overcome? Are our schools, our doctors, our politicians, our businesses, our transport professionals, our police and our residents doing all they can to make this area fantastic for cycling?

How can we retain the benefits that motor vehicles provide in moving large numbers of people and heavy goods, while also being unconcerned about our children travelling by bike?

This is the fourth in a series of five monthly meetings around Lambeth providing a chance to meet Lambeth Cyclists, the borough group of the London Cycling Campaign, and discuss the neighbourhood changes needed to make cycling the easy and obvious choice for local journeys.

If you live in, work in, or travel through Brixton Hill, Coldharbour, Ferndale, Herne Hill and Tulse Hill wards, then please come along.

PUBLIC MEETING arranged by Lambeth Cyclists 

Tuesday 1 April 2014 7.00pm at 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA 

Everyone welcome - please tell others

www.lambethcyclists.org.uk