Friday, 24 June 2016

Come on our easy-going cycle ride looking at the London architecture of mental health this Saturday departs Bow 10:45am

We hope you can join us this Saturday, 25 June 2016, for our latest easy-going ride around the London cityscape. On Saturday we will be looking at the architecture of mental health.

How we 'treat' people with mental health problems has varied over the years from medical approaches where patients were locked up away from society to more community-based approaches which have sought to integrate treatment in the community so that people can live as full a life as possible. This cycle-ride will look at some of the significant sites of these different approaches.

Our guided tour will start at Kingsley Hall which was designed by Charles Cowles Voysey, son of C F A Voysey. Associated with radical movements, it housed Mahatma Gandhi in 1931.

Kingsley Hall represents an enduring question: is medication (and maybe psychotherapy) the appropriate treatment for mental ill health, or is empathy, 'being with' people who are undergoing psychotic experiences the curative factor? R D Laing came from a conventional treatment background. At Kingsley Hall from 1965-70 he presided over a radical anti-psychiatry experiment, where 'the sprawling house became an asylum in the original Greek sense of the word: a refuge, a safe haven for the psychotic and the schizophrenic, where there were no locks on the doors and and no anti-psychotic drugs were administered. Kingsley Hall's most famous resident was Mary Barnes, who covered the walls with finger paintings made first with her own excrement and later with paints. Today Kingsley Hall appears more conventional; even so, it hosted a mental health survivors' event for FEEL (Friends of East End Loonies) in 2010.(For further information see Observer - Kingsley Hall: RD Laing's experiment in anti-psychiatry)

Leaving, we'll ride down Bow Road on the CS2 to Aldgate East, turning off at Leman Street, for lunch in or around St Katherine's Dock. Around 2-2:30 we'll set off, riding across Tower Bridge, in the direction of the Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell and possibly the ORTUS, the Maudsley's learning and events centre in Grove Lane.

Meet 10:45 outside Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, Bow, E3 3HJ. (Nearest bike-friendly stations Bromley-by-Bow, Devons Road, and Bow Church: check for closures). This will be an easy going all-day ride with a pub lunch stop. No need to book - just turn up. Please ensure your bike is roadworthy. Contact Geraldine on 07739 232598 for further information.




Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Free Lambeth Dr Bike adjustments, information and advice this evening 5:30-7:30pm in Kennington near Oval tube station

This evening, Wednesday 22 June 2016, Lambeth's Dr Bike team will be offering free bike checks 5:30 -7:30pm opposite Oval tube station on Kennington Park Road, SE11. Come along and get your bike ready for summer cycling 

The Dr Bike team can fix basic problems, adjust your bike and offer advice on further action if required. The Police will also be attendance security registering and marking bikes. In addition the HGV awareness team will give you the opportunity to sit inside a lorry cab and get advice on how best to position yourself in the road so that you are not in the driver's blindspots.


Monday, 20 June 2016

Hear from Lambeth's new transport manager at the Lambeth Cyclists meeting this Tuesday, 7:30pm, Stockwell

We hope you can join us this in Stockwell Tuesday, 21 June 2016, for our regular monthly meeting.

At the meeting we will be hearing from Simon Philips who has recently been appointed as Lambeth's new transport manager. He will be giving an overview of developments in the borough and future initiatives where we can work with the council to further the council's aim of making Lambeth the most cycle-friendly borough. It will also be a chance to ask any cycling related questions you have.

This meeting is also our annual meeting at which we will be electing a new management committee to take forward Lambeth Cyclists over the next year.

Its your chance to get involved - there are various roles in influencing the council, Transport for London and the public, organising events and rides, communicating with members and working to make our borough more cycle and people friendly. Do get in touch if you would like more information.

We will also be looking forward to forthcoming events including the Lambeth Country Show (16-17 July) and the Floral Ride we are running to the show on that Sunday.

We hope to see you there!


The meeting takes place on Tuesday 21 June 2016 7:30-9pm at the Stockwell Community Centre, 1 Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 (behind Stockwell tube station: lots of cycle parking available)

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 25 June 2016: Architecture of mental health

We hope you can join us this Saturday, 25 June 2016, for our latest easy-going ride around the London cityscape. On Saturday we will be looking at the architecture of mental health.

How we 'treat' people with mental health problems has varied over the years from medical approaches where patients were locked up away from society to more community-based approaches which have sought to integrate treatment in the community so that people can live as full a life as possible. This cycle-ride will look at some of the significant sites of these different approaches.

Our guided tour will start at Kingsley Hall which was designed by Charles Cowles Voysey, son of C F A Voysey. Associated with radical movements, it housed Mahatma Gandhi in 1931.

Kingsley Hall represents an enduring question: is medication (and maybe psychotherapy) the appropriate treatment for mental ill health, or is empathy, 'being with' people who are undergoing psychotic experiences the curative factor? R D Laing came from a conventional treatment background. At Kingsley Hall from 1965-70 he presided over a radical anti-psychiatry experiment, where 'the sprawling house became an asylum in the original Greek sense of the word: a refuge, a safe haven for the psychotic and the schizophrenic, where there were no locks on the doors and and no anti-psychotic drugs were administered. Kingsley Hall's most famous resident was Mary Barnes, who covered the walls with finger paintings made first with her own excrement and later with paints. Today Kingsley Hall appears more conventional; even so, it hosted a mental health survivors' event for FEEL (Friends of East End Loonies) in 2010.(For further information see Observer - Kingsley Hall: RD Laing's experiment in anti-psychiatry)

Leaving, we'll ride down Bow Road on the CS2 to Aldgate East, turning off at Leman Street, for lunch in or around St Katherine's Dock. Around 2-2:30 we'll set off, riding across Tower Bridge, in the direction of the Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell and possibly the ORTUS, the Maudsley's learning and events centre in Grove Lane.

Meet 10:45 outside Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, Bow, E3 3HJ. (Nearest bike-friendly stations Bromley-by-Bow, Devons Road, and Bow Church: check for closures). This will be an easy going all-day ride with a pub lunch stop. No need to book - just turn up. Please ensure your bike is roadworthy. Contact Geraldine on 07739 232598 for further information.




Saturday, 18 June 2016

Decorate your bike and join us for the Lambeth Floral Ride to the Country Show on Sunday 17 July 2016

We hope you can join us on Sunday 17 July 2016 for a joint Lambeth Council / Lambeth Cyclists ride from Lower Marsh, near Waterloo Station and Streatham Common, to the Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park, SE24.
Photo on bike decorated with flowers on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Decorate your bike with local flowers and join one of our friendly and inclusive rides from the North and South of the borough to the Lambeth Country Show - both rides depart Sunday 17 July 2016, 11:30am.

To find out more and to sign up see the Get involved section of the Lambeth Country Show website
Lambeth floral ride flyer on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Friday, 17 June 2016

Come on the Lambeth Midsummer's Dream cycle ride this Sunday - departs Clapham SW4 2:30

This Sunday, 19 June 2016, Lambeth Sustainable Transport, Omnibus and Cycle Confident are putting on a magical bike ride to celebrate Midsummer.

Cyclists of all ages and abilities are welcome on the ride which departs from Omnibus Clapham (the old library) at 2:30pm.

Featuring a trick cyclist, stilt walking & a frantic lover's chase from the cast of Shakespeare’s finest comedy, all in the glorious summer sun.

Safely escorted by Cycle Confident marshals, we’ll be starting at the Polygon in Clapham Old Town and making our way round Clapham Common right through to Larkhall Park with many a sight to see along the route!

A magical experience for cyclists of all skills and ages that is not to be missed.

A Midsummer’s Dream Cycle Ride is brought to you by Omnibus, Lambeth Sustainable Transport and Cycle Confident.

Adults £3 (plus booking fee) and free admission for children accompanied by an adult. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Wheels for Wellbeing cycling disability charity.

Departs Omnibus, the Polygon, Clapham, SW4 0JG 2:30pm 19 June 2016.

For more information see Omnibus website or book your place