Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Discuss Lambeth's future cycling network this Thursday

Councillor Jenny Brathwaite, Lambeth's Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, is holding her first Healthy Streets Forum this Thursday in Brixton. The intention is to help shape Lambeth's Cycle Network strategy. Please come along if you would like to help Lambeth identify and prioritise steps towards creating a dense network of convenient cycle routes that appeal to all ages and abilities

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/healthy-streets-forum-help-shape-lambeths-cycle-network-strategy-tickets-32432247726

Monday, 13 March 2017

Architecture ride: Croydon, south London's Alphaville

Join us on Sunday 26 March for our next architecture themed ride.

The "Alphaville" of South London, Croydon is an ambitious, confident and sometimes gritty Edge City to its big sister just 10 miles away.

With more than its fair share of negative press since it was reborn in the 1960s and designed unashamedly for the car, nonetheless it has many architectural highlights.

We'll ride to see the famous skyscrapers of "mini Manhattan" as well as innovative housing estates, Medieval palaces and Victorian Gothic industrial architecture.

Join us on Sunday 26 March, we will meet at 10.30am outside East Croydon rail station. Note the change of date since our newsletter sent to members by post in early March.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

TfL reports back after Brixton Hill and Streatham Hill consultations

Lambeth based members of the London Cycling Campaign should have just received the latest London Cyclist magazine and the Lambeth Cyclists' newsletter in the post. Here is one of the updates from our newsletter.

Last autumn, Transport for London consulted on changes to bus lanes on Brixton Hill and on Streatham Hill. Now TfL has issued its responses to the issues raised in the consultations.

The two separate reports highlight the demand for improved cycling safety on this stretch of the A23, the summaries of most frequently made comments included:
  • Calls for protected cycling facilities along the A23 and at major junctions 
  • Calls for bus lane operating hours to be extended to improve cycling safety
     
Next steps: No space for cycling
Despite the arguments for safer cycling, the plans will proceed with only minor changes, which will leave this key route unappealing as a cycle option for most people. This presents a real challenge to Lambeth's cycle network and the Council and local councillors must press TfL for better conditions.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Make plans to join an architecture ride

Last year's Architecture Rides were rounded off in November with an absorbing tour of War Memorials, from the very obscure to the very grand, led by Marion Houghton.

Here are the rides we have arranged so far for this year:
  • Saturday 18 March - Croydon, ancient, modern, in between.
  • Saturday 29 April – Hotels, especially those converted from other uses.
  • May - The Victorian Battle of the Styles
  • June - Temporary buildings
  • August - second part of our exploration of Concrete in architecture, this time in south and east London.
  • September - a trip to Rotterdam and its architecture
  • October - Post-War Churches
  • November - Retro Retail
Dates and meeting times will be pinned down nearer the time, but expect the last weekend of the month. See Twitter for updates and reminders.

We may schedule more rides. Find out more about Lambeth Cyclists' rides.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

This Tuesday: Two guest speakers at Lambeth Cyclists meeting

Fantastic guests and an opportunity not to be missed at Tuesday's Lambeth Cyclists meeting!

Lambeth Council has commissioned a plan for a dense borough-wide Cycle Network of appealing and convenient routes, this is to further its ambition to become London's most cycle friendly borough for all people, young and old. We are delighted that Mark Strong has agreed to outline the work. Mark is managing consultant of Transport Initiatives which will draw up the Network.

As members of Lambeth Cyclists, with unparalleled local knowledge, we need to be able to review and comment constructively on the plan when it has been drawn up.

To our great pleasure, Dr Rachel Aldred, chair of LCC's Policy Forum, has offered to follow on from Mark's briefing. Rachel is Reader in Transport at the University of Westminster and teaches on the university's MSc Transport Planning and Management. Rachel will set out considerations for a high quality network and take us through an exercise where we devise a cycle network for an area of Lambeth.

The meeting is this Tuesday, 17 January, from 7.30 (sharp!) to 9pm at Stockwell Community Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 6RA (just behind Stockwell tube station). Please come along if you can.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Views sought this weekend on our draft Thornton Ward consultation response


The word document with our draft response, to be submitted on Monday, can be viewed on our Yahoo group here. Opinions and suggestions are welcome before we submit this.

We urge those who live in or pass through the ward (north of Tooting Common roughly to the South Circular) to reply too to the consultation survey at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/housing/regeneration/our-streets-the-neighbourhood-enhancement-programme