Architecture ride: Walter Segal and Self-Build

Walter Segal self build in London.
Picture by London Permaculture on Flickr.
Meet in Brockwell Park on Saturday 22 July for our next architecture themed ride.

With the housing shortage being much in discussion these days, especially in London, it is interesting to learn of an approach to housing that offers one solution - that of 'self-build'.

This ride will look at the housing that was built by self-help communities using the building techniques of Walter Segal. Segal devised a way of simplifying the process of building so that it could be undertaken by anyone, at low cost, and much quicker than conventional building. The building method eliminates the need for 'wet' trades such as bricklaying and plastering, resulting in a lightweight method which can be built with minimal experience and is ecologically sound.

Our tour will look at some examples of this type of building in South East London, going through Lewisham, and then making our way up to Surrey Docks Farm.

Meet: 10.30 outside the cafe (north side) in the middle of Brockwell Park.
Contact on the day: Philip Loy, 07577 293885

Women's Festival of Cycling ride

From Ama Asante via Olive Morris and Angela Carter, to Lillian Baylis remarkable, brilliant women have always lived and worked in Lambeth.

Women from the Lambeth Cyclists will lead a ride for men and women around Lambeth on Saturday 8 July as part of the national Women's Festival of Cycling.

We will visit a number of places associated with famous Lambeth women, the Streatham school where supermodel Naomi Campbell studied and the Brixton school designed by world famous architect Zaha Hadid, the site of the South London Women's hospital founded by two of the first women surgeons, and Vauxhall Park which owes its existence to suffragette Millicent Fawcett and campaigner for social housing and open spaces Octavia Hill.

New Lambeth Cyclists committee elected

At our annual meeting, held on Tuesday 20 June, we elected a new management committee for Lambeth Cyclists.
Lambeth Cyclists logo

The 2017-18 Lambeth Cyclists management committee is

Coordinator Charlie Holland

Treasurer Chris James

Secretary Charlie Ullman

Communications and campaigns Colin Penning

Infrastructure Simon Still and Clare Neely

Other committee members Lucy Swanson and Paola Pagliarin

Lambeth Cyclists is the Lambeth borough group of the London Cycling Campaign, registered charity 115789.

All are welcome at our monthly meetings.

Help make the difference to cycling in Lambeth

Our regular meeting this month includes our AGM. Come on along tomorrow evening from 7.30pm.

Lambeth has the largest LCC membership of any borough in London, with more than 1000 members. We know many of you take time to respond to consultations, ask questions of your councillors and help in many other ways. Thank you!

Over the coming year we would really like to boost our activity.

Could you join the Lambeth Cyclists’ committee?

You don’t need any experience or qualifications, just an interest in promoting cycling in Lambeth and a few hours you can spare each month.

If this might be of interest, come to our AGM tomorrow, Tuesday 20 June, 7.30pm to 9pm at the Stockwell Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 6RA. There's bike parking at the venue.

Alternatively email Charlie, Lambeth Cyclists' Coordinator. If you don’t want to join the committee, you’d still be very welcome to attend the meeting!

Calling Dr Bike!

Lambeth Council’s free Dr Bike events return on Wednesday evenings through the summer.

Dr Bike will look at your brakes, tyres, gears and the general road-worthiness of your bike.

The Dr Bike mechanics will fix any problems if it's possible to do it there and then. Otherwise they will tell you what is wrong so you can take your bike to a bike shop and explain the problem.


The police will be at the events marking bikes and adding details to BikeRegister.com. This can deter theft and will ensure that your details are on a nationwide database so if your bike is stolen, it is more likely to be returned to you.

The next few dates (Wednesdays, 5-8pm):

  • 24 May – Waterloo, outside James Maxwell Clerk Building, opposite Imax.
  • Special event: Saturday 27 May – Common People, Clapham Common bandstand, 1.30 - 7pm
  • 31 May – Stockwell, memorial garden on South Lambeth Road
  • 7 June – Brixton, Windrush Square
  • 14 June – Kennington, opposite Oval tube
  • 21 June – Clapham, at the junction of Cedars Road and Clapham Common Northside
  • 28 June – Waterloo, outside James Maxwell Clerk Building, opposite Imax.

More details about these and more Dr Bike events on Lambeth Council's website.

Architecture ride - medieval and Tudor south-west London

Our next architecture themed ride, an exploration of medieval and Tudor south-west London, will take place on Saturday 27 May.

Join us for a leisurely ride looking at the surprisingly numerous, but often overlooked, Medieval and Tudor buildings in south-west London.

This train assisted ride will start at Vauxhall station where we will catch the train to Chessington South before heading on a route taking in Old Malden, Kingston, Ham and finally Richmond upon Thames. We will then either take the train or ride back to Vauxhall.

The easy-going ride will be mostly along back roads and lanes. We will stop for lunch at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park.

Meet Saturday 27 May at 9.35am on the north side of Vauxhall Station to catch the 9.50am train to Chessington South. Or, join the train at Clapham Junction at 9.55am. Alternatively, meet us at Chessington at 10.20am

This ride will be led by Anthony. Contact number on the day: 07951 572330.