Monday, 24 October 2016

High Tech architecture - join us for a ride

Our next architecture ride will be on Saturday 29 October.

Our next architecture ride - we may see some tall buildings.
We will look at British High Tech architecture in Inner London. The style is sometimes called Structural Expressionism and is found in railway stations, commercial buildings, and housing. We will see the Gherkin, the Lloyd’s Building, and much else, both good and bad!

We will consider some of the ideas behind the tradition, and how they work out, or sometimes fail to work out, in the buildings.

The ride will be led by Anthony Gilmour. Meet at 10.15 for 10.30am by the railway bridge near the junction of Lambeth Palace Road and Westminster Bridge Road (map).

We will stop for lunch at Inn the Park, the cafĂ© in St James’s Park. The ride will end at about 4.00pm.

For some background on the style, see this useful paper High Tech architecture (PDF download) by Colin Davies.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Last chance - Loughborough Junction masterplan consultation

Act this evening or tomorrow to comment on the Loughborough Junction masterplan.

The proposals for an increase in permeability for walking and cycling in the masterplan are welcome. Loughborough Junction includes parts of Coldharbour ward, which from census data has one of the lowest levels of car ownership in the UK, and Herne Hill ward which has the highest level of cycle journeys to work in south London.

At certain times of the day and night public transport in the area is at capacity.

Providing space for cycling is a more efficient use of road space than providing space for driving private motor vehicles, particularly for journeys of 5km or less.

Lambeth Cyclists want the master plan to include proposals for a wider network of high quality direct cycle routes, separate from high volumes and/or speeds of motor vehicle traffic from surrounding areas into and through Loughborough Junction. This is to accommodate the increase in cycle journeys that will be generated by the proposed development. In the short term cycling capacity will provide an opportunity for modal shift from saturated public transport.

We want the masterplan to refer to TfL’s “Healthy Streets” checklist. A healthy street is
one where people choose to walk and cycle.

Lambeth Cyclists require within curtilage cycle parking for all residents of the new development, and employees in the proposed businesses, and sufficient visitor cycle parking.

Act now: comment on the Loughborough Junction masterplan.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

First class architecture ride

Architecture rides are always elegantly designed
Lambeth Cyclists finally have their monthly architecture rides licked. Our next ride, this Saturday 1 October, will be a truly first class experience as we explore the architecture of Royal Mail and the postal office.

We'll be pushing the envelope as we tour Lambeth.

We'll meet at 2pm on Garrads Road opposite Prentis Road on the Streatham side of Tooting Commons. It's going to be an express ride around Lambeth finishing in Vauxhall.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Clear potential for children to cycle independently in London

Lambeth Cyclists is enormously encouraged by results from a survey we did on car-free day.  

30 out of 34 adults said they would let a pair of eleven year olds cycle, without an adult, to meet relatives or close family friends at the Tower of London, from Cornwall Road in Waterloo. It is clear that there is a willingness by adults to engage with the idea of children travelling independently by bike in inner London.

Safe space for cycling vital
Our survey also showed the importance of space for cycling away from traffic.The Tower of London is reached almost entirely by the segregated north-south and east-west cycle superhighways from Cornwall Road, itself on Quietway 1. 

The second favourite was Westminster Boating Base in Pimlico, which 24 out of 34 adults said their eleven year olds could cycle to (using London Cycle Network 3 via partially segregated Baylis Road to Hercules Roads and quiet backstreets to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, joining segregated Cycle Superhighway 5 across Vauxhall Bridge, then the wide cycle track of Cycle Superhighway 8 along the Thames).

As soon as less clear routes with the chance of more traffic came in the numbers fell away sharply. Just 3 out of 34 would definitely let the two eleven year olds cycle to meet family at Brixton markets or John Lewis on Oxford Street (with four putting half stars indicating 'maybe' to Brixton) - the lack of a straightforward route with very low levels of traffic or segregated tracks on main roads was a significant obstacle - even though we told the adults to assume they had cycled the route previously with the children.

The lack of segregated space for cycling on Waterloo and Westminster Bridges was an issue for many adults: despite most of the journey to Hyde Park being off road or on segregated tracks across Parliament Square, only 8 adults would definitely let the children cycle the direct route to it and two said 'maybe'. Similarly The British Museum across unsegregated Waterloo Bridge and fairly busy 'back' streets was considered doable by 7, with 4 'maybes'.

Finally, and firmly in the middle, was Millwall football club, following the sign-posted Quietway 1 on quiet back streets, with 12 definites, and three maybes. 

Lambeth Council has a cycling strategy, adopted by its cabinet, to make it the most cycle friendly borough. The borough's councillors want Lambeth to take a leap forward, to become a place where cycling is normal for everyone: young, old, women, men, rich and poor. There's still a way to go in the borough. The segregated space on main roads that the east-west and north-south superhighways enjoy shows the most promising way for Lambeth to achieve its ambition.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Lambeth Cyclists meeting Tue 20 Sept - agenda

Lambeth Cyclists Meeting  Agenda - Tuesday 20 September 2016, 7.30-9pm
Stockwell Centre, 1 Studley Rd, SW4 6RA (behind Stockwell Tube Station)

1. Attendees and apologies
Approval of minutes of last meeting
Matters arising not covered elsewhere in agenda

2. Events:
Lambeth Car Free Day – this Sat 24/9 12-4 Cornwall Road and Landor Road

3. Rides:
Bike to Work ride feedback
Omnibus Clapham Christmas Lights Ride Sunday 11th December
After work rides (pootle and a pint)
Kidical Mass / Pensioners Ride
Architecture Rides

4. Lambeth Air Quality Action Plan Consultation
and Anti-Idling community campaign

5. Speed Cameras
 Lambeth Safer Transport Team have just taken possession of 2 speed cameras and say “we have some staff trained, and hoping to arrange further training but are eager to start some speed work to make the road network safer…...I am bidding for training for my Constables to be trained so that we can use the speed guns to do enforcement work and send offenders to court.  I have some PCSOs trained so they can come out and do some work but they do not have the power to report offenders but can still warn."
Milkwood Road dates are planned for volunteers to do this - dates awaited from John Frankland, chair of local SNT.

6. Lambeth Council transport funding and Local Implementation Plan (submission due to TfL by end Oct)

7. Future meeting subjects and invited guests
Cllr. Brathwaite has been invited and Southwark Cyclists are trying to set up a joint meet with Southwark and Lambeth Director of Public Health.
Maybe we should invite Scott McDonald - Police Inspector for Lambeth Safer Transport Team Christmas social?

8. Area issues/news
a) North Lambeth (Charlie Holland - Bishops, Princes, Oval, Stockwell)
Quietway 1 (car free day and resurfacing)
Westminster Bridge Road segregated tracks and GSTT

b) East Brixton (Clare Neely - Vassall, Coldharbour, Herne Hill)

c) West Brixton (Simon Still - Larkhall, Ferndale, Brixton Hill)
CPZ informal consultation Residents Q&A Sat 1 Oct 10am to 4pm at Richard Atkins Primary School, New Park Road (How can we best ask people to support this?)

d) Clapham (Colin Penning - Clapham Town, Clapham Common, Thornton)
Windmill Drive: Consultation report should be out any moment now. What do we do if decision goes the wrong way?

e) Streatham (Charlie Ullman - Streatham Hill, St Leonard's, Streatham Wells, Streatham South)
Cavendish Rd: Consultation report should be out any moment. What do we do if measures are poor?
Tooting Common Quietway route – not expected until 2019
North-bound m/vehicle ban on Estreham Road between Greyhound Lane and Streatham High Road

f) Norwood (Paola Pagliarin - Tulse Hill, Thurlow Pk, Knight's Hill, Gipsy Hill)
Norwood Rd scheme developments

9. Social Media, Press, Newsletters
What can we do better and who can help?

10. AOB

11. Dates of next meetings - 20 Sept, 18 Oct (guest: Richard Lancaster, Lambeth Council Transport Project Delivery)

Lambeth Car Free Day

Celebrating better use of public space than just for cars, on Saturday 24 September Cornwall Road in Waterloo will be closed and filled with fun and music from noon to 5pm.

Lambeth’s sustainable travel team will be on hand to tell you about 'try before you bike' and cycle training.

The Lambeth Bike Market (which usually tours schools) is being showcased this year at Car Free Day – so if you have a bike to sell you can bring it on the day, or buy a quality second hand one for you or your child.

You can find more information on Lambeth council's Car Free Day page.