Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Architecture ride: London's hotels

Join us on Saturday 29 April for our next architecture themed ride.

Explore the history and development of London's amazing hotel scene from Victorian and Edwardian exuberance through classic 1930s to imaginative and ingenious 21st century hotel conversions. 30 million tourists a year need somewhere to sleep!

Meet in the courtyard of the last surviving galleried coaching inn in London, the George Inn, 75-77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH at 10.30 am.

We aim to finish mid afternoon in time for a cup of tea in Hyde Park.

This ride will be led by Liz and Robin. For an queries on the day call Robin on 07769 978088.  

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Timid tackling of rat running in Streatham

Lambeth Council continues its Our Streets 'neighbourhood enhancement programme' and is looking at residential streets in Streatham that suffer rat running.
In Streatham Wells, the Our Streets programme hopes to have a positive impact on some of the most used roads in the area. This is your chance to share your thoughts on the proposals. 
Despite highlighting the dire need for action in and around Valley Road we think the plans could go further so that these residential streets are places children can ride their bikes. The plans do not seem to sit well with the council's own work on Healthy Streets.

The proposals include changing speed cushions to more cycle friendly modern 'sinusoidal' humps and very limited filtering of traffic. There will be some improvements for people on foot too but a more ambitious scheme, with cycle tracks and more filtering would make a real difference. Some other bits of the borough benefit from this, it's time Streatham starts to.

The proposals do not meet the London Cycling Level of Service included in TfL's Cycling Design Standards. 

Read the proposals and take part in the survey.

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

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.