Friday, 9 December 2016

Consultation: Two-way cycling in one-way streets

Lambeth Council is consulting on allowing two-way cycling on all one-way streets.

Lambeth Council says:
Lambeth Council’s policy is to encourage cycling by making it an attractive transport option to all types of people. The bicycle can be given a major advantage over motorised modes by making cycle access more direct and extensive. Allowing two-way cycling in one-way streets is one way this is achieved, delivering the following benefits for cyclists
  • improved local access
  • reduced journey distances and times 
  • more route choices. 
About 40 streets in Lambeth have already been converted from standard one-way streets to, one-way streets that allow legal two-way cycling. There are still about 70 one-way street in the borough where cyclist cannot legally cycle in both directions. We are working to bring two-way cycling to all one-way streets in Lambeth.

Please support the plans but add what additional measures would be beneficial, for example a ban on large lorries using a street as a cut through or better signage.

Read more and respond Lambeth's consultation today. It closes on 18 December.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Got an idea for a ride?

Last month's architecture ride looked at war memorials.
Photo thanks to Angela Salt.
Have you got an idea for a ride? Want to get involved in planning and leading our rides?

We are always on the lookout for new ideas for rides and would welcome your input – we can help you with routes, planning and leading. We run regular ‘architecture’ rides – usually monthly – looking at the built environment or interesting features of the London landscape.

The rides generally take place on the last weekend of the month starting mid–morning from a Lambeth or nearby location and lasting all day. If you have other ideas, maybe for shorter rides, longer distances or different starting points we are happy to incorporate them into the 2017 ride programme.

If you are interested in suggesting rides please contact us for more details.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Our next Architecture Ride: War Memorials

Venture in to Southwark with us on Saturday 19 November for our next Architecture Ride, on the subject of War Memorials.

There are over 100,000 war memorials in the UK, about 3,500 of these are in London and over 300 are in Southwark alone.

In this remembrance month of November we will explore a very small selection of the lesser known memorials including, of course World Wars I and II but also visit those from other conflicts and which commemorate different groups of victims.

We'll start and end our ride south of the river, with a foray into Westminster to sample some more ostentatious sites of remembrance.

Start is at 10am from the Southwark War Memorial (pictured) on Borough High St, just south of London Bridge. It is next to the Slug and Lettuce pub and almost opposite the historic George Inn. We'll finish in the Waterloo area mid-late afternoon.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Meet Lambeth's Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability at our next meeting.

Join us at our meeting on 15 November when Cllr Jenny Brathwaite, cabinet member for environment and sustainability, will discuss local cycling issues and answer our questions.

To help get the best out of the time, you can send questions in advance. We will consolidate questions and send most to Jenny before the meeting. This will help get more answers but it would be great if people with questions can come along to ask them and to discuss answers.

Join us on Tuesday 15 November, 7:30pm at Stockwell Community Centre, Studley Road, Stockwell, SW4 6RA. This is just behind Stockwell tube station and there is plenty of cycle parking in the Centre's forecourt.

All welcome. Dates for Lambeth Cyclists monthly meetings.

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.