Join the discussion and share your views

Plans included in some consultations are better than others.
Help us make them better.
Join our online discussion on the Lambeth Cyclists email group.

Let others know what's going on in your part of the borough and help inform Lambeth Cyclists' response to consultations.

Recent discussions include:

  • Potential for a route on Tulse Hill
  • Lambeth Healthy Routes consultation
  • Support for two-way cycling on one-way roads.
Visit and sign up to the Lambeth Cyclists email group

Dr Bike this winter

Lambeth Council’s free Dr Bike events run every other Wednesday evening through the winter.

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 next few sessions, all 5-7.30pm:
  • 13 December – Brixton, Windrush Square
  • 27 December – opposite Metropolis Motorcycles, 60-62 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TP
  • 10 January – Kennington Triangle, opposite Oval tube.

Healthy Routes consultation

You can respond to Lambeth Council’s Healthy Routes consultation.

This is no long form to fill in, simply click the map and add a note.

It’s easy to sign up. You can then like comments others have made, and it’s easy to add your own pins and comments on places where you’d like to see changes.

We’d suggest two things to consider when responding:
  • Some routes have really clear potential to increase cycling, such as a good cycle track up the A23 and sorting out the messy junction south in Brixton at Coldharbour Lane and Acre Lane. Please put a pin in and support others at key opportunities like these.
  • Check for destinations you and your family could cycle to, for example supermarkets, leisure centres, schools and work. Would the routes already shown make this much better, in which case praise them, or are improvements needed in which case say what.
View the map and add comments.

Architecture themed ride - concrete two

Our next Architecture Ride will be on Saturday 30 September and will be the second episode of our exploration of the many and dazzling things that can done with an often maligned building material - Concrete!

Following last year's Concrete One ride in West and North London, we are now running Concrete Two, visiting some concrete delights of South London and the City.

While concrete is often associated with the architecture of the 1960s, and in particular the style known as brutalism, it remains a widely-used building material, employed both for its structural and aesthetic qualities. The ride will include some 60s and 70s 'classics' as well as more recent buildings that make full use of this versatile and varied building material.

Meet at the entrance to Stockwell Bus Garage on Lansdowne Way, SW4 at 10.45.
Stockwell bus garage. Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0
The ride, which will be easy-paced and as much as possible on quiet roads, will finish on the South Bank at around 4.00pm, with lunch along the way.

Ride led by Tessa Wright and Mark Knox. Enquiries - Mark 07765 945530.

New Brixton Hill plans will make conditions worse

TFL has another consultation on plans for Brixton Hill, this time to speed up the traffic turning into both Dumbarton Road and Upper Tulse Hill. Brixton Hill is a major cycle artery with poor conditions for cycling.

Plans are described as a ‘vulnerable road users safety scheme’. However, it is clear that the scheme has been designed not to protect or improve conditions for vulnerable road users but to speed up the motor vehicle movements that are causing the danger. Motor vehicle on motor vehicle collisions may be reduced but conditions for people walking or on bikes will be worse.

Removing some bus lane
The new plans include the removal of some bus lane. This February TFL’s consultation response on changes to bus lanes on Brixton Hill rejected calls for protected cycling facilities arguing “proposals provide benefits to cyclists with the improved continuity of bus lanes”. By TFL’s own logic removing sections of bus lane will be a dis-benefit to cyclists.

On sections of Brixton Hill where bus lanes are not continuous and at times when lanes are not operating vehicles commonly undertake at speed causing significant danger and discomfort for people on bikes.

See TFL's plan and email your response to TFL by 13 October.

Volume of traffic turning at speed
The danger for pedestrians and cyclists comes from the volume of traffic and the speed at which it turns into and out of these side roads. The existing build-outs were installed with the aim of slowing turning traffic to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety. Widening the junction entrances will increase vehicle and worsen conditions for for people walking and cycling.

A recent survey of residents by Brixton Hill councillors identified both Dumbarton Road and Tulse Hill Road as having major problems with fast, aggressive, rat-running traffic. The scheme states as a "benefit" that removal of the kerb build out pinch point will ease congestion at the junction. This is likely to increase the volume of traffic using these roads as rat runs and exacerbate already poor conditions on these residential streets. Pinch points were added to nearby New Park Road in 2016 with the explicit aim of increasing congestion and discouraging use, albeit with very limited success.

Rat running on residential roads
The problem to be addressed is a rat run on residential roads that crosses an A-road causing danger to both motorised traffic and vulnerable road users.

The solution to that problem is not to make that rat run easier. The solution is to block it through modal filters either at the junctions or in the streets beyond. Lambeth Cyclists is strongly against the proposed changes which will have a negative impact for people riding bikes.

Council Elections - we still need space for cycling

Next May's council elections will be here quicker than you might like.

With the elections just a few months away it is time to review progress made by your councillors against the 'ward asks' they pledged to support four years ago before being elected.

What you can do now:
  • Check out what was demanded in your ward
  • Email your councillors (who? search with your postcode) with your comments and questions on progress during their term in power.