Sunday, 15 January 2017

This Tuesday: Two guest speakers at Lambeth Cyclists meeting

Fantastic guests and an opportunity not to be missed at Tuesday's Lambeth Cyclists meeting!

Lambeth Council has commissioned a plan for a dense borough-wide Cycle Network of appealing and convenient routes, this is to further its ambition to become London's most cycle friendly borough for all people, young and old. We are delighted that Mark Strong has agreed to outline the work. Mark is managing consultant of Transport Initiatives which will draw up the Network.

As members of Lambeth Cyclists, with unparalleled local knowledge, we need to be able to review and comment constructively on the plan when it has been drawn up.

To our great pleasure, Dr Rachel Aldred, chair of LCC's Policy Forum, has offered to follow on from Mark's briefing. Rachel is Reader in Transport at the University of Westminster and teaches on the university's MSc Transport Planning and Management. Rachel will set out considerations for a high quality network and take us through an exercise where we devise a cycle network for an area of Lambeth.

The meeting is this Tuesday, 17 January, from 7.30 (sharp!) to 9pm at Stockwell Community Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 6RA (just behind Stockwell tube station). Please come along if you can.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Views sought this weekend on our draft Thornton Ward consultation response

The word document with our draft response, to be submitted on Monday, can be viewed on our Yahoo group here. Opinions and suggestions are welcome before we submit this.

We urge those who live in or pass through the ward (north of Tooting Common roughly to the South Circular) to reply too to the consultation survey at

Monday, 2 January 2017

Thornton Ward streets scheme consultation ends Jan 10th

Are these measures sufficient to get many children cycling to the many local schools and around the neighbourhood?

Please do comment using the survey on the website.

I'll draft a Lambeth Cyclists response so would welcome comments in answer to this post or by email to

Thanks (and Happy New Year)
Lambeth Cyclists Coordinator

Kennington / Oval Cycling Improvements Meeting this Thursday

If you live, work or visit the North Lambeth area (Prince's and Oval wards), the Council would like to find out your priorities for investing payments that are made by developers to fund local improvements. A Community Local Investment Plan (CLIP) is now being drawn up and your input would be appreciated.

What are your priorities for your streets, open spaces and places?

The money can be spent on capital items (e.g. cycle parking or segregated cycle tracks) or on revenue items (e.g. cycle mechanic training programmes).

Councillor Joanne Simpson has arranged a meeting to source ideas for cycling improvements in the area. It is this Thursday 5th January at 6.30pm, upstairs at the Black Prince pub, 6 Black Prince Rd, SE11 6HS. If you can't make the meeting but have a suggestion beforehand you'd like discussed please email it to

Ideas from the meeting will feed into Lambeth's Prince's and Oval wards CLIP consultation that runs until Friday 24 February 2017. Please reply to the survey there too.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Have your say: three more council consultations!

Ruskin Park to Kennington Park Greenway 

Read the details and respond by 18 December. Here are our comments.

1. Calais Street/ Cormont Road/ Halsmere Road Junction – support

2. Cormont Road/ Brief Street Junction – support

3. Knatchbull Road/ Lilford Road/ Minet Road Junction – it will provide Bikeability instructors at Loughborough Primary School on Minet Road with a headache. A conventional alternative option would be a mini roundabout, but will this leave Lilford Road dominant in reality?

Giving priority to traffic on Knatchbull and Minet Road crossing Lilford Road runs the risk of increasing rat-running on the these roads, plus drivers on Lilford Road may not respect the priority.
 Norwood area consultation on community priorities - Knight's Hill, Gipsy Hill and Thurlow Park wards
What are your priorities for your streets, open spaces and places? Lambeth council's consultation.

Our streets - the neighbourhood enhancement programme - Streatham and Clapham Park
Following the recent engagement done around the Our Streets programme, the council's gone to the drawing board to come up with proposals that cover the points raised by residents and businesses in the Thornton, St Leonards, Streatham Wells and Streatham South wards.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Consultation: improving Lambeth's 20mph streets

Don't speed past this consultation, act now to have your say on changes in different bits of Clapham and Streatham. You can respond now on Lambeth Council's website. These comments may help you.

A more structured approach to managing the road network programme, such that many roads become access only would be more effective than the majority of the measures outlined here. In principle therefore, we oppose most of these measures.

In the absence of sufficient political will from Lambeth to commit to such a scheme, we make these suggestions on the measures proposed.

1. Sherwood Avenue, Streatham
The Councillors in Streatham South ward signed up to the Lambeth Cyclists/LCC Space for Cycling ward requests:
  • Remove rat-running traffic between the A23 and the B272 (Greyhound Lane/Streatham Vale)
  • Rat runs at Glenister Park Road, Sherwood Road and Woodmansterne need to be controlled so only residents can reach their homes, or reduce the lanes so that HGVs do not use this route as a short cut in order to avoid Greyhound Lane and A23.

Possible closure at bridge on Glencairn Road. To improve the weaker measures proposed: The existing flare at the junction with Glenister Park Road makes the pedestrian crossing on the road unacceptably long, so the junction geometry needs tightening. This may be drawn on the plan, but the width can probably be further reduced.

Consideration could be given to changing the priority at the junction with Hawkhurst Road, as a means of reducing speed along Sherwood Ave.

Cycling with pedestrian priority should be permitted on the path between Sherwood Ave and Runnymede Crescent. The opportunity may exist within this scheme to make the kerb flush.

2. Leigham Court Road, Streatham
The volume and type of traffic here is likely to mean that, to score well on the Cycling Level of Service, separate space for cycling is required. The proposals do not address this.

Given the proximity of schools and the east-west desirability of the Mount Nod Road/Leigham Avenue cycle route, the priority should be changed so that users of Leigham Court Road give way at this junction. A pedestrian/cycle zebra would be a second, but poorer option as would a Toucan crossing.

We seek assurance that the scheme has been designed bearing in mind the Lambeth Cyclists Space for Cycling proposals that Streatham Wells Councillors signed up to:
  • Provide an adult and child friendly north-south route parallel to the A23 by filtering out through-motor traffic. 
  • Make Valley Road and Leigham Vale a quiet and green cycleway, using modal filtering to minimise motor traffic on these roads and preventing their use as a rat-run. This would link across Streatham Common to either Copley Park or Braxted Park, and north via Hillside Road. 
The opportunity should be taken to provide an excellent cycle crossing between Valleyfield Road and Leaf Grove. This should comply with the ward proposals signed up to by Councillors of Knight’s Hill ward. The Space for Cycling needed in this area is: Nurture children cycling in the Julian's Primary School area through reducing rat-running and filter out rat-running motor traffic within the area bounded by Knights Hill, Crown Lane/Dale, Streatham High Road and Christchurch Road - in particular St Julian's Farm Road to facilitate pupils at Julian's Primary School sites.

3. Gauden Road, Clapham
'1057 cycle markings' must be positioned in accordance with Bikeability training – that is not in the door zone. We support the junction treatments to bring forward the give way lines, lessen pedestrian crossing distance and improve geometry.

4. Streatham Lodge 
While the measures are inoffensive, we question whether the money needed to install raised tables may be better put towards implementing a more ambitious scheme to traffic management and enabling all ages cycling in this area.

The consultation closes 23 December. Read more and see plans Lambeth Council's website.