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 envelop 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
 http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/lambeth-air-quality-action-plan-2017-to-2022
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 http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/proposed-controlled-parking-zone-brixton-hill-area 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.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Act now: changes to Brixton Hill and Streatham Hill

Transport for London is consulting on changes to bus lanes and some junctions on Brixton Hill and on Streatham Hill.

Respond by 14 September to give your views on changes that could see bus lanes extended in length, width and time at different places over Brixton Hill and Streatham Hill.

Disappointingly, segregated cycle lanes are not part of the plans, despite the space available.There are no reasonable alternative routes between Brixton and Streatham and the road is heavily used by cyclists.

The August meeting of Lambeth Cyclists supported the view of Andrew Gilligan when he was London’s cycling commissioner, that this stretch of road was suitable for and in need of segregated cycling. As an absolute minimum, the road should have wider, continuous and 24-hour bus lanes.

Respond to the consultations now:

Friday, 19 August 2016

Make concrete plans to join our next architecture ride

The next Lambeth Cyclists Architecture ride will be on Saturday 27 August.

Concrete One

Trellick Tower 02
Trellick Tower
Concrete is one of the most widely-used building materials, but it is often associated with the architecture of the 1960s, and in particular the style known as brutalism, from the French b├ęton brut, raw concrete. Come and join us for a tour of concrete buildings – from the 1960s and before and since - of West and North London, to decide whether you think these concrete icons deserve the term ‘monstrosity’ or ‘marvel’.

The ride will start at Hyde Park Barracks at 10.30am. 

We will stop for lunch somewhere around Camden and aim to finish in central London at around 4pm.

Meet at South Carriage Drive opposite the tower of Hyde Park Barracks. As South Carriage Drive is closed westbound at the moment, it will be easier to approach from Exhibition Road and turn right.

All welcome, no need to book. 

The ride will be led by Geraldine, Mark and Tessa. If you have any queries contact Tessa on 07949 785258.


Photo: Trellick Tower, by Edwardx (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons