Friday, 28 November 2014

How did London deal with death? Find our tomorrow on our architecture ride

Join us tomorrow (Saturday 29 November 2014) for our next ride around the London landscape when we will be looking at how the city has dealt with death over the years.

Come on this easy-going all day ride for a tour of some quiet green places that hardly anyone notices, forgotten and overlooked in the bustle of London life, some of which were once scenes of unimaginable filth and squalor that eventually gave rise to public outrage.
London plague pit - photo Historic-uk.com

Often street names and plaques are the only clues in this treasure hunt of social history which will take us to public gardens, lonely burial grounds and lumpy churchyards.

This leisurely, largely level ride with frequent stops will cover sites in the East End and possibly Hackney and Camden if time permits.

This will be an all-day ride with a lunch stop. We will aim be back in central London by around 4.30 so you will need lights.

Meet: Saturday 29 November 2014 10:00am for 10:15 start at Drury Lane Gardens, Covent Garden. near junction Russell St and Drury Lane, WC2B 5SN. Latecomers can catch us up at St Bride's, Fleet St, our first stop.

Ride led by Marion Houghton. For further information on the ride contact Mark Knox - 07765 945530/ mpknox@care4free.net

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Get your bike security marked this Saturday in Clapham Park

This Saturday, 29 November 2014, get your bike security marked from 10am - 4pm at Mullins Place, Clapham SW4 (just off Kings Avenue)

Free bike security marking poster on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Free Dr Bike checks and adjustments this evening Waterloo Roundabout SE1

Lambeth Council are running their popular Dr Bike service on Wednesdays in November at various locations around the borough. 

This evening, Wednesday 26 November 2014, the team will be offering bike checks at the Waterloo Roundabout (Outside King's College opposite the Imax cinema)

The Dr Bike team can fix basic problems, adjust your bike and offer advice on further action if required. In many cases the Police also attend these sessions to advise on security and offer a security registration and marking service.

Dr Bike runs at the following locations
12 November Oval Triangle: opposite Oval tube station. SE11
19 November Clapham Common Northside: opposite junction with Cedars Road, SW4
26 November Waterloo: outside James Clerk Maxwell building opposite Imax, SE1

All sessions run 5:30-7:30pm and are subject to weather conditions


Monday, 24 November 2014

Tfl propose Space for Cycling in Stockwell: one-way system to be replaced by crossroads

Transport for London have released plans for Stockwell which will create real Space for Cycling with the transformation of the area to make it cycle and people-friendly.


In line with TfL's recent proposals for Vauxhall Cross the one-way gyratory system on the A3 Clapham Road near Stockwell tube station will be replaced with a crossroads (as set out in the artist's impression above). A new public space will be created linking the Memorial Gardens, currently in the middle of the gyratory system, with Stockwell tube station and the A203 South Lambeth Road.

The Stockwell gyratory system is used by thousands of cyclists daily and the number of cyclists using the junction has more than doubled since 2001. TfL are now planning for the future when they anticipate that the number of cyclists will continue to grow.

TfL have long recognised the danger for cyclists at this junction, it featured in the 100 dangerous junctions list and has long been in line for an upgrade to make it more cycle-friendly. Making the Stockwell gyratory system more cycle friendly has been one of our campaigning aims: Lambeth Cyclists welcome these proposals as a step towards making Lambeth and London more cycle-friendly.

In the proposals Tfl plan to

  • Separate cyclists from general traffic on Clapham Road between Stockwell Road and Stockwell Terrace and install a separate signal phase to allow cyclists to continue straight ahead whilst vehicles turning left are held at the lights.
  • Allow cyclists to enter the Clapham Road/Stockwell Road junction ahead of all other traffic by having a separate green signal for cyclists only.
  • Introduce new sections of cycle lanes on Stockwell Road and South Lambeth Road.
  • Make changes to the Advanced Stop Lines (ASL).  An ASL allows cyclists to wait in front of other traffic at lights and makes them more visible to other motorists.  Other vehicles wait at a second stop line behind the cyclist area. The space for cyclists would be increased to seven metres, to accommodate the increasing number of people cycling in the area.
  • Widen the bus lanes on Clapham Road, south of Stockwell Road and Binfield Road.  This would give cyclists room to pass buses without crossing into the lane with other moving traffic. To provide the extra space, we would reduce the width of footway on both sides of the road. On the side of the station entrance the pavement would be six metres wide, with approximately three metres width on the Post Office side.  The remaining footways would be wide enough for pedestrians, even at the busiest times of day.

To improve the area for the local community (that is us Lambeth residents) TfL would:
  • Remove the gyratory by closing the southern part of South Lambeth Road.
  • Connect Stockwell Memorial Garden, which curently lies in the centre of the gyratory, with the surrounding area.
  • Provide more trees and seating to make the area more pleasant and accessible for residents

The full proposals are available on the TfL website: Have your say on changes to Stockwell Cross

Consultation on the proposals is open to 18 January. We will be responding to the proposals and would urge all cyclists and local residents who use the junction to respond to the consultation.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening in Stockwell

We hope you can join us this evening, Tuesday 18 November 2014, for our meeting.

At the meeting we will be looking at all the latest cycling developments in the borough including the new proposals for Vauxhall Cross.We will also be talking about future rides, the Made in Lambeth event and plans for next year. All welcome - we usually go on to a pub nearby afterwards to continue discussions.

The meeting will take place at the Stockwell Resource Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 7:30-9:00pm. The Centre is located behind Stockwell tube station with cycle parking in the forecourt.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 29 November 2014: Forgotten Cemeteries and Plague Pits

Join us on Saturday 29 November 2014 for our next ride around the London landscape when we will be looking at how the city has dealt with death over the years.

Come on this easy-going all day ride for a tour of some quiet green places that hardly anyone notices, forgotten and overlooked in the bustle of London life, some of which were once scenes of unimaginable filth and squalor that eventually gave rise to public outrage.
London plague pit - photo Historic-uk.com

Often street names and plaques are the only clues in this treasure hunt of social history which will take us to public gardens, lonely burial grounds and lumpy churchyards.

This leisurely, largely level ride with frequent stops will cover sites in the East End and possibly Hackney and Camden if time permits.

This will be an all-day ride with a lunch stop. We will aim be back in central London by around 4.30 so you will need lights.

Meet: Saturday 29 November 2014 10:00am for 10:15 start at Drury Lane Gardens, Covent Garden. near junction Russell St and Drury Lane, WC2B 5SN. Latecomers can catch us up at St Bride's, Fleet St, our first stop.

Ride led by Marion Houghton. For further information on the ride contact Mark Knox - 07765 945530/ mpknox@care4free.net