Thursday, 23 October 2014

Oval junction to be transformed: TfL plans get green light

The roads around Oval junction are set to be made much more cycle friendly following confirmation from Transport for London that they will go ahead with the ambitious plans for the junctions outlined in July.

TfL image of Kennington Park Road on lambethcyclists.org.uk

The original proposals, published in July 2014, were developed with Lambeth Cyclists and the wider London Cycling Campaign as part of the Mayor of London's Better Junctions initiative.

Following a public consultation in which the majority of responses welcomed the scheme the plans are set to be fully implemented.

This means that the four junctions at Kennington Park Road, Clapham Road, Camberwell New Road and Brixton Road will be redesigned to give priority to cyclists (see map below or on Tfl website). Additional measures such as banning left turns and introducing mandatory two metre cycle lanes will cut down on speeding traffic and make the area more cycle friendly. The green space in the middle of the road opposite Oval tube station is also set to be upgraded and improved. Work is set to begin in December 2014 and will be completed by April 2015.

TfL map of Oval junction improvements on lambethcyclists,org,uk


Read the full TfL  response to the consultation
See the original plans

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Free Dr Bike, bike marking and safety advice next Monday morning Wyvil Primary School SW8

Vauxhall Sky Gardens in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police are offering a free cycle safety awareness events next Monday morning, 27 October 2014, 7:30-10am at Wyvil Primary School, South Lanbeth Road, SW8.

Get your bike checked and adjusted so that its safe for autumn and winter riding, get it registered with the Police so that if found you can be easily reunited with it and see how to avoid getting into lorry drivers' blind spots.

Further information below
Cycle safety awareness event flyer on lambethcyclists,org,uk

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening 7:30pm Stockwell

We hope you can join us this evening, Tuesday 21 October 2014, for our meeting.

At the meeting we will be looking at all the latest cycling developments in the borough including the Loughborouh Junction and Myatt's Fields proposals. We also be looking at the Clapham Old Town redevelopment which opened to great fanfare at the start of the summer but can only be described as 'good in parts' for cyclists. We will be offering feedback on the development to Lambeth so that we hope it can be improved and made more cycle friendly.

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, 20 October 2014

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 25 October 2014: Regenerating London

Join us this Saturday, 25 October 2014 for our next easy going ride around aspects of the London cityscape. On this ride we will be looking at the theme of Regenerating London

The ride will visit three areas of large-scale regeneration in London to look at the architecture and design. We will also consider other social and environmental issues such as What is the provision for cycling? And public space? Have former industrial buildings been reused and converted successfully? Is there sufficient social housing?

Kings Cross (source www.kingscross.co.uk)
Photo of Olympics Velodrome on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Velodrome (source hopkins.co.uk)
We will start at a site of  regeneration in progress - the Elephant and Castle, and then continue up to Kings Cross, already substantially rebuilt with the new Granary Square and Central Saint Martins, plus new buildings by David Chipperfield and Allies and Morrison.

Heading east, the ride will then travel to the area in which the London 2012 Olympics took place including the Olympic Velodrome and Aquatic Centre as well as the Athletes' Village (now flats), four new innovative 'stumbling play' children's playgrounds (in the Olympic Park and Victoria Park), a new pagoda, several new bridges and sites of new developments in Fish Island and Hackney Wick, as well as the Olympic Park.

There will be a stop for lunch at a cafe, probably at Victoria Park, and we will aim to finish around 4.30pm in Stratford. Here you can either cycle back to Lambeth or take the train - DLR and London Overground allow bikes to be carried.




Meet: Saturday 25 October 2014 10.15am for a 10.30am start outside the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre West side, Walworth Road opposite the Strata (black and white building that looks like a lighter).

The ride will be led by Tessa Wright (07949 785258) and Tom Bogdanowicz.

All welcome: no need to let us know in advance, just turn up with a roadworthy bike

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The benefits of reducing through traffic: Support the Loughborough Junction and Myatt's Fields proposals

Lambeth Cyclists member Clare Neely here reflects on the benefits that ending rat runs and making the streets more people friendly have brought to her area to the South of Coldharbour Lane in Lambeth SE5.

Clare wites
The high cost of my contents insurance does not reflect the low number of burglaries. As our local police officer puts it "thieves like rat runs, makes it easy for them to escape"

I watch the pleasure on the faces of people walking and cycling through the area, as they enjoy our quiet residential streets.

Many of my neighbours objected vehemently to the proposal to close Cambria Rd - "it will increase my journey time", "the traffic on Herne Hill Road and Denmark Hill will come to a standstill" etc etc.

The traffic still flows as freely on Herne Hill Road, and Denmark Hill, probably  because many people now feel safe to walk and cycle, rather than drive.

Increase in journey time? Every neighbourhood is unique, but I found that because the amount of traffic was less without the rat running traffic, even though I had to drive further,  my overall journey time wasn't very different.

Based on my experience, I am a passionate supporter of the scheme for Loughborough Junction and Myatt's Fields.

I don't want my neighbours in those  areas to be denied the enormous pleasure of walking, cycling, and living, on a quiet residential street, without rat running traffic.

Support the proposed changes to Loughborough Junction and Myatt's Fields - complete the consultation form at www.lambeth.gov.uk/lj

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Can we create Space for Cycling in Loughborough Junction and Myatt's Fields?

Lambeth Council have outlined plans for improvements to Loughborough Junction and Myatt's Fields in SW9 and SE5 which will make the area safer for cyclists and more people friendly.

The area currently suffers from heavy through traffic making the local residential streets dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. This especially affects families using Myatt's Fields Park and school students walking to local primary schools and St Gabriel's College secondary school.

The Loughborough Junction area has one of the lowest rates of car ownership in the whole country - the latest census figures show that in Coldharbour Ward 69.5% of households do not have a car whilst in Vassall Ward 64% of people do not have a car

Lambeth propose closing Loughborough Road (see photo),  Barrington Road, Gordon Grove, Lilford Road, Calais Street and Padfield Road to cars. A new public space on Loughborough Road around Wyck Gardens will also be established for community use. In addition a new quietway for cyclists between Ruskin Park and Myatt;s Fields Park will be created which will make travelling between these two parks easy for cyclists and pedestrians of all ages, The new arrangements should reduce parked cars on the roads and will make any future controlled parking zone (if local residents agree) possible as the roads will have less traffic rat running through the area.

Local residents and businesses will still be able to fully access their homes, premises  and streets but may need to take a slightly different route. The reduction of through traffic should mean that journey times will be little changed.

The full proposals for Loughborough Junction and Myatt's Fields can be see on the Lambeth website at www.lambeth.gov.uk/lj. The deadline for submission of consultation responses is 22 October 2014.

You can see the proposals and talk to Lambeth traffic engineers about the plans at a special consultation drop-in meeting on Wednesday 15 October 2014 6:30-8:30pm at Longfield Hall, Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY

Lambeth Cyclists fully support these proposals as we believe that they will make the area far more people friendly. This is a real opportunity to make Space for Cycling in Lambeth.