Wednesday, 23 April 2014

How can we create space for cycling in Lambeth? Lambeth Cyclists Sustainable Transport Hustings meeting Wednesday 30 April 2014 7:30-9pm

Come along to our Sustainable Transport Hustings meeting in Stockwell on Wednesday 30 April 2014 to find out about what your next council will be doing for cycling and sustainable transport in Lambeth.

Lambeth Borough Council elections take place next month on Thursday 22 May 2014.

Over the next few days all the political parties in Lambeth will be launching their campaigns for this set of elections.

As in previous years we will be running a hustings meeting where we will be questioning the political parties on their policies on cycling and other sustainable transport issues.






Does each party support the Council's cycling strategy? 

How can we make space for cycling in Lambeth? 

How can we get everyone age 8-80 cycling?

Do all parties support the proposed 20mph limit?

Do they share the vision to make Lambeth the best borough for cycling in London?

And how do these policies fit in with broader sustainable transport policies? 

And how do they propose to work with TfL? 

Come and find out what each party thinks at our sustainable transport hustings.

Cycling is supported by all the main political parties in Lambeth but there are differences of opinion in how far the council should go in encouraging cycling. It is useful to find out exactly where each party stands. The hustings event provides us with an excellent opportunity to raise cycling and transport issues and build alliances in all of the political parties. These set the scene and bring long-term benefits– current council leader Lib Peck for example came along as Labour Environment spokesperson to our hustings before the 2006 elections.

The Lambeth Cyclists Sustainable Transport Hustings meeting will take place on Wednesday 30 April 2014 7:30 - 9:00pm at the Stockwell Community Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 (behind Stockwell tube station) - bike parking available inside the gates.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 26 April 2014: London's Street Furniture

This Saturday, 26 April 2014, join us for our latest leisurely ride around London when we will be looking at London street furniture - those items we all too frequently cycle or walk past without a second thought. This 10 mile all day trip around street furniture  is suitable for everyone.



Extend your familiarity with bollards, crossings, grit boxes and  other essential aspects of the streetscape. Along the way we’ll discover the first place in the world to have traffic lights, and stumble across the likes of the Duke of Wellington’s Mounting Block.


We will also visit the English Heritage Carscapes exhibition en-route (paid entry) and also stop for lunch (alternatively bring a packed lunch)

There is no need to book for this free ride - just turn up.

Meet 10:15am for 10:30 departure Saturday 26 April 2014 at entrance to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens next to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5HY.
The ride will end around 4pm near the Elephant and Castle.

Contact ride leader Charlie Holland -charlie@palaceofvariety.co.uk 07795 462568

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna's People’s Question Time on Cycling – Wed 23 April 2014

Streatham MP People's Question Time on Cycling: Wed 23 April


We've just received details of this event - a chance for you and/or your children to talk to some of the movers and shakers who can make Lambeth the best place for people of all ages and abilities to cycle.

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From: Chuka Umunna
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I’m writing because I know you have contacted me in the past about cycling and I wanted to invite you to a ‘People’s Question Time’ I am holding next week to talk about the issues you and other constituents have raised with me about this - particularly safety, infrastructure and support for cyclists.

I hold these People’s Question Time events on a variety of issues that there is a lot of concern about locally – they are designed to be an opportunity for residents to raise concerns directly with those who have the authority to improve the situation.

I have invited Lambeth Council and Transport for London, and the Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan, a representative of Lambeth cyclists, and the Metropolitan Police Cycle Taskforce Safety lead, have all agreed to speak on the panel at the event.

The event is being held at The Grand Union Bar (123 Acre Lane, SW2 5UA) between 7pm & 8.30pm on Wednesday 23 April 2014. There’s no need to RSVP though do email me if you have any queries about the event.
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Lambeth's Transport Plan (with targets to 2013/14) can be found here on the Lambeth website- have the targets for cycling modal share and reduction in ground-transport CO2 emissions been met?

Lambeth's Cycling Strategy is also on the Lambeth website

Lambeth Cyclists 'ask' for each ward that we want prospective candidates to sign up to can be found on our website here

Monday, 14 April 2014

London’s Street Furniture, a FREE Lambeth Cyclists' Architecture Ride - Sat 26 April 2014



Extend your familiarity with bollards, crossings, grit boxes and  other essential aspects of the streetscape. Along the way we’ll discover the first place in the world to have traffic lights, and stumble across the likes of the Duke of Wellington’s Mounting Block.


We will also visit the English Heritage Carscapes exhibition en-route, so you'll need to bring £4.20 or an English Heritage membership card to gain admittance, plus some money for lunch (or a packed lunch).

There is no need to book for this free c10 mile ride, just turn up on Saturday 26th April from 10.15 for a 10.30 am departure from the entrance to Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens next to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5HY. The ride will end around 4pm near the Elephant and Castle.

Lambeth Cyclists Meeting this Tuesday 15 April 2014

The Space for Cycling campaign has kicked off - Please, please make every effort to contact prospective Councillors and ask them to pledge their support to the asks for their ward. This is easy to do via http://action.space4cycling.org/ - please persuade as many other Londoners as you know to use the same link and spend a moment to do the same.

Some prospective Councillors have replied with questions, some with support, some not at all. We'll discuss how to step up the campaign at the meeting, plus we'll have Space for Cycling campaign posters, stickers etc. for you to take away.

Tuesday's meeting will be at the later than usual time of 8pm at the Crown and Anchor 
http://www.crownandanchorbrixton.co.uk/ 246 Brixton Road SW9 6AQ,

The meeting will be informal, so please come along and try the excellent ale etc.

More discussion is at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Lambeth_Cyclists/conversations/messages


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Free bike checks and advice this evening in Streatham

Lambeth Council's Sustainable Transport team will be running a Dr Bike session this evening, Wednesday 2 April 2014 , 4:30-7pm in Streatham: just off the Streatham High Road near St Leonard's Church, Babington Road, SW16 1HS. Come and get your bike checked for free
Lambeth Dr Bike on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Qualified bike mechanics will be on hand to give your bike a look over and offer help with adjustments and advice to keep it on the road through the winter.

Further information on the Lambeth website