Friday, 29 April 2016

Ride this Saturday afternoon to look at the good and bad public spaces of Lambeth and Southwark

Join us this Saturday, 30 April 2016, for our next easy-going ride when we will be looking at the public realm.
   
Public realm is the space around and between buildings. We will visit various public spaces in Southwark and Lambeth, and the cycle routes between them, to consider questions such as: Does good design encourage walking and cycling? Do public spaces encourage us to meet our fellow citizens face to face? Do public realm improvements lead to gentrification?

Jan Gehl (whose career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist) said: "First life, then spaces, then buildings – the other way around never works"; and “In a Society becoming steadily more privatized with private homes, cars, computers, offices and shopping centers, the public component of our lives is disappearing. It is more and more important to make the cities inviting, so we can meet our fellow citizens face to face and experience directly through our senses. Public life in good quality public spaces is an important part of a democratic life and a full life”.
Image of Van Gogh Walk, SW9 on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Van Gogh Walk public realm, SW9 (source Van Gogh Walk website)
   
Come and find out whether Lambeth and Southwark have achieved this in some of the two boroughs’ public spaces.

Ride Saturday 30 April 2016 starts at 2pm beside City Hall (Potters Field Park side), SE1 2AA finishing at around 4.30 in Clapham. The ride will be led by Clare Neely and Tessa Wright. All welcome, no need to book. If you have any questions before the ride contact Tessa on 07949 785258.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 30 April 2016: Public realm

Join us this Saturday, 30 April 2016, for our next easy-going ride.
   
Image of Van Gogh Walk, SW9 on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Van Gogh Walk public realm, SW9 (source Van Gogh Walk web)
Rather than focusing on buildings, this month’s architecture ride will look at the public realm - the space around and between buildings. It will visit various public spaces in Southwark and Lambeth, and the cycle routes between them, to consider questions such as: Does good design encourage walking and cycling? Do public spaces encourage us to meet our fellow citizens face to face? Do public realm improvements lead to gentrification?

Jan Gehl (whose career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist) said: "First life, then spaces, then buildings – the other way around never works"; and “In a Society becoming steadily more privatized with private homes, cars, computers, offices and shopping centers, the public component of our lives is disappearing. It is more and more important to make the cities inviting, so we can meet our fellow citizens face to face and experience directly through our senses. Public life in good quality public spaces is an important part of a democratic life and a full life”.
   
Come and find out whether Lambeth and Southwark have achieved this in some of the two boroughs’ public spaces.

Ride Saturday 30 April 2016 starts at 2pm beside City Hall (Potters Field Park side), SE1 2AA finishing at around 4.30 in Clapham. The ride will be led by Clare Neely and Tessa Wright. All welcome, no need to book. If you have any questions before the ride contact Tessa on 07949 785258.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Change of time and venue for Lambeth Cyclists meeting this Tuesday 19 April 2016

There is a change in time and venue for our regular meeting this month.

The meeting will now take place on Tuesday 19 April 2016 at Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington, SE11 6DN (just off Kennington Road - near the Imperial War Museum) from 7:45 - 8:30pm.

The meeting will take place immediately after the planning meeting for the Lambeth floral ride

We hope you can join us for the meeting when we will be talking about cycling developments in the borough as well as looking ahead to our annual meeting in May and other forthcoming events,

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Help us plan the Lambeth Cyclists and Lambeth Council joint floral ride to the Country Show 17 July 2016

Lambeth Cyclists are working with Lambeth Council's Sustainable Transport Team to develop a 'Floral Ride' to the Lambeth Country Show in July.

Photo Kennington People on Bikes
Cyclists from across London will be able to join the mass-participation ride from Waterloo to the Lambeth Country Show venue in Brockwell Park, SE24. It is hoped that the riders will then be able to parade around the Country Show site before a final display in the show ring.

Cyclists will be encouraged to decorate their bikes with flowers and it hoped that local companies, gardeners, flower arrangers, makers,  artists, cyclists, schools and many other will get involved in this spectacular event. 

To find out more and get involved in the planning of this ride there will be a meeting on Tuesday 19 April 2016 6:30-7:45pm at Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, SE11 6DN (just off Kennington Road)

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Free Dr Bike checks, adjustments and information this evening Waterloo Roundabout SE1

Lambeth's Sustainable Transport Team will be running their Dr Bike service this evening, Wednesday 13 April 2016, outside the James Clerk Maxwell building opposite the Imax Cinema, Waterloo Roundabout, Lambeth SE1 8XT. Come along 5 -7:30pm and get your bike ready for spring cycling now the warmer weather is here..
Lambeth Dr Bike service


The Dr Bike team can fix basic problems, adjust your bike and offer advice on further action if required. This is also an opportunity to see the view from inside a lorry cab and talk to Lambeth staff about lorry blindspots to avoid any possible problems. The Police will also be attendance to advise on security and offer a security registration and marking service.

Lambeth will be running the Dr Bike service every Wednesday through spring into summer. Further information on the Lambeth website: Dr Bike Waterloo

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Come on our easy-going cycle ride around Victorian Gothic London this Saturday Meet SE1 10:30am

This Saturday 2 April 2016 we hope you can join us for our first easy going 'architecture' ride of 2016 when we will be looking at London buildings in the Victorian Gothic style.

Victorian Gothic architecture on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Victorian Gothic, which pursued its fervent course from the 1840s to the 1880s, was a movement which claimed to be divinely inspired, to be the only truly moral form of architecture possible if the Anglican Church and the soul of Britain were to be rescued from terminal decay.

Like the modernists of the twentieth century, its polemicists boasted that this one style would bring about a purer, more bracing world. The result - a blizzard of spires, spikes, soaring pointed arches, buttresses, multicoloured brickwork and delirious medieval decoration.

We'll look at banks, houses, palaces, churches, railway stations, offices and hospitals, all strenously aspiring.

Ride Saturday 2 April 2016 - Meet on the Albert Embankment riverside footpath, SE1: between St Thomas's Hospital and the river, directly opposite the centre of the Houses of Parliament, at 10.30am for a 10.45 start. No need to book - just turn up. Please ensure your bike is roadworthy.

There will be a pub lunch and the ride will finish c4.00pm near Oxford Street.

Ride led by Mark Knox  07765 945530