More Lambeth Cyclists architecture rides


The Lambeth Cyclists architecture rides continue to attract lost of interest with LCC members from neighbouring boroughs often joining us for the short cycles around the varied architecture of London.

In February 2005 Barry Mason of Southwark Cyclists led a ride to examine Norman Foster’s 20th and 21st century buildings. About 15 cyclists braved the early snow to take in many of Foster's works including City Hall, Tower Place, the Swiss Re Tower (aka the Gherkin), the Great Court at the British Museum, Sainsbury’s headquarters, the Millennium bridge, Aspreys and numerous other Foster buildings before finishing up at Canary Wharf tube station where Roger Seaward had organised for us to see the depths of the tube station normally not open to the public. Thank you to Barry for leading this ride.

We were trailed on the ride by a camera crew for TfL's education unit for much of the morning. Many of us were interviewed to find out where and why we liked cycling to be used in an information film for schools so watch out for Lambeth Cyclists on film

Next ride: Norman Shaw
Our next ride is due to take place on 19 March  and will be led by Benedict O'Looney, a keen cyclist and practising architect. He is promising to take us on a tour of the Queen Anne style architecture Shaw is noted for including New Scotland Yard on Victoria Embankment, Albert Hall Mansions, St. Michael and All Angels Church and the Savoy Theatre.

We hope to arrange architecture rides in April and May (probably towards the end of the month) but at the time of going to press we were still finalising details – look out for information in the Lambeth Cyclists website at www.lambethcyclists.org.uk. If you would like to lead a ride on a particular architect contact Janet Paske (email janet@jpaske.freeserve.co.uk) – we are open to all suggestions and you don’t need to be an expert on an architect to lead a ride!

Lambeth lips

Lambeth Cyclists are currently looking at the Lambeth Local Implementation Plan (LIP) The LIP is a document that each London borough has to write, laying out its transport strategy for the next decade in accordance with the requirements of the Mayor of London’s overall London Transport Strategy. We are going through the document to ensure that walking and cycling are kept at the forefront of transport considerations. This is no small undertaking but it is an important way for us to try and influence what happens for cyclists in the borough.

Another document we are looking at is the Lambeth Community Strategy - this is another long-term strategic document laying out Lambeth's plan for tackling such issues as the environment, community safety, and sustainable and healthy communities. This is important for Lambeth Cyclists as many of the themes have strong interconnections with cycling. This is not only true of environmental issues but community safety as well.

Both documents are available at www.lambeth.gov.uk - if you would like to have an input to Lambeth Cyclists’ response please contact Borough Coordinator Philip Loy

Lambeth Cyclists say Love your bike!

Lambeth Cyclists were busy on Valentines Day giving out Valentines cards to passing cyclists thanking them for cycling and asking them to love their bike. In addition they were invited on a ‘date’ that evening – it turned out to be our regular meeting that owing to another booking at the Bread and Roses had been rescheduled to Valentines Day. 

In total we handed out over 200 cards at the junction outside Oval tube station. We hope that we were able to awaken in people a long-term love of cycling!