Lambeth Cyclists Architecture rides continue

The Henry Moore ride in Bike Week was one in a series of architecture rides that we are running. Each rides looks at the work of one architect -both modern and classical. We cycle around their best known works and appreciate the design touches that make them unique. All of the rides are leisurely cycles around some of London and the South East’s great buildings. You will discover bits of London and the surrounding area you didn’t know existed– with a city as large as London, with such diverse architecture there is always something new to find!

Our July ride took 11 of us out to the Kent Weald to look at some of the timber framed houses renowned in this area. We were again led by Benny O’Looney, who very kindly gave us the benefit of his architectural knowledge, and even managed to get us a view of the reverse side of a C15 hall house in Headcorn (someone’s home!). We had a lovely day, later on joined by the sun, cycling along country lanes, coming back from Appledore feeling relaxed and tired.

The next architecture ride will be on 20 August 2005 where we will be appreciating Nash’s legacy to the country – including Buckingham Palace, Waterloo Place, Regent’s Street and Regent’s Park where we will be having a picnic. After lunch we will be enjoying the many further housing developments around the Park. Although Nash was architecturally conservative, his town planning is important as it links up the Picturesque of the eighteenth century with the Garden City ideas of the twentieth.

In contrast September’s ride on Saturday 24 September 2005 will offer a ‘contemporary cut through London’ looking at what been happening over the last 10 years in architecture, whilst also demonstrating that the same problems have faced architects over the centuries. It will be led by Peter Murray, curator of an exhibition entitled The Changing Face of London which runs until 10 September at the NLA Space, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT – further information at www.newlondonarchitecture.org.

Free Doctor Bike every weekend in August 2005

Good news if you need adjustments or minor repairs to you bike over the summer – Lambeth Borough Council have arranged FREE Doctor Bike sessions every weekend in August. No appointments are needed – just turn up with your bike for treatment!

Doctor Bike sessions will be taking place near the Bandstand on Clapham Common every Saturday in August from 12 – 3pm and near the cafĂ© in Brockwell Park every Sunday in August again from 12 – 3pm. Tell your friends/ partners/ flatmates – there really is no excuse not to cycle in Lambeth!

Report back: subsidised cycling lessons with Cycle Training UK in Lambeth

CTUK cycle training flyer on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Lambeth Cyclists member Janet Paske reports on her experiences of taking up a Lambeth Borough Council subsidised cycle training session.

"The last time I had cycle lessons was to help me pass my National Cycling Proficiency, aged 10, when I lived 4 miles outside Hereford. Thirty years later I live in Brixton, and have cycled regularly in London for 10 years. So I thought now was a good time to take advantage of Lambeth Council’s offer to update my skills.

On the day I met with my trainer, Laura, in Brockwell Park. I soon discovered that I wasn’t holding my handlebars the best way ie with fingers outstretched over the brakes, so that both brakes can be used immediately. She checked my control skills and I learnt a new way to swerve around things like potholes, reducing the chances of having to swerve again. The most important thing I learnt was positioning on the road. Start as you mean to go on is the message. When starting, I should put my bike at the place in the road where I intend to cycle, not closer to the kerb or parked cars. Positioning is also very important as you approach a road which narrows – I have been cut up so many times by car drivers who think they can get past me. Now I know to pull across to the middle of the lane – “to take the lane” - so making it clearer that it is not possible to overtake.

Overall, I would recommend the training. Despite over 10 years experience in the saddle, I learnt some new techniques and approaches which will make my cycling safer. And it is never too late to do that!"

Lambeth Council offer subsidised cycle training for all residents of Lambeth - for the cost of one days congestion charge you can receive one to one training tailored to your needs.  To find out more contact Cycle Training UK - see www.cycletraining.co.uk, tel 020 7231 600 or see the Lambeth website

Bike Maintenance course in September 2005

We are awaiting a decision on funding that we hope if approved will allow us to establish and subsidise bike maintenance classes in Lambeth from September. So if you’ve ever felt you wanted to be able to better maintain your bike this is your opportunity!

The classes will be run by Mel Allwood, formerly of Brixton Bikes, and will consist of a series of five two hour classes on Tuesday evenings, covering tyres, brakes, wheels, gears and a general fix it session. The cost will be £25 for the series, payable up front; people on income-based benefits will have the fee waived. Priority will be given to LCC members.

If the demand is there, some of the series will be women only (the Women’s Design Service found that some women prefer women-only classes). For more information or to you register your interest, contact Janet Paske on janet@jpaske.freeserve.co.uk or 07740 457 528