Sunday, 8 October 2006

Cycle maintenance classes continue:next set start 8 November 2006

If you are interested in learning a bit more about cycle maintenance book yourself onto our cycle maintenance classes. The classes are run by Mel Allwood formerly of Brixton Cycles and offer a five week introduction to maintaining and repairing your bike so that the time off road can be minimised. You will have a chance to work on your own bike (tools and workstands provided). The next set of classes is due to start on Wednesday 8 November 2006 and will be held in Brixton. The cost of the series of classes is £55 for the five weeks or £5 if you are on income related benefits. To find out more and book yourself a place contact Janet Paske

Wednesday, 4 October 2006

Volunteers wanted - Cycling for all

We would like to expand the ranges of rides and activities that we offer to promote cycling to a greater number of Lambeth residents.

At present we have two projects in mind and are looking for volunteers.

Lambeth Cyclists are hoping to work with local disability organisations to get more people on bikes. We are already planning on leading a ride with Lambeth Mind and we're interested in getting a project going for people with learning difficulties or physical or visual impairments. We've got pretty good links with local disability organisations but it would be good to get some more people to help plan/ fundraise/ attend events.

Lambeth Cyclists are also looking for people who would be interested in leading family friendly rides. So if you know of any good short distance (maximum distance around 10miles) routes around South London or easily reached by train get in touch.

If you are interested in either of these ideas contact Janet Paske

Wednesday, 6 September 2006

Crisps continue

Over the summer Lambeth Cyclists have continued to work with Transport for London on Cycle Route Implementation and Stakeholder Plans (CRISPs) across the borough – most recently on the route along the A3 from Clapham Common to Elephant and Castle. CRISPs allow TfL’s consultants to gain first hand knowledge of what conditions are like on the ground by cycling along the route with those of us who use it on a regular basis.
Lambeth Cyclists cycling along the A23 Streatham Hill

The results of the CRISP are used to assess the effectiveness of existing cycling facilities and to inform proposals for how the route could be improved. As you might imagine the A3 CRISP highlighted improvements that could be made to the Stockwell one way system, the area outside Oval tube station and problems that cyclists can have accessing Elephant and Castle.

The CRISP programme will continue in the autumn by looking at the TfL red routes in the South of the borough (generally the larger roads such as the A23, A3, A205 etc) over the next few months. So if you use a Red Route as part of your regular cycle journey and would like to contribute to this process let us know. Details of the CRISP arrangements will be circulated on the email group or contact Philip Loy.


Friday, 1 September 2006

Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride: 19 August 2006: From H to O: water for health, wealth and pleasure

Cyclists gathering outside Oval station, SW9 on lambethcyclists.org.uk
In August 23 of us, led by Chris James had a very interesting day looking at the water facilities of London. We visited MDF drinking fountains and cattle troughs (not the MDF we know, but the Metropolitan Drinking Foundation), learnt about the massive sewage pipe which has resulted in the Victoria Embankment and were reminded again about the great engineering feats of the Victorians in bringing water down from Hertfordshire without pumps. Thanks to Chris for the time and effort he spent putting together such an enjoyable and rewarding ride.

Tuesday, 1 August 2006

Controlled Parking Zones: good for cyclists

Our Council Liaison Officer Clare Neely reflects on Controlled Parking Zones

Lambeth controlled parking zone sign on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Research carried out by TfL with Lambeth Cyclists found that the amount of motor traffic was one of the main reasons why people dont cycle. One way to reduce car journeys is to limit parking at a journeys end via a Controlled Parking Zone.

In my neighbourhood, the Ruskin Park area, we are getting together to campaign for a yes vote because research shows that although not many of us own cars we live in a highly polluted area.

Local children want to walk and cycle to school but carers and parents prevent them as cars parked on corners make it difficult to cross roads.

The area is a key walking and cycling desire line, criss crossed by local cycle routes, reducing motor traffic will encourage people who walk and cycle.

So although for a cycle campaigner campaigning for a CPZ at first felt like 'mission drift' I am now fully behind my neighbours who want a CPZ and we would welcome anyone who is interested in joining the campaign

Saturday, 15 July 2006

Lambeth wins Sustainable Transport Borough award

Lambeth Borough Council have won the prestigious Sustainable Transport Borough of the Year award from Transport for London. TfL commended Lambeth on its work to promote sustainable transport and in particular its initiatives to promote alternatives to cars such as the ‘Love your legs’ campaign.

Lambeth Council love your legs poster on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Over the past year the number of school travel plans has increased in the borough from three to 27. The borough itself has taken a positive lead as an employer and compiled a travel plan for staff that impressed TfL.

Other initiatives such as the promotion of car clubs, cycle training and days such as the Bike for Fun day in Kennington Park were held up as examples of good practice in promoting sustainable transport.
Cabinet member for Environment and Culture Lib Peck, who attended our sustainable transport question time prior to the May elections, congratulated all the staff on this award which is as a result of their work over the past five plus years. We would like to think that Lambeth Cyclists has played a small role in the borough getting this award by our campaigning and gentle persuasion to promote sustainable transport.

Further information on Love Your Legs and links to information of workplace and school travel plans is available at www.lambeth.gov.uk/loveyourlegs

Saturday, 8 July 2006

Old and new combine for Bike Week 2006

A mixture of old and new favourites made up Lambeth Cyclists' Bike Week this year.

Our first ride was a pleasant and sunny river ride to Richmond Park along the Thames path. Other rides during the week explored the many interesting corners of the borough and the surrounding area. Our breakfast ride provided a good start to the working day and our ride to the barbecue in Vauxhall led to a very pleasant evening of eating and drinking. The Dulwich Dynamo ride on the Friday night saw us eating and drinking again starting at Olley’s Fish and Chips in Herne Hill. Our final ride of the week traced the varied scenery along the banks of the Thames between Dartford and Lambeth. Look out for Bike Week 2007 which will be held 16-24 June!

Friday, 7 July 2006

Lambeth Cyclists at the Lambeth Country Show

As usual on the weekend of 15-16 July 2006 we will be staffing a stall at the Lambeth Country Show described as ‘South London’s premier summer event’ and attended by over 100,000 people. This is a great day out and a good opportunity to raise the profile of cycling. We need volunteers to spread our message – so if you could spare an hour or two please contact Philip. Further information will be available nearer the time on the email list or at our meeting. If you’re at the Country Show do come and say hello and pick up the latest TfL and Lambeth cycling maps.

Tuesday, 4 July 2006

New edition of Lambeth Cycle Map launched

To coincide with Bike Week2006  Lambeth Borough Council published a new updated edition of the borough cycle map. This useful map shows cycle routes through the borough as well as giving basic information about cycle parking, cycle shops and other facilities available. Copies of the map should be available in libraries, bike shops and council offices or tel 020 7926 1240/ email cycling@lambeth.gov.uk. The map is also available to download on the Lambeth website

Tuesday, 20 June 2006

Dunwich Dynamo 8 July 2006

On the night of Saturday 8 July 2006 there is the 14th legendary Dunwich Dynamo. This is an unsupported overnight ride to Dunwich Beach in Suffolk arriving between 7 and 9 Sunday morning. In total the ride is about 120 miles mostly, once out of London, on deserted country lanes. Southwark Cyclists will be running a ride to the start – meet 6pm on Saturday at Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 for the 4 mile ride to the 9pm start at the Pub on the Park, London Fields, Martello Street, E8. Southwark Cyclists have arranged a return coach on Sunday – for further information see www.southwarkcyclists.org.uk

Friday, 16 June 2006

City of London celebrates Bike Week for the first time

If you work in the City you may be interested in the following events being organised for Bike Week 2006.

Most of the events are being held during the day so you will free to attend the Lambeth events in the evenings! (see www.lambethcyclists.org.uk for further information about Lambeth Bike Week)


City of London celebrates Bike Week for the first time

full info at www.citycyclists.org.uk

The first ever celebration of Bike Week (17-25 June 2006) in the City offers a great range of events from a cycle show organised by the police in the Guildhall Yard, the launch of subsidised cycle training to architectural bike tours. It couldn't have come at a better time with official figures showing that bicycles now make up 10% of the City's vehicular traffic. Join in the excitement as cycling achieves critical mass in the centre of Europe's biggest city.

SPECIAL NOTICE: if you are cycling through the City this Saturday and see a flock of sheep don't worry, you're not dreaming. It's part of a moving installation as they are due to be herded from the Tate to Smithfields Market for a street fair.

Tuesday 20 June 2006
Advice session on cycling by Fenchurch St station

Wednesday 21 & Thursday 22 June 2006
City of Police Cycle Show in Guildhall Yard. With a wide range of exhibitors
and information whether you want to cycle in the City or Epping Forest, this
should be one of the biggest bike week events in central London.

Friday 23 June 2006
Queen Street (new pedestrianised area) will see the launch of the City's
subsidised cycle training and other information.

There's also a wide range of bike rides in other boroughs and as part of
Architecture Week: full info and links is included on the City Cyclists
website. You'll also find our response to the City's Local (Transport)
Implementation Plan for 2006-11 just uploaded.

Thursday, 1 June 2006

Bike Week 2006 in Lambeth

In Lambeth we have a full week’s worth of rides and social events

You may also be interested in events in our neighbouring boroughs – see www.bikeweek.org.uk for more information.

Look out for any last minute changes to events on our website www.lambethcyclists.org.uk, the email list or contact Philip Loy, tel 07960 026450, email lambeth_cyclists@hotmail.com

Saturday 17 June 2006 – West of Lambeth: riverside ride to Richmond Park – a very pleasant and easy-going ride to Richmond Park along the river. Refreshment stop along the way. Meet 10:30am Windmill Pub, Clapham Common, SW4

Monday 19 June 2006 – Cycling the boundary - a circular ride around the borough boundary discovering the hidden gems of Lambeth. This will in part follow LCN route 5 and act as an informal cycle route inspection. Meet 6:30pm Stone Circle outside National Theatre, South Bank, SE1.

Tuesday 20 June 2006 – Lambeth Cyclists monthly meeting – 8:30pm upstairs at the Bread and Roses, Clapham Manor Street, SW4


Wednesday 21 June 2006 – Midsummer’s day ride – 2:30am Watch the sun rise at Primrose Hill. Organised by Southwark Cyclists – further information including meeting points is available at www.southwarkcyclists.org.uk


Wednesday 21 June 2006 – Bike to work - an easy-going ride from Brixton to central London for breakfast. Meet 7.30am outside the Ritzy cinema, Brixton SW2


Thursday 22 June 2006 - Lambeth Cyclists' barbecue - our ever popular and traditional Bike Week event. More socialising and eating than cycling - all contributions of food and drink welcome! Meet 6:30pm Stone Circle outside National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 for ride. Venue of barbecue has yet to be finalised – look out for details on our website or on the email group

Friday 23 June 2006 – Dulwich Dynamo – a humorous antidote to the legendary Dunwich Dynamo we will cycling around the pubs of South East London. We will start out with fish and chips at renowned local chippie Ollie’s. Meet 8pm at Ollie’s, 69 Norwood Road, SE24

Saturday 24 June 2006 – East of Lambeth: ride from Dartford to Lambeth - we will start by taking the train from Charing Cross to Dartford and then cycling back along the river. Meet 10am at Charing Cross Station for train –please bring railcard etc if you have them


Saturday 24 June2006  – Hidden gems of South London: architecture ride organised by Southwark Cyclists – Led by Benny O’looney

Lambeth Borough Council have told us that a new version of the Lambeth Borough Cycle Route Map will be launched during Bike Week. Watch out for further information!

Wednesday, 10 May 2006

Lambeth Council Candidates debate cycling

Our April meeting (highlighted previously on the site) saw representatives of the main parties standing for election to Lambeth Borough Council debate the issues around sustainable transport in the borough.

We were joined by candidates Stuart Barr (Conservative Party), Duncan Law (Green Party), Lib Peck (Labour Party) and Andrew Sawdon (Liberal Democrats). The meeting was very ably chaired by John Stuart, long-standing friend of Lambeth Cyclists and transport activist.

All the candidates largely agreed on the necessity of encouraging more cycling in the borough and pledged to work to reduce the number of pot holes and improve cycle facilities. On questions such as expanding the number of 20mph zones, extending the congestion charge zone and working with Transport for London opinion was more divided. In particular Labour’s Lib Peck challenged the decisions the council had made or had failed to make on the Brixton central square scheme, Vauxhall and Brixton gyratories and their lack of leadership on transport issues.

As you are probably aware the election on 4 May 2006 resulted in Labour gaining 10 seats and control of Lambeth Borough Council: the balance of power now is Labour 39 seats (+10), Liberal Democrats 17 seats (-10), Conservatives 6 seats (-1) and Greens 1 seat. We in Lambeth Cyclists look forward to working with the new Council Executive on all cycling issues over the next four years.

The AGM meeting also saw the election of a new Management Committee for Lambeth Cyclists. In a tense election Philip Loy was re-elected as Borough Co-ordinator, Olivia Christopherson as Treasurer, Clare Neely as Council Liaison Officer, Luke Evans as newsletter editor and Janet Paske as Projects Officer.

Wednesday, 5 April 2006

Get Stockwell Cycling!

Lambeth Cyclists have recently been awarded several thousand pounds worth of grant money for cycle promotion projects in the Stockwell area. We are working with project partners SEA Renue, a specialist consultancy working on sustainable projects throughout London (they have also worked Southwark Cyclists on similar projects). There will be a series of various cycle promotion schemes in the area for local people, including maintenance classes, Dr Bikes, and taster sessions to boost employment in bike-related services, e.g. the training of mechanics. Cycle Training (UK) Ltd are also involved in the project. If you live in Stockwell, look out for the local events!

Sunday, 2 April 2006

Herne Hill station - bike security initiative

Lambeth Cyclists have been contacted by the Herne Hill Ward Safer Neighbourhood team at Brixton police station about the spate of bike thefts occurring at the station.

The Police would like to raise awareness of security issues with commuters who leave their bikes at the station.

We are liaising with the Police and will be participating in a joint exercise to publicise the initiative one evening. We also be issuing the LCC's booklets on bike security and other information. Do you live near the station? Could you help out for half an hour giving out these leaflets? The date is to be decided but it will be one evening during the week shortly.

Watch out for information on the email group or contact Philip Loy.

Monday, 20 March 2006

Find out the future of transport in Lambeth – local elections question time 2006

On Thursday 4 May there are elections to Lambeth Borough Council.

In preparation for these we will holding a local election question time on Tuesday 18 April to find out the views of the parties standing in Lambeth on cycling and sustainable transport issues in the borough.

In particular we will be asking about cycle facilities and training, measures to promote safer cycling and the place cycling and other means of sustainable transport will have in their plans for the Borough Council.

We have invited all the parties and hope to have a good evening of debate. The meeting will be held at the Bread and Roses pub, Clapham Manor Street, SW4 on Tuesday 18 April starting at 8:30pm.

Local Elections 4 May 2006
The Lambeth Borough Council elections this year are being hotly contested – the Labour Party are hoping to make gains and get control of the council while the ruling Liberal Democrat–Conservative coalition are defending their position. Currently Labour has 29 seats on the Council, the Liberal Democrats 27 and the Conservatives seven so a gain of three or four seats by Labour or the Liberal Democrats could see the council change hands. In past elections low turnouts have been recorded for local elections across the borough so a few hundred people could determine the future political control of the Borough Council. It is vital that we question our candidates on cycling and sustainable transport issues and all use our votes. To check that you are registered and to find out details of your local polling station contact Lambeth Electoral Services on 020 7926 1000.

Lambeth Cyclists AGM 18 April
At our election question time meeting on 18 April we will also be holding our Annual General Meeting. At this we will elect a new Lambeth Cyclists Management Committee. The posts of Borough Coordinator (Chair), Treasurer and four or five other Management Committee posts covering areas such as communications, rides, council liaison and campaigning are up for election. If you would like to get involved in running Lambeth Cyclists put yourself at the AGM. The commitment isn’t huge –usually we have one informal committee meeting a month in addition to the regular Lambeth Cyclists meetings. To find out more about the Management Committee contact Borough Coordinator Philip Loy.

Wednesday, 15 March 2006

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture rides March 2006


February’s architecture ride concentrated on London’s museums and galleries taking a look at the great buildings that grew up to house the nation’s treasures. We visited a mixture of the well known –the museums of South Kensington for example- and the more obscure before ending up for tea at the Imperial War Museum in Kennington.

March’s ride is set to visit architecture from the 1960s and 1970s. Entitled masterpieces or monstrosities? it was set to take in the National Theatre and South Bank complex, the Royal College of Physicians and other significant building of the period.

Coming up in April and May we have two further rides in the series – looking at the works of Voysey on Saturday 22 April and focussing on the architecture of the Medway area on Saturday 20 May. Charles Voysey was an ‘Arts and Crafts movement’ architect who spanned the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His architecture is noted for its long, low-roofed houses with coarsely plastered exteriors.

The architecture rides generally start early morning and last for most of the day. They offer a leisurely ride around the architect’s work with stops for refreshments and led by an enthusiastic guide. Further information on the rides will be available on the Lambeth Cyclists website and email group nearer the time or contact Janet Paske, tel 07740 457 528, email Lambeth_cyclists@hotmail.com.

Wednesday, 1 March 2006

Lambeth Cyclists say stop at red

At the end of February Lambeth Cyclists supported parents and pupils of Reay Primary School in Stockwell to campaign against cyclists failing to stop at red lights. We joined with children from the school, local Police, Borough Councillors and MP Kate Hoey to highlight the issue which endangers school children and other pedestrians crossing the road.

The story was covered extensively by the South London Press, BBC News website, the Evening Standard, the Independent and the Guardian and we were quoted adding our support to the school’s protest and emphasising the importance of cycle training for everyone as a means of instilling the importance of complying with road traffic laws and minimising the risk to other more vulnerable road users. We hope to have a continuing dialogue with the Police about this issue and others such as advanced stop line enforcement which have an impact on cyclists in the borough.

Saturday, 25 February 2006

Cyclists condemned for ignoring red lights on Clapham Road

We have been contacted by concerned parents of children at Reay Primary School on Hackford Road, SW9 and asked for our help in stressing the importance of the need to always stop at red lights. The consequences for us as cyclists of not stopping at red lights are far reaching.

In the autumn term of 2005 four children at the school were hit by cyclists as they crossed Clapham Road at the traffic lights at the junction with Caldwell Road. Having carried out a cycle count on the junction at the start of the school day (between 8:40 and 8:55 every morning) the parents found that 60% of cyclists did not stop at the red lights. As a result of the collisions and disregard of the traffic law by cyclists parents are justifiably angry and have called on the Police to enforce this junction and hand out fines to cyclists crossing the red light.

Parents at the school will be campaigning on this issue in the week beginning 27 February 2006 and we will be offering our full support in this campaign against law breaking by cyclists. It is in all of our interests as cyclists from a public relations point of view that we comply with traffic law and always stop at junctions. Look out for further information about the campaign on our website or on the Lambeth Cyclists email group.

Tuesday, 31 January 2006

Police liaison news: meeting January 2006

In January 2006 we met with representatives of Lambeth Police.

The meeting was initiated by the Police and involved PC Nick Hedges, a member of the Clapham Town Ward Safer Neighbourhood Team and one of the Policemen on bikes you may have spotted cycling round the borough; and Jonathan Tottman, Detective Superintendent in charge of Crime in Lambeth, who is also a cyclist.

The Police are keen to work with us to reduce the levels of bike theft in the Borough - according to official figures over 1,200 bicycles were reported stolen in Lambeth in the six months from April to September last year – that’s over 200 a month or six a day.

They stressed the importance of the basics of crime prevention: locking the bikes securely in a visible location.

To help businesses the Police have several Crime Prevention Design Advisors who can advise on where to put cycle racks to minimise the risk of theft. We are planning to ensure that these officers are consulted on any new cycle parking proposals we are aware of in the borough. The Police have recommended the free registration service www.immobilise.com, endorsed by Tfl and LCC, which makes it easier to restore stolen bikes to their owners – enter your name, address and bike details on the website so that the Police have the details to hand if the bike is found.

If you have your bike stolen there are various ways of reporting it. You could go to your local police station, report it via the the Metropolitan Police website www.met.police.uk or www.immobilise.com (if registered), telephone Lambeth Police on 020 7326 1212 or, if the theft has just happened, you call 999. Even if you think there is no hope of retrieving your bike please still report it to the Police

Another key area we raised at the meeting was enforcement, particularly in relation to speeding and other dangerous driving practices. The Police acknowledged that this is a problem and recommended that we report extreme cases of dangerous driving to them. They are also interested to hear of hotspots with particular traffic enforcement problems, for example where speed limits or no entry signs are regularly ignored. If you are aware of specific locations in Lambeth which you think we should encourage the Police to target, please let us know so we can take this forward.

All in all this was a very useful and lively meeting and we are hoping it will lead to an ongoing dialogue on a range of crime-related issues affecting cyclists. If you have any queries, comments or suggestions on how to reduce crime against cyclists, please get in touch with us or contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Friday, 20 January 2006

Pollards Hill Cyclists say Love Yr Bike!

Pollard’s Hill Cyclists have arranged a fun day of cycling related activities on Saturday 11 February. Promising doctor bike sessions, cycle training, a cycle accessories sale, free food, Police advise on crime prevention and much more besides it should be a very enjoyable day out for all the family. The Mayor of London’s Road Safety Ambassador and Green Member of the London Assembly Jenny Jones will be speaking and answering questions about cycling in London at 2:15. All the events are free and will take place at the Commonside Complex, South lodge Road, Mitcham CR4 (over the border in Merton but just off the A23, not far from Streatham)

Further information on the day is available at www.love-yr-bike.co.uk.

Thursday, 5 January 2006

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Rides 2006

We are currently planning our series of Architecture rides for the first few months of 2006.

For 2006 we have varied the rides between Saturdays and Sundays to cater for people who previously could not make Saturdays – they generally still run on the last weekend of the month.

The provisional programme for the next few months is
Sunday 26 February – London’s Museums and Galleries – A tour around the great museums and art galleries of London as well as some of the lesser known ones.

Saturday 25 March - Masterpieces or Monstrosities? - A look at some of London’s more controversial architecture

Saturday 22 April – Charles Voysey - An architect who spanned the late 19th and early 20th centuries. One of the members of the ‘Arts and Crafts’ movement noted for his long, low-roofed houses with coarsely plastered exteriors.

The Architecture Rides generally leave at 10:30 and offer a leisurely amble around the selected architecture led by an enthusiastic guide. Further information on the rides will be available on the Lambeth Cyclists website and email group nearer the time or contact Janet Paske, tel 07740 457 528, email Lambeth_cyclists@hotmail.com.