Saturday, 29 December 2007

Cycling into 2008

As we approach the new year we are looking forward to an action packed 2008. From a cycle campaigning point of view the big event in the year will be the 2008 London Mayorial and Greater London Authority elections.

The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has a major impact on cycling in the capital in his role as head of Transport for London which is responsible for the main routes in the capital.

In order to take part in the elections you will need to be registered to vote – to find out if you are registered to vote contact Electoral Services at Lambeth on 020 7926 2685, email electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk or click on the electoral services page of the Lambeth website.

We will also be developing our activities within Lambeth Cyclists – if you have any ideas for rides, campaigns or other activities that you think we should be doing or involved in do get in touch – contact Borough Coordinator Philip Loy on 020 8677 8624 or email Lambeth_cyclists@hotmail.com

Friday, 28 December 2007

Architecture rides 2008

In November we met to plan our 2008 Architecture Rides (our fourth full year), and this year we have decided to rerun some of our old favourites as well as continuing with more new rides.

In February our ride will look at the architecture of libraries. Libraries have played a very important role in promoting education and knowledge from early times to the present day. The ride will examine the full range of libraries in London from the ornate architecture of the old libraries through the boom in library building in the nineteenth century to the ground breaking architecture of modern libraries such as Peckham Library and the British Library in Kings Cross.

In March we will ride on to Cinemas Reborn looking at the architecture of the many cinemas across London. Following the boom in the early-mid twentieth century many cinema buildings have now been converted to other uses but they still retain distinctive cinema features. This ride will look of some the most notable current and former cinemas across London. Further information on the rides can be found on the email group and on our website nearer to the time.

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Architecture rides late 2007

Our monthly architecture rides continue to be well-attended, varied and inventive.

There was no running out of steam in November 2007 as we went on a tour of railway station architecture, inspired by the re-opening and re-invention of St Pancras.

As well as the great termini we examined lesser known gems like the lavishly Italianate Battersea Park Station and the disused Waterloo Necropolis Station.

Engineering necessarily took a more prominent place in this ride than in previous ones and as we assessed sheds, ribs, bowstring trusses and ridge-and-furrow glazing healthy debates were had about where engineering ends and architecture begins.

The 1960s built Euston had few defenders but it did offer a fine railway-centric pub for lunch. Testament to the interest of the ride were the numbers who stayed with it till after dark, finishing with a lament for the abandoned Eurostar terminal at Waterloo.

December offered a briefer jaunt on a tour of Christmas illuminations. On a Saturday afternoon we slid through the feverish crowds of shoppers in the West End, and finished with mulled wine at the Bankside Frost Fair. Top marks for lighting imagination went to South Molton Street, Covent Garden Market and the Oxo Building

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Herne Hill Junction proposals criticised

If you receive messages on the email group you will be aware that during October there was a flurry of activity regarding a planning application being considered by Lambeth Borough Council for the redevelopment of the Herne Hill Junction (in particular where Norwood Road meets Dulwich Road, Half Moon Lane and Herne Hill near the entrance to Brockwell Park).

The plans aim to promote regeneration of the area and improve traffic flows especially for buses.

Based on the findings of a site visit and cycle count during rush hour where we observed the situation on the ground we have raised several objections.

We feel that several of the proposed changes to the road layout offer little improvement for pedestrians and cyclists -indeed by some measures would have increased conflict between the two groups- and would have led to no long term reductions in the number of cars using the junction or improvement in the traffic flows.

The proposals would have also led to the loss of parkland which we felt would set a dangerous precedent. We feel that the regeneration of the area will be more sustainable if the plans are redrawn to improve the situation for non car traffic. The meeting to decide on the planning application is due to take place in early 2008.

Lambeth planning application 07/03341/RG3

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Christmas Party 18 December

On Tuesday 18 December 2007 in place of our normal meeting we will be having a Christmas Party.

So join us from 8:30pm onwards downstairs at the Bread and Roses pub, Clapham Manor Street, SW4 for a celebration of our achievements over the past year.