Lambeth and Southwark cyclists to question GLA candidates

On Tuesday 8 April 2008 we will be joining with Southwark Cyclists to hold a hustings meeting to which we have invited all the candidates standing for the Greater London Authjority in the Lambeth and Southwark constituency.

This is the third such event that we have run and will allow us to find out what our potential representatives’ views are, it will also allow us to give them an idea of cyclists’ priorities.

The Greater London Authority is responsible for holding the Mayor of London to account and also for overseeing the work of London bodies such as Transport for London which controls most of the major roads across London.

The meeting will be held at Herne Hill Baptist Church, Half Moon Lane, SE24 on Tuesday 8 April 2008, starting at 7pm. All are welcome – whether members of LCC or not.

The choice of location is not accidental! Herne Hill lies on the border of the two boroughs and as you are probably aware there has been much controversy over a scheme to improve Herne Hill junction, a decision about which was due to be made as we were going to press (see item elsewhere).

We will be sending a list of questions/ issues to the GLA candidates beforehand to give them an idea of our concerns. If you have any particular cycling or wider transport-related issues that you would like to see addresses at the meeting please contact us before Monday 7 April and we will pass it on to the candidates, there will of course be a chance to raise issues and questions from the floor during the meeting.

At the time of going to press six political parties had announced that they will be contesting the Lambeth and Southwark seat – a full list will be available once nominations have closed on 1 April.

At the last election our GLA member Valerie Shawcross (Labour) had a majority of just over 5,000 so all the candidates will be seeking to gain as many votes as possible – the combined membership of Lambeth Cyclists and Southwark Cyclists (around 2,000 people) could decide which way the seat goes.

Mayoral and GLA election 2008

On 1 May 2008 elections will be held for the post of London Mayor (currently held by Lambeth’s most famous former resident Ken Livingstone) and also the Greater London Authority which acts as the legislature holding the Mayor to account for decisions made. These elections are especially important for cyclists as the Mayor has direct control over Transport for London which is responsible for all the major roads in the borough and for promoting cycling and other forms of sustainable transport London-wide.

Further information on the London election, including a list of candidates when nominations have closed, is available at www.londonelects.com


Not registered to vote?
If you are not registered to vote in your current location you have until 16 April 2008 to do so in order to vote on 1 May. To find out more about registering contact Lambeth Borough Council Electoral Services department on 020 7926 2144 or see the Lambeth website www.lambeth.gov.uk where you can download a form to register.

Free Dr Bike surgeries in 2008

Lambeth Council has arranged free Dr Bike surgeries to take place every week throughout the summer!
There is no excuse not to fish that bike out of the back of your shed and get it back on the road. Cycling improves your health and if it is used as an alternative form of transport will reduce CO2 emissions too. Cycling in the summer is a fantastic way to get around and to see the borough from a vantage point unobtainable from four wheels.

Bring your bike to the location nearest to you for a free quick service including brakes, tyres and gears every week from April 2008. The sessions take place between 5 - 7pm at each of the venues.


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Outside Kings College
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Clapham Common
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Streatham Common
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Brockwell Park
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Outside Kings College  - opposite the Imax, outside James Maxwell building, Waterloo Road

Clapham Common – by the junction of Cedar’s Road and Clapham Common Northside

Streatham Common – next to the playground adjacent to Streatham High Street

Brockwell Park – opposite Rosendale Road, entrance off Norwood Road


We look forward to seeing you there. Happy cycling.

Tuesday 2 April 2008: Back on Your Bike

On Tuesday 2 April 2008 we will be giving out croissants and coffee and offering a Dr Bike service to cyclists between 8 and 9am on Brixton Road.

The event is being held to encourage people back to cycling after the clocks go forward for British Summer Time. The event will be held at the front of 338 Brixton Road, SW9, do call in if you are passing to adjust your bike and stop off for a coffee!

If you would like to volunteer to help please contact Philip Loy.

Southwark threatens anti cycling byelaw on Thames Path

Southwark Borough Council is attempting to introduce a byelaw that would ban cycling on a section of the Thames Path cycle route near to Tate Modern.

The Council claims that the byelaw is being implemented to ensure that there is no conflict between pedestrians and cyclists in this well used stretch of the Thames Path.

Our neighbouring London Cycling Campaign borough group Southwark Cyclists have protested against the proposed byelaw highlighting the strange signals it sends out that cycling is not allowed on one of the oldest designated cycle paths in London, part of the Sustrans national network. If passed the byelaw would set a dangerous precedent which could apply to the Lambeth stretch of the Thames Path.

If you regularly use this path you will be aware that its virtually impossible to cycle along this stretch when there are lots of pedestrians using the path and so a byelaw is unnecessary. We suggest that there are better ways of enforcing pedestrian priority than banning cycling.

Mayoral and GLA elections 2008

As you are probably aware on 1 May 2008 in London elections are being held for the Mayor of London and Greater London Assembly. These elections are especially important for cyclists as the Mayor has direct control over Transport for London which is responsible for all the major roads in the borough and for promoting cycling and other forms of sustainable transpiort London-wide.

The Mayor of London (Ken Livingstone) will be standing for a third term as will our GLA member Valerie Shawcross in the Lambeth and Southwark constituency.

We are in discussions with Southwark Cyclists about the possibility of arranging a joint hustings meeting to find out the candidates’ views candidates on cycling and other sustainable transport issues.

The hustings will provisionally take place on Tuesday 8 April 2008 in a location in Herne Hill. The choice of location is not accidental – Herne Hill lies on the border between Lambeth and Southwark and the TfL scheme to ‘improve’ the junction met with much controversy. No doubt this will be one of the issues raised at the meeting! Look out for further information in our next newsletter or on the website or email list.

If you are not registered to vote in your current location you have until 9 April 2008 to do so in order to vote on 1 May. To find out more about registering contact Lambeth Borough Council Electoral Services department on 020 7926 2144 or see the Lambeth website www.lambeth.gov.uk where you can download a form to register.