Monday, 25 August 2008

Lambeth Cyclists out and about

Lambeth Cyclists stall on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Over the past few months we have been out and about at various school, church and estate summer fairs and we even attended a wine and cheese evening all to spread the message about cycling in Lambeth and give away cycle maps and other goodies to promote cycling. We hope all these events spread positive messages about cycling in Lambeth and show that cyclists are not the traffic law breaking lycra clad monsters so often depicted in the press!

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

More maintenance classes scheduled for autumn 2008

We will be running our series of bike maintenance classes again in the autumn. Led by an experienced Brixton Cycles mechanic these offer a comprehensive introduction to basic bike maintenance and are an excellent means of minimizing your trips to the bike shop. The classes are spread over five weeks on Wednesday evenings starting at 6:30pm and held at the Lambeth Accord building on Brixton Road, SW9. There is a small charge to cover costs and preference will be given to LCC members. If you are interested in attending these classes please contact Janet Paske

Friday, 8 August 2008

London Freewheel departs from Lambeth 21 September 2008

The second London mass participation cycle ride, the London Freewheel, will take on Sunday 21 September 2008. Look out for further details on our website and email group nearer the time.  You can register for the event at www.londonfreewheel.com but remember you do not need to be registered to take part – just turn up and pedal away!

Friday, 1 August 2008

My Lambeth cycle: Councillor John Whelan

A new (we hope) regular feature in which we will be asking prominent Lambeth personalities about why they cycle in the borough.

Photo of Councillor John Whelan on lambbethcyclists.org.uk

For the inaugural feature we have asked Councillor John Whelan to outline his cycling life in Lambeth.

John Whelan (left) is a Conservative Party Councillor for Thurlow Park Ward in Tulse Hill, he is also leader of the Conservative opposition on Lambeth Borough Council. He proudly boasts that four out of the six Conservative councillors regularly cycle – the highest percentage of any of the political groups on the council.

When asked why he cycles he writes  “Peer pressure from my family, the need to get fitter, and the cost of motoring were three drivers for taking up cycling—plus an unused bike. My plan was to start modestly by cycling between home and the town hall and then use public transport as well as to cycle round my ward for local meetings. The big bonus was meeting loads of constituents in the street or park and becoming more aware of potholes, broken pavements, and grot spots. The helmet—partner said ‘no’ but daughter replied, ‘Dad, your head is the first thing that hits the ground