Saturday, 13 September 2008

Two-way for cyclists in Lambeth?

You may have seen reports earlier this summer about the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea which has decided to allow cyclists to go the ‘wrong’ way up one-way streets in the borough (although only on a limited number and only for an experimental six month period).
No entry signs on Elliott Road, SW9 on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Elliott Road, SW9 - possible candidate for two way traffic?

Could such a policy work in Lambeth? We would like to think it would so over the next few months we will be compiling a list of one-way streets that we would like the Council to make two-way for cyclists.

We believe that making the streets two-way for cyclists will encourage more cycling in the borough as it will enable cyclists to reach their destinations much quicker and make the roads safer as motor traffic will no longer be able to speed along the one-way streets, it will also make ‘legal’ the activities of many current cyclists who are frustrated at being prevented from going the wrong way up one-way streets.

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

Cycle maintenance classes

A new set of cycle maintenance classes were due in mid-September 2008. Owing to the demand we will be running another set of five week classes before Christmas. 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 costs £55 for the five two hour sessions and priority is given to LCC members. For further information on the classes or to sign up for the next set of classes please contact Janet Paske.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Lambeth Cyclists out on the PR trail in Ruskin Park

Over the summer we went out to Ruskin Park to try and ease the conflict (or perceived conflict) between cyclists and pedestrians. This was part of our Chill in the Park campaign to encourage everyone to be a bit more aware of other people.
Ruskin Park, SE5 on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Ruskin Park, SE5

Lambeth Cyclists’ Clare Neely writes: "My local park provides a useful alternative cycle route to the mess that is the roads at Camberwell Green and lots of us in the know use it. There have been some reports of conflict with other people using the park so first thing one morning in August I joined PC Graham Alldus, our Ruskin park keepers and Dawn and Susie from Lambeth Transport Department to hand out leaflets to cyclists on considerate cycling.


My guess is that around 10% of the people I talked to had that shifty look which says, yes I am that cyclist who is always late for work and cycles at speed through the park to try and prevent yet another withering look or worse from my boss.


Mostly people loved the opportunity that the park route gave them to watch the leaves changing colour, cycle with children and generally start their day in a chilled fashion. The main benefit I found was agreeing with the rest of the group leafletting that considerate cycling was welcomed, which is now the council's policy, as parks across the borough provide much needed cycle routes.


But it was also a PR exercise, we gave leaflets to people walking in the park asking them to pass them onto a cycling colleague or friend and lots of people said they were glad "something was being done".


I am under no illusions that this will solve any problems as I said to one man I have a photo of my great grandfather with his ordinary (penny farthing) and I suspect that he knew about cycle/pedestrian conflict and that I will be back leafletting in Ruskin and other Parks at sometime in the future."