Lambeth to pioneer new on-street cycling parking

Fietshangar cycle stroage facility on lambethcyclists.org.uk
At our November meeting we heard from Kees Frederiks, Residential Cycle Parking Co-ordinator at Lambeth Council about an exciting new initiative the Council is undertaking to bring on street secure cycle parking to Lambeth. In the style of the times it is hoped that it will be run on a ‘co-operative’ basis with local management of the facilities coming from residents working together on a street.

Kees writes ”Lambeth council is leading the way in providing secure bike parking on its streets for use by residents. The council plans to replace selected car parking spaces in the borough with Dutch-made Fietshangars (Bicycle Boxes), such as that pictured.

Thousands of these secure units have already been successfully installed in cities in Holland over the past decade, and a few lucky Lambeth residents are likely to be able to hire a secure bike space for as little as £5 per month in the New Year.

Lambeth is looking to find or set up a more progressive way of managing these facilities with the ideal being resident led and managed cycle parking.”

If you are interested in getting involved or want to know more please contact Kees Frederiks on Kfrederiks@lambeth.gov.uk or 020 7926 6241.

We in Lambeth Cyclists support this great initiative which will bring secure cycle parking to the borough and will be working with the Council to ensure its success.
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South Bank to ban cycling?

London Southbank on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Lambeth Cyclists have come out strongly against the threat of a ban on cycling on the South bank of the Thames.


South bank businesses working through their representative body the South Bank Employers’ Group want to ban cycling along the stretch of the riverside encompassing the London Eye, the National Theatre and Gabriels Wharf between the Albert Embankment and the Oxo Tower.

Support for this stance has been offered by St Thomas’ Hospital and the local MP Kate Hoey.

The argument of those in favour of a ban is that antisocial cycling is a major problem which can only be tackled by banning all cycling.

We in Lambeth Cyclists believe that simply imposing a ban on all cycling will do little to improve the area – irresponsible cyclists will simply ignore the ban whilst vulnerable cyclists who obey the rules will be expected to cycle on the A road parallel to the South Bank which is very cycle-unfriendly.

We feel that this car-free, child friendly and tourist friendly route with its stunning vistas should be preserved for leisure cycling. Instead of banning all cycling we support council officers who want to promote considerate cycling reminding all cyclists that pedestrains have priority. Enforcement activity shoul be focussed on those who endanger pedestrian safety through reckless cycling. On a procedural note we are concerned that action to ban cycling is being taken whilst the South Bank and Waterloo Cycling Strategy is still at a draft stage. We submitted a response to the draft earlier in 2010 proposing changes to the existing situation to make it more cycling and pedestrian friendly.

Lambeth Cyclists will be continuing a dialogue with Lambeth Council, the SBEG and other stakeholders such as Lambeth Living Streets. We hope to develop a mutually beneficial solution to the issue of antisocial cycling on the South Bank.
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Signs urging considerate cycling appear on Clapham Common


You may have seen signs such as the one pictured on the Clapham Common cycle route suggesting that you cycle with consideration for pedestrians, with a quoted speed limit of 8 mph. Some people have questioned the legality and enforceability of such a stipulation and see it as putting an unfair burden on cyclists.

Whilst this may be true, it is also a pragmatic approach by the council to address the concerns of some Common users about the speeds of a minority of cyclists.

The council has been under pressure to address complaints, and rather than an outright ban (which some people would push for), measures to encourage considerate use is by far a better outcome, and at least acknowledges that cyclists have a right to use the common.

Lambeth Cyclists upholds the policy of a ‘hierarchy of road users’ which aspires to prioritise the needs of more vulnerable users. In parks this means pedestrians, whilst on the road this means cyclists as well as
pedestrians so please cycle considerately across the Common.
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Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride report: 27 November 2010 Deco Decadence or West London in the Jazz Age

The Art Deco style, which swept through Europe in the '20s and '30s, brought the streamlined glamour of Cadillac cars and Cunard liners to the design of everything from town halls to teapots, forming an elegant bridge between the Classicism of the early 1900s and the Modernism of the mid-century.

In London it is above all the style of the suburbs, whose characteristic building types - cinemas, tube stations, factories and roadhouses - became the classic expressions of the architectural new wave.

On this ride we looked at some of west London's sexiest Deco confections, from the famous to the frankly obscure; preparing for glimpses of jazz-age sophistication where you least expect them...

Ride report on Kennington People on Bikes blog

Our thanks goes to Hannah Parham and David Garrard of English Heritage for leading another superb ride.
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Lambeth Cyclists support Lambeth Living Streets

Living Streets logo
At our November meeting we heard from the Coordinator of the newly launched Lambeth Living Streets and discussed ways in which we can work together to promote the mutual interests of cyclists and pedestrians.

We hope to work together initially on the Southbank issue as well as continue in dialogue about local transport developments and their impact on people. For further information on Lambeth Living Streets contact Neil Gilchrist neil_gilchrist@yahoo.com or see the Living Streets website www.livingstreets.org.uk
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Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride report: 30 October 2010 Markets and squares in North London

A relatively short, leisurely ride looking at the marketplaces and squares of north London plus a few bonus buildings.

We'll see the surprising variety of hidden Victorian squares in Islington and Hackney ranging from the Gothic style of Carpenter to the classic lines of Roumieu and Gough as well as Isingtonian 'period' developments by Leroux and others that have been favoured as residences by politicians and writers alike.

The ride incorporates popular north London markets including Smithfield, Spitalfields and Brick Lane (only a couple are active on a Saturday). Additional north London curiosities will include London's only building by Liebskind and residential housing by Piers Gough.

There will be an opportunity to visit one of oldest London churches: St Bartholomew's (entrance £4/ £3 if in a group).

We are grateful to Tom Bogdanowicz for leading this ride.
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Kennington People on Bikes

Kennington People on Bikes (http://kenningtonpob.blogspot.com/) is a new blog set up by Lambeth Cyclists member Charlie Holland with the aim of getting more people in Kennington on bikes – it is a very interesting read dealing with cycling issues local to the ares in the North of the borough around Kennington.
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Boris Bikes welcomed

In contrast to the superhighways the TfL rental bikes, aka ‘Boris bikes’, have generally been welcomed across London with much of the feedback positive. In Lambeth the bikes are located in the North of the borough around Kennington, Waterloo and Vauxhall. Many people are now asking for bikes to be located in a greater range of locations outside zone 1.

Apart from some teething probelms with administration/ access to the facilities people have generally welcomed the flexibility and availability of the bikes for short commuting type journeys. We hope that in this era of govenrment cuts the resources are made available for ongoing maintenance of the bikes and expansion of the scheme.

TfL bike hire information
TfL map showing bike hire locations
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Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride report: 2 October 2010 Board schools


"Look at those big, isolated clumps of buildings rising above the slates, like brick islands in a lead-coloured sea... Lighthouses, my boy! Beacons of the future! Capsules, with hundreds of bright little seeds in each, out of which will spring the wiser, better England of the future."

Sherlock Holmes' words suggest the great visual impact the new buildings of the School Board for London had on the cityscape between 1873 and 1904.

This ambitious programme produced buildings that still dominate the skyline of London's inner suburbs, with their instantly recognisable rooflines, towers and range of architectural embellishment.

The tour took in a variety of the buildings, both those still operating as schools and some exciting conversions to new uses.

Led by James Hall of conservation architects Peregrine Bryant. Illustration shows a new boarding school in Harper Street, New Kent Road, which belongs to the Lambeth division of the London School Board, 1874.
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Cycle superhighways: how are they for you?

Cycle superhighway sign at Oval station on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Amid some fanfare Boris Johnson launched the cycle superhighways on Clapham Common at the end of July including CS7 travelling through Lambeth up to Southwark Bridge. Now that we are almost two months into the scheme how have you found the new routes?

The feedback we have received has not generally been very positive with a feeling that there had been no general improvement to journey times or cycling as a result of the initiative. Concerns have been expressed about the junctions at Clapham, Stockwell, Kennington Park Road and near Oval tube station as well as a general resentment that car drivers now expected cyclists to be in the lanes rather than us being able to choose the best position in the road for the conditions. Several people felt that the roads have become more dangerous around the junctions as a result of the scheme. Other concerns related to the lack of enforability of the routes, the discontinuous nature of the lanes and the general missed opportunity to promote cycling and waste of resources. If you have any concerns/ issue with the routes please report them to TfL – email LONDONSTREETS@tfl.gov.uk. Please copy in the Lambeth Cyclicts email address as well so that we can monitor feedback and draw out any trends.

CS7 is a pilot superhighway so we are hopeful that TfL will take on board some of the criticisms and make changes to the next routes being built.
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Places still available on cycle maintenance classes

A new series of Lambeth Cyclists’ popular series of bike maintenance classes will start on Wednesday 13 October 2011. Giving a broad introduction to bike maintenance over the course of five weeks these classes will enable you to keep your bike on the road for longer.

This set of classes will take place on Wednesdays 6.45 - 8.45 pm at a venue in Kennington. The classes will cover 1st week: general introduction, 2nd week: brakes, 3rd week: gears, 4th week: wheels/tyres and 5th week: general session to fix any particular problems and follow up from previous weeks. They classes are taught by Simon Bendel of Brixton Cycles and cost £55 for the full course. If you are interested in signing up for the maintenance classes please contact Olivia okchristophersen@yahoo.com / 020 7627 0165 for further details.
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Clapham goes car free

Car free Clapham on lambethcyclists.org.uk

On Sunday 19 September 2011 an area of Clapham Oldtown was designated as car free with barriers put up and turf was laid on the road in place of cars and other motor vehicles.

A series of musical, dance and theatre displays entertained passers by and stalls operated selling food and drink, pottery and other items.

The event was put on to celebrate European Car Free Day. It also worked to give a taste of what the area could be like if the proposed Clapham Gateway Scheme gets the go ahead. This scheme is proposing the removal of the bus stand in centre of the site, the removal of the eastern carriageway to through traffic and the creation of a new piazza area.

Members of the public were generally positive and supported the car free Clapham vision. That weekend other parts of Lambeth were of course effectively car free too due to the visit of the Pope rather than any car free initiative. This has led many to ask why it requires special events to show the improvements brought by fewer cars on the roads. We hope that Lambeth can work effectively to make more of the borough car free more often.
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Thousands Skyride from Lambeth

This years Skyride in early September saw thousands cycle into a car-free central London from Lambeth.

Skyride 2010 in Lambeth on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Here Lambeth Cyclists’ Clare Neely reflects on leading one of the feeder rides to the event, successful inspite of her concerns about the corporate sponsorship by Sky.

She writes “Hi I am Clare, your Skyride leader! It all came out in a rush -'My son is autistic and he has never ridden on the road before' 'oh' I said more breezily than I was feeling, another added 'my niece has autism and I regularly cycle on the road with her' She visibly relaxed and by the end of the day everyone in the Lambeth Cyclists ride from Streatham Hill had ridden back routes, off road and done right turns onto Major Rioads in South London Sunday lunchtime traffic. The key I discovered was drawing on years of amateur dramatics to exude confidence, a fantastic set of marshalls who interpreted freely Murdochs’ Skyride instructions and letting the bossy year 7s come up to the front and show everyone their looking behind and signalling.

I didn't join the 85,000 on the main Skyride, but caught up on emails and calls. Next year I will volunteer again to lead one of the Lambeth rides out and back, worth it because despite Rupert (Murdoch), a whole bunch of South Londoners, yes including me, who didn't think we could do something found out that day that yes we can.”
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Do have an idea for a ride?

We are always on the look out for new ideas for Lambeth Cyclists rides. In recent months we have been focussing on the architecture/ features of London but we welcome suggestions for all rides. If you have an idea that you think would lead to an interesting ride in London or the surrounding area (including train trips out of London) do get in touch. We can help you devise a route and offer support in developing the ride. Contact Borough Coordinator Philip Loy – 020 8624 8677/ Lambeth_cyclists@hotmail.com.
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Dr Bike in September

In September Lambeth Council is running a series of Dr Bike sessions in Lambeth parks and in Waterloo where you can get basic adjustments and repairs to your bike done for free – the sessions are running every Tuesday from 5:30-7:30pm as follows
1 September - Brockwell Park (in front of Brockwell Lido)
8 September - Clapham Common (corner of Cedars Road and North Side)
15 September – Waterloo (outside James Clerk Maxwell Building, Waterloo Road)
22 September - Streatham Common (opposite the Texaco garage)
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Skyride 2010 is coming

On 5 September 2010 the fourth annual Mayor of London’s cycle ride will take place - upwards of 60,000 cyclists are expected to enjoy the car free roads of central London.

As usual we will be running feeder rides to the main event and back again in the afternoon if required. Everyone is welcome on our feeder ride which will be over a cycle friendly route. Meet 10:30 for 10:45 departure at Streatham Hill Station, SW2or 11:15 for 11:30 depature at the Bandstand on Clapham Common, SW4. Further information on the Skyride is at www.goskyride.com

If you would like to volunteer to help with the feeder ride please contact us either by email or phone Philip. We will be discussing this at our August monthly meeting.
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Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride report: 31 July 2010 London bridges

Birdge at Royal Opera House on lambethcyclists.org.uk
For this ride we journeyed to the edge of architecture and took a daring leap to join hands with engineering.

The two disciplines have co-operated, not always happily, in the design and construction of bridges.

But where does engineering end and architecture begin? What architectural statements do we want bridges to make? Would bndges be simpler and more elegant if left to engineers? Is there such a thing as pure construction? What happens when artists and sculptors get involved?

We considered these and other overarching questions as we sought out bridges old, new, modest, and grand - bridges over canals, rivers, roads, docks and alleys.

Thanks to Mark Knox for leading the ride. The photo shows the Bridge of Sighs, Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
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Mayor of London’s Cycle Hire launched


Mayor of London Boris Johnson launched the long awaited central London-wide cycle hire scheme on 30 July 2010.

This scheme, similar in concept to the Velib scheme in operation in Paris, allows for bikes to be hired easily for short periods of time to complete journeys in central London, for example travelling from Vauxhall station up to Oxford Street.

Bikes are available at several hire points in the Kennington/ Vauxhall area in the North of Lambeth and drop off / hire points will be available all over central London. Further information is available on the Transport for London website at www.tfl.gov.uk/cyclehire.

The pricing structure means that if you wish to use a bike for more than two/ three hours it may be more cost effective to hire a bike from a conventional bike hire shop (and you will get a more comfortable bike). Suppliers such as the Lambeth based London Bicycle Tour Company in Gabriels Wharf, SE1 www.londonbicycle.com offer a good selection of bikes for hire.
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Boris’ bikelanes go live

Cycle superhighway 7 map
Cycling Superhighway 7 Colliers Wood - Southwark Bridge route map

On Monday 19 July 2010 the first of the so called cycle superhighways promoted by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson went live in Lambeth amid much publicity.

Cycle superhighway logo
Cycle Superway 7, shown in the map above, starts in Colliers Wood, Merton and runs to Southwark Bridge passing along Clapham High Street in Lambeth then up Clapham Road to Elephant (the A3) before heading up Southwark Bridge Road to the river.

You will have seen the blue cycle lanes on the side of the road – these indicate where the superhighway runs. The blue paint provides a very clear easy to follow route and subsidiary measures along the route such as cycle parking will improve the situation for cyclists. However as you may have noticed the route is only advisory and therefore has no legal force. This means that parked cars, delivery vehicles and buses can all legally use the superhighway space as before making the route far from continuous. The positioning of the route –near to the kerb- also contradicts the advice of Lambeth’s and other cycle trainers that riders should take an assertive riding position.

Lambeth Cyclists have concerns that these features may undermine the effectiveness of the routes. We also have concerns that more has not been done to remedy the conflict between cars and cyclists along Clapham High Street, the Stockwell Junction and the junction outside Oval tube station.

For the best advice on using the route see the centre page article in the Lambeth Council publication Lambeth Life 15 July edition. We will be gathering feedback including carrying out observations at key Lambeth junctions to send back to Boris. We hope that the lessons learned on cycle superhighway 7 can be applied to future superhighway routes acorss London.

TfL - Cycle superhighway information
SE1 - Cycle Superhighways launched by Boris Johnson
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Superhighway set to launch

The Mayor of London’s Cycle Superhighway along the A3 in Lambeth is set to launch on Saturday 17 July.

Watch out for more information on the Lambeth Cyclists email group or see www.tfl.gov.uk/cyclesuperhighways.

The TfL London Cylcle hire scheme is also set to launch at the end of July.
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Bike Week 2010 in Lambeth

Juggling on bikes on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Bikeweek takes place across the UK from Saturday 19 June to Sunday 27 June 2010. In Lambeth we have arranged events through the week. All events are leisurely rides and suitable for everyone. For other evants across London and the UK see the Bike Week website www.bikeweek.org.uk.

Saturday 19 June 2010
Ride to Bromley Bike Blast

Join us for a short ride to Bromley for the inaugural Bromley Bike Blast in Norman Park, Bromley – an all day event for all the family with competitions, bike parades, free bike repairs and much much more! This event is being co-ordinated by Bromley Council working with the Bromley branch of LCC.

Sunday 20 June 2010
Ride to Richmond Park

Join us for a leisurely ride to the magnificent Richmond Park via Wimbledon Common and other leisurely cycle routes in South West London. We'll aim to have lunch in the park, probably at Pembroke Lodge.

Monday 21 June 2010 (Sunday/ Monday night)
Southwark Cyclists' Midsummer madness

Join Southwark Cyclists for this celebration of the longest day of the year. The leisurely ride starts are 2:30am (Monday morning) and takes in a Frith Street cafe before seeing the sunrise on Primrose Hill at 4:43am.

Tuesday 22 June 2010
Bike to Work and Breakfast in Waterloo

Join us for a ride from Brixton to the Madeira cafe at 1 Wootton St London SE1 8TG (near Waterloo) for breakfast.

Wednesday 23 June 2010
Pedal Powered Brixton Cinema

We are holding a pedal powered film showing in the new Windrush Square on Wednesday 23rd June. We are projecting on the Bovril building and will be showing Belleville Rendezvous. It will be completely powered by bike so please come alomng and pedal!

Friday 25 June 2010
Open air film night

We will be hosting an evening of open-air bike related films. In contrast to Somerset House's season ours will be shown in the back garden of a post-war terrace in Vauxhall. However, what we lack in grand scale and excess we will make up for with the quality of the films. The show will feature shorts before the main film "Breaking Away".

Saturday 26 June 2010
London Architecture Festival

Seventeenth Century Cycling and Sketching Spectacular!
A day-long cycling and sketching tour that celebrates Baroque Architecture and Sculpture in London. This tour proves that London has grand, Rome-like, moments throughout the city. The ride takes in the major works of the Baroque architecture and sculpture, with relaxing breaks at some of the highlights, offering plenty of time to sketch those curves.

Sunday 27 June 2010
Bike the Borough

We are supporting a Lambeth-wide event which promises a leisurely cycle around our borough. Everyone's invited to join in this family-friendly fun ride that takes in many of the best sights in Lambeth. Organised by Lambeth Council's School Travel Team, all schools and their families in Lambeth have been invited to take part! You can start your ride at any point on the specially signed route that takes in Larkhall Park, Clapham Common, Brockwell Park, Myatts Fields Park, Kennington Park and the Albert Emmbankment. The full route is a half-marathon – setting a real but achievable target of 13.1 miles, much easier by bike than by foot! There are even two options for shorter routes if the energy starts to flag.

Sunday 27 June 2010
Lambeth Cyclists/ London Festival of Architecture ride: London railway stations

Join us and participants in the London festival of Architecture for a lesiurely ride around some of London's most significant railway stations. The ride will finish around 4pm and take in lunch in a railway themed pub.

Bike Week website: www.bikeweek.org.uk/
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Dr Bike in Lambeth every Tuesday in June and July 2010

Lambeth Council are running Dr Bike sessions every Tuesday evening though May, June, July and September. At the Dr Bike sessions you can get basic adjustments and repairs to your bike carried out for free. Many of the events will also offer you the chance to see what it looks like from the inside of an HGV vehicle to avoid cycling into the driver’s blind spots.
All sessions will take place 5:30-7:30pm and e held on
1 June, 6 July – outside Kings College Waterloo Roundabout, SE1
8 June, 13 July – Clapham Common (Cedars Road side), SW4
15 June, 20 July – outside the Lido, Brockwell Park, SE24
22 June, 27 July – Streatham Common Southside, SW16
29 June – Norwood Road, SE27
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Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride report: 22 May 2010 In glorious technicolor, or, the architectural kaleidoscope

No building is literally colourless - but some buildings are more colourful than others, and just occasionally a building's coloration becomes central to its architectural identity.

This tour ran through the full psychedelic spectrum from the muted and monochrome to the vibrant and rainbow-hued, looking at a range of structures in which architects both ancient and modern have wielded the colour palette to particularly dazzling effect.

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New Herne Hill junction opens

After much controversy and sharply divided local opinion the new junction at the entrance to Brockwell Park in Herne Hill has opened (it caused some controversy and tension at our 2008 GLA elections hustings and was touched on at our 2010 Council elections hustings).

The scheme will now move towards phase two which will see Railton Road partly pedestrianised and closed off as a through route. The plans for the junction promised an improved route through the junction for cyclists –we will be monitoring cyclists’ experiences of the junction and feeding back comments to Lambeth and Transport for London on this issue. If you use the junction and have any comments, positive or negative, to make on the new arrangements please email us and we will compile them and pass them on to the Council.
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Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride report: 15 May 2010 rock 'n roll ride

A Lambeth Cyclists rock and roll extravaganza!
Abbey Road cover on lambethcyclists.org.uk

This ride looked at buildings and places in London with some famous and not-so-famous connections with the music legends of our time.

The ride looked at musical connections locally in Lambeth, then headed for Central London via Battersea Park, Chelsea, Camden and Hampstead Heath. We then went due south to end our ride in Waterloo.

Some of the celebrities with connections with the places we looked at include The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Clash, Pink Floyd, plus links with various movements such as Punk and New Romanticism.

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Lambeth Cyclists AGM Tuesday 18 May 2010

On Tuesday 18 May 2010 we will be holding out AGM at the Priory Arms, Landowne Way, SW8, where we will be reviewing the successful year and electing a new management committee for 2010/2011. This is your chance to find out more and perhaps get involved in Lambeth Cyclists. For more information contact Borough Coordinator Philip Loy.
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Lambeth election 2010: candidates agree on cycling policy

At a packed Lambeth Council sustainable transport hustings held in April representatives of the Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties debated cycling and related measures in Lambeth.

A large degree of consensus emerged with all parties generally signing up to measures contained in the Lambeth Cyclists’ manifesto (available on the website). All parties agreed on the need to increase cycling by continuing support for measures such as cycle training including training of lorry drivers, cycle promotion and making junctions safer. There was less agreement on our proposed 20mph borough-wide speed limit and controlled parking zone policies and criticism of the Council’s reponse to pot hole fixing but these do not detract from the cross-paerty political support that cycling has in Lambeth.

We thank Councillor Julian Heather (Liberal Democrat), John Hare (Green), Councillor Nigel Haselden (Labour), and Councillor Clare Whelan (Conservative) for representing their parties at the event – we look forward to working with them on sustainable transport issues in the future.


Results in Lambeth
As you are probably aware the Labour administration on Lambeth Council was re-elected on 6 May and, in contrast to the national picture, Labour gained five seats on the Council giving it 44 of the 63 Councillors. The Liberal Democrats lost two seats to Labour to end up with 15 Councillors, the Conservatives also lost two seats to Labour ending up with four Councillors. The single Green Party representative on Lambeth was also defeated.

At the time of writing the roles in the Council executive had not been allocated. Lambeth Cyclists will continue to work closely with the new Lambeth administration, opposition Councillors and Council officers to increase cycling in the borough. In particular we will be pressing for the proposals contained in our manifesto to be implemented over the next four years starting off by writing to all Councillors with the full version of the manifesto.
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Lambeth Cyclists to question Council candidates on sustainable transport

Lambeth Cyclists news release 15 April 2010

Lambeth Cyclists, the local Borough group of the London Cycling Campaign, will next week hold a sustainable transport hustings meeting.

At the meeting the cyclists will be questioning the parties standing for Lambeth Council over their policies on sustainable transport.

They will also be asking the representatives to sign up to a ‘manifesto’ of polices all aimed at making Lambeth becomes a truly cycle friendly borough.

Coordinator of Lambeth Cyclists Philip Loy commented “Everyone with an interest in cycling and sustainable transport in Lambeth is welcome to this event where we will be finding out the different attitudes towards cycling among the parties so that we as cyclists can make an educated choice on 6 May.”

He added “Great progress has been made in Lambeth over the past 10 years under councils of all political colours and we want commitments from all the parties that this progress will be maintained and in particular that they wont make cuts to the cycling budget to plug holes in other areas.”

The Lambeth Cyclists sustainable transport hustings will take place at the Stockwell Community Resource Centre, 1 Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 (behind Stockwell tube station) on Tuesday 20 April starting at 7:30pm.

Notes
Lambeth Cyclists is one of the biggest borough groups of the London Cycling Campaign with almost 1,000 members in the borough. LCC has over 10,000 members. LCC’s aim is to make London a world class cycling city

Further information on Lambeth Cyclists at www.lambethcyclists.org.uk, further information on London Cycling Campaign at www.lcc.org.uk
Contact Luke Evans, Lambeth Cyclists - 07973 786015, lseevans@yahoo.co.uk

Lambeth Cyclists’ manifesto for cycling in Lambeth
Working with London Cycling Campaign head office and following consultation with LCC members in Lambeth we have prepared a manifesto for cycling in Lambeth. These are the measures that we think will make Lambeth a more cycle friendly borough.

Our main demands: what we would like the political parties to implement if elected.

Increase cycling in Lambeth
· Back an investment plan that will achieve a cycle use target of 20% of all journeys under five miles in the borough by 2031.

Reduce danger
· Reduce danger by setting a 20mph default speed limit in built up areas.
· Work with the Mayor of London to improve cycle safety on red routes controlled by Transport for London.
· Encourage Lambeth businesses to extend cycle awareness training to all staff.

Promote cycling
· Continue the successful policy of offering on-road cycling training for all school children and subsidised training on demand for all adults living and working in the borough.
· Encourage parents and guardians to cycle and walk with their children to school.
· Encourage healthy living by maintaining and improving the current programme of cycle promotion and consider new initiatives such as car free Sundays.

Cycle parking
· Encourage Lambeth businesses and organisations to offer sufficient cycle parking for all staff. Start by ensuring that all Council buildings and schools offer this facility.
· Ensure that adequate cycle parking is provided across the borough at shopping, leisure and other public facilities.
· Ensure that all developments of residential premises include secure cycle parking within the home for all residents.
· Ensure that all developments of business premises include adequate secure cycle parking for staff and visitors

Planning and highways
· Extend the successful policy of training front line Council staff in cycle awareness to transport planners, highway engineers and others whose actions have an impact on cyclists on the ground.
· Make local cycle journeys easier by reallocating highway space to cycling, by for example, making one way streets two-way for cyclists and removing through routes for motor traffic.
· Continue investment in the London Cycle Network and ensure that the cycle lanes provided meet the needs of cyclists.
· Consider introducing a Controlled Parking Zone for all streets across the borough to reduce traffic and congestion.

Promote cycling to Lambeth Borough Council staff
· Encourage Lambeth Borough Council staff to cycle by signing up to the Government’s Cycle to Work guarantee scheme and providing cycle mileage allowances equal to car mileage allowances. Ensure that this scheme is regularly publicised to all staff.
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Tuesday 13 April 2010: Back on Your Bike

On Tuesday 13 April 2010 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 now that the clocks have gone forward and also to promote our hustings event

The event will be held at the front of 336 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.
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Are you registered to vote?

The cyclists’ vote in Lambeth could significantly influence the outcome of the local elections: many seats on the council have small majorities so the way that you vote could determine whether one candidate is elected or not.

But in order to vote you will need to be registered!

The registration process is simple: fill in the form available from Lambeth Borough Council (phone 020 7926 2144) or on the Lambeth website.

You can register to vote in local elections if you are a citizen of the UK, Ireland, another EU country or a Commonwealth country. You have until 20 April 2010 to get your registration form into the council in order to vote on 6 May. If you are going to be away on 6 May contact Lambeth to apply for a postal vote.
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Lambeth Cyclists’ manifesto for cycling in Lambeth

In collaboration with LCC central and following discussion at our January meeting we have prepared a manifesto for cycling in Lambeth.

These are the measures that we think will make Lambeth a more cycle friendly borough.


Our main demands: what we would like the political parties to implement if elected.

Increase cycling in Lambeth
• Back an investment plan that will achieve a cycle use target of 20% of all journeys under five miles in the borough by 2031.


Reduce danger
• Reduce danger by setting a 20mph default speed limit in built up areas.
• Work with the Mayor of London to improve cycle safety on red routes controlled by Transport for London.
• Encourage Lambeth businesses to extend cycle awareness training to all staff.

Promote cycling
• Continue the successful policy of offering on-road cycling training for all school children and subsidised training on demand for all adults living and working in the borough.
• Encourage parents and guardians to cycle and walk with their children to school.
• Encourage healthy living by maintaining and improving the current programme of cycle promotion and consider new initiatives such as car free Sundays.

Encourage cycling by ensuring adequate safe cycle parking
• Encourage Lambeth businesses and organisations to offer sufficient cycle parking for all staff. Start by ensuring that all Council buildings and schools offer this facility.
• Ensure that adequate cycle parking is provided across the borough at shopping, leisure and other public facilities.
• Ensure that all developments of residential premises include secure cycle parking within the home for all residents.
• Ensure that all developments of business premises include adequate secure cycle parking for staff and visitors

Improve planning and highways in the borough
• Extend the successful policy of training front line Council staff in cycle awareness to transport planners, highway engineers and others whose actions have an impact on cyclists on the ground.
• Make local cycle journeys easier by reallocating highway space to cycling, by for example, making one way streets two-way for cyclists and removing through routes for motor traffic.
• Continue investment in the London Cycle Network and ensure that the cycle lanes provided meet the needs of cyclists.
• Consider introducing a Controlled Parking Zone for all streets across the borough to reduce traffic and congestion.

Promote cycling to Lambeth Borough Council staff
• Encourage Lambeth Borough Council staff to cycle by signing up to the Government’s Cycle to Work guarantee scheme and providing cycle mileage allowances equal to car mileage allowances. Ensure that this scheme is regularly publicised to all staff.

These measures will be discussed at the hustings meeting on 20 April 2010– come along and find out how the parties compare on cycling policy
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Cycling towards the election: Lambeth Cyclists to question Lambeth parties over their policies on cycling

Lambeth Town Hall on lambethcyclists.org.uk
If you didn’t know by now Thursday 6 May is election day with the General Election. Of more importance perhaps to us as cyclists in Lambeth are the borough council elections being held across London, including Lambeth, that day.

Cycling in Lambeth has increased greatly over the past 10 years and we are fortunate that cycling has received support from administrations of all parties on the council. Measures such as low price cycle training, promotion in schools, installation of cycle parking facilities and the development of cycle routes in the borough have made a real difference and led to more and more people using their bikes.

Bikes parked in Brixton on lambethcyclists.org.uk
And yet cycling still is a minority form of transport too often thought of as the preserve of fast commuter cyclists and not for most Lambeth residents.

How can we change this? What policies do the parties standing for election propose to get more people cycling around Lambeth? Come and find out at the Lambeth Cyclists Husting Meeting on Tuesday 20 April 2010.

The hustings meeting will be a question time style event with representatives from the parties on the council outlining their approaches to cycling and wider transport policy and answering questions from Lambeth Cyclists members. A large turnout will show that cyclists matter – as residents of the borough and as voters – and allow us to build relationships with the leading politicians of all parties on Lambeth Borough Council. We have prepared a manifesto for cycling in Lambeth - see over for our main demands (a fuller version is on the website).


The Lambeth Cyclists hustings meeting will be held on Tuesday 20 April 2010 from 7:30 – 9:30pm at the Stockwell Community Resource Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW9 (behind Stockwell Underground station) Everyone is welcome – bring partners, friends,family, flatmates
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New PEDAL POWER project in Kennington

There's a new community project just starting in Kennington, initiated by students at the Lilian Baylis Technology School. If you'd be interested in finding out more please email Charlie Holland, charlie@palaceofvariety.co.uk
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Do you cycle in the City of London?

Do you know about City Cyclists? After a fallow period City Cyclists is up and running again and working on improving facilities for cyclists in the City. You don't have to live in the City to get involved. If you work in the City or regularly cycle through, then please sign up to the email group at www.citycyclists.org.uk. The website is in need of updating but the email group is well used to discuss cycling matters in the city. Sign up by sending a blank email to lcccity-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

City Cyclists have had a number of recent successes, in particular with City Police and the campaign to change policing priorities and the focus on cyclists jumping red lights. City Cyclists need more support to keep the up pressure to increase cycle friendliness and keep a watch on the Corporation of London’s activities.
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Lambeth's Richard Ambler is Cycling England's Personality of the Month February 2010

See http://www.dft.gov.uk/cyclingengland/2010/02/personality-of-the-month-richard-ambler-london-borough-of-lambeth/ for full profile

Highlights:
What most encourages you about cycling where you live?
Seeing the ever growing numbers of people riding bikes in ordinary clothes and with no special gear.

What most discourages you about cycling where you live?
The smell from cheap fried chicken takeaway outlets in south London.

What is your greatest achievement, in terms of encouraging more people to cycle?

Instigating important cultural changes at Lambeth, including early adoption of National Standards Cycle Training, and recruitment of a Road Danger Reduction Manager and a Residential Cycle Parking co-ordinator.

What single thing do you think would do most to encourage more cycling in the UK?

Less lycra and fewer helmets; once that happens we’ll know we are getting there.
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Cycle Superhighway update

Preparations for Tfl Cycle Superhighway 7 running from Colliers Wood to Southwark Bridge via Clapham Common and Clapham Road continue as we move towards the launch this summer. There are concerns about whether the measures proposed by the Mayor will offer anything of real value to London’s cyclists.

Lambeth Cyclists' Clare Neely writes At a recent meeting of Lambeth Transport Forum, councillors gave their support to Lambeth Transport Department officers who are very concerned that the Cycle Superhighway is little more than blue paint on the road. Like LCC in general and Lambeth Cyclists in particular they know that nothing is being done under the current proposals, to improve the key barriers to cycling on the route: Clapham High Street, the Stockwell Triangle and the junction outside Oval tube station. As ever the reason for lack of progress is TfL’s fixation with maintaining road capacity for motor vehicles. That is, not reallocating the space on the road that is necessary to make a real difference for cycling.


Numerous examples from across London have shown that when you reduce road capacity it does NOT increase congestion. The classic example is Vauxhall Cross. When bus priority was put in, the amount of road space was reduced by 17%. Did South London grind to a halt? No? Probably around 80% of car journeys at any one time are not absolutely necessary. They could be driven at another time, done with a friend, done on public transport or are short enough to walk or cycle. When road space is reallocated to walking, cycling or public transport, people get out of their cars rather than sit in congestion. Sadly it seems that TfL is still to understand that.
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2010: cycling towards the election

2010 is a year of elections: the General Election is sure to gain most media attention but perhaps more importantly for us as cyclists are the local London elections. Lambeth Borough Council elections will definitely take place on Thursday 6 May 2010 – which is probably the same day as the General Election (but not guaranteed).

It is the policies and operations of Lambeth together with the Mayor of London and Transport for London that most affect day to day cycling. Lambeth are responsible for all the ‘local’ roads in the borough that are not red routes. Lambeth is also responsible for promoting cycling in schools, overseeing planning and housing as well as being one of the largest employers in the borough: all matters that impact on cycling in the borough.

In the run up to the local elections we will be publishing a Cycling Manifesto for Lambeth which we will distribute to the main political parties and ask them to sign up to our vision. We have built on work by LCC central and consulted Lambeth Cyclists members at meetings to come up with a 10 point plan to promote and improve conditions for cycling in the borough. We are fortunate in Lambeth in having a long history of cross-party support for cycling so a change of administration is likely not to result in radial change as it might in other boroughs. We want however to be confident that cycling will continue to enjoy the same level of support that it currently does in the borough.

We are planning to hold a sustainable transport hustings meeting in April (provisionally Tuesday 13 April) where we ask representatives of the four political parties on the council to lay out their visions for cycling in Lambeth over the next four years. We will then have a chance to ask questions and probe deeper their support for cycling and sustainable transport measures. Look out for details of the hustings meeting in the next April/May newsletter.
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Lambeth wins LCC award


Congratulations to Lambeth Borough Council on winning the LCC’s Best Workplace Initiative award for its innovative cyclist awareness raising campaign for drivers of Council vehicles.

Starting with Veolia waste disposal lorry drivers the Council has been running training sessions to highlight blind spots which may mean they do not see cyclists.

The drivers then go out on bikes with CTUK instructors for a two hour cycle around the borough to give them an idea of how cycling along busy roads with large vehicles alongside appears from a cyclist’s perspective. The aim is to raise awareness amongst drivers and try to avoid collisions, especially between cyclists and left turning lorries. As part of the project the Council has also been out and about giving cyclists and pedestrians the opportunity at events such as the Lambeth Country Show to sit in lorry cabs to get the lorry driver’s perspective. Training is also available for cyclists in road positioning and assertive riding to avoid potentially dangerous situations. The Council will be making the training available to all council drivers and hopes to make it available to all employers in Lambeth.

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Two way on Brixton Hill teething troubles?

Following on from the change to two way working on Brixton Hill in November 2009 –a move that Lambeth Cyclists have been advocating for 10+ years- we have had some feedback from members expressing concern about the cycle friendliness of the new road layout.

One or two ‘hotspots’ for cyclists have been identified, most notably going southbound past Coldharbour Lane junction. If you've experienced similar issues or other problems with the new roads layout contact Transport for London - email londonstreets@tfl.gov.uk, and if please copy in Lambeth Cyclists so that we can gather all of the responses together to gain an idea of the problems that cyclists are experiencing with the new layout. We will be carrying out a rush-hour cycle count and review of the area in April as a follow-up to our original Brixton Triangle report completed in 1999. We hope that by giving constructive feedback we can make the area more cycle friendly.
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