Monday, 29 November 2010

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.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

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.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

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

Monday, 1 November 2010

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.