Sunday, 5 December 2010

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.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

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.