Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Join Southwark Cyclists' for their Christmas Day ride

Southwark Cyclists will, as usual, be running their 2512 ride on Christmas Day. Join cyclists from all over South London for a fascinating easygoing ride around London with almost no traffic on the roads. The ride starts at 11am and runs until approximately 4pm with a stop for lunch at an Edgware Road cafe.

Meet 11am Southwark Needle near to London Bridge, SE1. Further details on the Southwark Cyclists website

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Vigil, tonight, at King's Cross to ask why are London cyclists twice as likely to suffer fatal crashes as Dutch?



From 6pm on Tuesday 20 December 2011 cyclists, pedestrians, and friends and family of recent crash victims will gather outside King's Cross station for a Xmas vigil to remember loved ones and highlight the unacceptable death toll on the capital’s roads.

Read more on the London Cycling Campaign website

Monday, 19 December 2011

Lambeth Cyclists Christmas celebration Tuesday

Dont forget the social highlight of the year – the Lambeth Cyclists Christmas party this Tuesday 20 December 2011. Join us for seasonal celebration at our usual meeting venue at the Priory Arms, Lansdowne Way in Stockwell, SW8 – from 7:30pm onwards.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Get a Walk Cycle Reward card and be rewarded for shopping locally in Clapham on foot or by bike

This weekend, traders in Clapham will be offering rewards for shoppers who do their Christmas shopping locally travelling by bike or on foot.

Walk Cycle Reward this Christmas and enjoy some fabulous discounts and incentives from some of the best independent retailers in Clapham.

You will also be rewarded for your efforts with a free pedometer or a pair of emergency lights when you fill up your loyalty card with 3 stamps. Send it in to receive your reward and we will enter you into a prize draw to win a £100 voucher!

Further information on the Lambeth website

Friday, 9 December 2011

Help Lambeth make one way streets two way for cyclists

Lambeth Council are working hard to return one way streets across the borough to two way for cycling.

No entry except cyclists sign
Two way working for cycling allows us to go legally from A to B avoiding detours due to one way streets etc. There has in some cases been local opposition where for example a street is used extensively for residential car parking. If you are consulted on this in a street near where you live vote for two way working. If there is a one way street near you which you would like to be considered for two way working for cyclists please send details to cycling@lambeth.gov.uk and copy us in so that we can keep records and investigate the progress of two way for cyclists working

Thursday, 8 December 2011

A23 in Lambeth to Go Dutch?

At our November meeting we agreed that we would press Transport for London to consider making the A23 in Lambeth and exemplar for a cycle friendly main route as part of LCC’s wider Go Dutch campaign. Our vision is for a road on which cyclists of all ages and abilities can happily travel safely at their own speed.

The A23 stretches the full length of the borough from the riverside near to Waterloo station down through the Oval junction before heading through Brixton and Streatham town centres and onwards to Croydon and beyond.

It is an important thoroughfare with two major shopping areas, the town hall and two libraries situated along the road. It is also a residential road with housing located along almost its entire length in Lambeth.

We hope to be able to work with TfL and Lambeth Council to see how the going Dutch principles can be applied to this road to make it more people friendly. Come to our January meeting where we will be exploring what would be required for the A23 to Go Dutch.

London Cycling Campaign information on Go Dutch

Friday, 2 December 2011

New secondhand bike stall at Lower Marsh, SE1

A new secondhand bike stall has opened on Lower Marsh, near Waterloo Station in Lambeth SE1. The stall sells a selection of used bikes and cycling accesories.
bike stall on Lower Marsh, SE1

Other options for secondhand bikes in Lambeth and nearby include the London Bicycle Tour company in Gabriels Wharf, SE1 and Re-Cycling in Elephant Road, SE1.

Other bike shops in the borough might have the occasional secondhand bike too. See also LCC's advice on buying a secondhand bike.

(thanks to Kennington People on Bikes for the Lower Marsh info and photo)

Friday, 25 November 2011

Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride this Saturday: 26 November 2011: Richard Seifert: The Marmite of Architecture?

This Saturday's Lambeth Cyclists' architecture ride will look at the work of Richard Seifert.

Our relationship with post-war architecture is a love-hate affair at best; but nothing generates more mixed responses than the work of Richard Seifert and Partners, creators of of Centre Point, the Natwest Tower, Euston Plaza and other questionable icons of commercial modernism.

Original Centrepoint Building flyer
Dismissed by some as gross vulgarians, lauded by others as pioneers of pop architecture, Seiferts were by any estimation among the most successful firms of the 60s, 70s and 80s, precursors of such contemporary behemoths as Foster & Partners and Rogers Stirk Harbour.

With much of their output now disappearing or under threat, it's more than time for a reassessment - so leave your preconceptions at home and take an unprejudiced look at the Seifert legacy. You don't have to like it!

Meeting point: 10.30 am for a 10.45 departure, south end of Blackfriars Bridge, west site, SE1 (overlooking Doggett's Coat & Badge pub)

Lunch: 1.30ish, The Globe, Bow Street, Covent Garden

Finish: 5ish, near Marylebone station

All welcome - no need to register - make sure your bike is roadworthy - bring lights!

Friday, 18 November 2011

London junctions protest ride sets off from Oval

Tour du Danger cyclists assembling on the A23 in Lambeth

At the start of November up to 1,000 cyclists, (pictured)including an MP and London Assembly members set off from Lambeth on a tour of the worst 10 collision hot spots in London.

Dubbed the Tour du Danger the riders assembled opposite Oval tube station and undertook a trip around all the junctions observing the road layout and marking a very public protest. Supported by London Cycling Campaign and Lambeth Cyclists the tour highlighted the strength of feeling around this issue – future rides are planned in the run up to the Mayoral elections in May.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Collision hotspots ride this Saturday from the Oval

Starts 10.30am from St Mark's Church opposite Oval tube station.

See today's Evening Standard and Kennington People on Bikes blog and a previous post on Lambethcyclists.org.uk for more information.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Three Lambeth junctions in London cycling danger top 10

Three of the top 10 most dangerous places for cycle collisions in London are located in Lambeth, new figures have shown.

In reply to a question from Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has released a top 10 list of the worst locations for collisions between cyclists and motorists across the capital.
Vauxhall Cross on lambethcyclists.org.uk

The Lambeth locations in the top 10 are
• Junction of Clapham, Kennington Park and Camberwell New Roads (near to Oval tube station)
• Junction of Waterloo Road, Stamford Street and York Road (near to Waterloo station)
• Junction of Albert Embankment, Kennington Lane and Wandsworth Road (Vauxhall Cross gyratory system)


All three of these locations have been the scene of collisions between cyclists and motor vehicles. All three are major routes in to, and out of, central London for cyclists, pedestrians and bus users commuting in from Lambeth and other boroughs.

It is not however inevitable that such roads will result in more cyclist collisions – the multi-lane design of these junctions makes them unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. The design of Vauxhall Cross in particular (pictured) is dangerous– up to five lanes of speeding one way traffic do not make a cycle or people friendly junction!

Ride around London’s worst junctions
Lambeth Cyclists will be joining with other London Cycling Campaign borough groups from across London on a tour of the cycle collisions top 10 locations on Saturday 12 November 2011. 


Join us on this ride – meet 10:30am at St Mark’s Church, opposite Oval tube station.

Led by bloggers Cyclists in the City and ibikelondon and marshalled and insured by London Cycling Campaign we will be attempting to look at ways in which these junctions can be improved to prevent collisions and make them more friendly.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

London Cycling Campaign free lights offer extended until 9 November 2011:

Photo of woman cyclist on lambethcyclists.org.uk


To help you stay visible London Cycling Campaign is offering a FREE set of bike lights worth £24 if you JOIN by Wednesday 9 November 2011.



JOIN TODAY

Not only will LCC be helping you stay visible during the longer nights LCC membership also includes;

Protection on the roads with

• Free third party insurance – did you know you can be sued if you crash into a car or pedestrian. LCC membership covers you up to £5 million

• Free legal helpline – LCC provides priority legal advise from an experienced solicitor used to dealing with cycling related issues and crashes

• Great deals on theft insurance - LCC Urban Cycling Insurance policy offers excellent theft and damage cover for your bicycle at a very competitive rate, with great benefits including 'get you home' cover.

• Keep up to date with London Cyclist magazine and Lambeth Cyclists newsletter

Great offers and discounts
• Enjoy up to 15% off new bikes, accessories, parts and servicing in over 120 London bike shops can save you a fortune, and can cover your whole membership cost.

• LCC members also receive exclusive offers from Cotswold Outdoor, H2 gyms in Soho and many many more.


Join now on the London Cycling Campaign website

Please note that all offers and discounts are made to members entirely at the discretion of the third-party supplier, from which we do not gain or have any control.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Mixing it with the London to Brighton veteran car run this Sunday

This Sunday, 6 November 2011, Southwark Cyclists and Lewisham Cyclists will be following the veteran cars as they travel from London to Brighton.

The cycle ride to the coast  will start in Lambeth - meet 7:15am at Lambeth North tube station, SE1 before speeding on down to Croydon to meet others at 8:15 at East Croydon station. The ride will then proceed to Brighton in the traffic with the veteran cars.

Further information on the ride can be found on the Southwark Cyclists website.

In case you are interested in seeing the veteran cars they will be passing through Lambeth on the A23 (Brixton Road, Brixton Hill, Streatham High Road) from around 7:10am onwards. More information, including a route map, can be found on the Veteran Car Run website

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Guardian analyses Boris' cycling policy

Dave Hill in the Guardian has written an analysis of the Mayor of London Boris Johnson's cycling policies.

Read the Boris Johnson's cycling policies: putting the motorist first on the Guardian website

Friday, 28 October 2011

Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride this Sunday: 30 October 2011: the Country Retreats of South London

Sunday 30 October 2011



Eagle House in Mitcham on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Eagle House, Mitcham

We'll be looking at several big houses on our journey from Streatham to Mitcham via Wimbledon; houses that were once country retreats. There's more than one might expect!

We start in Brockwell Park: the house there will be our first stop, then on to Streatham Common, Furzedown, then on to Mitcham, where we'll have a pub lunch.

After lunch, we will look at a house on the south side of Mitcham next to the Wandle, then Morden Hall and Morden Park, and then perhaps finish with a glance at a house on Merton High Street.

Meet: 10.00 am (for 10.15 am start) by Brockwell Park, Herne Hill gate (junction of Dulwich Road and Norwood Road, SE24)

    Those who wish can return by train (SW Trains or the District Line) from Wimbledon Station.

    Ride will finish about 4.00pm. Some hills, overall distance no more than about 10 miles, but at a fairly leisurely pace.

    All welcome - no need to register - make sure your bike is roadworthy!

    - Note the ride this month is on a Sunday -

    Friday, 21 October 2011

    See and Hear Big Ben up close! The December Ride

    Cyclists outside parliament on lambethcyclists.org.uk

    Lambeth Cyclists’Architecture Ride Friday 9 December 2011 
    Sir Charles Barry (1795-1860) and Augustus Pugin (1812-1852)

    Lambeth Cyclists’ Architecture Ride in December, led by Charlie Holland, offers an exceptional opportunity to join the very few who have climbed the 334 stone spiral steps in the Houses of Parliament clock tower to see and hear Big Ben strike the hour right up close! (I did this for Pedal Power Kennington last year, see the photo above, and the teenagers loved it, but the adult ride leaders loved it more).

    Sir Charles Barry was chosen as the architect to design the new Houses of Parliament after the fire of 1834, and he selected Augustus Pugin as his assistant.


    Starting at Clapham Common Bandstand, we’ll ride to Portcullis House for the Clock tower tour, then ride to look at other works by Barry and Pugin, and have lunch, before returning for a tour of the rest of the Palace of Westminster.

    10am meet Clapham Common Bandstand
    10.50 Arrive Portcullis House
    11.15 Clock tower Tour starts
    12.30 Clock tower Tour ends
    12.30 - 3 Ride to view other Pugin/Barry buildings and lunch
    3.10 Arrive PofW Visitors' Entrance
    3.45 Palace of Westminster tour
    5.00 Tour and Ride ends

    Booking no later than Sunday 20 November is essential for security clearance.
    Please only ask for a space if you are CERTAIN YOU WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND ON THAT DATE. There are only 16 places on the tour so book early! You MUST return the security clearance info below on requesting your place, and we will contact you to confirm your place.

    For security reasons, it is the House of Commons' policy to obtain security information on all visitors wishing to tour the Clock Tower. All visitors must have a full UK address at which they permanently reside. Children under the age of 11 are not permitted to participate in the tour. The booking information will be passed to the Police for vetting. Tours of the Clock Tower cannot be provided to overseas visitors.

    Each visitor (aged 18 or over) should bring two forms of identification, one with their home address, the other with photographic ID. Passport, driving licence, utility bill or official letter.

    Owing to the nature of the tour, it is not suitable for all visitors and requires a certain degree of good health and fitness as you will be required to climb 334 stone spiral steps.If you are in any doubt about your ability to participate in the tour you should consult your doctor. Sensible shoes must be worn.

    Please email the following information to Charlie Holland Charlie@palaceofvariety.co.uk  no later than Sunday 20th November to book your place (1st come, 1st served).

    TITLE, FULL FIRST NAMES, SURNAME
    ADDRESS, BOROUGH, CITY, POSTCODE
    DATE OF BIRTH   
    PLACE OF BIRTH (TOWN , COUNTY  COUNTRY_    
    MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (for me, not the security services!)      

    Thursday, 20 October 2011

    Lambeth's Core Strategy for Vauxhall

    The Vauxhall Society reports that, "Lambeth councillors have hired an extremely-expensive architectural practice, Farrells, to make up planners’ and councillors’ minds for them on whether Vauxhall Cross is to be a ‘centre’ (i.e. fit for people) or an ‘interchange’ (what we have now)."

    Lambeth Council has already made up its mind - Lambeth's Core Strategy, adopted this January, includes the following about Vauxhall:

    "Overall, development will be supported to provide at least 3,500 new homes
    and 8,000 jobs in the Vauxhall area and appropriate community and public
    transport infrastructure improvements will be sought.
    This will be achieved by:
    (a) Active ground floor frontages being provided in development throughout
    the Vauxhall area, with a mix of uses including Central London Activities
    with local services and facilities serving the predominantly residential
    areas to the east of the railway viaduct. A focus of new retail uses will be
    promoted around the transport interchange to create a district centre.
    (b) Developing an accessible, legible and permeable pedestrian and cycling
    environment, including creating public spaces, promoting public art, with
    key landmarks, quality streetscape, strong linkages to the River Thames,
    between public spaces, and connections from east to west between Albert
    Embankment and the primarily residential areas beyond the railway
    viaduct and ensuring that a high quality riverside walk is maintained.
    (c) Seeking substantial improvements in the quality, access and capacity of
    public transport in the Opportunity Area as a whole and in particular
    Vauxhall underground and rail stations, bus services, enhancement of the
    quality of public transport interchange, highway improvements throughout
    the Vauxhall area particularly seeking the removal of the one-way traffic
    system and transport links to the wider area."

    I hope that Farrell's have been appointed to show how this strategy, including the removal of the one-way traffic system, can be achieved.

    Wednesday, 19 October 2011

    Free bike lights when you join London Cycling Campaign before 30 October 2011

    Photo of woman cyclist on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    The clocks go back next Sunday (30 October 2011)  and the longer nights will be drawing in.

    To help you stay visible London Cycling Campaign is offering a FREE set of bike lights worth £24 if you JOIN before 30 October.



    JOIN TODAY

    Not only will LCC be helping you stay visible during the longer nights LCC membership also includes;

    Protection on the roads with

    • Free third party insurance – did you know you can be sued if you crash into a car or pedestrian. LCC membership covers you up to £5 million

    • Free legal helpline – LCC provides priority legal advise from an experienced solicitor used to dealing with cycling related issues and crashes

    • Great deals on theft insurance - LCC Urban Cycling Insurance policy offers excellent theft and damage cover for your bicycle at a very competitive rate, with great benefits including 'get you home' cover.

    • Keep up to date with London Cyclist magazine and Lambeth Cyclists newsletter

    Great offers and discounts
    • Enjoy up to 15% off new bikes, accessories, parts and servicing in over 120 London bike shops can save you a fortune, and can cover your whole membership cost.

    • LCC members also receive exclusive offers from Cotswold Outdoor, H2 gyms in Soho and many many more.


    Join now on the London Cycling Campaign website

    Please note that all offers and discounts are made to members entirely at the discretion of the third-party supplier, from which we do not gain or have any control.

    Tuesday, 18 October 2011

    Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening

    Lambeth Cyclists meeting on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting tonight!

    We hope you can join us for Lambeth Cyclists' October meeting this evening (18 October 2011) at 7:30pm upstairs at the Priory Arms pub, Lansdowne Way, Stockwell, SW8. The first part of the meeting will be business looking at latest developments in cycling in the borough followed from approximately 8:30 onwards by drinks in the bar - it would be great to see you for all or just the second part of the meeting!

    Road Danger Reduction lecture at LSBU

    Lambeth has a Road Danger Reduction policy rather than a Road Safety policy. The emphasis is on ways of reducing the danger that larger, faster vehicles can cause by limiting them and making their drivers mind out, rather than putting the onus on the more vulnerable road users to limit their journeys and mind out. Their's a great chance to find out more from an expert on Thursday 27th October at London South Bank University.

    Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment, Department of Urban Engineering:    Extra-curricular transport lectures series
    “What’s wrong with the ‘road safety’ industry?”

    A lecture by Dr Robert Davis
    Chair of the Road Danger Reduction Forum
    Thursday 27th October 2011 12.30pm to 1.30pm Room LR375
    LSBU London Road Building, Building Number 11 
    See on the map on the LSBU website
     (Access via London Road only)
     Synopsis
     Dr Davis will argue that the ideological and institutional basis of what is officially known as ‘road safety’ is actually part of the problem of danger on the roads. A radical reappraisal of the theory and practice of ‘road safety’ is necessary to formulate a civilized approach to safety on the road – for real road safety – for the 21st Century.

    Biography
     Dr Robert Davis is a founder member and now Chair of the Road Danger Reduction Forum www.rdrf.org.uk, set up in 1993 after publication of his ‘Death on the Streets: Cars and the mythology of road safety’. He has worked as transport planner in local government the last 25 years.
     If you would like to attend, please inform Professor John Parkin so that your name may be added to the list for access purposes (j.parkin@lsbu.ac.uk, )

    Monday, 17 October 2011

    Guardian features new Vauxhall cycle storage facility in the Bike blog

    The Guardian today features the new Vauxhall Fietshangar cycle storage facility (featured on this website on 1 August 2011) in its Bike Blog today - see http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/bike-blog/2011/oct/17/cycling-theft-bike-box

    Thursday, 13 October 2011

    Opportunity at the London Cycling Campaign: Business Development Manager

    The London Cycling Campaign are currently recuiting for a Business Development Manager - full details are available on the London Cycling Campaign website

    Monday, 10 October 2011

    London Cyclists show TfL the future of Blackfriars

    Blackfriar reimagined diagram on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    London Cycling Campaign has produced fantastic images and animations showing how the junction at the northside of Blackfriars Bridge can be dramatically improved for pedestrians and cyclists. If you cycle in London (or want to but daren't) you absolutely should check these out.

    Please join the Blackfriars Bridge flashride this Wednesday to push the Mayor and TfL into action. The ride meets at 5.45pm by Doggett's pub on the southside.
    It's also well worth while checking out this Cyclists in the City blogpost. Also see the Guardian Bike Blog article on LCC's new proposals

    Wednesday, 5 October 2011

    Traffic engineering not necessarily the answer: learning the lessons of neighbourhood improvements in the Ruskin Park area

    Most of us will be aware that physical measures are not necessarily the only solution when it comes to slowing dangerous traffic in residential areas. Here Lambeth Cyclists' Clare Neely reflects on developments near her home.

    Shortly Lambeth Council will be installing a number of physical measures; speed tables and road cushions, to reduce speeds in the area around Ruskin Park in SE5.

    Sadly, and despite a spirited campaign by local residents, these are unlikely to reduce the rat running through the area which discourages cycling and walking. Many local people felt that a combination of 20mph signage and road closures to discourage speeding through traffic, would be a better use of resources. These measures would prevent people driving through the area and thus do more to encourage cycling and walking than solely physical measures managing the traffic there.

    In discussions there was the usual motor vehicle capacity nonsense coming from the Council. It would seem though that everyone has now moved on. Even Norman Baker MP, the far from radical government Minister for Transport, wants to discourage short motor vehicle journeys and encourage cycling and walking.

    Although the more over engineered scheme is set to be implemented in the Ruskin Park area, the arguments made during the campaign have not been lost. Other neighbourhoods which are subject to speeding rat running traffic we hope will be able to see that encouraging cycling and walking and reducing through traffic is a better solution to trying to slow down, but accommodate, through motor traffic.

    Thursday, 29 September 2011

    Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride report: 24 September 2011: Cubitt

    Our September architecture looking at the work of Thomas Cubitt was enjoyed by 20 cyclists on a glorious sunny day.

    Starting at Buckingham Palace, Cubitt built the East wing, we progressed through the wealthiest parts of London and then down the social scale! From Belgravia to Pimlico to Battersea and Clapham we saw the legacy of Cubitt in all its white stucco glory, ending with a drink at our old meeting place the Bread & Roses pub, which was built by Cubitt in 1846!

    Ride Led by Chris James

    Cubitt ride 1 on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    Cubitt ride 2 on lambethcyclists.org.uk

    Wednesday, 28 September 2011

    Free Dr Bike bike checks today Streatham Common Southside

    Lambeth will be running free Dr Bike bike checks every Wednesday 5:30-7:30pm in September. See below for a list of dates and locations for this free service.

    As well as basic checks, repairs and adjustments to your bike you can also have your bike security marked and gain an idea of what lorry drivers see from their cabs and how to minimise the danger by remaining visible at all times.

    These Dr Bike sessions are provided by Lambeth's Sustainable Travel department - follow them on Twitter @Lambethsustrans and on Facebook

    Tuesday, 27 September 2011

    Lambeth Open Studios this weekend

    This weekend, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October 2011, artists across Lambeth are opening their studios to the public. Come and see the work of over 100 Lambeth artists in more than 35 studios all around the borough.

    Lambeth Open map
    The Lambeth Open House website states This event showcases the fantastic range of creative talent tucked away in our borough and is a great way to discover the various art spaces too often hidden in your neighbourhoods. Visitors will be able to see inside the artist's studios and exhibition spaces for a unique personal insight into the individual creative processes. It is also timed to coincide with the first weekend of the neighbouring Wandsworth Open House event.

    More information including the locations of the studios on the Lambeth Open website

    Monday, 26 September 2011

    Lambeth green drinks this Wednesday

    Priory Arms in Stockwell, SW8
    This Wednesday, 29 September 2011, there will be a gathering of local 'green' activists upstairs at the Priory Arms in Lansdowne Road, Stockwell SW8 (where Lambeth Cyclists meetings are held) - the green drinks will start from 7:30pm. Similar green drinks events are held regularly around the country -come and take part in Lambeth's newest!

    Further information on the Project Dirt website

    Sunday, 25 September 2011

    Discount on sports injury treatment

    Ontrack Sports Therapy are offering a 10% discount to Lambeth Cyclists' members.

    Quote "OntrackLC" when booking to receive the discount.

    Friday, 23 September 2011

    Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride: 24 September 2011: Cubitt

    Thomas Cubitt - master builder, social campaigner, friend of royalty, almost forgotten!

    Cubitt house in Pimlico on lambethcyclists.org.ukJoin us for a short ride exploring the legacy of Thomas Cubitt.

    Cubitt was a Clapham resident who became one of Londons most prolific and influential 19th century builders and architects but who is barely known today.

    Come and discover how his vision links such varied places as Buckingham Palace, Pimlico, Clapham, Bloombury, Blackfriers Bridge, Belgravia and Battersea Park.

    Lunch hopefully in Battersea Park so bring a picnic or buy lunch there.

    Finishing at a Pub some of you may know in Clapham...

    Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride Saturday 24 September 2011
    Start 10:15 for 10:30 Front of Buckingham Palace
    Finish 3:30 - 4pm Clapham

    Thursday, 22 September 2011

    West Norwood goes car free

    Norwood Car Free Street sign on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    Car Free Day this year in Lambeth saw Norwood High Street closed to motor traffic with the usual traffic queues replaced with music, dancing, food and fun.

    Lambeth Cyclists contributed to the occasion by handing out cycling information, talking to people about cycling in Lambeth and demonstrating our pedal powered music machine.
    Lambeth Cyclists stall at West Norwood Car Free Day on lambethcyclists.org.uk


    The road closed forms part of the West Norwood gyratory system and was an illustration for local residents of what could happen if the one way system was returned to two way working. The general feedback we picked up on was that people were positive about the changes and it was noticeable that the traffic appeared to be flowing freely with no ill effects due to the removal of the gyratory for the day.

    Car Free Day in Westnorwood on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    We in Lambeth Cyclists would like to see all gyratory systems in the borough removed as we believe that they are detrimental to pedestrians, cyclists, bus users and ultimately car drivers. We hope that Lambeth and Transport for London will continue to work to make Norwood High Street and the surrounding roads better for all road users.

    Wednesday, 21 September 2011

    Free Dr Bike Wednesday 21 September 2011 Brockwell Park Lido

    Lambeth will be running free Dr Bike bike checks every Wednesday 5:30-7:30pm in September. See below for a list of dates and locations for this free service.

    As well as basic checks, repairs and adjustments to your bike you can also have your bike security marked and gain an idea of what lorry drivers see from their cabs and how to minimise the danger by remaining visible at all times.

    These Dr Bike sessions are provided by Lambeth's Sustainable Travel department - follow them on Twitter @Lambethsustrans and on Facebook

    Tuesday, 20 September 2011

    Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening: 7:30pm in Priory Arms, Stockwell

    Lambeth Cyclists meeting on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting tonight!

    We hope you can join us for Lambeth Cyclists' September meeting this evening (20 September 2011) at 7:30pm upstairs at the Priory Arms pub, Lansdowne Way, Stockwell, SW8. The first part of the meeting will be business looking at latest developments in cycling in the borough followed from approximately 8:15 onwards by drinks in the bar - it would be great to see you

    Saturday, 17 September 2011

    Come and see Lambeth Cyclists at Lambeth Car Free Day 2011 in West Norwood

    Car Free Day 2010 in Clapham on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    This Sunday, 18 September 2011, come and see the Lambeth Cyclists stall at Lambeth Car Free Day in West Norwood, SE27.

    From 12pm onwards Norwood High Street will be shut to motor traffic and music, dancing and food will take place in the roads. We will be handing out maps and other information and talking to people about cycling in Lambeth.

    As well as celebrating alternative transport the day gives West Norwood residents the chance to look at improvements in the area which will make the area better for people by shifting priority away from motor vehicles

    Last year's Car Free Day in Clapham Old Town (pictured above and described on this website) will lead to improvements in Clapham through the Clapham Gateway scheme.

    So come along to West Norwood High Street this Sunday afternoon!

    Information on Car Free Day on the Lambeth website

    Friday, 16 September 2011

    Sign up now for Lambeth Cyclists weekly maintenance classes starting 11 October 2011

    Cycle maintenance on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    Sign up now for Lambeth Cyclists cycle maintenance classes!

    Lambeth Cyclists are organising more cycle maintenance classes this autumn: the next set of five classes will start on 11 October 2011

    Feedback from earlier classes shows they have been very well received. As one participant put it:

    "Simon is a fantastic, patient teacher who makes sure everyone "gets it". I found the course to be great value, having paid for itself several times over in savings on shop servicing. Couldn't recommend it enough."

    Tuesday, 13 September 2011

    Free Dr Bike Wednesday 14 September 2011 Clapham Common

    Lambeth will be running free Dr Bike bike checks every Wednesday in September. See below for a list of dates and locations for this free service.

    As well as basic checks, repairs and adjustments to your bike you can also have your bike security marked and gain an idea of what lorry drivers see from their cabs and how to minimise the danger by remaining visible at all times.

    These Dr Bike sessions are provided by Lambeth's Sustainable Travel department - follow them on Twitter @Lambethsustrans and on Facebook

    Wednesday, 7 September 2011

    Hundreds Skyride from Lambeth


    On 4 September 2011 Lambeth Cyclists successfully organised two feeder rides to the central London car free Skyride.

    Although not as popular as previous years (possibly due to the weather and timing) hundreds of people enjoyed our led rides from Streatham Hill Station and Clapham Common.

    We hope that by showing them how easy it is to get around Lambeth and to central London by bike we will encourage participants to cycle more across Lambeth and London day to day.

    Monday, 29 August 2011

    Southbank sees beautiful array of flowery cycles

    On Sunday the Southbank saw a variety of decorated bikes parade along with a marching band.

    The event (previously highlighted on this website) attracted cyclists and bicycles of different styles, it was part of the commemoration of the 1951 Festival of Britain when a floral bicycle parade took place in Haringey.



    Southbank floral bicycle parade 1 on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    Southbank floral bicycle parade 2 on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    Southbank floral bicycle parade 3 on lambethcyclists.org.uk

    Southbank floral bicycle parade 3 on lambethcyclists.org.uk

    Southbank floral bicycle parade 4 on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    Southbank floral bicycle parade 5 on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    Southbank floral bicycle parade 6 on lambethcyclists.org.uk

    Southbank floral bicycle parade 7 on lambethcyclists.org.uk

    SE1 - Festival of Britain’s floral bicycle parade recreated on the South Bank

    Friday, 26 August 2011

    Floral Bicycle Parade this Sunday on the Southbank

    Decorate and bring your beautiful bike along to the Southbank for a Floral Bicycle Parade!


    This Sunday, 28 August 2011, there will be a Floral Bicycle Parade startarting at the Royal Festival Hall and progressing along the Southbank in Lambeth, SE1.

    Organised as part of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Festival of Britain, recreating an event held in 1951.

    Everyone is welcome to take part: bring along your bikes, buggies, prams, scooters or other items to be decorated from 2pm onwards for the decorating before the main parade departs at 4pm.

    Bike decoration stations, complete with flowers, ribbons and other decorative items, are operating on The High Street (Level 1 outside Royal Festival Hall) from 2pm till 4pm.

    The Floral Bicycle Parade starts at 4pm at the Southbank Centre Square doors to Royal Festival Hall.

    Transport for London hire bikes are available at various points along the Southbank which is of course open to all considerate cyclists!


    TFL's Community Safety, Enforcement and Policing Team will also be available to offer security marking for your bike and offer advice on cycling.

    Further event information on the Southbank Centre website or  Greater London Authority website

    (Photo courtesy of Greater London Authority website)

    Friday, 19 August 2011

    Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride tomorrow: London's lidos

    The weather is looking good for our architecture ride tomorrow looking at London's lidos:

    Our next architecture ride takes place on Saturday 20 August 2011 and will be looking at London's open air lidos. We will be starting with Lambeth's very own lido in Brockwell Park and then we will ride to Tooting Bec Lido, built by unemployed men in 1906 and probably the largest outdoor pool in Europe.

    We ride up the lively River Wandle as far as King George's Park, site of the now redeveloped Wandsworth Bathing Pool. Into Clapham Junction for a direct train to Gospel Oak and Parliament Hill Lido at the south end of Hampstead Heath. Built in 1938, this was the most expensive of the London County Council pools of the period and is now the sleekest, its stainless steel lining reflecting the sun. Bring a costume! Also nearby: Highgate Ponds - women's, men's and mixed - Kenwood House and its Brew House cafe.

    Meet 10:45 at Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road, London, SE24 0PA (in car park) for 11:00 start.
    Bring a picnic lunch.

    Questions? Contact Geraldine ger1ldine@yahoo.co.uk  or 07739 232598

    Sunday, 14 August 2011

    Congratulations to Lambeth Cyclists Coordinator Philip Loy on his marriage to Teresa McCrone

    Mr and Mrs Loy on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    Congratulations to Lambeth Cyclists Borough Coordinator Philip Loy on his marriage to Teresa McCrone on Saturday 13 August 2011.

    Appropriately they tied the knot at one of Lambeth's best known buildings - the National Theatre on the Southbank, Lambeth SE1 before proceeding along the Southbank to the reception at the Museum of Garden History building also in Lambeth SE1.

    Photo shows Philip and Teresa leading the procession along the Southbank, Lambeth SE1.

    Sunday, 7 August 2011

    Cavendish Road cycle lane action following cyclist death

    We are sad to report the death of a cyclist following a collision with a van on Cavendish Road on the Clapham/ Balham border, Lambeth SW12.

    Cyclist Johannah Bailey was killed after being hit on the morning of Sunday 31 July.

    Following the death we and LCC central stated our concerns over this junction to London Assembly Members Valerie Shawcross and Caroline Pidgeon, amongst others, at a site visit.

    We highlighted to TfL the fact that cyclists had to cross multiple lanes of traffic when coming from the South Circular and that the off road cycle facility is not effective: using it requires cyclists to wait at three sets of traffic lights which means that many cyclists do not use it. We recommended that TfL undertake work to improve the facility and reduce the danger to cyclists at this junction.

    Thursday, 4 August 2011

    Sign up for Lambeth Cyclists weekly maintenance classes starting 6 September 2011

    Cycle maintenance on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    Sign up now for Lambeth Cyclists cycle maintenance classes!

    Lambeth Cyclists are organising more cycle maintenance classes this autumn: the next set of five classes will start on 6 September 2011

    Feedback from earlier classes shows they have been very well received. As one participant put it:

    "Simon is a fantastic, patient teacher who makes sure everyone "gets it". I found the course to be great value, having paid for itself several times over in savings on shop servicing. Couldn't recommend it enough."

    Wednesday, 3 August 2011

    Lambeth Transport Plan published

    Lambeth Transport Plan cover on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    The 2011 Lambeth Transport Plan has been published setting out the borough’s transport priorities for the next 20 years.

    The plan, often referred to as a Local Implementation Plan or LIP, is a response to the Loindon-wide Mayor of London’s Transport Plan setting out how the strategic policies will be implemented locally.

    Lambeth have pledged to encourage more cycling and other forms of sustainable transport and reduce the real and perceived danger on Lambeth’s roads.

    The council is proposing a new ‘Neighbourhood Enhancemoent Programme’ approach which will work to ensure that ‘hard’ engineering measures such as traffic humps are complemented by softer measures such as planting trees, establishing cycle parking and making the area more pedestrian friendly.

    We are pleased to see that cycling and sustainable transport has been given priority in the plan.

    Lambeth - Lambeth Transport Plan 2011

    See also Lambeth 2011 Local Implementation Plan draft published

    Monday, 1 August 2011

    Radical new cycling parking facility arrives in Vauxhall: London (UK?) first

    At the end of July the first of, its is hoped many, new cycle parking facilities was installed in Bonnington Sqaure in Vauxhall.

    Fietshanar cycle storage facility in Bonnington Square, SW8 on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    The new Fietshangar provides secure parking for five bikes and takes up about half the space of a car parking place.

    The new facility has been installed following discussions between local residents and the Council. It is a shared initiative with Lambeth responsible for installation but residents responsible for its upkeep and allocation of spaces.

    Wednesday, 27 July 2011

    Free Dr Bike bike check and repairs Wednesday 27 July 2011 Streatham Common Southside SW16

    Lambeth will be running free Dr Bike bike checks every Wednesday throughout June and July. See below for a list of dates and locations for this free service.

    As well as basic checks, repairs and adjustments to your bike you can also have your bike security marked and gain an idea of what lorry drivers see from their cabs and how to minimise the danger by remaining visible at all times.

    These Dr Bike sessions are provided by Lambeth's Sustainable Travel department - follow them on Twitter @Lambethsustrans and on Facebook

    Thursday, 21 July 2011

    Vauxhall Cross named as one of London's top 10 worst gyratories

    The Guardian today carries an article listing London's top 10 worst gyratories. Lambeth's Vauxhall Cross gyratory is listed at number five.
    Vauxhall Cross (photo from Cyclists in the City blog)

    The Guardian Bike Blog article states:

    5: Vauxhall Cross
    With five lanes for cars, one for buses and cycle lanes squeezed onto narrow pavements around the outside, here the car is king. At crossings, cyclists and pedestrians squeeze onto small islands while traffic rages around a bus depot in the centre of this oversized roundabout. With limited crossing facilities heading north from the bus station a few try to cross it on foot. As with other gyratories, traffic comes in fast, angry waves with aggressive responses to anyone holding up traffic, even to taxis picking up fares from outside a supermarket.

    Guardian  Bike Blog - London's worst 10 gyratories

    Lambeth Cyclists have been campaigning for the removal of the Vauxhall Crosss gyratory for many years as we believe it is unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone outlined plans in 2003 to abolish Vauxhall Cross and other gyratories in London as part of his long term transport strategy. Recent indications from TfL suggest that change may again be on the horizon. We live in hope.

    Tuesday, 19 July 2011

    Two new cycle superhighways launched

    Cycle superhighway logo on lambethcyclists.org.uk
    Two new Transport for London cycle superhighways were launched today.

    The two routes, linking Bow to Aldwych and Wandsworth to Westminster offer clear easy to follow routes into central London. The two new routes join CS 3 and CS 7 launched in July 2010.

    For further information see the Tfl website or download maps of the two new routes: CS 2 Bow to Aldwych, CS 8 Wandsworth to Westminster

    Cycle Superhighway sign on lambethcyclists.org.uk 

    Future cycle superhighways
    Over the next few years more cycle superhighways are set to be launched by Transport for London until London has a network of 12 superhighways. The next routes to be launched are
    Opening 2013
    CS5 Lewisham to Victoria
    CS9 Hounslow to Hyde Park
    CS11 West Hampstead to Marylebone
    CS12 Muswell Hill to Angel

    Open by 2015
    CS1 Tottenham to the City
    CS4 Woolwich to London Bridge
    CS6 Penge to the City
    CS10 Park Royal to Hyde Park

    BBC - New cycle superhighways open in east and south London