Lambeth Council press release announcing Southbank campaign

Lambeth Council press release - see pdf version on Lambeth website

28 March 2011
Awareness sessions urge considerate use of the South Bank area

A new campaign is being launched this week in the South Bank area to encourage cyclists, pedestrians and drivers to be more aware of other road users.

Members of cycling campaign group Lambeth Cyclists will join with council staff and police to stop and talk to cyclists on the south bank of the river who are spotted riding fast or too close to pedestrians.

They will be encouraged to slow down and think about the safety of those on foot. Police officers will also be stopping drivers on the road parallel to the south bank, which is a designated cycle route, if they block the cyclist advanced stop lines, or are spotted using mobile phones or driving dangerously in other ways.

The sessions are in response to concerns about conflict between pedestrians and cyclists. Whilst the majority of cyclists use this area considerately, a small number of aggressive cyclists who travel at speed have provoked a number of complaints from pedestrians about this intimidating behaviour. Additionally, a number of cyclists have complained about the parallel route on the road, feeling threatened by inconsiderate
driving.

The planned awareness sessions follow on from a well-received campaign on Clapham Common which sought to ease the interaction of pedestrians and cyclists.

Cllr Nigel Haselden, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: “We want walking and cycling in Lambeth to be as attractive as possible and the way we share our public spaces and thoroughfares is an important part of achieving this.

“This campaign encourages less vulnerable road users to consider the safety and well-being of the more vulnerable, whether they are cyclists, motorists or pedestrians. This can be particularly important in parts of the South Bank where cyclists and pedestrians share a busy and confined space. Our message here and in Clapham is “Pedestrian Priority - Considerate Cycling Welcomed”. The sessions on Clapham Common were very successful and I’m really glad that we have Lambeth Cyclists working with us on this latest project, as their support is invaluable.”
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New set of Lambeth Cyclists cycle maintenance classes starts 3 May 2011

We are continuing to run our popular, fun and friendly bike maintenance classes this spring with a new set starting in May. The courses run over five weeks, one evening a week and will enable you to keep your bike in good condition covering general maintenance, brakes, gears and wheels as well as addressing any problems you have with your bike.

The next course will start at 6:45pm on Tuesday 3 May 2011 and costs £55 for the five weeks. Places are still available but it is likely to fill up quickly. A new set of classes is likely to be scheduled for June. To enrol on the course please email Lambeth_Cyclists@hotmail.com.
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Lambeth Cyclists Annual Meeting 19 April 2011

On Tuesday 19 April we will be holding our annual meeting at 7:30pm onwards upstairs at the Priory Arms, Landowne Way, SW8. At this meeting we will be reviewing the successful year and electing a new management committee for 2011/2012. This is your chance to find out more and perhaps get involved in Lambeth Cyclists – we are looking for new committee members so how about putting yourself forward?

At the AGM we will also hear from a guest speaker Mark Ames. Mark has come to prominence in the last couple of years as an opinion-former on cycling issues, is a founder member of the 'Cycling Embassy of Great Britain' initiative and has appeared on Jack Thurston's radio show on cycling matters. See his blog at http://ibikelondon.blogspot.com/
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Nigel Haselden promoted to Lambeth Cabinet

Lambeth’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Transport, member, and old friend of Lambeth Cyclists Nigel Haselden is due to be promoted to the role of Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning at the Council’s annual meeting in April after five years in the transport role.

We thank Nigel for his work over the past five years and look forward to working with the new Deputy Cabinet Member when the post holder is announced. We also look forward to continuing to work with Councillor Lorna Campbell who retains the Environment brief in the Lambeth Cabinet.

Update 10 April: Nigel continues with sustainable transport
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Bike the borough 26 June 2011


The Bike the borough website is now live – see www.biketheborough.co.uk
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New set of cycle maintenance classes starts 3 May 2011

We are continuing to run our popular, fun and friendly bike maintenance classes this spring with a new set starting in May. The courses run over five weeks, one evening a week and will enable you to keep your bike in good condition covering general maintenance, brakes, gears and wheels as well as addressing any problems you have with your bike.

The next course will start at 6:45pm on Tuesday 3 May and costs £55 for the five weeks.

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Lambeth announce Southbank U cycling turn: considerate cycling welcomed

Pedestrian Priority sign, Lambeth Southbank on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Following protests from Lambeth Cyclists and others from across Lambeth and London Lambeth Council has removed the signs that apparently banned cycling on the Southbank of the Thames between Albert Embankment and Gabriels Wharf. The new signs, as pictured  state “Pedestrian Priority Considerate Cycling Welcomed” – what we suggested as appropriate all along.

As outlined previously on this website the signs were put up as a result of pressure from local businesses and some residents over what they saw as inconsiderate cycling. It soon became clear that when the consequences were explained most users of the Southbank path were not in favour of banning cycling and the ban contradicted the borough’s and the Mayor of London’s stated aim of increasing the number of people cycling in London. Added to this was the need, if the signs were to become permanent, to obtain a traffic regulation order which would have required extensive consultation.

Thank you to everyone who wrote to their Councillors and MPs on this issue – these showed the depth of feeling on this issue which enabled us to work the Council to find ways of working around this issue. We will keep this issue under review and will seek to prevent any future ban being implemented. We hope to investigate further with Lambeth the possibility of making the parallel road route more cycle friendly so that cyclists have two options. According to a Freedom of Information request the original signs cost £2,600 to manufacture and install – an entirely unnecessary cost.
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TfL consult on Blackfriars Bridge

Not Lambeth as such but we think of interest to Lambeth Cyclists who regularly cycle over Blackfriars Bridge - Transport for London are consulting on proposals for changes to the crossings and other arrangements at the Northern side of Blackfriars Bridge. The reopening of Blackfriars station will require changes to the local area which will impact on cycling. Through Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross we have expressed our concerns about the cycle-friendliness of the area and now TfL have come forward with proposals including more advanced stop lines and a (legal) way for cyclists to turn right onto the Bridge from Victoria Street. They are consulting on the proposals so if you use the bridge see the Blackfriars Bridge section of the Tfl website to access the TfL consultation which closes on 15 April.

See also the Cyclists in the City blog
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More blue paint for Lambeth: Cycle superhighway 5 set to run through Vauxhall Cross

The Mayor of London is moving ahead with the next batch of cycle superhighways including superhighway 5 which will run from Lewisham to Westminster. It will come into Lambeth along Camberwell New Road, travel up Harleyford Road before going through Vauxhall Cross. We are hopeful that the superhighway can be used to improve conditions for all cyclists at Vauxhall Cross where currently travelling to Westminster involves crossing several rows and other manoeuvres in fast flowing traffic.. We will be discussing this issue at forthcoming meetings.

Tfl Cycle Superhighway information
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