New series of Lambeth Cyclists cycle maintenance classes starts 14 June 2011 in Brixton

Cycle maintenance on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Lambeth Cyclists are organising more cycle maintenance classes this summer: the next set of five classes will start on 14 June 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."

Bike Week 2011 in Lambeth

Bike Week takes place across the UK from Saturday 18 to Sunday 26 June 2011. In Lambeth we have arranged events through the week. All events are leisurely rides and suitable for everyone. For other events across London and the UK see the Bike Week website http://www.bikeweek.org.uk/.

Tuesday 14 June 7:30-9:30am Bike Breakfast
We will be starting events off on Tuesday 14 June when we will be holding a Bike Breakfast 7:30 – 9:30am at the Lambeth Accord Building, 336 Brixton Road, SW9. Call in for coffee, tea, pastries and other goodies as well as free a Dr Bike session at which you can get your bike checked and minor problems mended.

Saturday 18 June 11am Leisurely ride to Richmond Park
A leisurely ride along the riverside from Clapham to Richmond Park followed by lunch in the Park.
Meet 11am at the Bandstand on Clapham Common


Sunday 19 June 1pm Incredible edible Lambeth ride followed by barbecue
Join us for a ride around the borough sourcing local foods and visiting key food growing projects followed by a barbecue in Myatts Fields Park.
The ride will set off from Myatts Fields Park and the barbecue will be held nearby from approximately 5pm onwards.
Meet 1pm at the entrance to Myatts Fields Park, corner of Knatchbull Road and Calais Street, SE5 or contact Luke Evans (lseevans@yahoo.co.uk/ 07973 786015) for details of the barbecue.

Tuesday 21 June 7:30pm Lambeth Cyclists meeting
Our regular meeting with, we hope, special guests for Bike Week!

Wednesday 22 June 7:30pm South London Bike Film Club film night
Come and watch a fascinating cycling related film (to be confirmed nearer the time) in a pub!
7:30pm Vauxhall Griffin pub, 8 Wyvil Road, SW8

Saturday 25 June 10:30am (TBC) Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride: Norman Shaw
Join us for a day long look at the architecture of Norman Shaw including Bedford Park, Britain’s first garden suburb, in West London, New Scotland Yard in Westminster and many other buildings around central London.
Details of the ride and the starting point were yet to be confirmed - look out on our website and email group nearer the time.

Sunday 26 June all day Bike the Borough
We are working with Lambeth on this fantastic all day ride event rounding off Bike Week which will allow you to discover more about your borough. Pick up a passport from one of four vibrant hubs and navigate the route around the sites of Lambeth on foot or by bike collecting stamps along the way and spotting the specially placed bikes to win prizes.
Absolutely everybody is welcome and can ride with colleagues, family or friends, for fun or for charity. More information at www.biketheborough.co.uk.

Lambeth are also looking, for volunteers to lead rides and marshal the route on the day – to find out more please contact eduval@lambeth.gov.uk or call 020 7926 0677 or contact Lambeth Cyclists.

Lambeth Country Show 16 – 17 July 2011

Lambeth Cyclists stall at Lambeth Country Show on lambethcyclists.org.uk
As usual we will be running a Lambeth Cyclists stall at the Lambeth Country Show where we will be talking to people about cycling in Lambeth and handing out maps, newsletters and other resources. Come along and see us on the day. We are looking for volunteers for the stall – please contact us if you would like to help out at any time over the weekend.

See www.lambeth.gov.uk/Country-Show for more information

Vauxhall Cross: change on the horizon?

Photo of Vauxhall Cross on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Vauxhall Cross (photo from Cyclists in the City blog)
The possibility of making Vauxhall Cross more people friendly has been raised by Transport for London.

As you are no doubt aware the current set up of four or five lanes of fast moving one-way traffic does not encourage cycling and the cycle lanes and other measures put in appear to be an afterthought.

TfL’s review could lead to reform or even removal of the gyratory system – something for which we have been campaigning for a long time.

New series of Lambeth Cyclists cycle maintenance classes starts 14 June 2011 in Brixton

Lambeth Cyclists are organising more cycle maintenance classes this summer: the next set of five classes will start on 14 June 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."

Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride report: 7 May 2011: Edwardian exuberance


The 1890s and 1900s were a boom time, with the wealth of Empire and industry flowing into Britain. In London this brought about a frenzy of building and re-building.

In these heady times architects threw off the earnestness of the Victorian "battle of the styles" and cheerfully pillaged every architectural style, old and new, to satisfy their clients' love of luxury and ostentation.

Extravagant, inventive, whimsical and vulgar, in Edwardian architecture bling is writ large. We'll explore its dazzle in pubs, offices, hotels, churches, shops, stations, theatres, memorials, mansion flats and private houses.

Ride led by Tom Bogdanowicz and Mark Knox.

City of London consults on plans to allow 24 hour loading

The City has launched an online consultation of its plans for kerbside loading on Cannon St and Holborn Viaduct

More details on the Cyclists in the City blog

In summary, the plan is for 'a significant increase in kerbside loading
space throughout the City'. Fabulous. There go lots of possible cycling on
main routes through London. The plan is to consult street by street. If you
work or regularly use either of these streets, please take time to respond.

You can send in your thoughts via the online survey at http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/fers/.

Free Dr Bike checks and repairs every Wednesday in May 2011 in Lambeth

Lambeth will be running free Dr Bike bike checks every Wednesday 5:30-7:30pm throughout May 2011. 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