Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Cycling training now free for Lambeth residents

Sign up now for free cycle training!

Lambeth Council is now offering free one to one cycle training to all Lambeth residents and everyone who works or studies in the borough.

Previously Lambeth charged a heavily subsidised £10 for the training but now is able to offer it free through new cycle training provider Cycle Confident.

So there really is no excuse for not taking the training – however experienced a cyclist you are it is always useful to have someone else assess your abilities and offer advice on how to cycle more safely.

Get your friends, family, flat mates, colleagues and anyone else to take the training too.

To find out more about the training and to book your lesson follow the links on our website or see www.cycleconfident.com/sponsors/lambeth.

Cycle Confident also offer school cycle training and free Dr Bike sessions in conjunction with Lambeth’s Sustainable Travel team.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Come to the Lambeth Cyclists Christmas celebration this Tuesday

Lambeth Cyclists meeting on lambethcyclists.org.uk Come to the Lambeth Cyclists Christmas celebration this Tuesday 7:30pm onwards upstairs at the Priory Arms pub, Lansdowne Way, Stockwell, SW8.


Monday, 10 December 2012

New Waterloo Roundabout proposals: better but still not Going Dutch

Following a formal consultation on changes to Waterloo roundabout, in which we and other cyclists offered suggestions on how the roundabout could be made more cycle-friendly, TfL have published new plans.

Map of new roundabout design 
These new plans include some measures –such as a 20mph speed limit and greater use of advanced stop lines- which will benefit cyclists if they are enforced properly.

However the plans continue with the kerb build outs which we fear will create ‘pinch points’ for cyclists. In no way will the new roundabout layout encourage mass cycling in the area or follow ‘Go Dutch’ principles.

TfL have stated that the work will be completed by early 2013.

See TfL consultation response and revised proposals

LCC - Transport for London must consider Dutch solution to make Waterloo roundabout safe

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Sign up now for January 2013 cycle maintenance classes

Make cycle maintenance your new years resolution. Sign up now for the next set of Lambeth Cyclists' maintenance classes starting Tuesday 15 January 2013.


Cycle maintenance on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Would you like to learn to do basic maintenance to avoid unnecessary costs and delays?

Come on our cycle maintenance classes, a new set of which will start on Tuesday 15 January 2013.

The course runs over five two hour sessions on Tuesday evenings and covers all aspects of cycle maintenance – with a maximum of eight participants per course you will be working on your own bike.

The course costs £55 – excellent value and instruction is by a qualified Brixton Cycles mechanic.

Contact Chris James –chrisj52@hotmail.co.uk if you are interested in signing up for the course.

We run the course several times a year so we will put you on the list for next course if all the places have gone.

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."

Sunday, 2 December 2012

No Lambeth Cyclists architecture rides in December and January

Our series of monthly cycle rides looking at the buildings and surroundings of London will take a winter break in December and January but we will be back in 2013 with new rides.

Got an idea for a ride? Come along to the planning meeting Our rides are generally easy going day trips around London and the surrounding area led by volunteers. If you are interested in leading a ride or have an idea for a ride do get in touch and we can advertise it to our members and work with you to develop the route.

We will be holding a meeting in early December to coordinate the programme for 2013 – do come along if you would like to be involved - contact Mark Knox mpknox@care4free.net.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Joint meeting hears about role of cycling in promoting public health

Earlier this week we were delighted to take part in a joint meeting with Southwark Cyclists in which we heard from the newly appointed Director of Public Health for Lambeth and Southwark Dr Ruth Wallis. She explained the government changes that have moved public health from NHS to local authority control.

Dr Wallis was keen to listen to our suggestions on how she could work towards supporting active travel in the boroughs as a means of promoting health and wellbeing for Lambeth and Southwark residents. An immediate action she promised was to write to Southwark supporting the proposed borough-wide 20mph speed limit. We hope to develop a similar strategy for Lambeth.

Watch this space for more information on the role of cycling in promoting public health...

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening

Lambeth Cyclists meeting on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening in Stcokwell!

We hope you can join us for Lambeth Cyclists' meeting this evening  (20 November 2012) 7:30pm 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!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Tonight come and hear from the joint Lambeth and Southwark Director of Public Health

Come along this evening, 19 November 2012, to a joint Lambeth and Southwark Cyclists meeting where we will be hearing from Dr Ruth Wallis,  the new Director of Public Health for Lambeth and Southwark.

Ruth  will be outlining how the Public Health team will be working to develop cycling in the two  borough. Local authorities will be taking over responsibility for public health from the NHS from April 2013 and so this is an opportune time to bring cycling to the top of the agenda. By having this joint meeting with Southwark Cyclists we hope to show our strength and desire to see cycling valued and promoted.

As well as Ruth Wallis the meeting will also hear from Caroline Russell on the 20mph policy in Islington (all Islington operated roads in the borough have a 20mph speed limit - the first council in the country to introduce such a measure) as well as Laura Brannon from Guys and St Thomas Hospital on air pollution research they are carrying out.

This is a joint Lambeth and Southwark meeting: Monday 19 November 2012 6:30pm at Can Mezzanine, 32-36 Loman Street SE1 0EE (just off Great Suffolk Street, near Blackfriars Road), cycle parking nearby.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Architecture ride looks at nautical London

Our October architecture ride toured architecture related to London’s nautical and maritime history.



Many of the impressive buildings we visited are testament to London's hugely significant maritime past - for example the various Admiralty buildings in Whitehall, the extravagant former Port of London Authority headquarters in Trinity Square and of course, the former Naval Hospital in Greenwich with its impressive Chapel and Painted Hall, designed by Wren and Hawksmoor.

While these buildings have found new uses as government offices, hotels or a university, some of the buildings we visited retain their original purpose, for example the headquarters of the national lighthouse authority, Trinity House, or the home of the Company of Watermen at St Mary-at-Hill.




A warming Finnish lunch was had at the Finnish Church in Rotherhithe, originally established to cater for seafarers away from home - also the only church in London with a sauna!



Thanks to Tessa Wright for planning and leading this ride.
(Photos on John Heyderman's Facebook page)

Friday, 26 October 2012

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride tomorrow (Sat): Nautical London


Join us for the next Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride on Saturday 27 October 2012 when we will be exploring architecture related to London’s nautical and maritime history.
Royal Naval College Greenwich on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Seafarers Memorial, Albert Embankment on lambethcyclists.org.ukStarting at a former dock used by Lambeth’s potteries, pausing at the site from where international shipping is regulated, we will then dart inland to see Britain’s naval headquarters, before returning to the river where port and lighthouse authorities have their bases.

We will dock for lunch and then flow downriver to view the fine maritime architecture of Greenwich.

Wooden boat sculpture on lambethcyclists.org.ukAt the end of the ride (around 3.30-4pm) there is the option to take in an aerial view of the Thames, from the newly-opened cable car from North Greenwich to Royal Victoria Dock, from where it is a short ride to the Thames Barrier (£6.40 return with Oyster, bikes permitted, although it will depend on numbers!).

Meet: 10.30am for 10.45am start at White Hart Dock, Albert Embankment, SE1 (corner of Black Prince Road)

The ride will be led by Tessa Wright; tel 07949 785258

Free easy going Brixton Neighbourhood Ride this Sunday

 All are welcome on this free family-friendly Lambeth Cyclists Neighbourhood Ride on Sunday afternoon, 28th October, taking a couple of hours to gently explore Brixton and its neighbouring area.   

The ride, which will mainly be on quiet streets, starts at 2pm, with a free bike check just beforehand, in Max Roach Park (named after the jazz drummer) on the corner of Brixton Road and St John's Crescent, SW9.


We're meeting just by the moving. if impossible to photograph, statue 'First Child' by Raymond Watson. 


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  To register just send an email headed Oct 28 with the names of those coming along to charlie@capitalrides.org.uk . It's fine also to just turn up on the day, but there's no guarantee you'll get the lights etc. (Also check out the Waterloo and Vauxhall Neighbourhood Ride the previous Sunday, October 21st).

On the ride we'll be passing some of Brixton's fantastic and long-lasting murals, such as the 1981 'Nuclear Dawn'.

and following a little of the inner London motorway that was planned in the 1960s to roar through Brixton, resulting in the Barrier Block being built.

We'll also pay tribute to the Effra river (and its tributaries) which, before it was covered over, was practically navigable by boat from Brixton to the Thames at Vauxhall.






We're going to rock down to 'Electric Avenue' (as Eddy Grant sang), the first shopping street to be lit by electricity.



 and we'll be taking checking out various embellishments to the buildings


 before passing Brixton Tate Library, with the bust outside of Sir Henry Tate - sugar magnate, philanthropist and Streatham resident.
We'll gradually work our way up to the last remaining windmill in inner London (there were twelve in Lambeth alone).
 before heading across Blenheim Gardens (not the ones attached to Blenheim Palace, the monumental stately home in Oxfordshire)
 and down to two recently built houses, the exquisite Tree House and it's neighbour, the rather more imposing house featured in September's 'Grand Designs' C4 programme.

We'll then be passing by the house where David Bowie, the face of the ten pound note (Brixton),  lived until he was six

The ride will end back at Max Roach Park at 4pm.


Barclays are proud to support “Lambeth by Bike” as it allows residents to explore their local area and gain confidence riding on the road. Riders of all ages are welcome on the rides, but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Urgent - Vote for Wheels for Wellbeing for a National Lottery Award

Vote Now!


Brixton-based charity Wheels for Wellbeing is asking you to vote for it to receive a £2,000 National Lottery Award.
Wheels for Wellbeing logo on lambethcyclists.org.uk


Wheels for Wellbeing was set up by a Lambeth Cyclists member in 2007 and has helped hundreds of people with disabilities in London to cycle using a various specially designed bikes.

Following a long process Wheels for Wellbeing has been selected as one of three finalists in the Best Sports Project category of the National Lottery - now if it gains the most votes it will win the award.

Voting closes on Sunday 28 October 2012.

Vote now in Sports section of the National Lottery Awards website

Wheels for Wellbeing website


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

How will Lambeth's Public Health service boost cycling?

Please come along and find out about imminent changes to the Public Health service and how active travel will be boosted as a consequence at Lambeth Cyclists and Southwark Cyclists joint meeting on Monday 19th November at 6.30pm at CAN Mezzanine, 32-36 Loman Street, SE1 0EH (just off Cycling Superhighway 7 by Union Street).

Our guest speaker is Dr Ruth Wallis, recently appointed as the Joint Director of Public Health for a new shared Public Health service across the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.

Given that physical inactivity is reckoned to cause 6-10% of the major non-communicable diseases (Lancet 9838) clearly it is crucial that the public health service works to get people moving about.

Public health is currently the responsibility of the NHS but under the Government’s Health and Social Care Act 2012 will transfer to local authorities on Monday 1 April 2013. The public health departments for Lambeth and Southwark will join together to create one integrated public health service for the two boroughs. 

Ruth was previously the Joint Director of Public Health for Lambeth.

The Leader of Southwark Council, Councillor Peter John, said: “We welcome the appointment of Ruth Wallis as the new joint Director of Public Health and are confident that a shared professional public health team between Lambeth and Southwark will help enable the combined expertise and resources from both areas to focus on common health issues – many of which are known to cross borough boundaries.”

Ruth became a Consultant in Public Health Medicine in 1990 and has worked in a number of senior roles across the NHS and local authorities.

VENUE DETAILS

CAN Mezzanine, 32-36 Loman Street, SE1 0EH (just off Cycling Superhighway 7 by Union Street

Map & directions: http://www.can-online.org.uk/data/files/pages/Maps/How_to_find_us_-_Loman_Street_Mezz.pdf.

Cycle parking is on Loman St junction with Risborough St. Barclay bike station very close on Union St..

Monday, 22 October 2012

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride Saturday 27 October 2012: Nautical London


Join us for the next Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride on Saturday 27 October 2012 when we will be exploring architecture related to London’s nautical and maritime history.
Royal Naval College Greenwich on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Seafarers Memorial, Albert Embankment on lambethcyclists.org.ukStarting at a former dock used by Lambeth’s potteries, pausing at the site from where international shipping is regulated, we will then dart inland to see Britain’s naval headquarters, before returning to the river where port and lighthouse authorities have their bases.

We will dock for lunch and then flow downriver to view the fine maritime architecture of Greenwich.

Wooden boat sculpture on lambethcyclists.org.ukAt the end of the ride (around 3.30-4pm) there is the option to take in an aerial view of the Thames, from the newly-opened cable car from North Greenwich to Royal Victoria Dock, from where it is a short ride to the Thames Barrier (£6.40 return with Oyster, bikes permitted, although it will depend on numbers!).

Meet: 10.30am for 10.45am start at White Hart Dock, Albert Embankment, SE1 (corner of Black Prince Road)

The ride will be led by Tessa Wright; tel 07949 785258

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Free Brixton Neighbourhood Ride,Sun Oct 28th, 2pm

 All are welcome on this free family-friendly Lambeth Cyclists Neighbourhood Ride on Sunday afternoon, 28th October, taking a couple of hours to gently explore Brixton and its neighbouring area.   

The ride, which will mainly be on quiet streets, starts at 2pm, with a free bike check just beforehand, in Max Roach Park (named after the jazz drummer) on the corner of Brixton Road and St John's Crescent, SW9.


We're meeting just by the moving. if impossible to photograph, statue 'First Child' by Raymond Watson. 

If you email to say you're coming by Wednesday 24th October you'll definitely get a free goody bag  from Barclays (doesn't include a Barclays Bike) including back-up lights from Lambeth Council.


  To register just send an email headed Oct 28 with the names of those coming along to charlie@capitalrides.org.uk . It's fine also to just turn up on the day, but there's no guarantee you'll get the lights etc. (Also check out the Waterloo and Vauxhall Neighbourhood Ride the previous Sunday, October 21st).

On the ride we'll be passing some of Brixton's fantastic and long-lasting murals, such as the 1981 'Nuclear Dawn'.

and following a little of the inner London motorway that was planned in the 1960s to roar through Brixton, resulting in the Barrier Block being built.

We'll also pay tribute to the Effra river (and its tributaries) which, before it was covered over, was practically navigable by boat from Brixton to the Thames at Vauxhall.






We're going to rock down to 'Electric Avenue' (as Eddy Grant sang), the first shopping street to be lit by electricity.



 and we'll be taking checking out various embellishments to the buildings


 before passing Brixton Tate Library, with the bust outside of Sir Henry Tate - sugar magnate, philanthropist and Streatham resident.
We'll gradually work our way up to the last remaining windmill in inner London (there were twelve in Lambeth alone).
 before heading across Blenheim Gardens (not the ones attached to Blenheim Palace, the monumental stately home in Oxfordshire)
 and down to two recently built houses, the exquisite Tree House and it's neighbour, the rather more imposing house featured in September's 'Grand Designs' C4 programme.

We'll then be passing by the house where David Bowie, the face of the ten pound note (Brixton),  lived until he was six

The ride will end back at Max Roach Park at 4pm.


Barclays are proud to support “Lambeth by Bike” as it allows residents to explore their local area and gain confidence riding on the road. Riders of all ages are welcome on the rides, but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, 19 October 2012

See Floral and Topiary Bicycles in Lambeth this Sunday

Lambeth Cyclists' Waterloo and Vauxhall Neighbourhood Ride on Sunday afternoon will pass these two beauties, and a splendid Topiary cycle
 There were loads of artists at work in Leake Street today - I'll be intrigued to see which remain and which have already been sprayed over by Sunday. The swish paving in (gentrified) Lower Marsh is well under way too - see it on the ride.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting at the Priory Arms in Stockwell tonight!

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

We hope you can join us for Lambeth Cyclists' meeting this evening (16 October 2012) 7:30pm at the Priory Arms pub, Lansdowne Way, Stockwell, SW8.

Come along to hear about the work done by Felix Hilton, the Sustrans 'Bike It' Officer in Lambeth. Get ideas on how to boost cycling in your local school and the issues that need to be addressed.

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!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Nautical London, Saturday 27 October 2012

Meet: 10.30am (for 10.45am start) at White Hart Dock, Albert Embankment (corner of Black Prince Road)

This Lambeth Cyclists ride explores architecture related to London’s nautical and maritime history. Starting at a former dock used by Lambeth’s potteries, pausing at the site from where international shipping is regulated, it will then dart inland to see Britain’s naval headquarters, before returning to the river where port and lighthouse authorities have their bases. We will dock for lunch and then flow downriver to view the fine maritime architecture of Greenwich. At the end of the ride (around 3.30 to 4pm) there is the option to take in an aerial view of the Thames, from the newly-opened cable car from North Greenwich to Royal Victoria Dock, from where it is a short ride to the Thames Barrier (£6.40 return with Oystercard, bikes permitted, although it will depend on numbers!).

The ride will be led by Tessa Wright, tel: 07949 785258

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Sustrans 'Bike It' Officer at this Tuesday's meeting

Come along to hear about the work done by Felix Hilton, the Sustrans 'Bike It' Officer in Lambeth. Get ideas on how to boost cycling in your local school and the issues that need to be addressed.

In the meeting we'll also break up into small groups, each covering a few Lambeth wards, to discuss issues of particular local interest.

In the pub afterwards there'll be a chance to talk about ideas for Lambeth rides in 2013.

The meeting takes place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the upstairs room of the Priory Arms Pub, 83 Lansdowne Way SW8 2PB. All welcome.

Also, keep Monday 19th November free when we'll team up with Southwark Cyclists for a 6.30pm meeting (venue tbc) with Dr Ruth Wallis, Director of Public Health in Lambeth and Southwark as our guest. We'll be finding out the major changes afoot in Public Health management and how active travel falls into this.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Free Waterloo & Vauxhall Ride Sun 21 Oct, 2pm

All are welcome on this free family-friendly Lambeth Cyclists Neighbourhood Ride on Sunday afternoon, 21st October, taking a couple of hours to gently explore the Waterloo and Vauxhall area.

The ride starts at 2pm, with a free bike check just beforehand, outside the Garden Museum (right next door to Lambeth Palace, London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury), just by Lambeth Bridge, SE1 7LB.

If you email that you're coming before Thursday 18th you'll definitely get a free bag of goodies from Barclays (doesn't include a Barclays Bike) and free back-up lights from Lambeth Council.

 To register just send an email headed Oct 21 with the names of those coming along to charlie@capitalrides.org.uk . It's fine also to just turn up on the day, but there's no guarantee you'll get the lights etc. (Also check out the Brixton Neighbourhood Ride the following Sunday, October 28th)

We'll mainly be on quiet back streets and we'll see plenty of famous sights, from the Houses of Parliament to the London Eye.


But there are also loads of quirky facts and unusual places along the way. We'll visit the true centre of London, discover the birthplace of Circus and Music Hall, and see the grand entrance to the Necropolis, the railway for the dead. We might even see astronauts on trees.

We'll certainly drop into The Regal, a supremely bling basketball court with real gold plated hoops.



and we'll pass by the Museum of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, home of Cocaine Throat Pastilles, Leech Jars and many more wondrous things





We'll cycle through The Tunnel, London's ever changing graffiti gallery under the former Eurostar station,







and we'll see the magnificently ornate former headquarters of Doulton Pottery, founded in Lambeth and with a factory here until 1956.








To be 'a la mode', we'll go by the Water Tower, the subject of the 100th 'Grand Designs' programme on Channel 4, shown on Wednesday 17th at 9pm. And we'll also see the Master's House (now The Cinema Museum) of the workhouse where Charlie Chaplin was once a resident.


Staying with famous former residents, we'll also chance upon memories of Captain Bligh of the Bounty,




and maybe we'll hum or sing the hymn 'Jerusalem' as we pass through a dark and satanic tunnel nearby the former home of the writer and artist Sir William Blake.





Guerilla Gardening is all over the area, and we'll visit one of the grand-daddies of the form - the extraordinary Bonnington Square. Food for thought also given the current law changes regarding Squatting.

There's also the chance to see a 'Fietshangar', the new to England, secure cycle parking so common in parts of the Netherlands.



We'll finish at 4pm where we started, at the Garden Museum, then those who feel they merit a refreshing drink can join us in Vauxhall's authentic German pub, Zeitgeist.

Again, to register just send an email headed 21 Oct with the names of those coming along to charlie@capitalrides.org.uk . It's fine also to just turn up on the day, but there's no guarantee you'll get the lights etc.

And, if you can't make this one, maybe we can see in Brixton on the 28th?
Barclays are proud to support “Lambeth by Bike” as it allows residents to explore their local area and gain confidence riding on the road. Riders of all ages are welcome on the rides, but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Latest newsletter uploaded to site

The latest  Lambeth Cyclists October / November 2012 newsletter is now available online.

Download in pdf form from the Lambeth Cyclists newsletter page

It was sent out with London Cyclist magazine to all London Cycling Campaign members in Lambeth

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

New public cycle pump in Windrush Square, Brixton

Following on from the installation of a public cycle pump in Kennington Road last year Lambeth have installed another in Windrush Square, Brixton in front of the Ritzy Cinema.

Photo of Windrush Square Brixton SW2 on lambethcyclists.org.ukThe pump has been designed by Cyclehoop who are also responsible for the innovative cycle parking facilities you may have seen around Lambeth.

Stop by for air next time you are passing!

Monday, 1 October 2012

New bike shop opens in Streatham

A new bike shop has  opened in Streatham.

Balfe's Bikes opened at 87 Streatham Hill, SW2 4UB on 1 October 2012. The new shop is joins the other Balfe's Bikes in Kennington, Lambeth which opened in July 2011.

Balfe's Bikes Streatham

The new shop (pictured, left) opens on the site of Phillips, a previous Streatham bike shop.



More information on the Balfe's Bikes website,  Facebook page or contact 020 8671 1984.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Dont forget: Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride tomorrow

Join us for tomorrow's ride:

Join us for the next Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride on Saturday 22 September 2012. This ride is a revival of a ride we did six years ago looking at the work of the man who transformed London in the wake of the Great Fire.- Christopher Wren.
St Brides Church Fleet Street
St Bride's Church by Wren (photo culture24.org.uk)
Already celebrated as a mathematician, astronomer and inventor, Wren seized his chance to make perhaps the greatest mark any one architect has made on a city, with fifty-one churches and their infinitely-varied steeples dancing around the great drum of St Paul’s and its dome.

Open House Weekend gives us the chance to go inside his City churches, many of which are rarely open, especially at weekends. We’ll visit as many of the churches as we can fit in, and finish with a look at one of his grandest “domestic” projects, the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Meet 10:30am for 10:45 start at The Monument, Fish Street Hill, at the north end of London Bridge, EC3 (click on address for map). We’ll finish in Chelsea about 4.00.

Enquiries – Mark Knox 07765 945530