Monday, 30 April 2012

Hundreds of Lambeth Cyclists call on next London Mayor to Go Dutch

Lambeth Cyclists Press Release: Hundreds of Lambeth Cyclists call on next London Mayor to Go Dutch

On Saturday 28 April 2012 hundreds of cyclists from across Lambeth joined with more than 10,000 other people calling on the candidates for London Mayor to make London more cycle friendly.
lambeth Cyclists ride gathers on Clapham Common, SW4

The ride was organised by the London Cycling Campaign as part of it ‘Love London Go Dutch’ campaign. This is calling on the next London Mayor to learn lessons from cities such as Amsterdam and make London more bike and people friendly.

Lambeth Cyclists, the local Lambeth borough group of LCC, arranged a ride of over 100 people up to the ride’s starting point on Park Lane picking up cyclists from Streatham Hill, Brixton and Clapham.

Hundreds more cyclists from across Lambeth made their way directly to Hyde Park from where the ride set off.
London Cycling Campaign Big Ride heads down Piccadilly

Ride Leader Chris James of Streatham commented “We were really pleased with the great turnout. Despite the rain we had over 100 people on our ride. It was great to join up with the thousands of other cyclists in central London. We were sending a serious message to all the Mayoral candidates that they must do something to make London better for all cyclists.”

 Clare Neely of Loughborough Junction added “Cycling in Lambeth and across London has increased since 2000 and measures such as the bike hire scheme have raised the profile of cycling. However people still think its too dangerous; many more people across Lambeth and London would go by bike if they felt the roads were safer. We want the new Mayor to commit to making the roads safer for everyone.”

Philip Loy of Streatham who is Borough Co-ordinator of Lambeth Cyclists commented “We are realistic that things wont change overnight but over time London regenerates itself. If the new Mayor applied the Going Dutch principles to junctions such as Vauxhall Cross or the Oval junction he could make a real difference for London’s cyclists and pedestrians.”

Further information on the Love London Go Dutch campaign is on the London Cycling Campaign website

More photos of the day on our Facebook page, see also IbikeLondon and coverage on BBC News, ITN and Sky News as well as various newspapers - full details on the LCC main website

Friday, 27 April 2012

Join the Big Ride tomorrow: feeder rides from Streatham Hill, Brixton and Clapham Common

Tomorrow (Saturday 28 April 2012) join thousands of cyclists from across London for The Big Ride, a fun event with a serious message, calling on London's mayoral candidates to make the capital's streets as safe and inviting for cycling as they are in Holland.


Organised by London Cycling Campaign the Big Ride follows a traffic free route through central London.


Join the Lambeth Cyclists feeder ride to the Big Ride on 28 April departing
Streatham Hill Station, SW2 at 9:30am
Lambeth Town Hall (Acre Lane), SW2 at 9:50
Bandstand, Clapham Common, SW4 at 10:15
Alternatively come along to the start of the ride at Marble Arch from 11am





Come on bike, foot, skates or rollerblades

Dress up yourself and your bike in red/white (campaign colours)

Make some noise: drums, whistles, cowbells, sound systems, etc

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Joint Lambeth and Southwark Cyclists hustings meeting tonight

Come tonight to put the candidates standing for the London Assembly on the spot. 

Ask them about their policies for cycling and other forms of sustainable transport in the borough at our joint election ‘hustings’ meeting for all candidates standing for the Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly seat.


Come along and have your say.



The event will be held tonight (Tuesday 24 April 2012) from 7:15pm onwards for a 7:30pm start at the Waterloo Action Centre near to Waterloo Station, SE1

The location of the meeting is no mistake - it is on the border of the two boroughs and crucially is between the Waterloo and Elephant and Castle junctions - both highlighted in the TfL top 10 worst London junctions. It is also located near to the A23 which is Lambeth and Southwark's busiest cycle route in terms of volume of bikes.

We as the two borough LCC groups have been holding these events since the creation of the post of Mayor and the London Assembly in 2000 - the equivalent event in 2008 almost resulted in a fight breaking out in the audience as feelings ran high over the plans for Herne Hill Junction.

In 2012 we have different but equally contentious issues to debate: junctions such as Oval, Elephant and Castle, Waterloo, Vauxhall Cross, Oval and Stockwell which are deeply cycle-unfriendly, extension of the cycle hire scheme, the Bricklayers Arms flyover etc etc etc. Of course overriding all this is the central LCC campaign of London Going Dutch. The event will be a chance to show the politicians the feelings of cyclists on the ground and give an ideas of the cyclists' vote: cyclists in the two boroughs can really influence the result!

We have invited candidates from all the parties standing in Lambeth and Southwark to the event and
so should be able to have a fruitful discussion.


The London Assembly hustings meeting will be held on Tuesday 24 April 2012 7:15pm for 7:30 start.


The London Assembly has an important role in scrutinising the Mayor of London's decisions and appointments including of course overseeing TfL. So whether Ken or Boris or another person ultimately wins as Mayor we need a strong London Assembly. There are six candidates in the constituency seat including the current Assembly Member who is standing for re-election - see the London Elects website for names and party details

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride this Saturday: Sir Denys Lasdun

This Saturday, 21 April 2012, our architecture ride ride will focus on the modernist architect Sir Denys Lasdun and the buildings he produced in London spanning from the 1930s to the 1990s.

Institute of Education on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Prince Charles famously dismissed the National Theatre as being a ‘clever way of building a nuclear power station in the middle of London without anyone objecting’, but there are many who find his original and uncompromising approach to building refreshing and inspiring.

Knighted in 1976 and winner of the RIBA Gold Medal for architecture in 1977, virtually all of his London buildings are listed.

Trevelyn House on lambethcyclists.org.uk
We will start the ride at Lasdun’s first building in London at 32, Newton Road in Paddington, progress through the West End to the South Bank finishing in Bethnal Green at about tea time. We will look at eight of Lasdun’s most important London projects ranging from social housing, through public venues to private properties. See the Google route map.

The ride will be mainly flat but there will be some busy stretches along the route.
Contacts for the ride are Lizzy Jamieson, tel 07961 117698, and Peter Kidd, tel 07966 170197. All welcome, make sure you have wet weather gear and your bike is roadworthy.

Meet Saturday 10:15am for a 10.30 start in front of 32 Newton Road London W2 5LT (near to Paddington Station). If you arrive early why not look at the nearby Hallfield Estate and Primary School also designed by Lasdun.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Lambeth Cyclists meeting tonight (17 April 2012)

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 (17 April 2012) 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!

Monday, 16 April 2012

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride this Saturday: Sir Denys Lasdun: architect of the National Theatre

This Saturday, 21 April 2012, our architecture ride ride will focus on the modernist architect Sir Denys Lasdun and the buildings he produced in London spanning from the 1930s to the 1990s.

Institute of Education on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Prince Charles famously dismissed the National Theatre as being a ‘clever way of building a nuclear power station in the middle of London without anyone objecting’, but there are many who find his original and uncompromising approach to building refreshing and inspiring.

Knighted in 1976 and winner of the RIBA Gold Medal for architecture in 1977, virtually all of his London buildings are listed.

Trevelyn House on lambethcyclists.org.uk
We will start the ride at Lasdun’s first building in London at 32, Newton Road in Paddington, progress through the West End to the South Bank finishing in Bethnal Green at about tea time. We will look at eight of Lasdun’s most important London projects ranging from social housing, through public venues to private properties. See the Google route map.

The ride will be mainly flat but there will be some busy stretches along the route.
Contacts for the ride are Lizzy Jamieson, tel 07961 117698, and Peter Kidd, tel 07966 170197. All welcome, make sure you have wet weather gear and your bike is roadworthy.

Meet Saturday 10:15am for a 10.30 start in front of 32 Newton Road London W2 5LT (near to Paddington Station). If you arrive early why not look at the nearby Hallfield Estate and Primary School also designed by Lasdun.

Have you received your polling card? Are you registered to vote?

You should have received your polling card for the London elections to be held on Thursday 3 May 2012 - if you have not it may be worth checking to make sure that you are registered to vote.

You have until Wednesday 18 April to get your completed forms to Lambeth Electoral Services department to ensure that you can vote to elect the Mayor of London and the London Assembly member.


To find out if you are registered to vote consult the electoral register: available in your local library or by contacting the Electoral Services department of Lambeth Council- 020 7926 2144, electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk. You have until 18 April 2012 to send back a registration form to Lambeth in order to take part in the elections on 3 May. Registration forms and other information can be found on the Lambeth website – www.lambeth.gov.uk/registertovote. You can register and vote in these elections if you are a citizen of the UK, the Commonwealth or another EU nation.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Join the Big Ride 28 April 2012

Join thousands of cyclists from across London on Saturday 28 April 2012 for The Big Ride, a fun event with a serious message, calling on London's mayoral candidates to make the capital's streets as safe and inviting for cycling as they are in Holland.


Organised by London Cycling Campaign the Big Ride follows a traffic free route through central London.


Join the Lambeth Cyclists feeder ride to the Big Ride on 28 April departing
Streatham Hill Station, SW2 at 9:30am
Lambeth Town Hall (Acre Lane), SW2 at 9:50
Bandstand, Clapham Common, SW4 at 10:15
Alternatively come along to the start of the ride at Marble Arch from 11am





Come on bike, foot, skates or rollerblades

Dress up yourself and your bike in red/white (campaign colours)

Make some noise: drums, whistles, cowbells, sound systems, etc

Thursday, 12 April 2012

What questions do you want to ask your next London Assembly Member

Lambeth and Southwark Cyclists are jointly organising a hustings meetings on Tuesday 24 April 2012 at the Waterloo Action Centre, SE1 (see event details)

At the event we will be asking all the candidates standing in the Lambeth and Southwark constituency for their views on cycling, walking, TfL and other sustainable transport issues in the two boroughs.

In the past we have found it useful to send the candidates a list of the likely questions so that they have time to think about the issues and if appropriate prepare responses rather than just give bland answers.

So what questions do you want to put to the candidates?

Suggestions we have received so far include:

Do you favour extending the cycle hire scheme out to South London? If so where? Brixton, Peckham, Dulwich, Crystal Palace?
How can we get more 'normal', ie not lycra-clad, people on bikes?
Have the cycle superhighways made it "quicker, safer and easier for cyclists to commute to work" as Boris claimed?
Would you be happy for children to use the cycle superhighways alone?
Do you favour segregated cycle lanes?
How can junctions such as Stockwell, Oval or Clapham South be improved?
How do we safeguard cycling facilities funding in times of spending cuts?
Has a cycling mayor been good for London cyclists?
Do you favour a 20mph speed limit for roads such as Brixton Road, Camberwell New Road, Peckham High St?
How do we reconcile the dual roles of roads such as Brixton Road, Camberwell Church Street as local town centres and as strategic London routes?
When will we see decisive cycle-friendly action of Vauxhall Cross and Elephant and Castle?
Is the tram plan dead in the water?


Do you have anything else to add? If you do please email them to lseevans@yahoo.co.uk or tweet to @LambethCyclists before Tuesday 17 April 2012.

The Lambeth and Southwark Cyclists sustainable transport hustings event will be held on Tuesday 24 April 2012 at 7:15pm for 7:30 start - everyone is welcome

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Lambeth and Southwark cyclists to question London Assembly candidates

On Tuesday 24 April 2012 we as cyclists will get a chance to question candidates standing for the London Assembly on their policies for cycling and other forms of sustainable transport in the borough at our joint election ‘hustings’ meeting for all candidates standing for the Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly seat.


Come along and have your say.


The event will be held on Tuesday 24 April 2012 from 7:15pm onwards for a 7:30pm start at the Waterloo Action Centre near to Waterloo Station, SE1

The location of the meeting is no mistake - it is on the border of the two boroughs and crucially is between the Waterloo and Elephant and Castle junctions - both highlighted in the TfL top 10 worst London junctions. It is also located near to the A23 which is Lambeth and Southwark's busiest cycle route in terms of volume of bikes.

We as the two borough LCC groups have been holding these events since the creation of the post of Mayor and the London Assembly in 2000 - the equivalent event in 2008 almost resulted in a fight breaking out in the audience as feelings ran high over the plans for Herne Hill Junction.

In 2012 we have different but equally contentious issues to debate: junctions such as Oval, Elephant and Castle, Waterloo, Vauxhall Cross, Oval and Stockwell which are deeply cycle-unfriendly, extension of the cycle hire scheme, the Bricklayers Arms flyover etc etc etc. Of course overriding all this is the central LCC campaign of London Going Dutch. The event will be a chance to show the politicians the feelings of cyclists on the ground and give an ideas of the cyclists' vote: cyclists in the two boroughs can really influence the result!

We have invited candidates from all the parties standing in Lambeth and Southwark to the event and
so should be able to have a fruitful discussion.


The London Assembly hustings meeting will be held on Tuesday 24 April 2012 7:15pm for 7:30 start.


The London Assembly has an important role in scrutinising the Mayor of London's decisions and appointments including of course overseeing TfL. So whether Ken or Boris or another person ultimately wins as Mayor we need a strong London Assembly. There are six candidates in the constituency seat including the current Assembly Member who is standing for re-election - see the London Elects website for names and party details

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Junctions review looking at Oval, Stockwell, Clapham South and Vauxhall junctions

Over the past few weeks we have been working with other LCC colleagues to look at the top 10 list of dangerous Transport for London junctions, several of which are located in Lambeth.

A23 Oval Junction signWe have been providing feedback and suggestions for the central LCC review team which will be coming up with proposals to make the junctions near Oval tube station and Clapham South tube station safer for cyclists as well as looking at ways in which the one way gyratory systems that operate near Stockwell and Vauxhall stations can be made better for cyclists.

Our guiding principles have been to work up practical solutions which will make the junctions safer for all cyclists by simplifying road layouts, giving priority to cyclists and pedestrians and moving towards two way working at these locations.

We hope that LCC’s input will be considered by Transport for London and that the junctions can be made more cycle and people friendly.

We welcome TfL’s recognition that safer junctions are better for everyone – whether cyclist, pedestrian, public transport user or car driver. We look forward to further working with TfL to apply Going Dutch principles to the
junctions.

This will not be a quick process and to do it properly will require considerably more unding than the £15million announced in the budget. We look forward to ongoing discussions. For further information on the junctions review and to get involved contact Clare Neely - email lambeth_cyclists@hotmail.com.