Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Free Dr Bike this evening Streatham Common, SW16


Lambeth's Sustainable Transport team will be running a free Dr Bike bike session this evening (Tuesday 31  July 2012) 5:30-7:30pm at Streatham Common - opposite the Texaco Garage on Streatham High Road, SW16


Dr Bike at work
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 best to remain visible at all times.


These Dr Bike sessions will be taking a break in August but will be back in September.

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

Monday, 30 July 2012

Lambeth junctions feature in top 100 to be improved by 2014

Several of Lambeth’s most cycle-unfriendly junctions feature in a list published by Transport for London of the 50 junctions to be improved by 2013.

A list of a further 50 junctions has been published – these are set to be reviewed by the end of 2013 with improvements being implemented by the end of 2014.

Road sign at Oval junction, Kennington on lambethcyclists.org.uk
As a result of Lambeth Cyclists' input over several months of dialogue with TfL we are pleased to see that junctions such as those near Oval tube station, Lambeth Bridge, the Stockwell gyratory and Kennington Cross are included in the review and will be made more cycle friendly. Vauxhall Cross has already been earmarked for improvements.

Echoing LCC's Love London, Go Dutch campaign, TfL says improvements at these junctions will include "adopting best practice from other European countries". The following measures will be considered:
  • creating more segregated cycle lanes
  • 20mph speed limits
  • installing traffic signals to allow cyclists a head-start through the junction ahead of other traffic
  • removing slip roads

The TfL junctions review is good news for all cyclists as these junctions are the most heavily used in London.

TfL list of 100 junctions to be reviewed by 2014

Friday, 27 July 2012

Olympic cycle racing in London this weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, 28 and 29 July 2012, Olympic men's and women's road cycle racing will take place on London's roads providing a great opportunity to watch an Olympic event for free.

Competitors will ride a route between the Mall in central London and Box Hill in Surrey travelling through Fulham, Putney, Richmond Park and onwards to Surrey. Roads will be closed for the cycle race all day so it will be a good opportunity to enjoy London roads with much reduced levels of traffic.

See the route map and approximate timings for the men's Saturday road race and the women's Sunday road race

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Architecture ride this Saturday: Musopoetecture: London in Melody, Verse and Stone

This Saturday, 28 July 2012, the latest Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride will look at London at the links between London buildings, song and music.

Banqueting House Whitehall
Ride organisers Holly and  David Garrard write "Since the days when Inigo Jones did set design for Ben Jonson, and Byrd and Tallislobe turned out soundtracks for the Chapel Royal, London has been one big melting-pot of music, poetry and architecture. We invite you to savour the resulting stew."

This will be a leisurely meandering ride travelling from Bankside to Hampstead via lunch at a pub in Camden Town.

Meet 10:45am at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Bankside, SE1
Finish 4:30pm (approx) in Hampstead.

For any enquiries contact Mark 07765 945530

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Free Dr Bike this evening Brixton / Herne Hill SE24


Lambeth's Sustainable Transport team will be running a free Dr Bike bike session this evening (Tuesday 24 July 2012) 5:30-7:30pm near the Lido in Brockwell Park, Brixton / Herne Hill SE24

Dr Bike at work
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 best to remain visible at all times.


These Dr Bike sessions takes place every Tuesday evening in July - see list of dates below.

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

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Friday at 8.12am: Ring your bell at Kennington Cross

'All the bells in a country rung as quickly and loudly as possible for three minutes', commissioned as part of the London 2012 Festival - the culmination of the four-year Cultural Olympiad, Martin Creed's public art performance is an invitation for a three-minute ring of bells across the country - be they hand bells, door bells, church bells, school bells or bicycle bells.

Everyone's invited with any kind of bell to Kennington Cross (junction of Kennington Road and Kennington Lane SE11), outside St. Anselm's church, on Friday 27 July  2012 ready to ring your bell(s) at 8.12am.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening 7:30 Stockwell

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 July 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!

Agenda items include
a) Bike Week - views on this years Lambeth Council and Lambeth Cyclists events. What should we aim to do next year?

b) Clapham Old Town - what changes will make it really cycle friendly and how can we get the changes implemented?

c) Autumn speakers - Would we like speakers every other month? Who will we invite (Thanks to all those who have made suggestions. I'll bring a list on Tuesday)

d) Neighbourhood Improvement Programme (http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/Environment/ItsYourNeighbourhood/GreenCommunityProjects/NeighbourhoodEnhancementProgramme.htm)

e)Future Rides

Dr Bike this evening near Oval tube station

Lambeth will be running a free Dr Bike bike session this evening (17 July 2012) 5:30-7:30pm at the Kennington Triangle, opposite Oval tube station, SE11 (just off cycle superhighway 7)

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 best to remain visible at all times.



These Dr Bike sessions takes place every Tuesday evening in July - see list of dates below.

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

Friday, 13 July 2012

Please ACT THIS WEEK on Clapham Old Town

Lambeth Council are now consulting on very expensive plans for improving Clapham Old Town  (at the top end of the Common) yet, unacceptably, neither of the options currently on the table resolve some major barriers to cycling here.

If either of the plans proposed by the Council are approved as they stand, those wishing to cycle in a direct line from the Clapham Park Road area, through Clapham Old Town, towards Chelsea Bridge will still have to make a circuitous detour (see the map), away from the Old Town, on very fast and busy main roads, if they dare. Many adults don’t dare and even those who do are hardly likely to allow their children to cycle on these roads.
Photo of Lambeth plans for Clapham Old Town

Everyone (and local residents in particular) who would like to see Clapham Old Town become a great place to cycle through and around needs to send a quick email to the Council NOW (or certainly before 21 July) – claphamoldtown@lambeth.gov.uk - saying that you can’t accept either proposal as they stand and that you want to see the scheme reworked to make the area much more cycling friendly. Please also give your address. Ideally you’ll copy in your local Councillor as well if you live in the vicinity.

After all, It's not as though there's not enough road width for The Pavement to become two way for cyclists
Photo of The Pavement, Clapham SW4

Put simply, the plans on the table at the moment don’t meet Lambeth Council’s own, Mayor of London approved, Transport Plan.
Lambeth’s Transport Plan puts pedestrians and cyclists at the top of the hierarchy of road users, because these are the ONLY travel choices that totally meet Lambeth’s five key transport objectives:

  1. Promote sustainable, healthy transport behaviour
  2. Improves the quality, reliability and efficiency of the road network
  3. Improves air quality
  4. Reduces the perceived and actual danger of Lambeth’s road
  5. Reduces CO2 emissions.
Instead both draft schemes focus on maintaining the motoring status quo while preventing cyclists from having calm, family friendly routes that permit them to frequent the useful shops and cafes in the Old Town.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Free Dr Bike this evening Clapham Common SW4


Lambeth's Sustainable Transport team will be running a free Dr Bike bike session this evening (Tuesday 10 July 2012) 5:30-7:30pm at Clapham Common: junction of Cedar’s Road and Clapham Common Northside, SW4

Dr Bike at work
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 best to remain visible at all times.


These Dr Bike sessions takes place every Tuesday evening in July - see list of dates below.

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

Saturday, 7 July 2012

London Cycling Campaign publishes guide to getting around London during the Olympics

The London Cycling Campaign have published a guide to getting around London by bike during the Olympics.

Getting around London during the Olympic and Paralympic games is best done on a bike. However traffic during the games might affect cycle journeys as well.

The Guide gives details of the road closures that will be in place for the games, the Olympic Route Network which will operate including the so called 'Games Lanes' which will see extra restrictions imposed.

To read more see LCC - Getting around London during the Olympics

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Come on an alphabetical adventure in North Lambeth this evening

This evening, Wednesday 4 July 2012, come on a ride exploring the North of the borough.

Part of the London Festival of Architecture and open to all this ride is entitled an alphabetical adventure in North Lambeth.

It will travel around locations from A to Z introducing 26 (and a few more) curious places, famous people and odd facts between Vauxhall and Waterloo.

Discoveries along the way will include circus and music-hall, pleasure gardens and drugs, gin and the underground, the true centre of London and, if fortune smiles upon us, the fastest animal in the world.

Ww will gently twist and turn our way to cover a dozen flat miles, taking two to three hours, to work up a thirst for a lager at the end of the ride.

Meet 6:45 for 7pm start Lassco, Brunswick House, 30 Wandsworth Road, SW8 2LG (on Vauxhall Gyratory by the start of Nine Elms Lane - don't worry we're not cycling on the road there!)

See London Festival of Architecture 2012 website

For further information contact ride leader Charlie Holland 07795 462568

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Free Lambeth Dr Bike this evening Waterloo Roundabout, SE1


Lambeth's Sustainable Transport team will be running a free Dr Bike bike session this evening (Tuesday 3 July 2012) 5:30-7:30pm at the Waterloo roundabout, SE1 (outside James Clerk Maxwell building, SE1 8WA)

Dr Bike at work
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 best to remain visible at all times.


These Dr Bike sessions takes place every Tuesday evening in July - see list of dates below.

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