Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Lambeth Cyclists meeting tonight 7:30pm

Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting tonight, Tuesday 17 December 2013, 7:30pm in the Effra Social pub, 89 Effra Road, Brixton SW2 

Lambeth Cyclists meeting on lambethcyclists.org.ukWe hope you can join us for Lambeth Cyclists' meeting this evening   (17 December 2013) 7:30pm at the Effra Social. We are usually in the room to the right of the entrance or at one of the tables at the front of the pub, ask if you cant see us.

Tonight's meeting will mostly social: join us for a drink to celebrate Christmas and another year of successful Lambeth cycling!

Friday, 13 December 2013

TfL cycle hire bikes now available in more Lambeth locations

Today, Friday 13 December 2013, the South West expansion of the Transport for London Cyle Hire Scheme goes live.

Map showing new TfL bikes in Lambeth

The cycle hire bikes, also known as Boris Bikes, will be available in more Lambeth locations - primarily in the South Lambeth, Stockwell and Vauxhall areas: see map above.

The expansion will bring the bikes within reach of more of Lambeth -previously the bikes were concentrated in the North of the borough, largely within zone 1- and makes the cycle hire bikes available to more Lambeth residents. New bikes located in the Battersea/ Clapham Junction and Nine Elms areas in Wandsworth will also be useful for Lambeth residents living nearby.

More information on the cycle hire South West expansion, including maps, is available on the Transport for London website

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Cycling towards the election: ward based campaign to highlight areas in need of improvement

Next May sees elections to Lambeth Borough Council and ahead of these we are preparing our campaign to ensure that the newly elected council keeps on making things better for cyclists on the roads its controls and through general council policy.

We want to ensure that the council delivers on its pledge to make Lambeth the most cycle friendly borough in London.

We are fortunate in Lambeth in that all parties on the council are broadly supportive of cycling.

Whilst it is easy to sign up to a pro-cycling strategy it is harder when local decisions in favour of cycling have to be made often in the face of vocal residents who fear that their parking spaces will be removed or they will be inconvenienced on their drive to the shops as a result of cycle friendly measures.

At our November meeting we were joined by LCC’s Amy Summers who ran through the broad LCC campaign ahead of the 2014 elections.

She said that LCC in conjunction with the local groups will be developing ‘Ward asks’ for local improvements which members will be contacting local prospective councillors to gain support.

Although still open for discussion we maybe will be developing this to have several ‘asks’ for each ward as well as broad Lambeth-wide asks reflecting the council’s cycling strategy and the borough-wide 20mph zone and safe routes to schools.

 We will be consulting with Lambeth Cyclists members to find out what will make cycling better in your area – watch our email group and website for further details. We also will be building up background information on who is standing for the council across Lambeth and how pro or anti cycling they may be so that we can tailor our campaigning as appropriate
Space For Cycling on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Oval reversals ensure Lambeth roads remain slightly more cycle- safe

In the Kennington area near Oval tube station cyclists have managed to overturn two decisions –to not reinstall a cycle lane and to install a new barrier on LCN route 3-which made the roads more unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians.

Both cases relate primarily to Transport for London roads. Both were cases where we or other cycling bodies knew nothing of the proposals and so were not able to question/ offer feedback on the developments.

We would like to think that if these had been Lambeth Council proposals the new cycling strategy would have prevented them getting beyond the planning stage.

Read more
TfL frustration 1: What happened to our cycle lane?
TfL frustration 2: Barrier makes temporary appearance on LCN 3 cycle route

TfL frustration 1: What happened to our cycle lane?

Anyone who has cycled around the Oval tube station in the North of Lambeth in recent weeks will have noticed the road resurfacing works being undertaken. The results of the resurfacing have made the situation worse for cyclists as cycle lanes appeared to have been be arbitrarily removed.

Here Lambeth Cyclists member Mark Knox explains his frustration at the situation.

Cycle lane removed near Oval tube station on lambethcyclists.org.uk
At the end of October there was resurfacing work around the Oval junction. Some of us then noticed that although the red route markings, the lane markings, and the Advanced Stop Line boxes had been immediately reinstated, a vital cycle lane, on the short section of Brixton Road linking Camberwell New and Kennington Park Roads, had not. This was a very useful facility, allowing cyclists to safely reach the ASL at a difficult junction and to position themselves carefully to deal with the chaotic traffic conditions on that road - especially important if heading towards Elephant and Castle. Without it, and with the traffic on this section usually either solid or speeding, things were suddenly a whole lot more dangerous. 

Several of us began to try and find out what TFL thought it was doing: not an easy task. However much burrowing you do on their website, it's not obvious where such questions should be directed. Waiting, if you have the patience, to talk to their customer service helpline, doesn't make things any clearer and responses to our emails were confusing and unhelpful. After three weeks we still didn't know if they planned to reinstate the cycle lane, and if they did, when, or if they didn't, why not. 

Then, after nearly four weeks, we had this response: "we have listened to the concerns raised by cyclists using this route and the decision has been made to reinstate the markings as per their previous layout". 

So - a campaigning success, and thanks to all who took the time to follow this up. Questions remain: How can TfL so casually remove vital cycle facilities without any consultation? And why is it so difficult to get a straight answer from TfL? If they make a road more dangerous, surely they should have some way to deal more rapidly with the concerns of those they have put in danger.


TfL frustration 2: Barrier makes temporary appearance on LCN 3 cycle route

At the beginning of November 2013 a barrier (photo right) appeared at the top of Meadow Road opposite the Oval cricket ground on London Cycle Network route 3 which travels from Clapham to Waterloo along back routes. The effect of the ill-thought out barrier was to make it dangerous for cyclists and for pedestrians by reducing the space for manoeuvre.
Barriers on LCN route 3 at Oval, now removed, on lambethcyclists.org.uk

It also made it harder for cyclists to join the often fast moving traffic by the cricket ground. It was unclear who had installed the barrier –TfL which is readying the road for the cycle superhighway nearby, Metropolitan Housing undertaking improvements to the nearby housing or Lambeth, responsible for the route. After complaints from our members to councillors and the GLA and contact from Lambeth Cabinet Members the barriers were removed a week later – cost of barrier installation and removal unknown

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Saturday's Architecture Ride postponed

Unfortunately we have had to postpone Saturday's (30 November) Architecture Ride Railway Revival - railway stations new, old and restored owing to the ride leader having unavoidable commitments and so being unable to lead the ride.

The ride will be rescheduled in 2014 - watch this space!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Lambeth Cyclists and LCC response to Nine Elms draft Design for Cycling strategy

Transport for London held a consultation, now ended, on the draft Nine Elms South Bank (or Vauxhall, Nine Elms, Battersea Opportunity Area in old speak) Design for Cycling strategy document

This is the response, in full, jointly submitted by London Cycling Campaign and Lambeth Cyclists

London Cycling Campaign and Lambeth Cyclists response to draft ‘Nine Elms on the South Bank – Designing for Cycling’ strategy by TfL

Overall, we commend this as a hugely encouraging document and one that, in its final form, will hopefully set a standard for the future of London as it ‘goes Dutch’.

We applaud the use of the Dutch criteria, the intention to use filtered permeability; segregation where there are high motor traffic volumes; and the need for the cycle routes to be direct and efficient, and the provision of a finely grained cycling grid throughout the area.

Page by page comments are below, but there are some general points that we would like to raise:

1. It has been said that the best cycling policy is a motor-vehicle policy. This document majors on cycling infrastructure but is light on detail concerning locations of filtered permeability and matching vehicle turning locations; taxi stands; loading/unloading bays; drop off points of passengers by drivers, and location of cycle parking in relation to car parking by shops. The design needs to ensure that space intended for fantastic cycling by the widest range of ages is not subsequently compromised by poor design for essential motoring needs, while reducing the need for motor vehicle journeys and making cycling the obvious choice for most journeys.

2. There should be a map with local schools showing how Dutch quality cycle routes will reach them and permit independent travel.

3. Given the length of time before the Northern Line Extension happens (if it is approved) and the indeterminate time-scale for completion of an uninterrupted linear park and Thames path, Nine Elms Lane should be made very cycle friendly as a priority in order to inculcate a cycling culture as soon as developments come on stream. We recommend considering making this part of a realigned CS8.

4. The policy should be to design for clear pedestrian and cyclist priority over turning traffic at minor side roads and building entrances.

5. Where segregated tracks are used alongside a road, great care must be taken to make turning right using the track as efficient as turning right through being on the road. Hopefully a resolution will be identified as part of the revised London Cycling Design Standards with regard to the different rules for turning traffic that the Netherlands and Denmark have. Signal timings and banning certain turns for motor traffic may facilitate this.

6. An appendix giving details on planning policies with regard to cycle provision (e.g. cycle parking for visitors) and motor-traffic reduction, with a statement on their quality in terms of the ‘Go Dutch’ ambition, may be useful.

Page 5 – ‘Characteristics of successful cycle routes’
Add to point 2) Directness: Where traffic lights for cyclists are required, the time on red should be kept to the minimum. There must not be more green time for road users than cycle path users.

Page 8 – ‘Initial Observations’
Should 2) Secondary Roads be amended to read ‘…well used by adult cyclists’?
Amend point 3 within Opportunities: Make cycling the easy option, whether adult or child’ for local journeys to shops, schools, friends and local services

Page 9 – ‘Diagram of principal through routes’
Should include Wyvil Road on secondary routes

Page 10 ‘Routes – existing’
Pts 1 and 2: CS8 and CS7 – add ‘not designed to be used by children under 14’
Pt 4 LCN route 37 – amend to very low quality. The bus lanes however are well used by adult cyclists.
Pt 6 cycle lanes on Vauxhall Gyratory ‘ Their low quality and time inefficiency compared with being on-road means they are under-used.

Page 11 Photo labelled 6: change under-used to ‘un-advantageous’

Page 12
1 CS5 – State whether or not this is designed to be used by under 14s.
3 Thames River Path – This has provision to be an excellent leisure cycling route, as long as faster/commuting cyclists are given a route they prefer to use, in order to avoid pedestrian conflict’

Page 14 ‘Cycle Parking’
Requirements – add ‘conveniently’ to cyclists needs list
Proposed – is sufficient cycle parking at grade for visitors and at commercial and retail developments being designed into developments?
Potential – Extensive secure and convenient cycle parking provision needs to be designed into proposed Northern Line Extension stations

Page 16
An exemplary cycling network  - Amend to include ‘makes walking or cycling the obvious mode for short journeys’
Objectives – Direct Routes – amend as on P1

Page 17
Add to potential options:
CS8 – re-route proposed alignment of CS8 along Nine Elms Lane and the Albert Embankment

Page 18 ‘Main Roads’
Treatment, Both
‘Junctions designed to ensure that cyclists on cycle facilities are not at a time disadvantage to being on road’

Page 20
‘Quietways: Side Roads’

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Lambeth Cyclists meeting tonight

Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting tonight, Tuesday 19 November 2013, 7:30pm in the Effra Social pub, 89 Effra Road, Brixton SW2 

Lambeth Cyclists meeting on lambethcyclists.org.ukWe hope you can join us for Lambeth Cyclists' meeting this evening   (19 November 2013) 7:30pm at the Effra Social. We are usually in the room to the right of the entrance or at one of the tables at the front of the pub, ask if you cant see us!

We will be joined at our meeting by Amy Summers, newly appointed LCC Activism Coordinator who will be talking about LCC central campaigns especially the one leading up to the local elections in May 2014 and how our local campaigning can complement the main LCC campaign focus.

LCC have identified six policy they they suggest focusing on, identifying specific targets within each ward to determine prospective Councillors' views about, and seek a commitment to achieving the changes:

  • Safe routes for schoolchildren
  • Streets without through motor traffic
  • Dedicated space on main roads 
  • Greenways 
  • 20mph speed limits 
  • Liveable town centres 
We will be talking about how these apply to Lambeth 

We will also be looking at other developments in cycling in the borough including the Space4Cycling protests, the new TfL cycle superhighway under construction in Kennington and forthcominbg events. The meeting will be followed from approximately 8:30 onwards by drinks - it would be great to see you for all or just the second part of the meeting.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

LCC Chief Executive demands Space4Cycling: London cycling death toll is utterly intolerable

London Cycling Campaign Chief Executive Ashok Singha has contributed an article to the Guardian  Bike Blog in which he demands that Mayor of London Boris Johnson makes changes to make London a truly cycle-friendly city.

See the full article: Guardian - London cycling death toll is utterly intolerable

London cycling death toll is utterly intolerable

Shocked. Appalled. Angry. As a cycling campaigner you steel yourself for the news of yet another cyclist being killed or seriously injured in a collision with a motor vehicle on London’s streets.

But the news of a woman being killed on the notorious Bow roundabout on Wednesday shook me. Maybe it was because it was the third such death at Bow.

Maybe it was because the London Cycling Campaign has consistently warned the mayor that his ‘early start’ traffic lights are flawed.

Or maybe it was because we have now seen five cyclists killed in collisions in our city in just over a week, with a spate of others being hit and now fighting for their lives in hospital.

 Unusually, this morning I woke up wondering when the next fatal collision might be. It wasn’t long before I received a text saying another cyclist had been killed late last night in a collision with a bus on cycle superhighway 2.

This death toll is utterly intolerable. One struggles to imagine the pain of the bereaved family and friends. Why should the simple act of using a bicycle to travel to work, school or to meet friends carry with it such risk? Would we tolerate this if the same risks were attached to tube travel, or driving?

Read more on the Guardian Bike Blog>>

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Space for Cycling protest ride tonight 6:30pm Bow Roundabout

This morning, Wednesday 13 November 2013,  a woman cyclist was dragged under the wheels of a lorry, which appeared to be turning from Bow roundabout on to the southbound A12.

Photo of Bow Roundabout following collisionThis is the fourth death of a cyclist in eight days.

We in Lambeth Cyclists, like many Londoners, are shocked and angered at what has been the fourth cycling death in just eight days.

The London Cycling Campaign is calling on the Mayor Boris Johnson to take immediate action to prevent further avoidable deaths - first, by putting in place a safe design for Bow roundabout.


Protest ride tonight
LCC are holding a flash protest at Bow roundabout (Mile End Road, E1) tonight  organised in response to yet another death at the failed junction, which still presents a totally unacceptable risk to cycling.

We will be laying flowers at the scene of the crash and then cycling around the roundabout from 6.30-6.45pm. We will be dispersing by 7pm.

Assemble from 6pm (for 6.30pm start) on pavement outside McDonalds, at Bow roundabout (if the roundabout is still closed by the police, we'll assemble as close as possible on Bow Road west side)

Please bring lights, candles, placards for this peaceful protest


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Barclay's Hire bikes coming to Stockwell, South Lambeth and Kennington soon

Barclays Hire bikes, aka 'Boris Bikes', will shortly be available in more places in Lambeth.

Cycle Hire docking station in Stockwell SW9 on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Over the past few months Transport for London has been installing docking stations at various locations in Lambeth - centred on Stockwell, South Lambeth and Kennington.

The new cycle hire bikes are set to go live in December. Full details will be available on the Barclays Cycle Hire website shortly

Friday, 8 November 2013

Find your stolen bike - Lambeth Police to display recovered bikes Friday and Saturday

This Friday and Saturday Lambeth Police will be running drop-in sessions at which they will be displaying stolen bikes that have been recovered around the borough. They will also be offering security marking for bikes.
Bike rack with wheel locked to it on lambethcyclists.org.uk

If you have had your bike stolen over the past few months in Lambeth it may have been recovered by the Police - this is your chance to reclaim your bike.

If you believe that one of the bikes on display in Kennington Police Station is yours go along with proof of purchase or other proof that it is your bike and you will be able to reclaim it from the Police. You will also need proof of identity. As well as being on display at the Police Station photos of the recovered bikes will also be available on the Metropolitan Police Flickr page.

The sessions will be running 12am-4pm on Friday 8 November 2013 and 9am-3pm on Saturday 9 November 2013 at Kennington Police Station, 49-51 Kennington Road, SE1 7QA (near to Lambeth North tube station)

More information on the Lambeth Police webpage

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Cyclists protest at danger from new barriers on Oval cycle route

London Cycle Network 3 sign on lambethcyclists.org.ukCyclists from Lambeth and beyond have been protesting at the addition of new barriers on London Cycle Network Route 3 at Meadow Road, SW8 opposite the Oval Cricket Ground. We have received several emails about this over the past few days from concerned Lambeth residents.

The new barriers are located at the top of Meadow Road which has been shared happily by cyclists and pedestrians for many years. 

New barriers on LCN route 3 at Oval on lambethcyclists.org.ukThe new barriers squeeze the pedestrian and cyclist traffic at this junction through a 'chicane' type arrangement.

This will inevitably lead to conflict between pedestrians and cyclists especially at busy times when significant numbers of people pass through this junction on bike and foot on their way to or from work or school.



Barriers create conflict between cyclists and pedestrians
Local resident Danny Williams commented that he did not see how these barriers improve safety. He stated "Firstly, for people cycling into Meadow Road, you can no longer safely turn off Kennington Oval with enough speed to avoid any oncoming traffic because there is a fence in your way." 

New barriers 2 on LCN route 3 at Oval on lambethcyclists.org.uk
He added "It is impossible for two people to navigate at the same time - try cycling through this with a child and at rush hour, this junction is fairly busy. You now have several people on bikes and pedestrians all fighting over a narrow scrap of pavement instead of having space to move safely around each other." 

"I cannot see a single way in which these barriers improve safety. They certainly make it considerably less attractive and less safe to use route 3. If there is an issue here with cyclist speeds (and bear in mind there have been no barriers here for years and years), then a speed hump would do the trick." 

London Cycle Network Route 3, which runs from Clapham to Waterloo, is a route used by many cyclists as it travels along the backstreets rather than the busy A3 Clapham Road and A203 South Lambeth Road.

Improvements to the junction are expected to be implemented as part of Transport for London's Cycle Superhighway 5 which passes along Kennington Oval - the latest plans for CS5 propose a shared use toucan crossing at this point to provide more space for pedestrians and cyclists.

We at Lambeth Cyclists are concerned that these new barriers make the junction unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists and offer little benefit to either group and run contary to the aims of the Lambeth Cycling Strategy. We are in contact with Lambeth and will seek to clarify why this change has been made.

See also http://cycalogical.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/oval-lambeth-fail-again.html 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 27 October 2013: Architecture, faith and community

This Sunday, 27 October 2013, join us for our next leisurely architecture ride looking at the religious architecture of London.
East London Mosque Whitechapel on lambethcyclists.org.uk

This ride will explore the architecture of religious buildings as represented by some of the major faiths of London's diverse communities.

We will explore how religious traditions and beliefs find expression in the architecture of church, synagogue,  mosque and temple. Some of the places of worship have been converted from their original use, reflecting successive waves of migration, carrying the religious symbols and customs of new ethnic groups which in contrasting styles bring together materiality with spirituality.

Feldgate St Synagogue on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Sunday 27 October 2013
Meet in the Tibetan Peace Garden at the  Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ at 10.45am for an 11am start (remember clocks go back an hour the night before).


Lunch will be in Brick Lane and the ride will end at approximately 4pm.

We plan to visit Sandys Row Synagogue which asks for a small donation from visitors.

The ride will be led by John Heyderman and Tessa Wright (tel 07949 785258).

No need to book, just turn up on the day with a roadworthy bike!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Lambeth Cyclists meeting tonight 7:30pm Effra Social

Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting tonight, Tuesday 15 October 2013, 7:30pm in the Effra Social pub, 89 Effra Road, Brixton SW2 

Lambeth Cyclists meeting on lambethcyclists.org.ukWe hope you can join us for Lambeth Cyclists' meeting this evening   (15 October 2013) 7:30pm at the Effra Social. We are usually in the room to the right of the entrance or at one of the tables at the front of the pub, ask if you cant see us!

We will be joined at our meeting by Amy Summers, newly appointed LCC Activism Coordinator who will be talking about LCC central campaigns especially the one leading up to the local elections in May 2014 and how our local campaigning can complement the main LCC campaign focus.


We will also be looking at other developments in cycling in the borough followed from approximately 8:30 onwards by drinks - it would be great to see you for all or just the second part of the meeting.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Fifteen Lambeth neighbourhoods in top 100 for cycling across London

Fifteen of Lambeth's 21 Council neighbourhoods are in the top 100 places with the highest cycling population in London.

A new diagram published by Bolt Burdon Kemp using data from the 2011 census and Transport for London shows where London people who cycle to work live and they are overwhelmingly concentrated in inner London boroughs such as Lambeth, Southwark, Hackney, Camden, and Tower Hamlets.

(see Bolt Burdon Kemp - the London Cycling Map)

In Lambeth cycling is most popular in the North of the borough with over 13% of people living in Herne Hill Ward. Over 10% of people living in Brixton Hill and Tulse Hill  wards and over 9% of people in Vassall, Oval, Clapham Common, Prince's, Clapham Town wards cycled to work. Stockwell, Thurlow Park, Thornton, Ferndale, Larkhall, Coldharbour and Streatham Hill wards also featured in the top 100. Each ward has a population of around 12,000 people and is the main means of local government administration - see the Lambeth website for ward maps

Whilst the large numbers of people cycling in Lambeth is cause for celebration the figures show that at most just over one in 10 people in the borough is cycling to work. There is still much to be done to encourage as many people as possible to cycle for their journeys to work, to school, to the shops and for leisure purposes. We want to see all 21 of Lambeth's wards in the top 100 neighbourhoods for cycling in London.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Brixton Cycles featured in the Guardian Bike Blog

Lambeth bike shop Brixton Cycles is featured in the latest Guardian Bike Blog.

The shop opened as a workers' cooperative in Coldharbour Lane in Brixton in 1983 and is shortly to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Brixton Cycles shop
Many of us in Lambeth have benefited from the services of Brixton Cycles over the years enjoying the friendly advice, range and bike repairs available first in Brixton and now at their Stockwell Road location.

Brixton Cycles at 145 Stockwell Road, SW9 is open six days a week 9am - 6pm and offers discounts for LCC members.

Read the Guardian Bike Blog - Brixton Cycles: 30 years of a bike shop where everyone is the boss

Brixton Cycles website

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Dr Bike this evening Kennington near Oval tube station

Come and get a free safety check and adjustments to your bike as well as information and advice on cycling in Lambeth  this evening, 24 September 2013, at Kennington Junction, near to Oval tube station. The session will run 5:30-7:30pm. This is the last of the summer 2013 Dr Bike sessions.

Lambeth’s Sustainable Travel Dr Bike team are offering check ups every Tuesday evening to keep your bike running on through the autumn and winter months. They will also have free gifts of lights to give out to the first 50 people at each session as well as information and advice.


Lambeth Dr Bike on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Come along from 5:30-7:30pm on Tuesdays in Brixton, Clapham, Waterloo and Kennington  for a free safety check from an expert bike mechanic and lots of friendly advice on cycling and cycle training.


Lambeth Dr Bike flyer 2013 on lambethcyclists.org.uk


Further information on the Lambeth website
Follow the Lambeth Sustainable Transport Team on Facebook and Twitter

Friday, 20 September 2013

Celebrate Car Free Day this Sunday on Landor Road, SW9

This Sunday, 22 September 2013, celebrate Car Free Day with the closure of Landor Road, SW9. Come along and see the busy through road between Brixton and Clapham transformed with grass on the street, bikes, food, music and much much more. The event will take place from 12-4pm with Landor Road closed all day.

We will have a stall - come along to find out more about cycling in Lambeth and our work.



Thursday, 19 September 2013

This Saturday why not Ride the Tube?

This Saturday, 21 September 2013, an exciting new event takes places: Ride the Tube is an urban exploration: cycle around London's tube stations to gain points and answer questions about London.

Ride the Tube is an unusual mixture of urban orienteering and cycling in which riders will aim to accumulate as many points as possible by riding between tube stations. It’s a bit like the OMM Bike (previously Polaris Challenge) mountain bike events. There are points for each station, and riders have to come up with their own routes between them.

The £25 entry fee allows you to ride in a team of up to five, or on your own.

You’ll be given a ‘mascot’ when you collect your entry pack from Trafalgar Square at the beginning of the day, and as you make your way round the city you’ll check in at each station by taking a photo of the station, a bicycle, and the mascot.

The points value of each station won’t be revealed until the start of the event, so participants will have to plan their strategy and route on the day. We’re willing to bet that Epping will be worth more points than Charing Cross, Brixton or Victoria though.

As well as prizes for the top three on points, there will be mini-challenges through the day.

Entry fees will all go into prizes and donations to charity. Half the proceeds will be split between three charities: London Cycling Campaign, Wheels for Wellbeing and Herne Hill Velodrome Trust.

Find out more and sign up on the Ride the Tube website

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Free Dr Bike bike check, information and advice this evening Waterloo, Lambeth SE1

Come and get a free safety check and adjustments to your bike as well as information and advice on cycling in Lambeth  this evening, 17 September 2013, at the Waterloo Roundabout, SE1 (outside Kings College). The session will run 5:30-7:30pm.

Lambeth’s Sustainable Travel Dr Bike team will be returning in September  to offer check ups every Tuesday evening to keep your bike running on through the autumn and winter months. They will also have free gifts of lights to give out to the first 50 people at each session as well as information and advice.


Lambeth Dr Bike on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Come along from 5:30-7:30pm on Tuesdays in Brixton, Clapham, Waterloo and Kennington  for a free safety check from an expert bike mechanic and lots of friendly advice on cycling and cycle training.


Lambeth Dr Bike flyer 2013 on lambethcyclists.org.uk


Further information on the Lambeth website
Follow the Lambeth Sustainable Transport Team on Facebook and Twitter

Monday, 16 September 2013

Lambeth Cyclists meeting Tuesday at the Effra Social

Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting this Tuesday 17 September 2013 7:30pm in the Effra Social pub, 89 Effra Road, Brixton SW2 

Lambeth Cyclists meeting on lambethcyclists.org.ukWe hope you can join us for Lambeth Cyclists' meeting this Tuesday evening   (17 September 2013) 7:30pm at the Effra Social. We are usually in the room to the right of the entrance or at one of the tables at the front of the pub, ask if you cant see us!

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 - it would be great to see you for all or just the second part of the meeting.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Free Dr Bike safety checks, advice and adjustments this evening Clapham Common SW4

Come and get a safety check and adjustments to your bike as well as information and advice on cycling in Lambeth  this evening, 10 September 2013, on Clapham Common Northside (opposite Cedars Road), SW4. The session will run 5:30-7:30pm.

Lambeth’s Sustainable Travel Dr Bike team will be returning in September  to offer check ups every Tuesday evening to keep your bike running on through the autumn and winter months. They will also have free gifts of lights to give out to the first 50 people at each session as well as information and advice.


Lambeth Dr Bike on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Come along from 5:30-7:30pm on Tuesdays in Brixton, Clapham, Waterloo and Kennington  for a free safety check from an expert bike mechanic and lots of friendly advice on cycling and cycle training.


Lambeth Dr Bike flyer 2013 on lambethcyclists.org.uk


Further information on the Lambeth website
Follow the Lambeth Sustainable Transport Team on Facebook and Twitter

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Over 5,000 cyclists demand Space for Cycling

On Monday 2 September 2013 thousands of cyclists joined a ride organised by London Cycling Campaign to demand more Space For Cycling.
Space for Cycling Campaigners gather by the London Eye, Lambeth SE1 on lambethcyclists,org.uk
Photo from London Cycling Campaign

The ride started in Jubilee Gardens in Lambeth SE1 and proceeded across the river to Parliament where MPs were debating the report Get Britain Cycling produced by All Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling.

The procession, comprising over 5000 Londoners, chanted “Space for Cycling” while encircling the Mother of Parliaments – and inside many MPs also called for dedicated space to make cycling safe.

LCC will be working with other cycling organisations to take the campaign forward and ensure that Government at the national and local level delivers on the recommendations of the report.

See the BBC report of the debate
Get Britain Cycling report





Saturday, 31 August 2013

Join the Space For Cycling protest ride 6pm Monday 2 September

This Monday, 2 September 2013, join thousands of other cyclists to demand space for cycling. Assemble at Jubilee Gardens, Lambeth SE1 at 6pm

Despite the four recent cycling deaths and thousands of people taking to London’s streets in protest, Mayor Boris Johnson has ignored the public’s clamour for safe space for cycling.

The ride will depart at 6:30pm and take a route around Parliament Square past the House of Commons. On Monday evening MPs are debating cycling and the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s report ‘Get Britain Cycling’ to which LCC and many other campaigning organisations and individuals contributed.

The protest will remind the Mayor that providing dedicated space for cycling is vitally important for make our streets safe and inviting for everyone:
  • Main roads and major junctions need to be made safe for cycling using segregated tracks and cyclist-specific traffic lights to protect people from fast-moving and heavy motor traffic.
  • Local streets – where people predominantly live and shop – should transformed into spaces that are safe for cycling and walking by removing through motor traffic and reducing its speed.
The peaceful ride will be marshalled by experienced LCC volunteers. Meet Jubilee Gardens, Lambeth SE1 8XX 6pm for 6:30 departure


Thursday, 29 August 2013

Come on our Architecture Ride this Saturday looking at London lidos

Join us this Saturday, 31 August 2013, for a leisurely ride around some of London's lidos starting with Lambeth's lido in Brockwell Park, Herne Hill. Bring swimming costume, Oyster card and bike!

TfL poster
In the late 1920s London County Council, having built six lidos, offered London boroughs a subsidy to build their own. This resulted in the construction of 13 new lidos so that by the end of the 1930s London had around 50 lidos. Sadly many of these closed over the rest of the twentieth century until today when fewer than 20 lidos remain open. This easy going cycle ride will look at some of those that are still with us.

We will start our ride at Brockwell Park Lido, the 12th of the 13 which followed in the 1930s. Our next destination is Tooting Bec, which predates this expansion, having opened in 1906. It had been a project for unemployed men and is the largest lido in the UK. We’ll then ride along the River Wandle to stop for lunch at Earlsfield.

After that we will take the train to Parliament Hill Lido, a Grade II listed ‘super-sized’ lido on Hampstead Heath, where we can enjoy the terrace and cafe, and hopefully swim. Alternatively if the weather isn’t good we’ll continue northwards to the mouth of the Wandle at Wandsworth Town. This ride will be fascinating trip around art deco London architecture.




Meet in the car park outside Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road, London, SE24 0PA Saturday 31 August 2013 at 10:15 for 10:30 start. The ride will last all day.`
No need to confirm: just turn up. Bring your Oyster, a snack, and swimming gear.

If you have any questions please contact ride organiser Geraldine at ger1ldine@yahoo.co.uk or ring/text 07739 232598.







Saturday, 17 August 2013

Lambeth Cyclists meeting Tuesday at the Effra

Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting this Tuesday 7:30pm in the Effra Social pub, 89 Effra Road, Brixton SW2 

Lambeth Cyclists meeting on lambethcyclists.org.ukWe hope you can join us for Lambeth Cyclists' meeting this Tuesday evening   (20 August 2013) 7:30pm at the Effra Social. We are usually in the room to the right of the entrance or at one of the tables at the front of the pub, ask if you cant see us!

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 - it would be great to see you for all or just the second part of the meeting.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 31 August 2013 London Lidos

Join us on Saturday 31 August 2013 for a leisurely ride around some of London's lidos starting with Lambeth's lido in Brockwell Park, Herne Hill. Bring swimming costume, Oyster card and bike!

TfL poster
In the late 1920s the London County Council having built six lidos, offered London boroughs a subsidy to build their own. This resulted in the construction of 13 new lidos so that by the end of the 1930s London had around 50 lidos. Sadly many of these closed over the rest of the twentieth century until today when fewer than 20 lidos remain open. This easy going cycle ride will look at some of those that are still with us.

We will start our ride at Brockwell Park Lido, the 12th of the 13 which followed in the 1930s. Our next destination is Tooting Bec, which predates this expansion, having opened in 1906. It had been a project for unemployed men and is the largest lido in the UK. We’ll then ride along the River Wandle to stop for lunch at Earlsfield.

After that we will take the train to Parliament Hill Lido, a Grade II listed ‘super-sized’ lido on Hampstead Heath, where we can enjoy the terrace and cafe, and hopefully swim. Alternatively if the weather isn’t good we’ll continue northwards to the mouth of the Wandle at Wandsworth Town. This ride will be fascinating trip around art deco London architecture.




Meet in the car park outside Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road, London, SE24 0PA Saturday 31 August 2013 at 10:15 for 10:30 start. The ride will last all day.`
No need to confirm: just turn up. Bring your Oyster, a snack, and swimming gear.

If you have any questions please contact ride organiser Geraldine at ger1ldine@yahoo.co.uk or ring/text 07739 232598.







Thursday, 1 August 2013

Join Lambeth Cyclists on Saturday for Ride London Freecycle

This Saturday, 3 August 2013, cycle with more than 50,000 other cyclists around a traffic-free central London.

Join Lambeth Cyclists for a ride up to central London from Streatham Hill and Clapham Common.





Ride London Freecycle takes place on Saturday 9am - 4pm across a central London route stretching from Westminster to the City. See the map on the Freecycle website

Cycle at your own pace to take in London sights such as Buckingham Palace, The Mall, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's and Trafalgar Square on a leisurely bike route. There will be festival zones at Green Park, St Paul's and Tower Hill where you can try out new bikes, fix bike problems, get food and drink and find out more about cycling in London.

There is no need to register - just get on your bikes and ride!
(although you can register on the Freecycle website which will allow you to pick up a goody bag at Excel)

Join us for the guided feeder ride from Lambeth
Lambeth Cyclists will be running a guided 'feeder' ride up to central London from Streatham Hill and Clapham Common via Chelsea Bridge.

Come and join other cyclists from Lambeth on this safe and fully marshalled leisurely ride departing Streatham Hill (bridge behind the station) at 10am and Clapham Common Bandstand at 10:30. We will also be leading a return ride in the afternoon. For further information contact Lambeth Cyclists - lambeth_cyclists@hotmail.com / 07973786015.

Prudential Ride London information on the guided rides


Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Cyclists from Lambeth to join 50,000 others at Ride London Freecycle - feeder rides from Streatham Hill and Clapham Common

Cyclists from Lambeth to join 50,000 others at Ride London Freecycle – feeder rides from Streatham and Clapham leave on Saturday for main central London event 

This Saturday, 3 August 2013, thousands of cyclists from across London will take in sights such as the Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and St Paul’s Cathedral cycling around a traffic free route stretching from Westminster to the Tower of London.

More than 50,000 cyclists are expected in central London for the Ride London Freecycle celebration of cycling. Lambeth Cyclists, the local borough group of the London Cycling Campaign, will be leading a feeder ride from the borough up to central London to join the main event.

 Everyone is welcome to join the free ride departing from Streatham Hill Station at 10am and calling at Clapham Common at 10:30 before heading up to central London via Cedars Road and Chelsea Bridge. The ride will be led by experienced cyclists together with a full team of marshalls and fully insured to ensure everyone reaches Ride London safely. A return ride will also be organised in the afternoon for those heading back to Lambeth.

Notes
The feeder ride to Prudential Ride London will depart on Saturday 3 August 2013 from Streatham Hill Station, SW16 (bridge behind station) at 10am and from the Bandstand on Clapham Common, SW4 at 10:30. Everyone is welcome to come along on the feeder ride – riders are advised to ensure that their bike is roadworthy and to bring a drink.

Lambeth Cyclists is the local Lambeth group of the London Cycling Campaign working to promote cycling, improve conditions for cyclists and raise the profile of cycling in the borough. Further information at www.lambethcyclists.org.uk / twitter @lambethcyclists

The Prudential Ride London Freecycle event is organised by the Mayor of London. Further information at www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk

Contact Luke Evans - lambeth_cyclists@hotmail.com / 07973 786015

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Free Dr Bike this evening Streatham Common SW16

Come to the free Dr Bike this evening at Streatham Common, Lambeth SW16 and get your bike tuned up for summer cycling. The Dr Bike trained bike mechanics will be able to adjust your brakes, gears and tyres and offer advice if further action is required. Information and other cycling materials will also be available.

Lambeth Dr Bike on lambethcyclists.org.ukToday, 30 July 2013, 5:30-7:30pm is the only time this year that the Dr Bike will be operating on Streatham Common so grab your chance whilst you can!





Lambeth Dr Bike flyer 2013 on lambethcyclists.org.uk


Further information on the Lambeth website
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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Get your bike ready for summer cycling with free Dr Bike tonight Oval Junction

Come to the free Dr Bike this evening at the Kennington Triangle: junction of Kennington Park Road and Brixton Road (near Oval tube) - SE11 4PP

Lambeth's fantastic Sustainable Transport Team will once again be running Dr Bike events at locations across Lambeth every Tuesday over the summer.

Lambeth Dr Bike on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Come along from 5:30-7:30pm on Tuesdays in Brixton, Clapham, Waterloo and Kennington  for a free safety check from an expert bike mechanic and lots of friendly advice on cycling and cycle training. The Police will also be in attendance to securely mark your bike.


Lambeth Dr Bike flyer 2013 on lambethcyclists.org.uk


Further information on the Lambeth website
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Friday, 19 July 2013

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 27 July 2013 Art Nouveau

Join us for our next easy going ride on Saturday 27 July 2013 when we will be cycling around London looking at Art Nouveau architecture.

Despite its origins in Britain, Art Nouveau is a rarity in England. This ride will uncover all the known works of Art Nouveau in London running through central London from Westminster to Aldgate and end at Blackfriars.


This ride will be led by LCC's Tom Bogdanowicz and last approximately three hours.

Meet 10:00am for 10:15 departure outside Westminster Abbey, SW1

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Lambeth Cyclists at the Lambeth Country Show 2013 this weekend

This weekend, 20-21 July 2013, we will be running our usual stall at the Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park, Brixton/Herne Hill SE24.
Lambeth Cyclists stall at Lambeth Country Show

We will be handing out information and maps and talking to local people about cycling. Do come and see us if you are visiting the Country Show.

Volunteers wanted - could you spend an hour or two talking about cycling?
We are also looking for volunteers for the day - could you help us for an hour or two on the stall? If so please email us with your contact details including phone number and when you would like to do it - we will be there approximately 11-7pm both days.


More information on the Lambeth Country Show website

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Join the LCC protest ride tonight 6:30pm Russell Square demand Space for Cycling

The London Cycling Campaign will be organising another protest ride tonight to call for more space for cycling on London's roads.

 Meet 6:30pm at Russell Square , WC1 for short protest ride to Holborn
Flowers in road taken from lcc.org.uk

Details from the LCC website:

On the morning of Monday 15 July 2013 another Londoner was killed under the wheels of a lorry in a street that provides no dedicated space for cycling.

We send our deepest sympathy to family and friends of the latest victim, who has no yet been named but is believed to be a man in his forties.

In response to this shocking death in Holborn today, the London Cycling Campaign is organising a second #space4cycling protest ride on Tuesday 16 July 2013 at 6.30pm, starting at Russell Square (see map below).

Only last Friday, 1500 people rode through Aldgate to protest at the lack of safe space for cycling where a 20-year-old was killed cycling on 5 July.

LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said, "Three Londoners have now been killed in three weeks, all of them on busy roads that provide no dedicated space for cycling.

"Mayor Boris Johnson must take swift and radical steps to redesign our streets to make them safe and inviting for cycling.

"The evidence is clear: if the Mayor doesn't take urgent action, then more Londoners will die needlessly cycling on our city streets."

This latest shocking fatality, at the height of the rush hour in central London, will devastate yet another family and takes the death toll of cyclists in London up to three in three weeks.

As well as today's fatality, 41-year-old father Paul Hutcheson was run over cycling near Lewisham town centre on 24 June, while 20-year-old Philippine de Gerin-Ricard died at Aldgate on Friday 5 July on one of the Mayor's Cycle Superhighways.

Download the Space for cycling placards to attach to your bike: placard 1placard 2 on the ride.

Download and print out the flyer to distribute today


See the map of feeder rides organised by concerned protestors - and others are invited to add their start locations and times to the map created by @crispin_read.
Space for Cycling protest placard from lcc.org.uk

Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening at the Effra Social Brixton

Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening 7:30pm in the Effra Social pub, 89 Effra Road, Brixton SW2 

Lambeth Cyclists meeting on lambethcyclists.org.ukWe hope you can join us for Lambeth Cyclists' meeting this evening   (16 July 2013) 7:30pm at the Effra Social. We are likely to be at one of the tables at the front of the pub, ask if you cant see us!

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 July 2013

Free Dr Bike adjustments and check this Tuesday Waterloo Roundabout SE1

Come and get a safety check and adjustments to your bike as well as information and advice this evening, 16  July 2013, at the Waterloo Roundabout, SE1 (outside Kings College)

Lambeth's fantastic Sustainable Transport Team will once again be running Dr Bike events at locations across Lambeth every Tuesday over the summer.

Lambeth Dr Bike on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Come along from 5:30-7:30pm on Tuesdays in Brixton, Clapham, Waterloo and Kennington  for a free safety check from an expert bike mechanic and lots of friendly advice on cycling and cycle training.


Lambeth Dr Bike flyer 2013 on lambethcyclists.org.uk


Further information on the Lambeth website
Follow the Lambeth Sustainable Transport Team on Facebook and Twitter