Saturday, 27 April 2013

Come on our easy going cycle ride this Sunday: Autogeddon: in the tracks of the internal combustion engine

This Sunday come on an easy going Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride looking at the impact that cars have had on London's streets.

For better or worse, motor transport has changed the face of London over the past hundred years.

Photo of the Westway on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Westway (photo National Archives)
It has turned quiet back-streets into gridlocked contraflows, and carved mighty traffic arteries through unsuspecting suburbs; it has spawned a whole array of new building types, from humble filling-stations to vast multi-storeys; and it has transformed the design of other, more familiar structures, from factories to hotels to housing estates. All have been reinvented to meet the needs of the articulated lorry, the motor bus and the private car.

For many cyclists, these are – at least sometimes – the enemy. But you should know your enemy, and this ride will teach you how.
Streatham High Road on lambethcyclists.org.uk

This will be a leisurely easy-going ride around London. We will stop at a pub somewhere for lunch or alternatively bring your own food. Please ensure your bike is roadworthy. 

Thanks to David Garrard for arranging this fascinating ride.

Sunday 28 April 2013 
Meet: 10.45 for 11am departure  outside the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL 

Finish: About 4pm in Dulwich

Enquiries – Mark Knox 07765 94553/ mpknox@care4free.net

Friday, 26 April 2013

Come to the Lambeth cycling conference Saturday 27 April 2013

Come to the first Lambeth cycling conference on Saturday 27 April 2013.


Lambeth Council have organised a conference to discuss ways in which the borough can be made the most cycle friendly in London so that cycling is 'normal' and the default transport option for everyone.
Lambeth cyclist

Sign up to attend now

Details from the Lambeth Sustainable Transport team


  • How do we make Lambeth the most cycle-friendly borough in London?
  • How do we make Lambeth a place where anyone who wants to cycle can?
  • How do make Lambeth a place for 8-80 year old cyclists?
  • Go Dutch? Let’s make Lambeth go Danish!


Lambeth is one of the leading cycling boroughs in London and has won awards for various projects including its HGV/cycle training and secure residential cycle parking.

There are more and more cyclists on the road – but the majority are young to middle-aged men.

Lambeth wants to make a leap forward to become a place where cycling is normal for everyone – young, old, women, men, rich and poor.

Lambeth hopes that the Mayor’s recent Vision for Cycling will be an opportunity to tackle main roads and junctions which have put many people off cycling and we believe that the time is right to make a big difference to cycling in the borough.

You are invited to this free half day conference to hear about projects that are happening now in Lambeth – and to have a say about what should be done in the next few years.

The conference aims to discuss what a cycle friendly Lambeth would be like - what should the priorities be to get there, what are the barriers at the moment and how can we all tackle them.

We want to make Lambeth the most cycle friendly borough in London.

Come along to help make it happen.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

The conference will be held at the YMCA, 40 Stockwell Road, SW9 (between Brixton and Stockwell)

Sign up online to attend

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride Sunday 28 April 2013 Autogeddon: in the tracks of the internal combustion engine

This Sunday come on an easy going Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride looking at the impact that cars have had on London's streets.

For better or worse, motor transport has changed the face of London over the past hundred years.

Photo of the Westway on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Westway (photo National Archives)
It has turned quiet back-streets into gridlocked contraflows, and carved mighty traffic arteries through unsuspecting suburbs; it has spawned a whole array of new building types, from humble filling-stations to vast multi-storeys; and it has transformed the design of other, more familiar structures, from factories to hotels to housing estates. All have been reinvented to meet the needs of the articulated lorry, the motor bus and the private car.

For many cyclists, these are – at least sometimes – the enemy. But you should know your enemy, and this ride will teach you how.
Streatham High Road on lambethcyclists.org.uk

This will be a leisurely easy-going ride around London. We will stop at a pub somewhere for lunch or alternatively bring your own food. Please ensure your bike is roadworthy. 

Thanks to David Garrard for arranging this fascinating ride.

Sunday 28 April 2013 
Meet: 10.45 for 11am departure  outside the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL 

Finish: About 4pm in Dulwich

Enquiries – Mark Knox 07765 94553/ mpknox@care4free.net

Monday, 22 April 2013

Which roads are Lambeth's worst rat-runs?

Lambeth Cyclists are compiling a list of Lambeth's worst rat-runs to gain an overview of the problems across the borough.

We're sure that we as cyclists on our regular journeys all come across back streets used by drivers as short-cuts where cycling and walking is made more dangerous (or feels more dangerous) by the speeding traffic.

We would like to draw up a list to take to Lambeth's transport department so that they are aware of the problems from a cycling perspective. The list will allow us to start a discussion  and to enable us to discuss remedial measures that can be taken to remove the rat-runs or at least to make them less desirable for drivers cutting through and therefore more desirable to walkers and cyclists.

So what are Lambeth's worst rat-runs?

Please email us (Lambeth_cyclists@hotmail.com) details of the backroad or roads where speeding make cycling dangerous especially for less confident cyclists. If possible give us information about times of day when the route is dangerous (for example morning rush-hour/ evenings/ schooltimes)

Some of the suggestions we have received from members so far
  • Aldebert Terrace, SW8 (LCN3) evening rush hour westbound. Impossible to safely get to the traffic lights at South Lambeth Road as so many cars plus cars parked immediately alongside. 
  • Dorset Road, Bolney Street, SW8 (on Lambeth LCN route 3). Morning rush-hour rat run all morning. Loads of fast, aggressive cars and white vans in particular. Insufficient speed humps to slow them down, only elephants feet. 
  • Denmark Road - Calais Road - Patmos Road - Camberwell New Road. (SE5/SW9)
  • Vauxhall Street SE11 Southbound to the Oval on LCN3 - cars are not slowed down and rev up behind you trying to get past you but can't due to narrow width of southbound carriageway. Can be extremely intimidating. I have twice had cars deliberately bump me on this stretch of road to get me out of the way/'teach me a lesson' for being in front of them 
  • Lansdowne Way, SW8 - despite some table speed calming measures, drivers speed like maniacs! Amongst offenders are buses, especially 'off-duty' ones, going back to the garage for the end of their shift at really unnecessary speeds.
  • Thorne Rd, SW8 - another rat-run - light phasing at the junction with South Lambeth Rd doesn't help - 2 serious crashes recently.
  • Lansdowne Gardens and Larkhall Lane, SW4 - neither have any speed bumps - Lansdowne Gardens is especially narrow, with poorly marked bicycle route in opposite direction 
  • Minet Road, SW9 Knatchbull Road, SE5 run near Myatt's Fields Park. 
  • Loughborough Road, SW9 between Brixton and Akerman Roads - it's too narrow for the high volume of 2-way traffic with parked cars both sides so lots of irate and stubborn drivers refusing to give way or make space for cyclists. 
  • Railton Road, SE24 - horrendous for inexperienced and experienced cyclist alike - the road is supposedly 20mph but this is largely ignored with cars racing out to overtake cyclists only to cut immediately back in front of them to avoid the ridiculous chicanes and islands that Lambeth have put in presumably in an attempt to reduce speeds.
  •  Shakespeare Road, SE24 between Railton Road and Coldharbour Lane - the drivers on Shakespeare are obviously impatient and adopt all the nasty habits of rat runners - ie driving like maniacs, airborne over the speed humps and showing no regards to the safety of cyclists, pedestrians or the many school children that walk down to Evelyn Grace Academy
  • Sternhold Avenue, SW16 turning left onto A23 towards Brixton. Drivers cut through Blairderry Road and Ardwell Road/Barhill Road to avoid waiting at the traffic lights. Needs a few bollards for filtered permeability.
  • Leigham Avenue, SW16 - Northbound drivers on A23 use this to get to Leigham Court Road without having to drive around the back of Streatham Hill Station on the oneway system there. But it's oneway, which encourages speeding, and uphill, which makes it very hard to cycle on.
  • Faygate Road / Hailsham Avenue, SW16 - many drivers use the Amesbury/Barcome/Cricklade roads to speed away from the southbound A23, and ratrun via Faygate/Hailsham/Mount Nod Road to avoid the junction at Streatham Hill Station. The junctions at Hailsham/Amesbury and Faygate/Hailsham are particularly bad, since they are motorway-style sliproads in a 20mph zone - so drivers don't slow down  and take them at around 30mph while just glancing over-the-shoulder for cars and generally not bikes.
  • Milkwood Road, SE24 from Herne Hill to Loughborough Road - all day. Supposed to be 20mph, but no through traffic obeys that speed limit. Particularly dangerous around the pedestrian islands.
Is the rat-run that you have to endure listed here? Tell us and we can add it to the list

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

London roads and bridges to be closed Wednesday 17 April 2013

Tomorrow, Wednesday 17 April 2013, various roads in Westminster and the City will be closed from approximately 7:30am onwards to allow for Baroness Thatcher's funeral procession
Map of closures 17 April 2013


Of particular note for cyclists coming from Lambeth and other South London boroughs are the three bridges -Westminster Bridge, Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge- which will have restricted acces tomorrow morning.

As a result of these restrictions other bridges, such as Southwark Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge, are likely to be extra busy. Many bus routes will also be affected 


See the information on the Transport for London website and the Time Out blog

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Change of date and theme for the next Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride

To allow people to attend the Lambeth Cycling Conference on Saturday 27 April 2013 we have decided to delay our April 2013 Architecture Ride to the following day: Sunday 28 April.

Cars lined up in a traffic jam in LondonThe ride will be looking at the impact of cars on the city: Autogeddon - the legacy of the motor car

Look out for further details here and on twotter nearer the time.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting this Tuesday

Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting on Tuesday 16 April 2013

Lambeth Cyclists meeting on lambethcyclists.org.ukWe hope you can join us for Lambeth Cyclists' meeting this Tuesday  (16 April 2013) 7:30pm at the Priory Arms pub, Lansdowne Way, Stockwell, SW8. We are usually in the upstairs room.

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, 8 April 2013

Sign up now for our next set of maintenance classes starting 28 May 2013

Get your bike ready for summer cycling. Sign up now for the next set of Lambeth Cyclists' maintenance classes starting Tuesday 28 May 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 21 May 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."

Friday, 5 April 2013

Dont forget our Architecture Ride this Sunday - meet 10:15 at Southwark Needle, London Bridge SE1

This Sunday, 7 April 2013, come on an easy going Lambeth Cyclists' Architecture Ride looking at London's tall buildings.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride Sunday 7 April 2013 Tall Taller Tallest

This Sunday, 7 April 2013, come on an easy going Lambeth Cyclists' Architecture Ride looking at London's tall buildings.
Photo of the Shard, SE1 on lambethcyclists.org.uk


Tall Taller Tallest


What buildings impressed Londoners through the ages?

How does Tall today compare to the Tallest yesterday?

Come and join us on a ride that explores how tall buildings have been used to project power and wealth over the last thousand years. We hope to be able to go inside at least two of the tall buildings we visit.

Does size matter? You decide!

Health warning you could severely crick your neck.