Friday, 28 June 2013

All set for Architecture Ride on Saturday: Epstein, Gill, Hepworth and Moore

Moore on Brandon Estate, Camberwell/Walworth
This Saturday, 29 June 2013, come on our latest easy going ride when we will be looking at the outdoor works of four of Britain's greatest modern sculptors: Epstein, Gill, Hepworth and Moore.

Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore ushered in a new era of modernism in first decades of the twentieth century, all taking sculpture out of its traditional locations into the public arena including housing estates.

All had an impact on the London cityscape that is still obvious today.
Hepworth in Dulwich Park





Join us for a fascinating ride around the works of these great public sculptors.

Meet 10.30am for 10.45 departure on Saturday 29 June 2013 outside the Charlie Chaplin Playground, Bolton Crescent, SE5 (on the edge of Kennington Park: see Bolton Crescent map). The ride will last all day with a lunch stop.

The ride will be led by Allan Sutherland - contact atsutherland@freeuk.com for further information.


(Photos Flickr)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Lambeth Cycle Conference considers how to make Lambeth the most cycle friendly borough in London

At the end of April a group of cyclists, council officers and politicians met together at the first Lambeth Cycling Conference.

The aim of the event, which was widely advertised, was to put flesh on the council’s aspiration to be the most cycle friendly borough in London.

The video below was filmed at the event and offers a good summary of the discussions

Leader of the Council Lib Peck set the scene and our own Charlie Holland and officers from the transport department added their thoughts of where we wanted to be in terms of cycling.

Following workshop discussions we came up with a shared vision and identified barriers to getting there. The council will seek to put the vision into practice through a bid to TfL for project funding from the cycling fund.

As well as the Council Leader the conference was attended by the two other Cabinet Members who have a direct impact on cycle policy at the strategic level: both seem to ‘get’ cycling.

This initiative has the potential to make all the difference – the political will seems to be there to really transform Lambeth into the most cycle friendly borough in London.

Lambeth Cyclists welcomes the political commitment given by the current council to increase cycling in the borough.

We were concerned that others who impact on cycling – such as representatives of TfL, the Police, local employers and local schools were not in attendance nor were opposition councillors. If the vision is to be realised it must be shared across the borough.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Dr Bike and bike security marking this evening 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
Follow the Lambeth Sustainable Transport Team on Facebook and Twitter

Monday, 24 June 2013

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride this Saturday: Epstein, Gill, Hepworh and Moore

Moore on Brandon Estate, Camberwell/Walworth
This Saturday, 29 June 2013, come on our latest easy going ride when we will be looking at the outdoor works of four of Britain's greatest modern sculptors: Epstein, Gill, Hepworth and Moore.

Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore ushered in a new era of modernism in first decades of the twentieth century, all taking sculpture out of its traditional locations into the public arena including housing estates.

All had an impact on the London cityscape that is still obvious today.
Hepworth in Dulwich Park





Join us for a fascinating ride around the works of these great public sculptors.

Meet 10.30am for 10.45 departure on Saturday 29 June 2013 outside the Charlie Chaplin Playground, Bolton Crescent, SE5 (on the edge of Kennington Park: see Bolton Crescent map). The ride will last all day with a lunch stop.

The ride will be led by Allan Sutherland - contact atsutherland@freeuk.com for further information.


(Photos Flickr)

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Join Southwark Cyclists on the Midsummer Madness ride this Friday: meet 2:30am at Southwark Needle

Image from Southwark Cyclists' flickr pool
Our neighbouring LCC group Southwark Cyclists are running their legendary annual Midsummer madness ride tomorrow Friday 21 June 2013.

Join Southwark Cyclists for the ride at the Southwark Needle, Southside of London Bridge SE1 2SY at 2:30am (yes AM!) for the ride around night-time London, with coffee stops, ready to see the sun rise on Primrose Hill at 4:40am


Details from Southwark Cyclists:

With Britain's cold, wet spring now a fading memory, we can all look forward to midsummer.

Friday 21 June 2013 is the longest day of the year, and since time immemorial people of all faiths and none have marked the occasion of the summer solstice by rising to greet the dawn. London cyclists do this in their own special way, by riding through the night from Greenwich to Primrose Hill, following a tradition established by the late great Barry Mason.
Image from Southwark Cyclists flickr pool 

This year's Midsummer Madness ride will follow a familiar but never entirely predictable pattern, with the early risers setting off from Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich at 02:00 on the morning of the solstice. We then stop at Southwark Needle by London Bridge to collect more riders.

Previous years have seen hundreds of London cyclists foregoing their beauty sleep, giddy with excitement at the prospect of experiencing the rise of the midsummer sun. Overcast skies and rain are no deterrent, for Midsummer Madness is a community happening, fun whatever the weather.
  • 02:00 – Set off from Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW
  • 02:30 – Collect more riders at Southwark Needle, SE1 2SY
  • 03:00 – Stop for coffee and a chat at Bar Italia in Soho
  • 04:30 – Reach the top of Primrose Hill
  • 04:40 – Sunrise!
Following the sunrise some will cycle back across the river for breakfast in a Southwark café, before heading for work or home to sleep. Others will hang around Primrose Hill or do their own thing, with all bidding a fond farewell to friends old and new, promising to return next year for more of the same.

Further information from Ride Leader Francis Sedgemore – 07840 191336

www.southwarkcyclists.org.uk/

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Bike Clinic tonight Oval Junction

Cycle along to Oval tube station tonight for free bike adjustments.

Barclays Bike Clinic on lambethcyclists.org.ukFrom Wednesday 8 May 2013 Tfl bike hire and superhighway sponsor Barclays is teaming up with social enterprise Bike Works to offer a free Bike Clinic every Wednesday in May and June.


The Clinic will operate  at the junction of Kennington Park Road and Brixton Road, at the fountain in the middle to the road near to Oval tube station in Lambeth SE11.


The clinic will offer cyclists free adjustments and safety checks from 5-7:30pm every Wednesday.

Dont forget also the free Lambeth Dr Bike sessions on Tuesdays at various locations around the borough

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Dr Bike this evening Waterloo Roundabout SE1

Come to the free Dr Bike this evening outside King's College on Waterloo Roundabout Lambeth SE1

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. At the Clapham Common and Kennington Triangle locations 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
Follow the Lambeth Sustainable Transport Team on Facebook and Twitter

Lambeth Cyclists meeting Tuesday 18 June 2013

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   (18 June 2013) 7:30pm at the Effra Social. We are usually in the room on the right as you enter the pub.

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!

Friday, 14 June 2013

Cyclists are winning the argument: don’t give up

That was the message from London Assembly member Val Shawcross at our annual meeting in Brixton in May.

Val joined us to give an overview of her work as Chair of the Assembly’s Transport Committee and Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark. The Assembly has a key role overseeing the work of the Mayor (Boris) and Transport for London.

She told us that we (cyclists) were winning the argument at City Hall and across TfL thanks to the number of cyclists and the consistent messages being sent to policy makers.
Photo of Val Shawcross on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Shawcross outlined three phases of cycling policy since the creation of the Mayor and Assembly in 2000 – first off was what she termed the ‘Socialist Redesign’ phase when under Ken Livingstone 2000-2008 TfL started thinking big about shifting people from private to public transport and putting the systems in place to encourage greater cycle use.

In phase two under Boris Johnson grand schemes such as the cycle hire scheme –Livingstone’s original idea- and cycle superhighways came into being to cater for cyclists but the overall thrust of policy was to ‘smooth the flow’, ie make it easier for drivers, to the detriment of other road users.

Since late 2012 Shawcross stated there was a new thinking in TfL and City Hall and finally a recognition that cyclists’ needs should be prioritised in the road user hierarchy. She cited the appointment of cycling ‘tsar’ Andrew Gilligan and the Mayor’s vision as examples of the new thinking.

Shawcross mentioned also the importance of increased numbers of cyclists and the clear consistent messages from the cyclists’ lobby which made it easier for the Assembly to push the Mayor on this issue. The Assembly for example recently made the case that 2% of transport spending should be on cycling to match the 2% of journeys made by bike.

What will it mean for Lambeth?
Pressed on what this new settlement will actually mean for cyclists in Lambeth she said that the junctions review, two way traffic plans for Vauxhall Cross and the abolition of gyratory systems were all in progress whilst 20mph speed limits on TfL roads and ensuring that new developments could cope with future increased cycling as well as existing demand were in progress. She said that she was sure that within five years London would be a far more cycle friendly place.

Val Shawcross' website
London Assembly website

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Streatham Common Kite Day this Sunday to feature kites and bikes

This Sunday, 16 June 2013, the annual Streatham Common Kite Day will take place on Streatham Common, SW16 11am-5pm and feature a Lambeth Sustainable Transport Team Dr Bike stall (as well as some kites!)


Photo from Kite Day website
Details from the Kite Day website

The 15th annual Steatham Common Kite Day will feature
Windrush Kites will have their stall and will be selling kites and anything kite related.

The Lambeth Sustainable Travel team are providing a free Dr Bike service – bring your bike for a free bike fix and have a chat about sustainable travel options and support.

Food and other non-kite things will include:
  • Ishmael’s Mother - original Asian cooking
  • FoodBums - vegetarian chilli
  • hog roast
  • real coffee stall
  • pancakes
  • burgers, hot dogs, ice cream
  • bouncy castle
  • face painting
More information on the Streatham Common Kite Day website

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Bike Clinic this evening Oval junction SE5

Cycle along to Oval tube station tonight for free bike adjustments.

Barclays Bike Clinic on lambethcyclists.org.ukFrom Wednesday 8 May 2013 Tfl bike hire and superhighway sponsor Barclays is teaming up with social enterprise Bike Works to offer a free Bike Clinic every Wednesday in May and June.


The Clinic will operate  at the junction of Kennington Park Road and Brixton Road, at the fountain in the middle to the road near to Oval tube station in Lambeth SE11.


The clinic will offer cyclists free adjustments and safety checks from 5-7:30pm every Wednesday.

Dont forget also the free Lambeth Dr Bike sessions on Tuesdays at various locations around the borough

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Bike the Borough 22 June 2013

On Saturday 22 June 2013 come on an exciting cycling event taking place across the whole of Lambeth.

Bike the Borough 2013 route map
Bike the Borough is a series of cycle rides around Lambeth setting off from four parks: Archbishop's Park, Clapham Common, Streatham Common and Brockwell Park (see map right).

Participants can either cycle around the four routes setting off at their own pace or can take part in organised rides leaving on the hour between 11am and 2pm.

Pick up a passport at one of the hubs, Archbishop's Park, Clapham Common, Streatham Common or Brockwell Park and cycle as much of the 18.5 mile dedicated route as you like collecting stamps at each of the hubs.

Collect two stamps or more on your passport and you'll be entered into a draw to win a bike.

Look out for the landmarks on your passport - if you can identify them you will go into a separate prize draw to win a bike!

Each hub has something fun to do whilst you give your legs a rest, be it massages, face painting, yoga-for-cyclists or live music at Clapham Common.

The route will be signed and there will be marshals around the route to help keep you on track.
Led rides will be leaving the hubs every hour starting at 11am, the last led ride will leave at 2pm completing the last leg of the route from each park. Dr Bikes will be on hand to check that your bike is in tip top condition.

There will also be a 'Little Legs' children's ride leaving Brockwell Park at 11am - so come early to get your face painted!
Further information on the Lambeth website or see the Bike the Borough Facebook page

Free Dr Bike this evening Clapham Common Northside Lambeth SW4

Lambeth's fantastic Sustainable Transport Team will be running a Dr Bike session at Clapham Common Northside this evening.

Lambeth Dr Bike on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Come along from 5:30-7:30pm on   for a free safety check from an expert bike mechanic and lots of friendly advice on cycling and cycle training. There will also be the opportunity to have your bike securely marked by the Met Police Cycle Taskforce


In June Dr Bike sessions will take place in 

Brixton Windrush Square - SW2 1JQ on Tuesday 4 June 2013

Clapham Common Northside - SW4 0PN on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Waterloo Roundabout (outside King's College)- SE1 8WA on Tuesday 18 June 2013

Kennington Triangle, junction of Kennington park Road and Brixton Road (near Oval tube) - SE11 4PP on Tuesday 25 June 2013




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

Monday, 10 June 2013

Free Metropolitan Police bike security marking events over the summer

This summer the Metropolitan Police's Cycle Task Force will be running bike security marking events across London, including several in Lambeth.

Image from Cycle Task Force webpage
Many of these will take place at the same time as the Lambeth Dr Bike events on Tuesday evenings.

Inforrmation from the Cycle Task Force website:
The TfL-funded MPS Cycle Task Force regularly set up engagement stalls offering advice as well as free security marking and registration onto BikeRegister’s online database. Registering your bike helps police and retailers identify and verify the legitimate owner of bikes that have been stolen or are being resold. Security marking your bike deters potential thieves as your bike can be easily traced if it is stolen. 

Dates of security marking across London (Lambeth locations in bold)

  • 6 June 2013 - 10 - 2pm - Kings College London, SE1 1UL 
  • 6 June 2013 - 4-7pm - Outside 'Virgin Active' Goswell Road, EC1V 
  • 6 June 2013 - 2-7pm - Velodrome, Herne Hill, SE24 
  • 8 June 2013 - 12-2pm - St Marys Church, Putney High Street SW15 
  • 11 June 2013 - 4.30-6.30pm - Granary Square Camden, N1C 4AA 
  • 11 June 2013 - 5.30-7.30pm - Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0PN 
  • 13 June 2013 - 7.45-10.15am - Albert Bridge (South) Battersea Park entrance, SW11 (opposite Prince Albert Pub) 
  • 15 June 2013 - London Fields, Hackney, E8 3EU 
  • 20 June 2013 - 4-7pm - Albert Bridge (South) Battersea Park entrance, SW11 (opposite Prince Albert Pub) 
  • 25 June 2013 - 5.30-7.30pm - Kennington Triangle, Lambeth SE11 4PP 
  • 27 June 2013 - 7.45-10.15 - Naval Row, E14 
  • 4 July 2013 - 4-7pm - Naval Row, E14 
  • 8 July 2013 - 8-10.30am - Cheam Village, opposite The Harrow Inn, SM3 8RL 
  • 9 July 2013 - 5.30-7.30 - Clapham Common Northside, SW4 0PN 
  • 13 July 2013 - 12-3pm - Beddington Primary School, Derry Road, CR0 4UA 
  • 21 July 2013 - 12-2pm - Millenium Arena, Battersea Park, SW11 
  • 22 July 2013 - 7.45-9.45am - High Road, junction with Totteridge Lane, Barnet 
  • 23 July 2013 - 5.30-7.30pm - Kennington Triangle, Lambeth SE11 4PP 
  • 31 July 2013 - 4-7pm - Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham Palace Road 
  • 19 August 2013 - 7.30-10am - outside Highgate Underground station, Archway Road Islington 
  • 2 September 2013 - 7.30-10am - near the canal, Camden High Street 
  • 3 September 2013 - 5.30-7.30 - Windrush Square, SW2 
  • 17 September 2013 - 5.30-7.30 - Kings College, Waterloo SE1 8WA 
  • 29 October 2013 - 7.45-10am - outside Belsize Park Underground Station, Haverstock Hill Camden

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Call in for croissants coffee and Dr Bike on Brixton Road Tuesday morning 8-9am

Next Tuesday, 11 June 2013, Lambeth Cyclists will be handing out free coffee, croissants and information to
cyclists on Brixton Road, SW9 8-9am.

Bike mechanics will also be on hand to offer Dr Bike Bike maintenance and adjustments.

The event is being run to promote Bike Week which runs the following week 15-23 June 2013

Call in at the forecourt of the Lambeth Accord Building, 336 Brixton Road between 8 and 9 to find out more.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Free bike maintenance session at the Abbeville Market on Sunday

This Sunday, 9 June 2013, Bellevue Bicycle Workshop will be running a bike maintenance session at 11:30am at the Abbeville Market.

This short session will give advice on how to fix basic problems with your bike  (punctures, brake check etc). The session is being run by Tim Holroyde who offers a weekly 'drop in' bicycle repair service at the Abbeville Road Market.

The Abbeville Road Artisans' Market takes place at Clapham Bonneville Primary School, off Abbeville Rd, SW4 9LB every Sunday 10am-2pm.

Further information
Abbeville Road Market
Bellevue Bicycle Workshop

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Bikes to be allowed on Docklands Light Railway from July

Transport for London have announced that bikes will be able to be transported on the Docklands Light Railway at off-peak times from 1 July 2013.

As proposed in the  Mayor's Vision for Cycling a six month trial will be undertaken with the expectation that, if successful, bikes will be allowed permanently on to DLR trains.

Representatives from London Cycling Campaign and CTC met with TfL staff to agree details of the trial which will make it easy to travel with your bike to East London from Lambeth if you do not fancy cycling.

The easiest route if travelling from Lambeth is to take the London Overground train from Wandsworth Road, Clapham High Street or Denmark Hill stations and then change on to the DLR at Shadwell.

From 1 July 2013 people will be allowed to take their bikes with them at off-peak times on all DLR services except for Bank station. Bikes will be not be allowed from 0730-0930 or 1600-1900 Mondays to Friday (except bank holidays).

See also
LCC advice on taking your bike on the tube
Tfl - Bikes on public transport
Southern Railways cycle policy
First Capital Connect (Thameslink) cycle restrictions
South West Trains cycle policy

Free Bike Clinic this evening at Oval Junction SE5 SE11 SW9

Cycle along to Oval tube station tonight for free bike adjustments.

Barclays Bike Clinic on lambethcyclists.org.ukFrom Wednesday 8 May 2013 Tfl bike hire and superhighway sponsor Barclays is teaming up with social enterprise Bike Works to offer a free Bike Clinic every Wednesday in May and June.


The Clinic will operate  at the junction of Kennington Park Road and Brixton Road, at the fountain in the middle to the road near to Oval tube station in Lambeth SE11.


The clinic will offer cyclists free adjustments and safety checks from 5-7:30pm every Wednesday.

Dont forget also the free Lambeth Dr Bike sessions on Tuesdays at various locations around the borough

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Free Dr Bike this evening Brixton Windrush Square 4 June 2013

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.


In June Dr Bike sessions will take place in 

Brixton Windrush Square - SW2 1JQ on Tuesday 4 June 2013

Clapham Common Northside - SW4 0PN on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Waterloo Roundabout (outside King's College)- SE1 8WA on Tuesday 18 June 2013

Kennington Triangle, junction of Kennington park Road and Brixton Road (near Oval tube) - SE11 4PP on Tuesday 25 June 2013




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