Free Dr Bike this evening Waterloo Roundabout

This evening, Tuesday 30  December 2014, Lambeth's Dr Bike team will be offering free bike checks 4 - 7:30pm opposite the Imax Cinema at the Waterloo Roundabout, SE1. Come along and get your bike ready for continued winter wheeling!

The Dr Bike team can fix basic problems, adjust your bike and offer advice on further action if required. In many cases the Police also attend these sessions to advise on security and offer a security registration and marking service.

Dr Bike runs at the following locations
Weds 3 December 2014 Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2
Weds 10 December 2014 Streatham Common, SW16
Weds 17 December 2014 Oval Triangle: opposite Oval tube station, SE11
Tues 23 December 2014 Clapham Common Northside: opposite junction with Cedars Road, SW4
Tues 30 December 2014 Waterloo: outside James Clerk Maxwell building opposite Imax, SE1

All sessions run 4:00-7:30pm and are subject to weather conditions


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Free Dr Bike bike care this evening Clapham Common

This evening, Tuesday 23  December 2014, the team will be offering free bike checks 4 - 7:30pm in the Clapham Common area - opposite the junction with Cedars Road, SW4

The Dr Bike team can fix basic problems, adjust your bike and offer advice on further action if required. In many cases the Police also attend these sessions to advise on security and offer a security registration and marking service.

Dr Bike runs at the following locations
Weds 3 December 2014 Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2
Weds 10 December 2014 Streatham Common, SW16
Weds 17 December 2014 Oval Triangle: opposite Oval tube station, SE11
Tues 23 December 2014 Clapham Common Northside: opposite junction with Cedars Road, SW4
Tues 30 December 2014 Waterloo: outside James Clerk Maxwell building opposite Imax, SE1

All sessions run 4:00-7:30pm and are subject to weather conditions


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Free Dr Bike this evening Oval

Lambeth Council are running their popular Dr Bike service on Tuesdays and Wednesdays  
in December at various locations around the borough. 

This evening, Wednesday 17 December 2014, the team will be offering bike checks 4 - 7:30pm in the Kennington/ Oval area - opposite Oval tube station on Kennington Park Road, SE11

The Dr Bike team can fix basic problems, adjust your bike and offer advice on further action if required. In many cases the Police also attend these sessions to advise on security and offer a security registration and marking service.

Dr Bike runs at the following locations
Weds 3 December 2014 Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2
Weds 10 December 2014 Streatham Common, SW16
Weds 17 December 2014 Oval Triangle: opposite Oval tube station, SE11
Tues 23 December 2014 Clapham Common Northside: opposite junction with Cedars Road, SW4
Tues 30 December 2014 Waterloo: outside James Clerk Maxwell building opposite Imax, SE1

All sessions run 4:00-7:30pm and are subject to weather conditions


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Lambeth Cyclists meeting this Tuesday to hear from Lambeth Cabinet Cycling Head

We hope you can join us this Tuesday, 16 December 2014, for our next Lambeth Cyclists meeting.

At this meeting we will be hear from Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite of Lambeth Council. Jennifer is Lambeth Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability who has overall responsibility for cycling in the borough.

This will be an opportunity to hear about the latest developments and thinking in the borough and your chance to ask questions about progress on the cycling strategy, Space for Cycling, bike storage and other matters. After the meeting we will head on to the Priory Arms pub for drinks and to continue the cycling talk.

Lambeth Cyclists meeting

The meeting will take place at the Stockwell Community Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 7:30-9:00pm. The Centre is located behind Stockwell tube station with cycle parking in the forecourt.
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Vauxhall Cross consultation deadline extended to 2 January 2015

Transport for London have extended the deadline for responses to the Vauxhall Cross consultation from 14 December 2014 to 2 January 2015 to allow as many people as possible to respond - please tell TfL we need Space For Cycling in Vauxhall Cross 

Transport for London have released their initial proposals which aim to transform Vauxhall Cross making the whole area more cycle friendly and therefore more people friendly.

TfL are proposing to end the one-way system at Vauxhall and the surrounding roads as well as bring in improvements to the bus, rail and tube station and create a new public space around Vauxhall station. The effect, it is hoped, will be to make Vauxhall more than just a transport interchange.

These plans, developed with Lambeth, follow on from the 2012 Lambeth supplementary planning document (to which Lambeth Cyclists responded). and come in the light of new residential and business developments which will see 18,000 new homes being built and 25,000 new jobs being created in the area.

The proposals are the first stage in the process of transforming Vauxhall Cross - following this consultation TfL will come back with further plans in 2015 and following further consultation the changes are likely to be brought in by 2020. These proposals are in addition to the cycle superhighway proposals which will be implemented next year.

Lambeth Cyclists welcome TfL's proposals for Vauxhall Cross as we believe that they will create space for cycling and make the area more people friendly. We have been campaigning to end the one-way system for over 15 years and look forward to a pedestrian and cycle friendly Vauxhall Cross.

See the full TfL Vauxhall Cross proposals on the TfL Vauxhall Cross consultation page, - the closing date for responses is 2 January 2015


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Free Dr Bike checks, adjustments and repairs this evening Streatham Common, SW16

Lambeth Council are running their popular Dr Bike service on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 
in December at various locations around the borough. 

This evening, Wednesday 10 December 2014, the team will be offering bike checks 4 - 7:30pm on Streatham Common, SW16 - on the corner of Streatham High Road and Streatham Common South 

The Dr Bike team can fix basic problems, adjust your bike and offer advice on further action if required. In many cases the Police also attend these sessions to advise on security and offer a security registration and marking service.

Dr Bike runs at the following locations
Weds 3 December 2014 Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2
Weds 10 December 2014 Streatham Common, SW16
Weds 17 December 2014 Oval Triangle: opposite Oval tube station, SE11
Tues 23 December 2014 Clapham Common Northside: opposite junction with Cedars Road, SW4
Tues 30 December 2014 Waterloo: outside James Clerk Maxwell building opposite Imax, SE1

All sessions run 4:00-7:30pm and are subject to weather conditions


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Christmas lights and decorations ride this Sunday

This Sunday, 7 December 2014, Cycle Confident are organising a ride around some of London's sparkling Christmas lights and decorations.


This short easy going ride will take in Oxford Street, Regents Street, Trafalgar Square, Somerset House and Hyde Park on a magical Christmas adventure. Bring your lights

Meet 4pm 7 December 2014 at the Fire Brigade Pier near Lambeth Bridge, SE1 7SL. For further details and to sign up see the Cycle Confident website

Funded by Lambeth Council this free ride is open to everyone who lives, works or studies in Lambeth


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Free Dr Bike checks and adjustments this evening Windrush Sqaure, Brixton SW2

Lambeth Council are running their popular Dr Bike service on Wednesdays and Tuesdays in December at various locations around the borough. 

This evening, Wednesday 3 December 2014, the team will be offering bike checks 4 - 7:30pm in Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2 (near the library) 

The Dr Bike team can fix basic problems, adjust your bike and offer advice on further action if required. In many cases the Police also attend these sessions to advise on security and offer a security registration and marking service.

Dr Bike runs at the following locations
Weds 3 December 2014 Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2
Weds 10 December 2014 Streatham Common: opposit Texaco Garage, SW16
Weds 17 December 2014 Oval Triangle: opposite Oval tube station, SE11
Tues 23 December 2014 Clapham Common Northside: opposite junction with Cedars Road, SW4
Tues 30 December 2014 Waterloo: outside James Clerk Maxwell building opposite Imax, SE1

All sessions run 4:00-7:30pm and are subject to weather conditions


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2015 rides planning meeting this Wednesday 3 December 2014

Got an idea for a ride? Would you like to be involved in planning next year's Lambeth Cyclists' rides?

Our regular rides generally take place on the last weekend of the month and are run by members and other volunteers who have an area of interest or expertise that makes for an interesting theme for a ride

We will be holding a meeting on Wednesday 3 December 2014 to celebrate this year's rides, thank ride leaders and plan the rides programme for next year.

If you have an idea for a ride around some aspect of the London cityscape (or indeed any other ride ideas) do come along and talk it through with us - we can help with routes and practical arrangements.

The meeting will  take place on Wednesday 3 December at 6.30pm at the Royal Festival Hall, Blue Bar, 4th Floor. All welcome, contact Tessa Wright -07949 785258 if you have trouble finding us. If you can’t make the meeting but have an idea for an architecture-themed ride, please email Mark Knox (mpknox@care4free.net).
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How did London deal with death? Find our tomorrow on our architecture ride

Join us tomorrow (Saturday 29 November 2014) for our next ride around the London landscape when we will be looking at how the city has dealt with death over the years.

Come on this easy-going all day ride for a tour of some quiet green places that hardly anyone notices, forgotten and overlooked in the bustle of London life, some of which were once scenes of unimaginable filth and squalor that eventually gave rise to public outrage.
London plague pit - photo Historic-uk.com

Often street names and plaques are the only clues in this treasure hunt of social history which will take us to public gardens, lonely burial grounds and lumpy churchyards.

This leisurely, largely level ride with frequent stops will cover sites in the East End and possibly Hackney and Camden if time permits.

This will be an all-day ride with a lunch stop. We will aim be back in central London by around 4.30 so you will need lights.

Meet: Saturday 29 November 2014 10:00am for 10:15 start at Drury Lane Gardens, Covent Garden. near junction Russell St and Drury Lane, WC2B 5SN. Latecomers can catch us up at St Bride's, Fleet St, our first stop.

Ride led by Marion Houghton. For further information on the ride contact Mark Knox - 07765 945530/ mpknox@care4free.net
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Get your bike security marked this Saturday in Clapham Park

This Saturday, 29 November 2014, get your bike security marked from 10am - 4pm at Mullins Place, Clapham SW4 (just off Kings Avenue)

Free bike security marking poster on lambethcyclists.org.uk

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Free Dr Bike checks and adjustments this evening Waterloo Roundabout SE1

Lambeth Council are running their popular Dr Bike service on Wednesdays in November at various locations around the borough. 

This evening, Wednesday 26 November 2014, the team will be offering bike checks at the Waterloo Roundabout (Outside King's College opposite the Imax cinema)

The Dr Bike team can fix basic problems, adjust your bike and offer advice on further action if required. In many cases the Police also attend these sessions to advise on security and offer a security registration and marking service.

Dr Bike runs at the following locations
12 November Oval Triangle: opposite Oval tube station. SE11
19 November Clapham Common Northside: opposite junction with Cedars Road, SW4
26 November Waterloo: outside James Clerk Maxwell building opposite Imax, SE1

All sessions run 5:30-7:30pm and are subject to weather conditions


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Tfl propose Space for Cycling in Stockwell: one-way system to be replaced by crossroads

Transport for London have released plans for Stockwell which will create real Space for Cycling with the transformation of the area to make it cycle and people-friendly.


In line with TfL's recent proposals for Vauxhall Cross the one-way gyratory system on the A3 Clapham Road near Stockwell tube station will be replaced with a crossroads (as set out in the artist's impression above). A new public space will be created linking the Memorial Gardens, currently in the middle of the gyratory system, with Stockwell tube station and the A203 South Lambeth Road.

The Stockwell gyratory system is used by thousands of cyclists daily and the number of cyclists using the junction has more than doubled since 2001. TfL are now planning for the future when they anticipate that the number of cyclists will continue to grow.

TfL have long recognised the danger for cyclists at this junction, it featured in the 100 dangerous junctions list and has long been in line for an upgrade to make it more cycle-friendly. Making the Stockwell gyratory system more cycle friendly has been one of our campaigning aims: Lambeth Cyclists welcome these proposals as a step towards making Lambeth and London more cycle-friendly.

In the proposals Tfl plan to

  • Separate cyclists from general traffic on Clapham Road between Stockwell Road and Stockwell Terrace and install a separate signal phase to allow cyclists to continue straight ahead whilst vehicles turning left are held at the lights.
  • Allow cyclists to enter the Clapham Road/Stockwell Road junction ahead of all other traffic by having a separate green signal for cyclists only.
  • Introduce new sections of cycle lanes on Stockwell Road and South Lambeth Road.
  • Make changes to the Advanced Stop Lines (ASL).  An ASL allows cyclists to wait in front of other traffic at lights and makes them more visible to other motorists.  Other vehicles wait at a second stop line behind the cyclist area. The space for cyclists would be increased to seven metres, to accommodate the increasing number of people cycling in the area.
  • Widen the bus lanes on Clapham Road, south of Stockwell Road and Binfield Road.  This would give cyclists room to pass buses without crossing into the lane with other moving traffic. To provide the extra space, we would reduce the width of footway on both sides of the road. On the side of the station entrance the pavement would be six metres wide, with approximately three metres width on the Post Office side.  The remaining footways would be wide enough for pedestrians, even at the busiest times of day.

To improve the area for the local community (that is us Lambeth residents) TfL would:
  • Remove the gyratory by closing the southern part of South Lambeth Road.
  • Connect Stockwell Memorial Garden, which curently lies in the centre of the gyratory, with the surrounding area.
  • Provide more trees and seating to make the area more pleasant and accessible for residents

The full proposals are available on the TfL website: Have your say on changes to Stockwell Cross

Consultation on the proposals is open to 18 January. We will be responding to the proposals and would urge all cyclists and local residents who use the junction to respond to the consultation.

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Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening in Stockwell

We hope you can join us this evening, Tuesday 18 November 2014, for our meeting.

At the meeting we will be looking at all the latest cycling developments in the borough including the new proposals for Vauxhall Cross.We will also be talking about future rides, the Made in Lambeth event and plans for next year. All welcome - we usually go on to a pub nearby afterwards to continue discussions.

The meeting will take place at the Stockwell Resource Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 7:30-9:00pm. The Centre is located behind Stockwell tube station with cycle parking in the forecourt.
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Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 29 November 2014: Forgotten Cemeteries and Plague Pits

Join us on Saturday 29 November 2014 for our next ride around the London landscape when we will be looking at how the city has dealt with death over the years.

Come on this easy-going all day ride for a tour of some quiet green places that hardly anyone notices, forgotten and overlooked in the bustle of London life, some of which were once scenes of unimaginable filth and squalor that eventually gave rise to public outrage.
London plague pit - photo Historic-uk.com

Often street names and plaques are the only clues in this treasure hunt of social history which will take us to public gardens, lonely burial grounds and lumpy churchyards.

This leisurely, largely level ride with frequent stops will cover sites in the East End and possibly Hackney and Camden if time permits.

This will be an all-day ride with a lunch stop. We will aim be back in central London by around 4.30 so you will need lights.

Meet: Saturday 29 November 2014 10:00am for 10:15 start at Drury Lane Gardens, Covent Garden. near junction Russell St and Drury Lane, WC2B 5SN. Latecomers can catch us up at St Bride's, Fleet St, our first stop.

Ride led by Marion Houghton. For further information on the ride contact Mark Knox - 07765 945530/ mpknox@care4free.net
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Space for Cycling at Vauxhall Cross? TfL lay out initial plans to transform area

Transport for London have released their initial proposals which aim to transform Vauxhall Cross making the whole area more cycle friendly and therefore more people friendly.

TfL are proposing to end the one-way system at Vauxhall and the surrounding roads as well as bring in improvements to the bus, rail and tube station and create a new public space around Vauxhall station. The effect, it is hoped, will be to make Vauxhall more than just a transport interchange.

These plans, developed with Lambeth, follow on from the 2012 Lambeth supplementary planning document (to which Lambeth Cyclists responded). and come in the light of new residential and business developments which will see 18,000 new homes being built and 25,000 new jobs being created in the area.

The proposals are the first stage in the process of transforming Vauxhall Cross - following this consultation TfL will come back with further plans in 2015 and following further consultation the changes are likely to be brought in by 2020. These proposals are in addition to the cycle superhighway proposals which will be implemented next year.

Lambeth Cyclists welcome TfL's proposals for Vauxhall Cross as we believe that they will create space for cycling and make the area more people friendly. We have been campaigning to end the one-way system for over 15 years and look forward to a pedestrian and cycle friendly Vauxhall Cross.

See the full TfL Vauxhall Cross proposals on the TfL Vauxhall Cross consultation page, - the closing date for responses is 19 December 2014.

Come and hear more about the plans at Tfl consultation meetings
Saturday 22 November 2014 11am-4pm: St Peter's Church, Kennington Lane, SE11
Wednesday 26 November 2014 6pm-9pm Wheatsheaf Hall, off South Lambeth Road, SW8 

Tuesday 9 December 2014 10am-6pm Carmelita Centre, Vauxhall Gardens Estate, SE11

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Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride report: Regenerating London

October’s Architecture Ride, on 25 October 2014 was on the theme of regeneration,

Cyclists on the Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride 25/10/2014 on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Led by Tessa Wright and Tom Bogdanowicz the ride  attracted 20 cyclists keen to see the changes taking place across London.

The ride started at Elephant and Castle, site of the controversial Heygate Estate redevelopment, where a representative of the developers gave us a view of the works from the top of Hannibal House and ably fielded some tricky questions.

We continued up to Kings Cross to visit the new Granary Square and Central Saint Martin’s site (see photo), plus new buildings by David Chipperfield and Allies and Morrison, and a Dan Pearson garden.

After lunch in Victoria Park, vastly improved by recent investment, we rode via Hackney Wick and Fish Island to finish at the Olympic Park, looking at the Aquatic Centre and Velodrome, as well as the Athletes' Village flats. Many of us were entertained by the ‘cyclist’s bedroom’ in a show flat, fully kitted out with all the latest designer cycling gear, magazines and décor – just showing how fashionable cycling is these days!

Thanks to Tessa and Tom for leading the ride.
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Oval junction to be transformed: TfL plans get green light

The roads around Oval junction are set to be made much more cycle friendly following confirmation from Transport for London that they will go ahead with the ambitious plans for the junctions outlined in July.

TfL image of Kennington Park Road on lambethcyclists.org.uk

The original proposals, published in July 2014, were developed with Lambeth Cyclists and the wider London Cycling Campaign as part of the Mayor of London's Better Junctions initiative.

Following a public consultation in which the majority of responses welcomed the scheme the plans are set to be fully implemented.

This means that the four junctions at Kennington Park Road, Clapham Road, Camberwell New Road and Brixton Road will be redesigned to give priority to cyclists (see map below or on Tfl website). Additional measures such as banning left turns and introducing mandatory two metre cycle lanes will cut down on speeding traffic and make the area more cycle friendly. The green space in the middle of the road opposite Oval tube station is also set to be upgraded and improved. Work is set to begin in December 2014 and will be completed by April 2015.

TfL map of Oval junction improvements on lambethcyclists,org,uk


Read the full TfL  response to the consultation
See the original plans
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Free Dr Bike, bike marking and safety advice next Monday morning Wyvil Primary School SW8

Vauxhall Sky Gardens in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police are offering a free cycle safety awareness events next Monday morning, 27 October 2014, 7:30-10am at Wyvil Primary School, South Lanbeth Road, SW8.

Get your bike checked and adjusted so that its safe for autumn and winter riding, get it registered with the Police so that if found you can be easily reunited with it and see how to avoid getting into lorry drivers' blind spots.

Further information below
Cycle safety awareness event flyer on lambethcyclists,org,uk

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Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening 7:30pm Stockwell

We hope you can join us this evening, Tuesday 21 October 2014, for our meeting.

At the meeting we will be looking at all the latest cycling developments in the borough including the Loughborouh Junction and Myatt's Fields proposals. We also be looking at the Clapham Old Town redevelopment which opened to great fanfare at the start of the summer but can only be described as 'good in parts' for cyclists. We will be offering feedback on the development to Lambeth so that we hope it can be improved and made more cycle friendly.

The meeting will take place at the Stockwell Resource Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 7:30-9:00pm. The Centre is located behind Stockwell tube station with cycle parking in the forecourt.
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Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 25 October 2014: Regenerating London

Join us this Saturday, 25 October 2014 for our next easy going ride around aspects of the London cityscape. On this ride we will be looking at the theme of Regenerating London

The ride will visit three areas of large-scale regeneration in London to look at the architecture and design. We will also consider other social and environmental issues such as What is the provision for cycling? And public space? Have former industrial buildings been reused and converted successfully? Is there sufficient social housing?

Kings Cross (source www.kingscross.co.uk)
Photo of Olympics Velodrome on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Velodrome (source hopkins.co.uk)
We will start at a site of  regeneration in progress - the Elephant and Castle, and then continue up to Kings Cross, already substantially rebuilt with the new Granary Square and Central Saint Martins, plus new buildings by David Chipperfield and Allies and Morrison.

Heading east, the ride will then travel to the area in which the London 2012 Olympics took place including the Olympic Velodrome and Aquatic Centre as well as the Athletes' Village (now flats), four new innovative 'stumbling play' children's playgrounds (in the Olympic Park and Victoria Park), a new pagoda, several new bridges and sites of new developments in Fish Island and Hackney Wick, as well as the Olympic Park.

There will be a stop for lunch at a cafe, probably at Victoria Park, and we will aim to finish around 4.30pm in Stratford. Here you can either cycle back to Lambeth or take the train - DLR and London Overground allow bikes to be carried.




Meet: Saturday 25 October 2014 10.15am for a 10.30am start outside the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre West side, Walworth Road opposite the Strata (black and white building that looks like a lighter).

The ride will be led by Tessa Wright (07949 785258) and Tom Bogdanowicz.

All welcome: no need to let us know in advance, just turn up with a roadworthy bike

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Cyclehoop film promotes Lambeth bike hangars

See the latest Cyclehoop promotional film featuring the 100th Lambeth bike hangar in Brixton which was unveiled in September.

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The benefits of reducing through traffic: Support the Loughborough Junction and Myatt's Fields proposals

Lambeth Cyclists member Clare Neely here reflects on the benefits that ending rat runs and making the streets more people friendly have brought to her area to the South of Coldharbour Lane in Lambeth SE5.

Clare wites
The high cost of my contents insurance does not reflect the low number of burglaries. As our local police officer puts it "thieves like rat runs, makes it easy for them to escape"

I watch the pleasure on the faces of people walking and cycling through the area, as they enjoy our quiet residential streets.

Many of my neighbours objected vehemently to the proposal to close Cambria Rd - "it will increase my journey time", "the traffic on Herne Hill Road and Denmark Hill will come to a standstill" etc etc.

The traffic still flows as freely on Herne Hill Road, and Denmark Hill, probably  because many people now feel safe to walk and cycle, rather than drive.

Increase in journey time? Every neighbourhood is unique, but I found that because the amount of traffic was less without the rat running traffic, even though I had to drive further,  my overall journey time wasn't very different.

Based on my experience, I am a passionate supporter of the scheme for Loughborough Junction and Myatt's Fields.

I don't want my neighbours in those  areas to be denied the enormous pleasure of walking, cycling, and living, on a quiet residential street, without rat running traffic.

Support the proposed changes to Loughborough Junction and Myatt's Fields - complete the consultation form at www.lambeth.gov.uk/lj
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Can we create Space for Cycling in Loughborough Junction and Myatt's Fields?

Lambeth Council have outlined plans for improvements to Loughborough Junction and Myatt's Fields in SW9 and SE5 which will make the area safer for cyclists and more people friendly.

The area currently suffers from heavy through traffic making the local residential streets dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. This especially affects families using Myatt's Fields Park and school students walking to local primary schools and St Gabriel's College secondary school.

The Loughborough Junction area has one of the lowest rates of car ownership in the whole country - the latest census figures show that in Coldharbour Ward 69.5% of households do not have a car whilst in Vassall Ward 64% of people do not have a car

Lambeth propose closing Loughborough Road (see photo),  Barrington Road, Gordon Grove, Lilford Road, Calais Street and Padfield Road to cars. A new public space on Loughborough Road around Wyck Gardens will also be established for community use. In addition a new quietway for cyclists between Ruskin Park and Myatt;s Fields Park will be created which will make travelling between these two parks easy for cyclists and pedestrians of all ages, The new arrangements should reduce parked cars on the roads and will make any future controlled parking zone (if local residents agree) possible as the roads will have less traffic rat running through the area.

Local residents and businesses will still be able to fully access their homes, premises  and streets but may need to take a slightly different route. The reduction of through traffic should mean that journey times will be little changed.

The full proposals for Loughborough Junction and Myatt's Fields can be see on the Lambeth website at www.lambeth.gov.uk/lj. The deadline for submission of consultation responses is 22 October 2014.

You can see the proposals and talk to Lambeth traffic engineers about the plans at a special consultation drop-in meeting on Wednesday 15 October 2014 6:30-8:30pm at Longfield Hall, Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY

Lambeth Cyclists fully support these proposals as we believe that they will make the area far more people friendly. This is a real opportunity to make Space for Cycling in Lambeth. 
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Lambeth unveils 100th bike hangar

At the end of September the 100th bike hangar was installed in Saltoun Road, central Brixton with a celebration by the company responsible, Cyclehoop, and Lambeth Transport Department. The bike hangars are an innovative solution to bike storage needs in an inner-city borough such as Lambeth where space is at a premium: most flats and houses lack suitable outside or inside storage space.
Photo Cyclehoop

Each bike hangar provides six secure bike parking spaces in a special waterproof metal container.

Bike parking spaces in the hangars are available to Lambeth residents at a cost of £42 a year per bike.

With the unveiling of the 100th hangar Lambeth is providing storage space for 600 bikes. To meet demand it is essential that Lambeth provide many more of these across the borough. The Lambeth Cycling Strategy sets the target of getting 20% of the population cycling by 2020 - this would imply that storage space is required for 40-50,000 bikes in total across the borough.

To find out more about the bike hangars and to request one in your area see www.cyclehoop.com/rentals. See also the bike hangar section of the Lambeth website.
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Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 28 September 2014: Almshouses

Join us this Sunday, 28 September 2014, for a leisurely ride exploring the relatively unknown world of London’s historic almshouses.

Almshouses in Burgess Park, SE5 on lambethcyclists.org.uk
The first in a series, we will be exploring 10 of these fascinating buildings which are often overlooked, or even hidden from view.

Founded by Girdlers, Victuallers and Watermen, some have changed use over the years, but all retain their quiet serenity in an increasingly busy metropolis.

We will begin at the Friendly Society Almshouse in Burgess Park, SE5 (pictured right) and then cycle through Camberwell to Peckham where we will stop for lunch near Peckham Rye before heading off to Penge via Dulwich.

Our journey will be taken at an easy-going pace, but there will be one steep and hilly stretch towards the end.  The ride will finish approximately mid-afternoon at the Free Watermen and Lightermen’s Almshouse on Penge High Street (below).

Meet  Sunday 28 September 2014 at 10:15am for a 10.30am start, in front of the café at Chumleigh Garden in Burgess Park (SE5 0RJ).  If you arrive early there will be time for a coffee before we head off. The ride will finish in Penge at approximately 4pm.

All welcome - no need to book. If you have any queries please contact ride organiser Lizzy Jamieson (contact 07961 117698).


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Explore Clapham and Stockwell by bike this Sunday

This Sunday, 21 September 2014, Cycle Confident are running a free ride around Clapham and Stockwell. Gain an insight into your local area on this easy going leisurely ride suitable for all.

Van Gogh Walk on lambethcyclists.org.uk
The ride sets off from Clapham Common at 10am and takes in many interesting features of the Clapham and Stockwell streetscape including Van Gogh Walk (Pictured: Winner - Design Excellence - Placemaking awards 2013), Venn Street (Highly Commended, Excellence in Walking & Public Realm, London Transport Awards 2012) and the Edible Bus Stop as well as the brand new 'The Pavement' Clapham Old Town.

The ride will visit buildings such as the new Clapham Library, looking like a row of books, by Studio Egret West and the Grade II concrete modernist Stockwell Bus Garage designed by Adie, Button & Partners (1952), plus deep level air raid shelters and the home of Sir Charles Barry.

Meet 10am for 10:15 departure at the Bandstand, Clapham Common, SW4. The gentle eight mile ride is expected to finish at around 1pm.

More information on Capital Rides website
Photo of no left turn sign on Van Gogh Walk, SW9 on lambethcyclists,org,uk
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Brixton Cycle Fair this afternoon and evening in Windrush Square

Come to Windrush Square, Brixton this afternoon and evening, Friday 12 September 2014, for the Brixton Cycling Fair.

Come for food, drink, Dr Bike checks and much much more.

Brixton Cycle Fair flyer on lambethcyclists.org.uk


The Fair is open in the Square 2pm-9pm

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Dr Bike checks this evening Clapham Common SW4

Lambeth Council are running their popular Dr Bike service every Wednesday in September at various locations around the borough.

This evening they will be offering bike checks at Clapham Common Northside (opposite the junction with Cedars Road, SW4 5:30-7:30pm

In addition tonight they are offering free bike lights for first 50 people attending and free bike marking and HGV awareness
The Dr Bike team can fix basic problems, adjust your bike and offer advice on further action if required. In most cases the Police also attend these sessions to advise on security and offer a security registration and marking service.

Dr Bike runs at the following locations
3 September Brixton: Windrush Square, outside the Ritzy, SW2
10 September Clapham Common Northside: opposite junction with Cedars Road, SW4
17 September Waterloo: outside James Clerk Maxwell building opposite Imax, SE1
24 September Oval Triangle: opposite Oval tube station. SE11
All sessions run 5:30-7:30pm
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One place still available on our bike maintenance classes starting tomorrow

One place is still available on our bike maintenance course starting tomorrow evening (Tuesday 9 September 2014) in Brixton

Email us today with your details to sign up 

Our course runs for five Tuesdays and covers all aspects of cycle maintenance with the focus on keeping your bike on the road.

Further information

Lambeth Cyclists are pleased to announce the return of our popular cycle maintenance classes after a two year break,

We have kept the format of the classes the same - a five week course of classes every Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm- but we have changed the venue.

The maintenance classes will now be held at new Lambeth bike shop Harbour Cycles on Coldharbour Lane, SE5 near to Loughborough Junction station.

Our bike maintenance classes cover the basics for maintaining the different aspects of your bike - sessions cover brakes, gears, wheels as well as general adjustments required to keep your bike on the road.

The classes take place in small groups of up to eight people with the work being carried out on participants' bikes.

The general programme for the classes is
1st week: general introduction
2nd week: brakes
3rd week: gears
4th week: wheels/ tyres
5th week: fix any particular problems you have, follow up from previous weeks.

You will get a handout at the end of each week. Tools and workstands will be provided. Some spares can be bought at the classes.

The classes cost £75 for the set.
If you are interested in attending these classes please email lambeth_cyclists@hotmail.com and we will then send you payment details.
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Sign up now for bike maintenance classes starting 9 September 2014

We are pleased to announce the return of our popular cycle maintenance classes.

Sign up now for a new set of classes starting on Tuesday 9 September 2014.

We have kept the format of the classes the same - a five week course of classes every Tuesday 6:30-8:30pm- but we have changed the venue.

The maintenance classes will now be held at new Lambeth bike shop Harbour Cycles on Coldharbour Lane, SE5 near to Loughborough Junction station.

Our bike maintenance classes cover the basics for maintaining the different aspects of your bike - sessions cover brakes, gears, wheels as well as general adjustments required to keep your bike on the road.

The classes take place in small groups of up to eight people with the work being carried out on participants' bikes.

The general programme for the classes is
1st week: general introduction
2nd week: brakes
3rd week: gears
4th week: wheels/ tyres
5th week: fix any particular problems you have, follow up from previous weeks.

You will get a handout at the end of each week. Tools and workstands will be provided. Some spares can be bought at the classes.

The classes cost £75 for the set.
If you are interested in attending these classes please email lambeth_cyclists@hotmail.com and we will then send you payment details.
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Dr Bike tonight in Windrush Square, Brixton

Lambeth Council are running their popular Dr Bike service every Wednesday in September at various locations around the borough.

The Dr Bike team can fix basic problems, adjust your bike and offer advice on further action if required. In most cases the Police also attend these sessions to advise on security and offer a security registration and marking service.

Dr Bike runs at the following locations
3 September Brixton: Windrush Square, outside the Ritzy, SW2
10 September Clapham Common Northside: opposite junction with Cedars Road, SW4
17 September Waterloo: outside James Clerk Maxwell building opposite Imax, SE1
24 September Oval Triangle: opposite Oval tube station. SE11
All sessions run 5:30-7:30pm
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Join us for the Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride today

Join us today Saturday, 30 August 2014, for our latest easy going ride when we will be looking at some of London's lidos - bring your swimming costume if you fancy a dip!

Meet 10:15 for 10:30 departure Brockwell Park

Ride with us round some of London's glorious lidos, past and present.

We'll start at 10:30 at our local lido in Brockwell Park, a Grade II listed building which opened in 1937

We will then ride to Tooting Bec Lido, originally a building project for unemployed men, which opened in 1906. At 100ft by 30ft it may be the largest open air swimming pool in Europe. We ride past the ornate Streatham Common Waterworks (1888) then along the lively River Wandle to Earlsfield, our likely lunch stop.

After lunch we will pass the site of Wandsworth Open Air Pool in King George V Park.

Then we'll most likely take the overground to Gospel Oak for the Parliament Hill Lido. There we can have tea on the terrace overlooking the sleek stainless steel lined pool, and some of us will swim.

Bring your Oyster card or Freedom Pass, swimming gear, and a snack.

We will finish around 4-4:30pm.

Contact Geraldine on ger1ldine@yahoo.co.uk or 07739 232598 with any question

Meet 10:15 for 10:30am departure at Brockwell Park Lido (park-side), Brockwell Park, SE24
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Dr Bike returns in September

Lambeth Council are running their popular Dr Bike service every Wednesday in September at various locations around the borough.

The Dr Bike team can fix basic problems, adjust your bike and offer advice on further action if required. In most cases the Police also attend these sessions to advise on security and offer a security registration and marking service.

Dr Bike runs at the following locations
3 September Brixton: Windrush Square, outside the Ritzy, SW2
10 September Clapham Common Northside: opposite junction with Cedars Road, SW4
17 September Waterloo: outside James Clerk Maxwell building opposite Imax, SE1
24 September Oval Triangle: opposite Oval tube station. SE11
All sessions run 5:30-7:30pm

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Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 30 August 2014: London's Lidos

Join us this Saturday, 30 August 2014, for our latest easy going ride when we will be looking at some of London's lidos - bring your swimming costume if you fancy a dip!

Ride with us round some of London's glorious lidos, past and present.

We'll start at 10:30 at our local lido in Brockwell Park, a Grade II listed building which opened in 1937

We will then ride to Tooting Bec Lido, originally a building project for unemployed men, which opened in 1906. At 100ft by 30ft it may be the largest open air swimming pool in Europe. We ride past the ornate Streatham Common Waterworks (1888) then along the lively River Wandle to Earlsfield, our likely lunch stop.

After lunch we will pass the site of Wandsworth Open Air Pool in King George V Park.

Then we'll most likely take the overground to Gospel Oak for the Parliament Hill Lido. There we can have tea on the terrace overlooking the sleek stainless steel lined pool, and some of us will swim.

Bring your Oyster card or Freedom Pass, swimming gear, and a snack.

We will finish around 4-4:30pm.

Contact Geraldine on ger1ldine@yahoo.co.uk or 07739 232598 with any question

Meet 10:15 for 10:30am departure at Brockwell Park Lido (park-side), Brockwell Park, SE24
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Join us for Ride London this Saturday: feeder ride leaves Clapham Common 10:30am

This Saturday, 9 August 2014, cycle with more than 50,000 other cyclists around a traffic-free central London with the annual Ride London Freecycle event.

Join Lambeth Cyclists for a ride up to central London which leaves at 10:30am from 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, Guildhall Yard, Leadenhall Market 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!

See Prudential Ride London Freecycle website




Join us for the guided feeder ride from Lambeth
Lambeth Cyclists will be running a guided 'feeder' ride up to central London from Clapham Common.

Come and join other cyclists from Lambeth on this safe and fully marshalled leisurely ride departing 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.


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Free young people's cycle training courses in Brockwell Park and on Clapham Common in August

If you're over 10, living in Lambeth, and want to gain more cycle confidence sign up now for the summer holiday cycle training courses being run on Clapham Common and in Brockwell Park.

Lambeth Children's cycle training flyer 1The courses start on Mondays in July and August and consist of four morning or lunchtime sessions which will equip young people to cycle confidently on the roads. To take part you must be able to commit to attending all four sessions and must be able to bring your bike along.

Dates for the training are

Clapham Common or Brockwell Park 
9:30-11:30am or 12-2pm
Monday 4 August - Thursday 7 August 2014
Monday 11 August - Thursday 14 August 2014
Monday 18 August - Thursday 21 August 2014
Tuesday 26 August - Friday 29 August 2014

Lambeth Children's cycle training flyer 2
For more details and sign up see http://cycleconfident.com/sponsors/lambeth


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TfL proposes new segregated cycle route from Oval to Vauxhall Bridge

Transport for London have laid out their plans for the Lambeth section of cycle superhighway 5 which runs from New Cross to Westminster.

The proposals include a a two-way segregated cycle path running from Oval along Harleyford Road which will allow cyclists to avoids the dangerous gyratory system at Vauxhall Bridge (see diagram for Bridge layout). This new layout will offer cyclists coming from Oval an almost straight route across the bridge.


This scheme is separate from any future redevelopment of Vauxhall Cross and removal of the gyratory system. Work is set to start on this scheme later this year.

See https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/cs5-inner for further details and to add your views, the closing date for consultation is 14 September 2014.
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