How can we make Norwood more cycle friendly? - Public meeting Tuesday 4 March 2014

How can Norwood be rapidly transformed into a place where adults and children feel safe and comfortable cycling around?

Come to the PUBLIC MEETING arranged by Lambeth Cyclists on Tuesday 4 March 2014 7.00pm at the Chatsworth Baptist Church Centre, Chatsworth Way, SE27 9HN

Photo of Norwood High Street on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Photo Flickr
We know that cycling provides astonishing health benefits; doesn’t pollute; helps fight climate change; is cheap; and could provide a quick and independent form of travel around the central London area for adults of all ages as well as children.

But our road system is currently intimidating; not just to children but also to many people who would cycle if it were made pleasant to do so.

What changes need to be made for Norwood to become a place where people of all ages cycle without fear to friends, to shops, to school, or to work?

How long will it take for changes to take place and what obstacles need to be overcome? Are our schools, our doctors, our politicians, our businesses, our transport professionals, our police and our residents doing all they can to make this area fantastic for cycling?

How can we retain the benefits that motor vehicles provide in moving large numbers of people and heavy goods, while also being unconcerned about our children travelling by bike?

This is the third in a series of five monthly meetings around Lambeth providing a chance to meet Lambeth Cyclists, the borough group of the London Cycling Campaign, and discuss the neighbourhood changes needed to make cycling the easy and obvious choice for local journeys.

If you live in, work in, or travel through Thurlow Park, Knight's Hill or Gipsy Hill wards, then please come along.

PUBLIC MEETING arranged by Lambeth Cyclists 

Tuesday 4 March 2014 7.00pm at the Chatsworth Baptist Church Centre, Chatsworth Way, SE27 9HN

Everyone welcome - please tell others

www.lambethcyclists.org.uk
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Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 1 March 2014: Railways revisited

We hope you can join us on our first easy going ride of the year on Saturday 1 March 2014 when we will be looking at the architecture of railway stations. For this we are revisiting a ride we did in 2007, when the reinvention of St Pancras Station was the spur to explore London's spectacular array of grand railway architecture.

Photo of new Kings Cross station architecture on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Photo: e-architect
Now, with Kings Cross awakened from its long grimy slumber, new stations at Farringdon and Blackfriars, and restorations complete or in progress at several other stations, it's time to look again at how these, some of the most aggressively modern structures of the 19th century, are being re-interpreted by the architects and engineers of the 21st century.

Railway stations were an entirely new form of building, celebrating entirely new technology. But where does engineering end and architecture begin? Should stations hide or flaunt their function? Do we want them to remind us of cathedrals or shopping malls? What's transverse ridge and furrow glazing? And why are there so many big stations in London? Help us to answer these and other questions as we explore the drama, history and swagger of London's great railway stations.

Saturday 1 March 2014
Meet Waterloo Millennium Green, on the corner of Baylis Road and Waterloo Road, SE1 across the road from the Old Vic, 10.15am for a 10.30 start.  Easy-paced ride, pub lunch, finishing about 4.30 in Blackfriars. 



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Free Dr Bike checks, information and advice this evening Brixton SW2

Lambeth Council's Sustainable Transport team will be running a Dr Bike session this evening, Wednesday 26 February 2014, 4:30-7pm in Brixton's Windrush Square, SW2. Come and get your bike checked for free
Lambeth Dr Bike on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Qualified bike mechanics will be on hand to give your bike a look over and offer help with adjustments and advice to keep it on the road through the winter.

Further information on the Lambeth website
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Make the cycling vote count on 22 May!

There are important local Lambeth Borough Council elections on 22 May 2014.

Are you registered to vote? Do you know your ward? For electoral administration purposes Lambeth is split into 21 wards each with a population of around 13,000. Each ward elects three councillors. To find which ward you live in, and your current councillors, enter your postcode on in the Elections and council section of the Lambeth website www.lambeth.gov.uk.

Register to vote by 6 May 2014 If you have recently moved or are not sure whether you are registered to vote it is worth contacting the council’s electoral services section to check - call them on 020 7927 2254/ email electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk.

 To take part in the 2014 elections you must register to vote by 6 May 2014 – download and return the registration form at www.lambeth.gov.uk/sites/default/files/ec-voter-registration-form.pdf. It is worth checking if your family members, flat mates and friends are registered to vote too – any EU or Commonwealth citizen can register and vote in the local elections.
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Find out what each party thinks about cycling in Lambeth: Sustainable transport hustings30 April 2014

In the run up to the 2014 Lambeth Council elections we will once again be holding a sustainable transport hustings meeting, provisionally scheduled for 30 April 2014, at which we as cyclists will be able to question the parties and find out what plans they have for cycling in Lambeth as well as questions of broader sustainable transport.

Cycling is supported by all the main political parties in Lambeth but there are differences of opinion in how far the council should go in encouraging cycling. It is useful to find out exactly where each party stands.

The hustings event provides us with an excellent opportunity to raise cycling and transport issues and build alliances in all of the political parties. These set the scene and bring long-term benefits– current council leader Lib Peck for example came along as Labour Environment spokesperson to our hustings before the 2006 elections.

Further details  soon
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Important meeting Tuesday 18 Febuary 201 at WeAre336 Brixton Rd

Our monthly meeting this month on Tuesday 18 February 2014 is devoted to determining our primary objective demand for each ward in the run up to the May Lambeth Council  elections.

The meeting is Tuesday 18 February at 7.30pm at WeAre 336 (formerly the Accord building), 336 Brixton Rd, London SW9 7AA. We'll go on to a local pub after the meeting.

Everyone is welcome to come along so we can finalise an ask for each ward (see previous blog post), please invite others.

We'll have maps of each ward and determine our ask for each ward:


 Ward Asks

Thank you to everyone who is working hard on the ward asks, we really have been blown away by some of the stuff you’ve been doing; creating maps, documents, organising meetings, creating spreadsheets – it’s all fantastic, and is going to give us a great start to the campaign!

We will send round some final guidance early next week with an updated Ask template sheet to fill in and a few final details just so everyone is clear on what they need to send in by the 28 February.

It’s important that we get your asks in a set format, as there will be 624 of them for us to manually input into our campaign database, which will be used to serve all the email actions to candidates and a wide range of campaign communications to LCC members and supporters. I’ll send round next week in more detail but essentially for each ward ask, we will need:


1) One short ‘ask’ sentence with which policy theme you have chosen and where this applies locally eg “Protected space for cycling along Southern Road”
2) A 50 word summary of this ask – allowing you to elaborate and give more details as to what you’d like to see and where.
3) A fuller description should you wish to include it – why you chose this ask, the current issues, any evidence, more comprehensive suggestions as to what needs to be done etc.
4) A photo of the location
5) A Google Streetmap link of the location so we can link to this
6) If you are so inclined, a video can also be provided

REMINDER: You must only select ONE ask per ward – this ask must sit under one of the 6 policy themes.
Safer Routes for schoolchildren
Streets without through motor traffic
Protected space on main roads/major junctions
Safe cycle routes via parks and canals
20mph speed limits
Liveable town centres


Google Fusion Map of survey results

See the Google fusion map a the link below for the survey results for each borough. If you hover over the red dot, a comment and other info will appear.

https://www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?docid=1swUHIFf5f_HFw4LEGdYzOz_eBBL8Cv2-CLoN-qg#rows:id=1

The table is enabled to let you download either csv or kml filtered results (and indeed the whole thing), you may find this useful to play around with the data.
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Free Dr Bike checks and advice this evening Waterloo SE1

Lambeth Council's Sustainable Transport team will be running a Dr Bike session this Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 4:30-7pm at the Waterloo Roundabout, SE1: at King's College, outside James Clerk Maxwell building, SE1 8WA Come and get your bike checked for free.
Lambeth Dr Bike on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Qualified bike mechanics will be on hand to give your bike a look over and offer help with adjustments and advice to keep it on the road through the winter.

Further information on the Lambeth website
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Free Bike checks in Oval and Brixton this Wednesday morning 7:30-9:30am

Lambeth Council's Sustainable Transport team will be running morning Dr Bike sessions this Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 7:30am-9:30am at the junction opposite Oval tube station in Kennington and in Brixton's Windrush Sqaure, SW2. Come and get your bike checked for free

Lambeth Dr Bike on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Qualified bike mechanics will be on hand to give your bike a look over and offer help with adjustments and advice to keep it on the road through the winter.

Further information on the Lambeth website
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Ward Asks Meet (& monthly meet) Tue Feb 18th

We're still finalising a venue, but a reminder of the date and what we'll be doing there - please do come along, Details will be put here as soon as venue is confirmed. Anticipate it'll be a 7.30pm start.  We'll have maps of each ward and determine our ask for each ward:

Ward Asks

Thank you to everyone who is working hard on your ward asks, I really have been blown away by some of the stuff you’ve been doing; creating maps, documents, organising meetings, creating spreadsheets – it’s all fantastic, and is going to give us a great start to the campaign! I’m going to send round some final guidance early next week with an updated Ask template sheet to fill in and a few final details just so everyone is clear on what they need to send in by the 28th February.

It’s important that we get your asks in a set format, as there will be 624 of them for us to manually input into our campaign database, which will be used to serve all the email actions to candidates and a wide range of campaign communications to  LCC members and supporters. I’ll send round next week in more detail but essentially for each ward ask, we will need:

1)      One short ‘ask’ sentence with which policy theme you have chosen and where this applies locally eg “Protected space for cycling along Southern Road”
2)      A 50 word summary of this ask – allowing you to elaborate and give more details as to what you’d like to see and where.
3)      A fuller description should you wish to include it – why you chose this ask, the current issues, any evidence, more comprehensive suggestions as to what needs to be done etc.
4)      A photo of the location
5)      A Google Streetmap link of the location so we can link to this
6)      If you are so inclined, a video can also be provided

REMINDER: You must only select ONE ask per ward – this ask must sit under one of the 6 policy themes.
  1. Safer Routes for schoolchildren
  2. Streets without through motor traffic
  3. Protected space on main roads/major junctions
  4. Safe cycle routes via parks and canals 
  5. 20mph speed limits
  6. Liveable town centres
Google Fusion Map of survey results in your borough

Don’t forget you can use the google fusion table of survey results to view the locations people identified in the survey in your borough. If you hover over the red dot, a comment and other info will appear.  


The table is enabled to let you download either csv or kml filtered results (and indeed the whole thing), you may find this useful to play around with the data.
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Lambeth commits to 24 hour Waterloo Bridge parking restrictions

In January 2014 Lambeth Council Leader Lib Peck confirmed that the council was in discussions with Westminster Council about making the parking restrictions on Waterloo Bridge apply 24 hours a day.

At present parking is restricted Northbound but Southbound the restrictions only apply 7am-7pm Monday to Saturday. Outside of these times motorists are able to park on the bridge blocking the cycle lane and making visibility harder for cyclists.

Administration of the bridge is divided between the two councils with Lambeth, up to now, more keen on restricting parking than Westminster. With the advent of the central London grid this looks set to change with Westminster moving towards action.
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