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

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

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


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.

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.

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

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

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 d├ęcor – just showing how fashionable cycling is these days!

Thanks to Tessa and Tom for leading the ride.