Monday, 21 December 2015

Make Space4Cycling on Westminster Bridge: please respond to TfL consultation by Tuesday

Transport for London are currently consulting on changes they have proposed to Westminster Bridge and the area in Lambeth South of the Bridge.

TfL Westminster Bridge consultation image
We encourage all cyclists who use the Bridge to respond as, with a few tweeks, the proposals offer a very real chance of making cycling safer and creating real space for cycling on this important river crossing.

See https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/westminster-bridge-south for details of the scheme - responses to the consultation can be made online (see Online Survey at the bottom of the page), the closing date for responses is Tuesday 22 December 2015.

We agreed a Lambeth Cyclists response to the consultation at our December meeting - see http://www.lambethcyclists.org.uk/2015/12/lambeth-cyclists-respond-to-transport.html

Friday, 18 December 2015

Lambeth Cyclists respond to Transport for London's Westminster Bridge proposals

Following consultation with members at our December meeting Lambeth Cyclists agreed a response to the Transport for London consultation on Westminster Bridge and the area in Lambeth immediately South of the Bridge.
TfL image of possible new cycle track on Westminster Bridge

The consultation on the TfL proposals closes on 22 December 2015 - further information on the proposals and a form to submit online responses to the consultation is available on the TfL website: see https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/westminster-bridge-south

Response by Lambeth Cyclists to TfL consultation on proposed changes to Westminster Bridge South

Lambeth Cyclists, the 900 member borough group of London Cycling Campaign, welcomes the proposal to provide space for cycling here. Given the alignment of Government, Mayor of London and Lambeth’s cycling vision, we expect infrastructure that will appeal to regular commuters, occasional cyclists and visitors to London, of all ages. The final scheme should have a high Cycling Level of Service score and no critical fails.

Lambeth's vision
Lambeth wants to encourage more cycling and believes that the only way to do this is to make cycling safe and attractive for a broader cross section of people. Anyone who wants to cycle should be able to – women, children, parents, older people – as happens in Denmark and the Netherlands. Our vision therefore is that: Lambeth will be the most cycle-friendly borough in London where 1- 100 year olds feel safe enough to cycle.
http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/parking-transport-and-streets/cycle-strategy

Mayor of London’s vision:
The Mayor's vision is that cycling in London will become an integral part of the transport network. It should be a normal part of everyday life, something people hardly think about and feel comfortable doing in ordinary clothes.
https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/about-tfl/how-we-work/planning-for-the-future/vision-for-cycling

DfT Setting the First Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (17/12/2015)
14. In the draft Cycling Delivery Plan published in 2014 the Government outlined a vision that:
walking and cycling become the natural choices for shorter journeys - or as part of a longer journey- regardless of age, gender, fitness level or income.
(Cycling Delivery Plan Paragraph 1.1)
15. This Government remains committed to this vision. Now, we wish to further develop this with our third sector, local government and business partners to ensure its effective delivery at the local level across England.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cycling-and-walking-investment-strategy-setting-the-scene

General comments
a) Overall we consider this a promising scheme, with some good segregation and traffic light phases for cycles.
b) The final design needs to factor in a large increase in the number of people riding cycles, or be readily adaptable.
c) Journeys should be as quick, or quicker, on the cycle track as being on the road. If this is not the case, or if space for cyclists is compromised, then many cyclists are likely to use the road, in which case 1057 cycle logos and other measures must be in place to let drivers know that they should expect cyclists to be there.

1. Segregation or not on Westminster Bridge
A significant factor is the number of pedestrians on the downstream side of the bridge (cyclists going towards Lambeth) and their tendency to stray into the road or perch precariously on the kerb (especially lookouts for the unlicensed pavement traders.) Pedestrian numbers may increase as the Garden Bridge comes on line and a circuit is created.

A two-way track on the upstream side of the bridge is probably the best way to mitigate the potential for pedestrian conflict with cyclists, along the lines of http://maidstoneonbike.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/westminster-bridge-road-consultation.html

Should a decision be made to go with a version of one-way tracks on each side of the road, we:
a) Propose that a PCSO or equivalent is on the bridge at all busy pedestrian/cycle times to deter illegal traders, and taxi/pedicab incursion.
b) Consider a 2m wide segregated track with a 30cms chamfered road-side kerb to prevent pedal strike would be the best option.
c) If b) is not possible, a 2.3m hybrid track, or use of armadillos/orcas, may be the next best way to achieve the necessary width for cyclists to be able to overtake each other, while discouraging taxis from entering into the cycling area.
d) We consider the proposed 1.8m width will create problems, since it is inadequate for comfortable overtaking and is likely to result in many cyclists using the bus lanes instead.
If segregated tracks of this width are installed, we
i. Strongly recommend temporary installation for a trial period
ii. Recommend more forcefully a PCSO or equivalent to move pedicab drivers along if they are obstructing the cycle track
iii. Insist that cycle logos are placed in the bus and related lanes too to show drivers that cyclists should be expected there too.
e) Do not consider a 2.3m mandatory cycle lane to be a suitable option, as it will not feel subjectively safe to the full range of people wishing to cycle, and is most likely to suffer incursion by motor vehicles.
f) Suggest that consideration is given, subject to space being available and vehicles not tailing back, a location near the lion statue is identified where a single taxi/pedicab at a time can drop off passengers (but not pick up).
g) Suggest that TfL considers installing a additional pedestrian crossing by the steps/Lion statue so that more pedestrians can easily cross the road to use the upstream footway. This would help alleviate pedestrian congestion on the downstream footway.

2. County Hall / National Cycle Network route 4 at Belvedere Road
The NCN4 junction MUST be improved as part of this plan to resolve the existing pedestrian / cyclist conflict, and weakness of the cycle link. Funding exists for this as, to gain planning consent for Shrek in County Hall, S106 funding was demanded by Lambeth to improve the NCN4 through County Hall. A sensible design giving all abilities needs to be drawn up and the landowners, Shirayama, persuaded to accept it.

Shortening the exit barrier or replacing it with a raisable bollard would be cheap and provide cyclists easy access and egress with less conflict with pedestrians. ANPR cameras could be used if motorcyclists and scooter users are tempted to use the cycle route. The cycle route through Belvedere Road was an original condition of the sale in, we believe, 1994.

There must be formal NCN4 signage at this junction too.

3. Direct routes for cyclists
There are places where a faster route between two points can potentially be found than following the proposed track – eg from York Road to Westminster Bridge via Chicheley Street and Belvedere Road. These need to be identified, improved and signposted.

4. Signal Timings/delays to cyclists
There are also some pedestrian crossings with low current and, likely, future footfall where cyclists could continue on a cycle track on the pavement, giving way to pedestrians on an informal zebra, but otherwise not needing to wait at lights. This would encourage cyclists to use the track over the road, with a potential safety benefit.

5. York Road Toucan crossing
The York Road Toucan should be straight over in one, rather than a staggered crossing. This would facilitate cyclists heading from York Road towards Westminster Bridge when turning right across Forum Magnum Square to Belvedere Road, then across the Toucan to the cycle track on the bridge.

6. Westminster Bridge Road Toucan  
The staggered Toucan on Westminster Bridge Rd just to the east of the Park Plaza Hotel – it this was straight over it could be as/more appealing for cyclists going north from Lambeth Palace Road to York Road via the service road (the straight line) versus staying on the road and turning right to the service road

7.Bus/ hotel service road
The markings into and on the bus / hotel service road should include cycle logos to clarify that cyclists too can use it.

8. Cycle track alongside St Thomas’s Hospital
It is unclear from the diagram how much space there is on the footway. If the current two-way cycle track is being replaced with a single lane track of the same width, then the footway space adjacent is likely to be insufficient and should be widened.

9. Directional arrow road markings
In a number of places on the diagram the direction that the arrows point looks to be in contradiction to the direction that is actually intended, especially Addington St southbound. It needs to be clear to a road user where they are meant to be going, rather than something that looks like it’s straight-on being marked as a right turn (even if, strictly speaking, that is what it is). In particular, the right turn arrow on the cycle track southbound on Addington Street could be misconstrued as an instruction to cross to the cycle track by the hotel in the centre.


Thursday, 17 December 2015

Lambeth Cyclists respond to Quietway 5 proposals in SE1: Baylis Road and Hercules Road

At our December meeting Lambeth Cyclists agreed our response to the Transport for London consultation on changes to roads in the Waterloo area as part of Quietway 5.

Responses to the consultation can be made online on the TfL website - the closing date for responses is 20 December 2015.  If you cycle through the Waterloo area please do respond using our response as a template.

Response by Lambeth Cyclists (the Lambeth branch of the London Cycling Campaign to TfL: Quietway 5 (Waterloo to Croydon) Baylis Road and Hercules Road consultation

Proposals outlined at http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/proposed-changes-to-quietway-5-cycle-route-waterloo-to-croydon-series-3

Given Lambeth’s ambition to be London’s most cycle friendly borough for people of all ages we expect Quietways in the borough to be of the highest quality, with any Critical Fails re TfL’s Cycling Level of Service (CLoS) resolved and a high score for each section of the route.

a) Waterloo Road to Lower Marsh
i. The Baylis Road approach to Waterloo Rd proposal has CLoS Critical Fails and is therefore not of Quietway standard – the proposals are of insufficient quality to attract the near market and need improving.

ii. Measures should be taken to reduce the taxi dominance at Waterloo Station in favour of public transport and active travel. The entrance/exit to the station from Baylis Road should be closed as there is a light controlled entrance and exit on Westminster Bridge Road that taxis can use. An alternative location outside the station for taxis to drop off but not pick up may be provided to aid efficient taxi movement (given many drivers do not pick up a fare at the station). The closure would enhance the public realm and pedestrian movement along Baylis Road, to the benefit of Lower Marsh too. A cycle track should be provided between Lower Marsh and Station Approach.

iii. A segregated lane should continue on the left to the traffic lights. As long as the stop line is where motor traffic stops at the ASL, there is room for a cycle track, signal controls, and a left-only and a straight-on lane, using some of the space currently taken up by the hatchings. The left turn lane could be made bus only as motorists can make the journey via the A roads of Westminster Bridge Road and York Road to the IMAX roundabout, or via Waterloo Road from the south. This would allow a short signal phase for left turning traffic and improve bus efficiency (this could be while traffic turning right from Waterloo Road to Baylis Road has a separate phase to traffic continuing north up Waterloo Road). Cyclists could safely go ahead and left on the same ‘green’ as the general traffic straight-ahead lane. A two stage right turn to Waterloo Road can be incorporated.

iv. We strongly support the floating bus stops along here. We support the light segregation.

v. The cul-de-sac near the Spring Orchid should have a continuous pavement across and the cycle track continuing as at (the busier) Frazier Street. No paint line marking on the cycle lane (or probably at all) should be needed here.

vi. As v. for the entrance to the gated estate car park by the parade of flats

b) Lower Marsh to Westminster Bridge Road

i. We strongly support making Frazier Street two-way for cycling. The street is used as a rat-run by drivers turning right off Baylis Road to access Waterloo Road southbound as the right turn is banned at the traffic lights at the Baylis Road / Waterloo Rd junction. The right turn into Frazier Street from Baylis Road should be banned to motor traffic but not cyclists, or an alternative filtering system devised to prevent rat-running through the back streets.

ii. Junction of Baylis Road to Westminster Bridge Road. There is a left-hook risk here. Little traffic turns left into Westminster Bridge Road and that which does can do so via York Road, so the left turn for motor traffic, but not cyclists, should be banned

iii. We strongly support the bus stop bypass, Frazier Street raised footway treatment, relocation of the bus stands, hybrid cycle lane and light segregation.

c) Hercules Road near Cosser Street

i. We very strongly support the planned closure, and its location - so long as it is best placed with additional controls as needed to prevent all potential rat-run movements within the cell bounded by the A roads. We are concerned that Hercules to Carlisle Lane to Centaur Street to Hercules may appeal as a rat-run.

ii. Cosser Street should be made two-way for cyclists.

d) Hercules Rd near Lambeth Rd

i. Assuming the motor traffic closure at Cosser Street is implemented, we do not support the parking changes, or the left hand feeder lane into an ASL, given traffic can turn left at the lights. The parking should support cyclists staying in the general traffic lane which will have a very low volume of traffic as it will be access and egress only, not a motor traffic through route; it is questionable whether an ASL should be provided here. If the motor traffic closure doesn’t go ahead a revised Quietway scheme is needed (likely similar to Baylis Road) and the parking will need to be reviewed in the light of this.

ii. We suggest consideration is given to providing a parking bay opposite Sidford Place to support cyclists in maintaining a primary position towards the closure along this stretch.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting tonight 7:30pm in Stockwell

We hope you can join us this evening, Tuesday 15 December  2015, for our monthly meeting 7:30pm at the Stockwell Community Centre, Studley Road, Stockwell SW4.

We have a packed agenda including
After the formal part of the meeting we will continue with a Christmas celebration in the Priory Arms pub. If you cant make the meeting do join us for this.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 15 December 2015 7:30-9pm at the Stockwell Community Centre, 1 Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 (behind Stockwell tube station: lots of cycle parking available) 

We hope to see you there!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Vauxhall Cross drop in meeting today 11am-4pm Carmelita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Walk, SE11

Transport for London will be holding an information drop in event today 11am-4pm at the Carmelita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5JT at which you can find out more about the plans for Vauxhall Cross.

New Vauxhall Cross plans
In November Transport for London released plans for transforming Vauxhall Cross including removing the dangerous cycle-unfriendly one-way system.

Following on from the initial consultation, and years of campaigning by local groups such as Lambeth Cyclists, detailed plans have been produced.

These plans propose that current roads making up the one-way system (Parry Street, Wandsworth Road, Kennington Lane, South Lambeth Road) will be made two-way with fully segregated cycle lanes and improved cycle and pedestrian crossings.

A new public space will be created to give a sense of place and make it more than just a transport interchange. The current bus station is set to undergo changes as part of the roads configuration process.

These proposals come about as part of wider Vauxhall/ Nine Elams/ Battersea developments which over the next few years will see an additional 18,000 new homes being built as well as office developments which it is estimated will lead to 25,000 new jobs locally. TfL anticipate that the redesign will be in place by 2018.

See below for further details of what the proposals will mean for cyclists. TfL are carrying out a consultation on the scheme - see https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/vauxhall-cross - as well as running three local information drop-in meetings to find out more. The closing date for the consultation is 17 January 2016. We encourage everyone with an interest in the area to have their say.

The drop-in information meetings will take place at
Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre, 5 Glasshouse Walk, SE11 5ES - Saturday, 5 December 2015 11am-4pm
St Peter’s Church, Kennington Lane, SE11 4RZ - Tuesday, 8 December 2015 6-8pm
Carmelita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5JT - Monday, 14 December 2015 11am-4pm


Lambeth Cyclists welcome the proposals to make Vauxhall Cross roads two-way. We will be responding to the consultation and offering our comments on the proposals as well as offering our vision for the future of a cycle and people-friendly Vauxhall.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

One day Cycle Confident cycle maintenance course this Saturday Kennington

Looking to learn basic bike maintenance skills?

Lambeth's cycle training provider Cycle Confident are now offering one day basic cycle maintenance courses.

Held on Saturdays at the Cycle Confident base in Kennington the courses cover the basics of keeping your bike on the road.

The courses will run on
Image Cycle Confident
12 December 2015
9 January 2016
13 February 2016
12 March 2016


The programme for the day is
Morning: Session 1 - 10:30 to 12:45
M check - Outlining the parts of the bike
Wheels: - Removal and replacement
Tyres - Removal and replacement
Puncture repair - Wheel off Puncture repair - Wheel on
Gear Adjustment - Indexing

Lunch: 12:45 to 13:15pm

Afternoon: Session 2 - 13:15 to 15:30
Gears Adjustment - refresh
Brakes - Pad replacement / Adjustment
Cable and Chain lubrication
‘Knowing your bike’ - Correct tools and simple checks required to keep your bike road worthy.

The courses are available to Lambeth residents and cost £18 for the day.

For further information and to sign up see http://www.cycleconfident.com/courses/maintenance/

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Rosendale Road information drop-in session tonight 6:30-8pm at Rosendale Primary School

The second of the two information drop-in meetings is being held today, 9 December 2015, 6:30-8pm at Rosendale Primary School, Rosendale Road, SE21.

Come along and find more about the new plans and feedback your views. It is vital that as many cyclists as possible attend so that the new design is suitable for all cyclists.



Lambeth are holding drop-in meetings to look at possible new designs for the road on Sunday 6 December 2015 10:30am-1:30pm  and on Wednesday 9 December 2015 6:30-8:30pm, both will be at Rosendale Primary School on Rosendale Road, SE21. 

Sustrans, who are carrying out the consultation for Lambeth, stress that the designs have not been finalised. Following feedback at these events a design will be produced ready for consultation in January 2016.

If you are unable to attend the events email RosendaleFeedback@sustrans.org.uk for further information on the designs and to give your feedback

Further information is on the Lambeth Environment website 

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Vauxhall Cross drop-in meeting this evening St Peter's Church, Kennington Lane 6-8pm

Transport for London will be holding an information drop in event this evening 6-8pm at St Peter's Church, Kennington Lane SE11 4RZ (near the city farm, just past the Royal Vauxhall Tavern) at which you can find out more about the plans for Vauxhall Cross.

New Vauxhall Cross plans
In November Transport for London released plans for transforming Vauxhall Cross including removing the dangerous cycle-unfriendly one-way system.

Following on from the initial consultation, and years of campaigning by local groups such as Lambeth Cyclists, detailed plans have been produced.

These plans propose that current roads making up the one-way system (Parry Street, Wandsworth Road, Kennington Lane, South Lambeth Road) will be made two-way with fully segregated cycle lanes and improved cycle and pedestrian crossings.

A new public space will be created to give a sense of place and make it more than just a transport interchange. The current bus station is set to undergo changes as part of the roads configuration process.

These proposals come about as part of wider Vauxhall/ Nine Elams/ Battersea developments which over the next few years will see an additional 18,000 new homes being built as well as office developments which it is estimated will lead to 25,000 new jobs locally. TfL anticipate that the redesign will be in place by 2018.

See below for further details of what the proposals will mean for cyclists. TfL are carrying out a consultation on the scheme - see https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/vauxhall-cross - as well as running three local information drop-in meetings to find out more. The closing date for the consultation is 17 January 2016. We encourage everyone with an interest in the area to have their say.

The drop-in information meetings will take place at
Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre, 5 Glasshouse Walk, SE11 5ES - Saturday, 5 December 2015 11am-4pm
St Peter’s Church, Kennington Lane, SE11 4RZ - Tuesday, 8 December 2015 6-8pm
Carmelita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5JT - Monday, 14 December 2015 11am-4pm


Lambeth Cyclists welcome the proposals to make Vauxhall Cross roads two-way. We will be responding to the consultation and offering our comments on the proposals as well as offering our vision for the future of a cycle and people-friendly Vauxhall.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Omnibus and Lambeth Festive Light Ride this Sunday

This Sunday, 13 December 2015, Lambeth and Omnibus are running an easy going family festive ride around some of Lambeth's Christmas lights and decorations.

A wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to get on their bikes for some festive fun around some fabulous local landmarks, safely escorted by Cycle Confident marshals.

Along the route You’ll see… FIREWORKS, LANTERNS, LIGHTS AND ENTERTAINERS You’ll hear… MUSIC, SINGERS AND TRAVELLING SOUNDSCAPES
There will even be a little present at the end. Starting from and returning to Polygon, Clapham Old Town, London, SW4 0JG.

The ride will run twice on Sunday - starting at 4pm and 7pm. The rides cost £3 per person with children free. Sign up at http://lambethlightsride.eventbrite.co.uk

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Car parking to be banned on Waterloo Bridge cycle lane

The promised ban on parking in the cycle lane on Waterloo Bridge is one step closer. The ban will bring the Northern half of the bridge, administered by Westminster, in line with the Southern half, administered by Lambeth. Currently cars can park in the cycle lane in the Westminster part of the bridge on Sundays and in the evenings.

Image of Road Traffic Order banning parking on Waterloo Bridge cycle lane
City of Westminster Council published the Road Traffic Order in The Gazette on 4 December 2015

The RTO states

The general effect of the Orders would be, in connection with the introduction of Quietway Route 68 (connecting Bloomsbury and South Bank) on the London Cycle Grid Network, to:
(a) replace all existing single yellow line waiting restrictions on Lancaster Place and Waterloo Bridge (within the City of Westminster) with double yellow line “at any time” waiting restrictions; and

(b) introduce a mandatory cycle lane in the southbound carriageway of Lancaster Place and Waterloo Bridge to replace the existing advisory cycle lane at this location. All vehicles, except cycles, would be prohibited from entering, proceeding or waiting in the cycle lane at any time. The cycle lane would adjoin the existing mandatory southbound cycle lane on the length of Waterloo Bridge within the London Borough of Lambeth. The existing bus stop clearways on Lancaster Place would not be affected by the proposals.

Lambeth Cyclists welcome this ban which will make the full length of the bridge safer for cycling.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Rosendale Road Quietway design consultation continues: further meetings on 6 and 9 December 2015

Lambeth have announced further meetings on the Quietway proposals for Rosendale Road, SE21 following the rejection of earlier designs which would have partially closed the road to motor vehicles.

Lambeth are holding drop-in meetings to look at possible new designs for the road on Sunday 6 December 2015 10:30am-1:30pm  and on Wednesday 9 December 2015 6:30-8:30pm, both will be at Rosendale Primary School on Rosendale Road, SE21. 

Sustrans, who are carrying out the consultation for Lambeth, stress that the designs have not been finalised. Following feedback at these events a design will be produced ready for consultation in January 2016.

If you are unable to attend the events email RosendaleFeedback@sustrans.org.uk for further information on the designs and to give your feedback

Further information is on the Lambeth Environment website 

Friday, 4 December 2015

Pop-up secondhand bike market this Saturday Loughborough Junction

This Saturday, 5 December 2015, there is a pop-up secondhand bike market at The Platform, Loughborough Road, SW9 7AH 10am -5pm. Come along for a selection of secondhand adult and children's bikes. As well as buying bikes you can also sell your bike. Your bike will be checked by a mechanci before being offered for sale. This event is being promoted by Peddle My Wheels with support from Lambeth Council.


Thursday, 3 December 2015

Tulse Hill one-way system to be removed by 2020?

Lambeth and TfL are working with local people in the Norwood and Tulse Hill areas to develop plans for their area.

Following a series of local workshops plans are now in place to improve Norwood Road and, by 2020, remove the Tulse Hill one-way gyratory system.
Source Streetmap.co.uk

This will make the area a more pleasant place to live, walk and shop and will make the roads safer for cyclists.

The consultation is ongoing and the project group will be starting to look at remodelling the roads from January - to find out more, get involved and have your say see www.streetworks.london.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Free Lambeth Dr Bike this evening West Norwood SE27

Lambeth's Sustainable Transport Team will be running their Dr Bike service this Wednesday evening, 2 December 2015, at the junction of York Hill and Norwood Road, West Norwood SE27 9DQ. Come along between 4 and 8pm to get your bike checked to carry on cycling through the winter.
Lambeth Dr Bike service


The Dr Bike team can fix basic problems, adjust your bike and offer advice on further action if required. This is also an opportunity to see the view from inside a lorry cab and talk to Lambeth staff about lorry blindspots to avoid any possible problems. In many cases Police also attend these sessions to advise on security and offer a security registration and marking service.

Further information on the Lambeth website: Dr Bike

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Westminster Bridge information drop-in event this afternoon at St Thomas Hospital SE1

Transport for London will be running an drop-in event to provide information on the Westminster Bridge proposals this afternoon (Tuesday 1 December 2015) at St Thomas Hospital; Bird Song Corridor between North and South Wing (see map), 4-8pm. Go along to find out more about the proposals and talk to TfL staff.

Transport for London have proposed changes to make the area immediately south of Westminster Bridge in Lambeth and Westminster Bridge itself more cycle and pedestrian friendly.

TfL design for future Westminster Bridge on lambethcyclists.org.ukCurrently the 'roundabout' formed by the roads around the Park Plaza Hotel, near to County Hall and the rear of Waterloo Station, can be unpleasant and intimidating for cyclists and pedestrians.

This new scheme will see changes to Westminster Bridge, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth Palace Road, Addington Street and York Road.

The proposals seek to make the area more cycle friendly by a range of measures to give cyclists dedicated space. Improved crossings, clearer footways and a new crossing on Westminster Bridge Road will make the area more pedestrian friendly.

The improvements will connect the East-West Cycle Superhighway on the north bank of the Thames and the Central London Cycling Grid on Belvedere Road and Royal Street in Lambeth.

On Westminster Bridge TfL are offering two options: a 1.8 metre segregated cycle lane in each direction or a 2.3 metre mandatory cycle lane in each direction. The former would offer greater safety for cyclists but with fewer opportunities for overtaking in the lane, the latter would offer greater space for cyclists to overtake each other but no physical separation of cyclists from the motor traffic.

Lambeth Cyclists will be responding to this consultation - come along to our meeting to feed into the process. In addition we encourage all cyclists to respond individually - see https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/westminster-bridge-south for further details. The closing date for the consultation is 22 December 2015.

TfL are holding three public information sessions where you can find out more about the proposals
Tuesday 24 Nov, 11:00-17:00, Waterloo Library, 114-118 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE
Saturday 28 Nov, 11:00-16:00, St Thomas' Hospital, Bird song corridor (located between the north and south wing - location map)
Tuesday 1 December, 16:00-20:00, St Thomas' Hospital, Bird song corridor


Monday, 30 November 2015

Lambeth consult on greenway linking Ruskin Park and Kennington Park

Lambeth have released details of plans for the first stage of their greenway programme with a route linking Ruskin Park and Kennington Park.

Photo of Ruskin Park sign on lambethcyclists.org.uk
The greenway programme aims to provide cycle routes linking green spaces in the borough travelling along less busy and traffic calmed roads.

This consultation is the first stage of the Ruskin Park to Kennington Park greenway and covers six minor changes to the roads which will make them more cycle friendly.

Details are on the Lambeth website at http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations/ruskin-park-to-kennington-park-greenway-phase-1

The closing date for the consultation is 6 December 2015

We will be responding to the consultation - if you wish to add your views to our response please email us. We also encourage you to respond individually.

From the Lambeth website:
What is the Ruskin Park to Kennington Park Greenway?
The Ruskin Park to Kennington Park Greenway is a cycle route that will improve access and connections to a number of green spaces in the borough for cyclists and pedestrians. This includes; Ruskin Park, Old Paradise Street Park and Kennington Park. There are approximately 15 schemes on the complete route comprising measures such as; raised speed tables, kerb build outs and new footway paving. The Greenway is funded by Transport for London as part of the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) budget.

How does this affect me?
Lambeth Council plans to implement six of the Ruskin Park to Kennington Park Greenway schemes in the early part of 2016, as Phase 1 of the overall Greenway programme. Subject to funding and approval processes other schemes will be delivered in future years. The locations of the schemes in Phase 1 and the main measures proposed are summarised below. Where space permits and there are no issues with underground utilities, new cycle stands and street trees will be considered at all locations.



Summary of proposals below

Sunday, 29 November 2015

LCC travels along new Cycle Superhighway 5 route

LCC's Simon Munk has made a film travelling along the new segregated route of Cycle Superhighway 5 from Pimlico to the Oval cricket ground. Simon highlights the key features of the new route which has been praised by the Mayor of London

Saturday, 28 November 2015

TfL Westminster Bridge information drop-in event today at St Thomas Hospital SE1

Transport for London will be running an drop-in event to provide information on the Westminster Bridge proposals today (Saturday 28 November 2015) at St Thomas Hospital; Bird Song Corridor between North and South Wing (see map), 11am - 4pm. Go along to find out more about the proposals and talk to TfL staff.

Transport for London have proposed changes to make the area immediately south of Westminster Bridge in Lambeth and Westminster Bridge itself more cycle and pedestrian friendly.

TfL design for future Westminster Bridge on lambethcyclists.org.ukCurrently the 'roundabout' formed by the roads around the Park Plaza Hotel, near to County Hall and the rear of Waterloo Station, can be unpleasant and intimidating for cyclists and pedestrians.

This new scheme will see changes to Westminster Bridge, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth Palace Road, Addington Street and York Road.

The proposals seek to make the area more cycle friendly by a range of measures to give cyclists dedicated space. Improved crossings, clearer footways and a new crossing on Westminster Bridge Road will make the area more pedestrian friendly.

The improvements will connect the East-West Cycle Superhighway on the north bank of the Thames and the Central London Cycling Grid on Belvedere Road and Royal Street in Lambeth.

On Westminster Bridge TfL are offering two options: a 1.8 metre segregated cycle lane in each direction or a 2.3 metre mandatory cycle lane in each direction. The former would offer greater safety for cyclists but with fewer opportunities for overtaking in the lane, the latter would offer greater space for cyclists to overtake each other but no physical separation of cyclists from the motor traffic.

Lambeth Cyclists will be responding to this consultation - come along to our meeting to feed into the process. In addition we encourage all cyclists to respond individually - see https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/westminster-bridge-south for further details. The closing date for the consultation is 22 December 2015.

TfL are holding three public information sessions where you can find out more about the proposals
Tuesday 24 Nov, 11:00-17:00, Waterloo Library, 114-118 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE
Saturday 28 Nov, 11:00-16:00, St Thomas' Hospital, Bird song corridor (located between the north and south wing - location map)
Tuesday 1 December, 16:00-20:00, St Thomas' Hospital, Bird song corridor


Friday, 27 November 2015

Join us for our easy going ride this Saturday looking at criminal justice buildings in London

This Saturday, 28 November 2015,  join us on our latest easy going ride around the London cityscape.

Join us for a fascinating ride around some of London’s criminal courts and police stations from lowly Magistrates and Police courts up to the grandeur of the Supreme Court.

Our ride will include a former high security court now used as a Buddhist centre, an Italianate Police station, and stables for police horses in the Moderne style. It will take in several examples of the work of the prolific Victorian Police architect J Dixon Butler and his predecessors, many of which were still in use as courthouses until recently.

The ride will take place on Saturday 28 November 2015 - meet 10am at the Southwark Needle, Tooley Street, SE1 2SY - (outside the Evans Cycle Shop, Southern side of London Bridge). 

We will finish at around 4pm at the same place. No need to book - just turn up, if you need to contact the ride leader Ed Houghton tel 07889 186595

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Live in Streatham? Get involved in the Lambeth Our Streets Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme

Lambeth have announced that their Our Streets Programme will be focussing on Streatham Wells, Streatham South, St Leonards and Thornton wards next.

If you live in these wards now is the time to get involved and have your say in how to make the local area better (to find out which ward you live in enter your postcode on the Lambeth website)

The Our Streets programme has a budget of £200,000 for each ward and is seeking local people's views on how best to spend it - whether that is traffic calming, greenery, new signs, cycle parking, removing street clutter or installing new bins.

Lambeth are sending out information on the programme to all residents with a flyer and questionnaire to be returned. Alternatively complete the questionnaire online


For more information see the Our Streets section of the Lambeth website

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Vauxhall Cross to go two-way?

Transport for London yesterday released their plans for transforming Vauxhall Cross including removing the dangerous cycle-unfriendly one-way system.

Following on from the initial consultation, and years of campaigning by local groups such as Lambeth Cyclists, detailed plans have been produced.

These plans propose that current roads making up the one-way system (Parry Street, Wandsworth Road, Kennington Lane, South Lambeth Road) will be made two-way with fully segregated cycle lanes and improved cycle and pedestrian crossings.

A new public space will be created to give a sense of place and make it more than just a transport interchange. The current bus station is set to undergo changes as part of the roads configuration process.

These proposals come about as part of wider Vauxhall/ Nine Elams/ Battersea developments which over the next few years will see an additional 18,000 new homes being built as well as office developments which it is estimated will lead to 25,000 new jobs locally. TfL anticipate that the redesign will be in place by 2018.

See below for further details of what the proposals will mean for cyclists. TfL are carrying out a consultation on the scheme - see https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/vauxhall-cross - as well as running three local information drop-in meetings to find out more. The closing date for the consultation is 17 January 2016. We encourage everyone with an interest in the area to have their say.

The drop-in information meetings will take place at
Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre, 5 Glasshouse Walk, SE11 5ES - Saturday, 5 December 2015 11am-4pm
St Peter’s Church, Kennington Lane, SE11 4RZ - Tuesday, 8 December 2015 6-8pm
Carmelita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5JT - Monday, 14 December 2015 11am-4pm


Lambeth Cyclists welcome the proposals to make Vauxhall Cross roads two-way. We will be responding to the consultation and offering our comments on the proposals as well as offering our vision for the future of a cycle and people-friendly Vauxhall.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

TfL Westminster Bridge information and consultation event today at Waterloo Library SE1

Transport for London will be running an drop-in event to provide information on the Westminster Bridge proposals today at Waterloo Library 114-118 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE, 11am - 5pm. Go along to find out more about the proposals and talk to TfL staff.

Transport for London have proposed changes to make the area immediately south of Westminster Bridge in Lambeth and Westminster Bridge itself more cycle and pedestrian friendly.

TfL design for future Westminster Bridge on lambethcyclists.org.ukCurrently the 'roundabout' formed by the roads around the Park Plaza Hotel, near to County Hall and the rear of Waterloo Station, can be unpleasant and intimidating for cyclists and pedestrians.

This new scheme will see changes to Westminster Bridge, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth Palace Road, Addington Street and York Road.

The proposals seek to make the area more cycle friendly by a range of measures to give cyclists dedicated space. Improved crossings, clearer footways and a new crossing on Westminster Bridge Road will make the area more pedestrian friendly.

The improvements will connect the East-West Cycle Superhighway on the north bank of the Thames and the Central London Cycling Grid on Belvedere Road and Royal Street in Lambeth.

On Westminster Bridge TfL are offering two options: a 1.8 metre segregated cycle lane in each direction or a 2.3 metre mandatory cycle lane in each direction. The former would offer greater safety for cyclists but with fewer opportunities for overtaking in the lane, the latter would offer greater space for cyclists to overtake each other but no physical separation of cyclists from the motor traffic.

Lambeth Cyclists will be responding to this consultation - come along to our meeting to feed into the process. In addition we encourage all cyclists to respond individually - see https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/westminster-bridge-south for further details. The closing date for the consultation is 22 December 2015.

TfL are holding three public information sessions where you can find out more about the proposals
Tuesday 24 Nov, 11:00-17:00, Waterloo Library, 114-118 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE
Saturday 28 Nov, 11:00-16:00, St Thomas' Hospital, Bird song corridor (located between the north and south wing - location map)
Tuesday 1 December, 16:00-20:00, St Thomas' Hospital, Bird song corridor


Monday, 23 November 2015

Tfl consults on Quietway 5 measures in Waterloo area

Transport for London and Lambeth have released details of changes to roads in the Waterloo SE1 area of Lambeth as part of the implementation of Quietway 5.

The Quietways programme aims to offer a series of quieter cycle routes travelling along traffic-free and traffic-calmed backstreets to link key destinations across London. Quietway 5 will run from Baylis Road, near to Waterloo Station, SE1 through Lambeth to Croydon.

Currently Lambeth is proposing changes to two locations along the route- Baylis and Hercules Roads in SE1

Full details are on the Lambeth website: Proposed changes to Quietway 5 cycle route - Waterloo to Croydon - Series 3 - see below for summary

Lambeth and TfL are consulting on the proposals -responses can be made on the website and in paper form (request deatils on 020 7926 2583). The closing date for responses is 20 December 2015.

Lambeth Cyclists will be responding to the consultation. We also encourage all cyclists who use these routes to respond to the consultations.


Sunday, 22 November 2015

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 28 November 2015 Foundations of the criminal justice system

Our next easy-going ride around the London cityscape will take place on Saturday 28 November 2015

Join us for a fascinating ride around some of London’s criminal courts and police stations from lowly Magistrates and Police courts up to the grandeur of the Supreme Court. Our ride will include a former high security court now used as a Buddhist centre, an Italianate Police station, and stables for police horses in the Moderne style. It will take in several examples of the work of the prolific Victorian Police architect J Dixon Butler and his predecessors, many of which were still in use as courthouses until recently.

The ride will take place on Saturday 28 November 2015 - meet 10am at the Southwark Needle, Tooley Street, SE1 2SY - (outside the Evans Cycle Shop, Southern side of London Bridge). We will finish at around 4pm at the same place


Friday, 20 November 2015

Mayor of London praises CS5 as stats show 30% increase in cycling

On 19 November 2015 the Mayor of London Boris Johnson formally opened the section of Cycle Superhighway 5 running from Oval station to Pimlico across Vauxhall Bridge.

In a superhighway first this section is fully segregated meaning that cyclists can travel on a traffic free straight route from the Kennington/ Oval area across the Bridge avoiding the Harleyford Road and Vauxhall Cross one-way systems.

Transport for London traffic count figures show that in the three weeks following its completion the number of cyclists travelling across the bridge has increased by 30% at peak times meaning that cyclists now account for 40% of the traffic across the bridge.

One Vauxhall: Boris Johnson opens Cycle Super Highway 5

Mayor of London press release: Mayor opens central London's first segregated cycle superhighway

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Lambeth Cyclists call on Lambeth to install segregated cycle tracks on Loughborough Road

Today Lambeth announced that the six months trial closure of Loughborough Road and surrounding roads will be halted after three months despite research showing that it had successfully increased cycling and pedestrian journeys in the area.

Here is our response to the announcement
Lambeth Cyclists are delighted that the Loughborough Junction trial led to more people making journeys by foot and by bicycle through the area, and an appreciation of the opportunities that exist to reduce motor traffic domination and pollution. 

We welcome the decision to continue the trial preventing motor traffic rat-running through Calais Street and Padfield Road.

We will be pressing Lambeth to introduce alternative measures such as child-friendly segregated cycle tracks on Loughborough Road and measures to reduce traffic on Hinton Road that will make the roads safer and continue to encourage more people to walk and cycle in the area.


Loughborough Road, Barrington Road, Lilford Road and Gordon Grove.will be reopened to through motor traffic, Calais Street and Padfield Road will remain closed to motor vehicles - see statement on Lambeth website

Read the summary consultation report: Experimental road closures in the Loughborough Junction
and Myatt’s Field neighbourhoods

Lambeth Cyclists is the Lambeth borough group of the London Cycling Campaign. We work to make things better for cyclists in Lambeth.
www.lambethcyclists.org.uk
www.lcc.org.uk
@LambethCyclists

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Lambeth Cyclists welcome Quietway 5 proposals for Clapham Common

Lambeth Cyclists today submitted a response to the Transport for London / Lambeth Borough Council consultation on Proposed changes to Quietway 5 cycle route part 2 which deals with changes in the Clapham Common area.

Overall we welcome the proposed changes, in particular the closure of Windmill Drive to through motor traffic, as we believe it will make cycling safer and encourage more people to cycle. We have made suggested improvements to certain sections of the route - see our response below.

Background
Quietways are high quality, low traffic routes linking town centres and key destinations across London. They aim to offer a more leisurely route than the Cycle Superhighways and should be suitable for all cyclists from children through to older people.
Quietway 5 will run from Baylis Road, SE1 (near to Waterloo Station) along Vauxhall Walk , Larkhall Rise before travelling across Clapham Common and on to Cavendish Road, across Tooting Bec Common, Ellison Road, Norbury Avenue and on into Croydon (click on map, right to see route in Lambeth). The measures at Clapham Common form a key part of the route and are outlined on the Lambeth website: Proposed changes to Quietway 5 cycle route - Waterloo to Croydon - Part 2

Lambeth Cyclists' response to the consultation on the Quietway 5 measures for Clapham Common (six schemes)

Overall Lambeth Cyclists, the 900 member strong borough group of London Cycling Campaign, support the proposals, in particular the closure of Windmill Drive to through traffic. 

Our detailed comments are below:

1.Bromell’s Road/Clapham Common between The Pavement and Long Road (see map)
Permit contraflow cycling on Bromell’s Road 
YES
We support raising the carriageway level, so long as the carriageway remains defined - as drawn on the plan.

We wonder whether a parallel zebra/cycle crossing may be a bit better than the 1057 cycle logos opposite Bromells Road.

Widen the existing shared use tarmac paths on this section of the Common to create more space for people walking and people on bicycles 
YES

Install cobbled rumble strips on the approach to the fountain to reduce speeds of people on bikes. 
We do not support installing rumble strips initially as they can be uncomfortable, particularly for some cyclists with disabilities. If it becomes apparent subsequently that there is a benefit in one or more places, then they should be no more prominent than those currently on LCN3 on the Common.

2. Clapham Common around Rookery Road  (map)
Widen the existing shared use tarmac paths on this section of the Common leading up to Rookery Road to create more space for people walking and people on bicycles
Cyclists and pedestrians prefer to have segregated space and the existing parallel cycle paths to pedestrian paths on Clapham Common work well. Given the growth in population and in the number of people cycling we are inclined to propose copying the system in place already on the Common for the new Quietway. If, however, cyclists and pedestrians are to share space then we would prefer 5 metres path width. The path should be machine laid.

Narrow the carriageway on Rookery Road   
We support narrowing the carriageway for motor traffic along Rookery Road. However we would prefer to see a layered cycle track in each direction (or a two-way track on one side) along Rookery Road – this could be a particular benefit for students as a link between the Quietway and Lambeth College main campus at the end of Rookery Road.

If a cycle lane, as shown, is installed it is important to ensure it continues  all the way from Clapham Road to Long Road, not disappearing at the busiest junctions as marked on plan. We are concerned the drawing shows a 1.5 metres wide cycle lane while the description is 1.7 metres. We consider 1.5 metres to be too narrow here and 2 metres+ to be preferable.

Install a raised double zebra crossing to make it easier for those walking and on bikes to cross the road. 
We support a raised crossing here.

Given that the paths either side of the zebra are intended to be shared by cyclists and pedestrians, why segregate at the crossing – instead of a parallel crossing, just have cyclists and pedestrians share the zebra crossing.

If a parallel crossing is used as a means of giving the cycle track priority over the road, we would like to see the colour surface of the crossing maintained on the cycle track across the pavement to give visual continuity to all road users.

The cycle lane along Rookery Road lacks continuity on the plan. The zigzag road markings after the zebra crossing should be offset in line with the cycle lane, as on the approach to the zebra. If access across the mandatory cycle lane is needed, it should be through a short section of advisory cycle lane at the junction mouth.

Realign and widen the existing shared used path by the pond to follow where people already walk and cycle 
YES – 3 metres width is too narrow for two-way pedestrian and cycle shared use, so greater width is sought, preferably 5 metres.

3. Clapham Common Playground area  (map)
Widen the existing shared use tarmac paths on this section of the Common  
YES. Given the number of families and small children here, it would be particularly useful to have 5 metres width in this section.

Move the existing playground access point from the west side of the playground to the north of the playground for safer access and install cycle parking at this new entrance. 
YES. New parking needs to be inclusive ie suitable for bakfiets, trikes, Christianas etc. The playground is surrounded by metal railings, easy for bikes to lock to and most existing playground users take their bikes into the playground. So new cycle parking should be of suitable design and position to accommodate wider/ longer cycles.

4. Windmill Drive (map)
Close the middle section of Windmill Drive so that it is no longer a through-road. Install bollards and landscaping to prevent motor vehicle access. 
YES. Sufficient width needs to be left between bollards to enable wider cycles including side-by-sides to pass through.

Remove 13 parking spaces in the closure area and designate two parking bays as disabled bays to the east of the closure. Provide ten resident bays (eight new and two converted) and two new shared used bays to the east of the closure
We support this

Widen existing footpaths into a three metre wide shared use path that will allow the creation of 350m2 of new green space 
We support widening the path, but would prefer greater width as outlined before.

5. Clapham Common Path southern section (map)
Widen the existing shared use tarmac paths on this section of the Common
YES, but again we consider greater width would benefit pedestrians and cyclists.

6. TfL – (A3) Long Road on Clapham Common (map)
A new shared use footway will be provided on both sides of Long Road so that cyclists can safely use the crossing without having to dismount 
YES but we would prefer the path to be realigned on one or other side to allow straight over crossing since the offset design as shown exacerbates pedestrian / cyclist conflict and is more difficult to negotiate with longer or wider cycle.

It is desirable to have cycle tracks along Long Road in due course. The buildouts would be an obstacle to this, another reason to have a straight over crossing.

A new signalised toucan crossing will be installed for users to cross Long Road; improving connections to Clapham Common 
YES although see comment above on alignment.

See our response in PDF

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening 7:30pm in Stockwell

Come to our meeting this evening - Tuesday 17 November 2015, 7:30pm at the Stockwell Community Centre, Studley Road, Stockwell SW4. Everyone welcome!
Lambeth Cyclists logo on lambethcyclists.org.uk

We have a packed agenda including
  • Proposed changes to Clapham Common - as part of the Quietways programme Lambeth and Transport for London have proposed various changes to make Clapham Common more cycle friendly. We will be finalising our response to the consultation ready for submission by 19 November 2015. We encourage everyone who cycles around and across the Common to respond -  details on our website: Lambeth Cyclists draft response to Clapham Common Quietway consultation
  • Westminster Bridge and Southern approach proposals - TfL have proposed changes to make  Westminster Bridge and the Southern approach near to County Hall better for cyclists: we will discuss our initial thoughts and the response - see Tfl pledges to make space for cycling and space for people on Westminster Bridge
  • Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme – Lambeth are continuing the NEP in Streatham Wells, Streatham South, St Leonards and Thornton wards - this is an opportunity to make small-scale improvements to the local area including making it more cycle friendly - see Lambeth- Our Streets - The Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme
  • Round up of current schemes - Cycle Superhighway 5, Kennington Junctions, Loughborough Junction road closure - find out about the next steps/ feedback on your experiences of these schemes
  • Proposals - the latest on the Estreham Road and New Park Road proposals as well as changes at the council which could impact on cycling
  • Future activities - we will shortly be putting together the programme for next year - rides, meetings, campaigns etc - come and give us your thoughts on what our priorities should be including whether we should set up a Living Streets group to run in parallel, how best to influence 'significant' local people and what we should be doing to help the Council make the borough more cycle-friendly
  • Our next ride - We have our latest ride looking at the London cityscape on 28 November 2015 when we will be looking at buildings connected with the criminal justice system around London - so courts, Police stations and other interesting architecture - further details on our website shortly.
  • Lambeth Christmas lights ride - Lambeth are running a ride around some of London's Christmas lights on 13 December 2015 departing from Clapham at 4pm and again at 7, further information on the Lambeth website: Lambeth lights ride

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 17 November 2015  7:30-9pm at the Stockwell Community Centre, 1 Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 (behind Stockwell tube station: lots of cycle parking available) 

We hope to see you there!

Monday, 16 November 2015

Lambeth Cyclists draft response to Clapham Common Quietway consultation

Transport for London and Lambeth are currently consulting on changes to roads on, and around, Clapham Common to create a cycle-friendly route across the Common as part of Quietway 5.

The consultation on the proposed changes is at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/lambeth-q5-2, the closing date for responses is 19 November 2015.

Here is our draft response to the consultation - it will be finalised at our meeting tomorrow.

Draft response by Lambeth Cyclists to Tfl consultation Quietway 5 (Waterloo to Croydon) - Proposed changes in Lambeth - Clapham Common

Overall Lambeth Cyclists support the proposals, in particular the closure of Windmill Drive to through traffic.
Our detailed comments are below (these relate to how the scheme was set out on the Lambeth website):

1. Bromell’s Road/Clapham Common between The Pavement and Long Road 
Permit contraflow cycling on Bromell’s Road 
YES
We support raising the carriageway level, so long as the carriageway remains defined as drawn on the plan.

Widen the existing shared use tarmac paths on this section of the Common to create more space for people walking and people on bicycles 
YES

Install cobbled rumble strips on the approach to the fountain to reduce speeds of people on bikes. 
We do not support installing rumble strips initially as they can be uncomfortable, particularly for some cyclists with disabilities. If it becomes apparent subsequently that there is a benefit in one or more places, then they should be no more prominent than those currently on LCN3 on the Common.

2. Clapham Common around Rookery Road 
Widen the existing shared use tarmac paths on this section of the Common leading up to Rookery Road to create more space for people walking and people on bicycles

Cyclists and pedestrians prefer to have segregated space and the existing parallel cycle paths to pedestrian paths on Clapham Common work well. Given the growth in population and in the number of people cycling we are inclined to propose copying the system in place already on the Common for the new Quietway.  If , however, cyclists and pedestrians are to share space then we would prefer 5 metres path width. The path should be machine laid.

Narrow the carriageway on Rookery Road  
We support narrowing the carriageway for motor traffic along Rookery Road. However we would prefer to see a layered cycle track in each direction (or a two-way track on one side) along Rookery Road – this could be a particular benefit for students as a link between the Quietway and Lambeth College main campus at the end of Rookery Road.

If a cycle lane, as shown, is installed it is important to ensure it continues  all the way from Clapham Rd to Long Lane, not disappearing at the busiest junctions as marked on plan. We are concerned the drawing shows a 1.5m wide cycle lane while the description is 1.7m. We consider 1.5m to be too narrow here and 2m+ to be preferable.

Install a raised double zebra crossing to make it easier for those walking and on bikes to cross the road. 
We support a raised crossing here.

Given that the paths either side of the zebra are intended to be shared by cyclists and pedestrians, why segregate at the crossing – instead of a parallel crossing, just have cyclists and pedestrians share the zebra crossing.

If a parallel crossing is used as a means of giving the cycle track priority over the road, we would like to see the colour surface of the crossing maintained on the cycle track across the pavement to give visual continuity to all road users.

The cycle lane along Rookery Road lacks continuity on the plan. The zig zag road markings after the zebra crossing should be offset in line with the cycle lane, as on the approach to the zebra. If access across the mandatory cycle lane is needed, it should be through a short section of advisory cycle lane at the junction mouth.

Realign and widen the existing shared used path by the pond to follow where people already walk and cycle 
YES – 3m width is narrow for two-way pedestrian and cycle shared use, so greater width is sought, preferably 5m.

3. Clapham Common Playground area 
Widen the existing shared use tarmac paths on this section of the Common 
YES. Given the number of families and small children here, it would be particularly useful to have 5m width in this section.

Move the existing playground access point from the west side of the playground to the north of the playground for safer access and install cycle parking at this new entrance. 
YES. New parking needs to be inclusive ie suitable for bakfiets, trikes, Christianas etc. The playground is surrounded by metal railings, easy for bikes to lock to and most existing playground users take their bikes into the playground. So new cycle parking should be of suitable design and position to accommodate wider/ longer cycles.

4. Windmill Drive
Close the middle section of Windmill Drive so that it is no longer a through-road. Install bollards and landscaping to prevent motor vehicle access. 
YES. Sufficient width needs to be left between bollards to enable wider cycles including side-by-sides to pass through.

Remove 13 parking spaces in the closure area and designate two parking bays as disabled bays to the east of the closure. Provide ten resident bays (eight new and two converted) and two new shared used bays to the east of the closure
We support this

Widen existing footpaths into a three metre wide shared use path that will allow the creation of 350m2 of new green space 
We support widening the path, but would prefer greater width as outlined before.

5. Clapham Common Path southern section
Widen the existing shared use tarmac paths on this section of the Common 
YES, but again we consider greater width would benefit pedestrians and cyclists.

6. TfL – (A3) Long Road on Clapham Common
A new shared use footway will be provided on both sides of Long Road so that cyclists can safely use the crossing without having to dismount 
YES but we would prefer the path to be realigned on one or other side to allow straight over crossing since the offset design as shown exacerbates pedestrian / cyclist conflict and is more difficult to negotiate with longer or wider cycle.

A new signalised toucan crossing will be installed for users to cross Long Road; improving connections to Clapham Common 
YES although see comment above on alignment.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Lambeth 20mph limit one step closer: Lambeth publishes Traffic Regulation Order

On Friday 13 November 2015 Lambeth published the official Traffic Regulation Order to introduce a borough-wide 20 miles per hour speed limit on Lambeth roads. This means that almost all the roads in the borough which are solely residential will have a 20mph speed limit


Copy of Lambeth road traffic order to bring in 20mph on lambethcyclists.org.uk
The Road Traffic Order on the Gazette website
The order brings the introduction of the 20 mph limit on Lambeth roads one step closer -consultation on the Order ends on 4 December and assuming that no substantive objections occur the Council is on track to bring in the speed restrictions on motor traffic by April 2016.

The measure will mean that Lambeth joins other inner-London boroughs such as Islington, Camden and Southwark in having borough-wide 20mph limits.

The major routes such as Clapham Road, Brixton Road, Streatham High Road etc are managed by Transport for London and are excluded from the proposals.

Published in the official Gazette the order states "The general effect of the Order would be to introduce a 20 mph speed limit on all the roads and parts of roads in the London Borough of Lambeth which are not currently restricted as such by way of existing Traffic Orders"

Lambeth Cyclists welcomes this move as we believe (and research shows) that reducing the speed of motor traffic creates a more pleasant walking and cycling environment and reduces the road danger for cyclists and pedestrians.

London Cycling Campaign - 20mph speed limits
Lambeth website - Lambeth goes 20mph
20s Plenty - 20mph Speed Limits In London briefing

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Tfl pledges to make space for cycling and space for people on Westminster Bridge

Transport for London have proposed changes to make the area immediately south of Westminster Bridge in Lambeth and Westminster Bridge itself more cycle and pedestrian friendly.

Currently the 'roundabout' formed by the roads around the Park Plaza Hotel, near to County Hall and the rear of Waterloo Station, can be unpleasant and intimidating for cyclists and pedestrians.

This new scheme will see changes to Westminster Bridge, Westminster Bridge Road, Lambeth Palace Road, Addington Street and York Road.

The proposals seek to make the area more cycle friendly by a range of measures to give cyclists dedicated space. Improved crossings, clearer footways and a new crossing on Westminster Bridge Road will make the area more pedestrian friendly.

The improvements will connect the East-West Cycle Superhighway on the north bank of the Thames and the Central London Cycling Grid on Belvedere Road and Royal Street in Lambeth.

On Westminster Bridge TfL are offering two options: a 1.8 metre segregated cycle lane in each direction or a 2.3 metre mandatory cycle lane in each direction. The former would offer greater safety for cyclists but with fewer opportunities for overtaking in the lane, the latter would offer greater space for cyclists to overtake each other but no physical separation of cyclists from the motor traffic.

Lambeth Cyclists will be responding to this consultation - come along to our meeting to feed into the process. In addition we encourage all cyclists to respond individually - see https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/westminster-bridge-south for further details. The closing date for the consultation is 22 December 2015.

TfL are holding three public information sessions where you can find out more about the proposals
Tuesday 24 Nov, 11:00-17:00, Waterloo Library, 114-118 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE
Saturday 28 Nov, 11:00-16:00, St Thomas' Hospital, Bird song corridor (located between the north and south wing - location map)
Tuesday 1 December, 16:00-20:00, St Thomas' Hospital, Bird song corridor


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Festival of Cycling this Saturday Burgess Park SE5 12-4pm

This Saturday, 14 November 2015, come to a festival of cycling in Burgess Park, Camberwell, SE5.


Friday, 6 November 2015

Deadline for Loughborough Junction/ Myatt's Fields consultation is today: tell Lambeth we want Space for Cycling in Loughborough Junction

The deadline for the consultation on the changes to the roads in the Loughborough Junction / Myatt's Fields area is today, Friday 6 November 2015.

There is still time to complete the consultation survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LJroadclosures1

We believe that the road closures bring benefits to the area making it more cycle friendly and therefore people friendly. We believe that the scheme should at least run for the full six months trial period as originally intended so that Lambeth can fully assess the impact on local pollution, traffic levels and quality of life.

Lambeth Cyclists has submitted a response to the consultation with feedback on the scheme after eight weeks

It is really important that as many people as possible respond to the consultation so that a full range of views are heard - the consultation is open to everyone, not just local residents, so if you cycle through the area please do respond.

Background
The scheme which is a huge positive step to make the area more people-friendly, is at risk of being withdrawn following pressure from some local residents and people who want to continue to drive through the area.

What does the scheme involve?

The council has installed carefully placed road closures, meaning local people can drive into and out of the area and emergency vehicles and deliveries still have access, but people cannot drive (or rat run) through the area. This helps to reduce unnecessary traffic on residential roads, improves air quality and means streets are made much safer for walking and cycling.

The scheme is supported by local residents and people who cycle through the area. Clare Neely who lives in the neighbourhood says "I am passionate about the scheme because for years local residents have been telling the council that we want to live in a neighbourhood where people feel safe to walk and cycle."

We at Lambeth Cyclists think the scheme should stay in place as it is already showing benefits, two months in people are telling us about children who were driven to school, but now walk and cycle as it’s easier and safer to do so because of the road closures.

We want to see more people walking and cycling, rather than driving for short local journeys.

Lambeth Council -Loughborough Junction - What you need to know 

Lambeth Cyclists -Loughborough Junction trial – 8 week feedback from Lambeth Cyclists

Lambeth Cyclists -Making sense of the Loughborough Junction trial

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Ride report: Grand Designs 31 October 2015

On Saturday 31 October 2015 Lambeth Cyclists organised the latest in our series of rides looking at the London cityscape. On this ride we looked at South London buildings that have been featured in the Channel 4 television programme Grand Designs.

In stunning autumn weather Tessa Wright led an easy going ride to look at some of the buildings featured in the Channel 4 series Grand Designs in South London.

Here is participant Liz Harwood's ride report

After extensive research Tessa sleuthed the mysterious locations of the glorious houses featured in the Channel 4 series and even more challenging, persuaded a couple of  owners of these dream homes to let a bunch of cyclists traipse round their houses.

We met at 1.30pm at Queen’s Road Peckham Station for a gentle ride through the leafy streets of
Peckham, Brixton and Clapham, ending at Brockwell Park at around 4pm, in time for a cup of tea.

15½ Consort Road
Featured on Grand Designs in 2005
Architect : Richard Paxton with Alex Flower and Jamie Falk of MOOARC
Cost: £40K for land and £170K for build · Restricted site – no windows to front or side so fabulous sliding glass roof designed by owner Monty Ravenscroft, of Moving Elements in Architecture










We then cycled by the home of Jenny Éclair and Geoff Powell, graphic designer

Built on the site of a 1950s 3 bed (now 5) house Russian redwood cladding
Not on Grand Design but featured on a TV programme and winner of RIBA Manser Medal in 2011



A pleasant cycle by Ruskin Park and the experimental car free part of Loughborough Junction brought us by POP Brixton. Designed by Carl Turner (also architect of the next property) it was created from low-cost shipping containers to support local community in jobs and business opportunities.

Slip House, Lyham Road

Featured on Grand Designs 2012
Designed by architect, Carl Turner for himself
Cost £550K
Minimalist materials and design
Slipped boxes to maximise light and space
Roof garden with solar panels – it is a low energy house








We finished up at Brockwell Park where we saw the additions made to a former rectory.

Brockwell Park

Featured in Grand Designs in 2013
Architect: Zac MMonro, based in Effra Rd
Former 1950s rectory of St Jude’s church
Left existing building which was clad in clay tile bricks


Thanks to Liz Harwood for writing the ride report and to the owners of 15½ Consort Road and Slip House for kindly allowing us to look round their homes. Photos: Liz Harwood.