Monday, 25 May 2015

Vauxhall Cross to be transformed?

It seems at long last things are beginning to happen at Vauxhall. At the Lambeth Cyclists May meeting we had discussions with a Lambeth transport planner working on the Vauxhall Cross redesign.

Following a positive consultation response earlier this year the council and Transport for London have agreed to implement changes to give the area a greater sense of place - a destination rather than just a transport interchange.

At our meeting we saw possible designs for two-way working on the gyratory system to make it more cycle friendly. Various other quiet routes through the area were discussed, using, for example, Miles Street as an additional signed route. A new bridge is also being considered from Nine Elms to Pimlico/ Chelsea. Draft Plans are expected to be published for consultation this Autumn with building of the new design due to start in 2017.

In our discussions we stressed that Vauxhall Cross cannot be taken in isolation - the surrounding roads such as Durham and Harleyford Streets and South Lambeth Road must also be considered as part of the scheme. Cycle superhighway 5, which will improve the situation for cyclists coming from the Oval, is being developed separately and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

TfL response to Vauxhall Cross consultation
Love Vauxhall

From our website
November 2013: Lambeth Cyclists and LCC response to Nine Elms draft Design for Cycling strategy
March 2012: Abolish the Vauxhall Cross gyratory says Lambeth Council leader
May 2011: Vauxhall Cross: Change on the horizon?
September 2003: Goodbye to dreaded gyratory?
July 2003: Still Vauxhall Cross



Saturday, 23 May 2015

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 30 May 2015 Graffiti

Join us on Saturday 30 May 2015 for our next leisurely ride around the London cityscape. This month we will be looking at graffiti around the city.

Often thought of as a fairly recent phenomenon street art or graffiti in fact has a long history dating back to prehistoric times. It was well established in the Roman era with several notable examples in the ruins of Pompeii.

London’s street art developed more vigorously after Camden Council invited over some US graffiti artists in the 1970s.
Banksy at the Grange SE1 on lambethcyclists.org.uk
In the UK Banksy brought graffiti into the art main stream with his work fetching hundreds of thousands of pounds at auction. Ambitious street artists now use a range of techniques and liaise with organisations that provide legal walls for large pieces.

The ride will start at 11am at the junction of Grange Road and The Grange in Southwark SE1, next to the Banksy graffiti (pictured right)

We will visit several walls in Shoreditch, including another Banksy and then go on to Fish Island and Hackney Wick.

If time permits we will also visit Camden, otherwise the ride will end in the Hackney Wick/Olympic Park area where there are many choices of rail and DLR transport. We aim to finish at 5pm. We will stop for lunch in a pub or cafe along the route.

Meet Saturday 30 May 2015 11am at the Banksy - corner of The Grange and Grange Road, SE1 3AD

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

The ride will be led by LCC's Tom Bogdanowicz

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Cycle into summer with Lambeth Dr Bike this evening Waterloo Roundabout SE1

Lambeth's Sustainable Transport Team will be running their Dr Bike service this evening, 20 May 2015, outside the James Clerk Maxwell building opposite the Imax Cinema, Waterloo Roundabout, Lambeth SE1 8XT. Come along 5 -7:30pm and get your bike ready for summer cycling.
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.

Lambeth will be running the Dr Bike service every Wednesday through the summer. Further information on the Lambeth website: Dr Bike

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening - annual meeting and Vauxhall Cross

Come to our meeting this evening, Tuesday 19 May 2015, 7:30pm in Stockwell to hear about the latest developments at Vauxhall Cross. This meeting is also our formal annual meeting at which we will be electing a new management committee to take us forward over the next year.
TfL image of new Vauxhall Cross




As you will be aware construction of Cycle Superhighway 5, which will create a segregated cycle path between Oval and Vauxhall, is underway. But far more is planned that will ultimately make the area more people friendly.

The area is set to be transformed by the removal of the cycle and people-unfriendly one way system. After an initial consultation Transport for London is now working on proposals which they are set to publish later this year with completion of the project likely in 2020.

As well as hearing about the Vauxhall Cross developments we will be electing a new management committee for Lambeth Cyclists. This is your opportunity to get more involved in the running of Lambeth Cyclists helping to coordinate meetings, run campaigns, influence policy makers, and suggest projects and rides. If you are interested in standing for the management committee contact Borough Coordinators Charlie Holland / Richard Laidlaw.

Join us for our meeting at 7:30 - 9pm on Tuesday 19 May 2015 at the Stockwell Resource Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 (behind Stockwell tube station) - there is ample cycle parking in the Centre forecourt. 


Friday, 15 May 2015

Lambeth Cyclists meeting Tuesday 19 May 20015

At our next meeting (7.30 - 9pm at Stockwell Resource Centre 1 Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 6RA) we'll have our AGM and have an update on Vauxhall Cross developments, see below. It's also our AGM, so if you're interested in joining the committee please let us know on the night.

From Richard Ambler, Lambeth's Cycle Programme Manager: 

For  your May meeting there will be a representative for Vauxhall Cross but nobody from Lambeth or Sustrans.

As discussed in the last meeting, I propose that we now agree to have every second meeting a design working group for Quietways and Grid. I will attend these, usually also with Sustrans. It would also be good if, as discussed, Lambeth Cyclists invited other Quietway and Grid Stakeholders to these meetings  such as Living Streets; Wheels for Wellbeing, emergency services. Therefore:

Quietways and Grid Design working groups:

June
August
October
December

I should also be able to update you on wider issues such as Nep2, 20mph, Equality Streets  at these meetings, but if there is a lot to update you on  (Nep2 and 20mph should be gathering pace soon) I could attend intervening meetings if I am available. 

UPDATE
Lambeth have just announced a Question Time on Transport on Wednesday 20th May at 7pm at the Town Hall: http://love.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeth-question-time-may-2015/

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Are Kennington Junction works leading to speeding traffic in Fentiman Road and Albert Square?

Works on TfL's scheme to transform the junctions around Oval tube station in Kennington under the Better Junctions initiative began in March.

Photo of Kennington junction as works begin -lambethcyclists.org.uk
The works are expected to be completed by the end of the year. One effect of the roadworks that some members have noticed is more rat running on side roads around the junctions such as Albert Square and Fentiman Road.

We will be pressing for greater filtered permeability for these roads to restrict through motor vehicles.