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
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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.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Dulwich and Herne Hill Quietways workshop this evening with Andrew Gilligan

This evening, 4 November 2015, Southwark Council in association with the Mayor of London and
Sustrans is holding a workshop to look at the development of Quietways  and other cycling measures in the Dulwich and Herne Hill area.

The meeting is open to all, not just Southwark residents, and is of special interest if you cycle in the area.

The meeting takes place at Herne Hill Methodist Church Hall, Half Moon Lane,SE24 9HU -near to Herne Hill station (and Lambeth border!) and starting at 6:30pm.

The meeting will be joined by the Mayor of London's Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan who will be outlining the Quietways programme as well as representatives from Southwark Council and Sustrans who are responsible for consulting on, and developing, the Quietways.

The provisional agenda for the meeting is

18.30 Welcome - Matthew Hill, Public Realm Programme Manager

18.35 Council introduction -Cllr Darren Merrill, cabinet member for Environment & Public Realm

18.40 Mayor’s Office Introduction -Andrew Gilligan, Cycling Commissioner

18.45 Resident introduction -To be confirmed

18.50 Quietways engagement feedback -Sustrans

19.00 Workshops - Kevin Dykes – Senior Involvement Officer
Three/four breakout groups where people explore committed and future cycle routes in the Dulwich area and consider:

Issues for cyclists
Issues for pedestrians
Issues for other vehicles

19.40 “Fishbowl” format feedback session -Council officers, ward councillors and residents doing report back from workshops sit in central circle and start feedback, everyone else in outer circle. Other participants can swap into inner circle to contribute to discussion as well.

20.20 Next steps -Cllr Merrill & Matthew Hill

20.30 Close



Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Keep on cycling through the winter: Free Lambeth Dr Bike Wednesday at Waterloo Roundabout 4-8pm

Lambeth's Sustainable Transport Team will be running their Dr Bike service this Wednesday evening, 4 November  2015, outside the James Clerk Maxwell building opposite the Imax Cinema, Waterloo Roundabout, Lambeth SE1 8XT. 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