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
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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.


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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.
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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!
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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.

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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/
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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 
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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.

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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

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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.
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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 
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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.


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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.
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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
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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


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