Friday, 26 February 2016

TfL propose changes to Stockwell Road to give priority to cyclists

Transport for London have launched a consultation on proposals for changes in Stockwell to Stockwell Road (the A203) where it meets Clapham Road (the A3) near to Stockwell tube station.
TfL Stockwell proposals on lambethcyclists.org.uk

TfL want to give priority to Northbound bus lane users (bikes, buses, taxis and motorbikes) on Stockwell Road at the junction with Clapham Road by creating a 'progression point' which will allow these vehicles to bypass queueing traffic and progress to the junction ahead of the cars. In addition the bus lane will be active all day instead of the current restricted hours and various minor changes to bus stops and parking bays will be made on this road.

On Clapham Road TfL are proposing a new section of bus lane from the junction of Stockwell Park Road to past Lidl and convert the existing single red lines to double red lines to restrict stopping.

These changes are aimed primarily at speeding up bus journeys but will bring benefits for cyclists. They come on top of the changes to the Stockwell gyratory that are currently under construction and which will make the area much more cycle friendly.

The proposals are on the TfL website - the closing date for consultation responses is 20 March 2016.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Lambeth Cyclists meeting tonight Tuesday 16 February 2016 7:30pm Stockwell

We hope you can join us this evening, Tuesday, 16 February 2016 for our monthly meeting 7:30pm at the Stockwell Centre, Studley Road, Stockwell SW4.

Lambeth Cyclists logo
We'll be looking at the latest cycling developments in the borough including the consultations on the latest stages of Quietways 5 and 7.

Other items on the agenda include the Tulse Hill Gyratory removal, the Mayoral and Assembly Member elections on 5 May, Lambeth Floral Ride proposal, our latest rides and other matters of cycling-related interest in Lambeth.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 16 February 2016  7:30-9pm at the Stockwell Centre, 1 Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 (behind Stockwell tube station: lots of cycle parking available

Thursday, 11 February 2016

TfL publish Quietway 5 proposals for Cavendish Road and Estreham Road

Transport for London and Lambeth have published details of proposals to make Cavendish Road, in Balham, and Estreham Road, in Streatham, more cycle friendly as part of the Quietway 5.

The TfL Quietways will offer a network of less-busy cycle friendly road routes linking key destinations across London. Quietway 5 (see map) will run from Waterloo to Croydon and is due to be built in summer 2016. This is the latest section of the route to go out for consultation.

The proposals are outlined below. Local residents and cyclists are encouraged to respond to the consultation on the TfL consultations website - the closing date is 17 March 2016. Lambeth Cyclists will be responding to the consultation: we will discuss our response at our February meeting.

The TfL proposals
(See TfL website) 

Cavendish Road (four locations)
It is planned that Quietway 5 cycle route would pass through the locations below, and we would like to know your views on the proposed changes for these sections of the route:

  • Install raised tables at the junction of Cavendish Road and Cathles Road and the junction of Cavendish Road and Kenilford Road.
  • Introduce cycle friendly speeds humps along the length of Cavendish Road.
  • Build out footways at the junction of Cavendish Road/Old Devonshire Road and Cavendish Road/Weir Road. 
  • Raised junction entry treatment at Old Devonshire Road.
  • Raise the existing zebra crossing on Emmanuel Road

Estreham Road
It is planned that Quietway 5 cycle route would pass through the location below, and we would like to know your views on the proposed changes for this section of the route:

  • Trial to restrict access to Estreham Road for northbound motor traffic at the existing zebra crossing outside Streatham Common Station.
  • Retain two-way cycle traffic through existing zebra crossing

The six month trial to restrict access is designed to allow motor vehicle access to the train station, but reduce the volume and speed of motor traffic on Estreham Road. A traffic island and tree is proposed to be installed.

Estreham Road is currently used as a ‘rat-run’, with non-local motor traffic using this road to avoid the traffic signals at the junction of Greyhound Lane and Streatham High Road. Southbound motorists would still be able to access the road here as they currently do.



Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Sign up for free half-term young people's cycle training at Myatt's Fields, Brockwell Park and Clapham Common

This half-term, 15-19 February 2016, Lambeth's cyle training provider Cycle Confident will be running courses for young people (age 9+) across Lambeth.

Half term young peoples cycle training flyer on lambethcyclists.org.ukThe four day courses will run mornings and afternoons from bases in three Lambeth parks: Brockwell Park in Brixton, Clapham Common and Myatt's Fields Park in Camberwell. The training is road-based to Bikeability Level 2.

The training is free for all young people who live or study in Lambeth. For further information and to sign up see the Cycle Confident website.


Bikeability Level 2 (from Bikeability website)
Bikeabiulity Level 2 takes place on local streets, giving trainees a real cycling experience. Trainees learn how to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to school or the local shops. Trainees are usually trained in small groups – up to 6 trainees per instructor – though individual training may also be available. 

At Level 2 you can:
  • prepare for on-road cycling
  • start and finish an on-road journey
  • recognise typical hazards
  • let others know what you are about to do 
  • know where to ride on the road 
  • pass parked vehicles and side roads

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Learn cycle maintenance at Harbour Cycles: next course starts 15 February 2016

Harbour Cycles on Coldharbour Lane, SE5 (near to Loughborough Junction station) will be running a three session cycle maintenance course on Monday evenings starting Monday 15 February 2016.

Sign up now for the classes which will cover wheels, brakes and gears over three two hour sessions. Participants will work on their own bikes in the bike workshop. The series of classes costs £45 - to sign up email harbourcycles@gmail.com or phone 020 7274 5008..

Further information on the Harbour Cycles website