Come on our easy-going cycle ride around Victorian Gothic London this Saturday Meet SE1 10:30am

This Saturday 2 April 2016 we hope you can join us for our first easy going 'architecture' ride of 2016 when we will be looking at London buildings in the Victorian Gothic style.

Victorian Gothic architecture on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Victorian Gothic, which pursued its fervent course from the 1840s to the 1880s, was a movement which claimed to be divinely inspired, to be the only truly moral form of architecture possible if the Anglican Church and the soul of Britain were to be rescued from terminal decay.

Like the modernists of the twentieth century, its polemicists boasted that this one style would bring about a purer, more bracing world. The result - a blizzard of spires, spikes, soaring pointed arches, buttresses, multicoloured brickwork and delirious medieval decoration.

We'll look at banks, houses, palaces, churches, railway stations, offices and hospitals, all strenously aspiring.

Ride Saturday 2 April 2016 - Meet on the Albert Embankment riverside footpath, SE1: between St Thomas's Hospital and the river, directly opposite the centre of the Houses of Parliament, at 10.30am for a 10.45 start. No need to book - just turn up. Please ensure your bike is roadworthy.

There will be a pub lunch and the ride will finish c4.00pm near Oxford Street.

Ride led by Mark Knox  07765 945530

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Lambeth Cyclists welcome 20mph borough-wide speed limit

Lambeth will officially be a 20 miles per hour borough from the end of April 2016.

Over the past few months 20mph signs have been installed around the borough and the formal traffic management orders have been passed.

The new speed limit applies to Lambeth borough roads only – the Transport London roads such as Brixton Road, Streatham High Road and Clapham Road are not subject to the speed limit. The Clapham and Brixton town centre sections of the A23 and A3 are currently undergoing an 18 month 20mph zone trial which we hope will become permanent.

Lambeth Cyclists welcomes this move as we believe that it will make the roads safer for all cyclists and pedestrians in Lambeth. It will also make Lambeth a better place to live.

Love Lambeth - Lambeth roads go 20mph
20splenty website
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Free bike mechanic training for 18-24 year-olds in Lambeth

Lambeth's Sustainable Transport team are offering funding for 16-24 year-olds who are not currently in education, employment or training to train as bike mechanics. Up to £1,500 funding is available for individuals to pay for training to enable young people to qualify as bike mechanics.

24 young people will receive training and support to find work in the sector. Training will also be available for a larger group of young people who are interested in bikes but who are not looking for a career in this sector.

Training on offer
There are 3 levels of training available:
Foundation Training – 1 day
This is a hands on introduction to bike mechanics

Advanced Training – 2 days
Build on the Foundation day and included 1 day bike mechanic training and 1 day personal development and life-skills training

Level 2 City and Guilds Certificate in Cycle Mechanics – 17 days (AKA The Full Monty)
15 days hands on training in a fully equipped workshop, plus 2 days of personal development training around how you can develop a mindset for success.

Professional qualification (normally costing over £1000) to get you started in your career as a bike mechanic

Support with action planning and helping you to find work placements when you qualify

Who Should Apply?

  • Young people age 16 – 24
  • Residents of the London Borough of Lambeth
  • Currently not in Education, Employment or Training
  • Passionate about bikes and/or bicycle maintenance
  • Interested in a career in the bike sector, either as a mechanic or starting your own bike repair business
  • Strong desire to develop yourself, gain new skills and build on existing ones
To apply for one of the courses fill in the online application form. For further information contact Hilary on 020 8133 3728, email her on training@bikemechanix.com or text her on 07800 005 606.
Further information can be found at www.bikemechanix.com 

Source Love Lambeth - Free bike maintenance training for young people
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Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 2 April 2016 Victorian Gothic

Join us on Saturday 2 April 2016 for our first easy going 'architecture' ride of 2016 when we will be looking at buildings in the Victorian Gothic style.

Victorian Gothic architecture on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Victorian Gothic, which pursued its fervent course from the 1840s to the 1880s, was a movement which claimed to be divinely inspired, to be the only truly moral form of architecture possible if the Anglican Church and the soul of Britain were to be rescued from terminal decay.

Like the modernists of the twentieth century, its polemicists boasted that this one style would bring about a purer, more bracing world. The result - a blizzard of spires, spikes, soaring pointed arches, buttresses, multicoloured brickwork and delirious medieval decoration.

We'll look at banks, houses, palaces, churches, railway stations, offices and hospitals, all strenously aspiring.

Ride Saturday 2 April 2016 - Please note the change of date: ride was originally scheduled for 26 March. Meeting point and time to be announced shortly. This will be an easy going all-day ride with a pub lunch stop. No need to book - just turn up. Please ensure your bike is roadworthy.Ride led by Mark Knox. Enquiries - 07765 945530.
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TfL to go ahead with improvements to Westminster Bridge

Transport for London have confirmed that they are to go ahead with the changes to the cycle lane provision on Westminster Bridge that they proposed in December.

TfL image of Westminster Bridge cycling proposals on lambethcyclists.org.uk


Seventy four percent of respondents to the consultation expressed support for TfL's proposals for the bridge. TfL have announced that they will introduce a 1,8metre segregated cycle lane on both sides of the bridge. Work is expected to begin in the autumn of 2016 with completion by January 2018.

Full TfL Westminster Bridge consultation report
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Sign up now for Harbour Cycles bike maintenance course starting 4 April 2016

Sign up now for the next bike maintenance course at Harbour Cycles on Coldharbour Lane, SE5 (near to Loughborough Junction station)

Their next basic cycle maintenance course starts on Monday 4 April 2016. The course will take place over three two-hours sessions on Monday evenings (4, 11 and 18 April). You will be working on your own bike and learn the basics of maintaining your wheels, brakes and gears to keep your bike on the road.

The course costs £45 for the three sessions; parts and accessories will be available to buy if required.

Further information on the Harbour Cycles website

Harbour Cycles cycle maintenance flyer

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Free Easter holidays children’s cycle training courses in Brixton, Camberwell and Clapham

Image Cycleconfident.coim
This Easter Lambeth’s cycle training provider Cycle Confident will be offering free cycle training courses for young people aged over nine at various locations around the borough.

The four day level 2 bikeability courses will run daily 29 March–1 April and 4–7 April in the mornings and afternoons from bases in Myatt’s Fields Park, Brockwell Park and Clapham Common.

The participants will start off cycling in the park and then move onto the roads gaining cycle skills and confidence.

These courses are open to all young people who live or study in Lambeth – for further information and to sign up see www.cycleconfident.com/sponsors/lambeth/
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TfL Gypsy Hill and West Dulwich Quietway 7 proposals meeting Saturday

Quietway sign on lambethcyclists.org.ukThis Saturday, 5 March 2016, Transport for London and Lambeth and Southwark Councils are running a consultation drop-in meeting to discuss the proposals for Quietway 7 in Dulwich and Gypsy Hill. Come along to find out more about the proposals and give your views.

The drop-in meeting will take place on Saturday 5 March 2016 9am-12pm at Nelly’s Nursery, Southwark Community Sports Trust, Turney Road, SE21 7JA





Further information on the Quietway 7 proposals
Transport for London have published their proposals to make the West Dulwich area more cycle friendly as part of Quietway 7. The Lambeth section of this route is relatively short starting at Turney Road, SE21 and finishing on Gipsy Hill, SE19.

The proposals are outlined on the Lambeth website. The closing date for consultation responses is 17 March 2016 - links to respond to the consultation are on the Lambeth site.

Summary of the main proposals

West Dulwich

1. Turney Road- proposals include: Replace existing mini-roundabout with new raised priority junction, with three new zebra crossings, extended footway and public space with new trees

2. Rosendale Road/Lovelace Road - proposals include: Introduce new zebra crossing outside All Saints Church

3. Rosendale Road/Thurlow Park Road junction TfL scheme - proposals include: Two-stage right turn for cyclists, instead of having to cross lanes in moving traffic, Pedestrian crossings realigned and widened to 3.2 metres to make it easier to cross the junction and to accommodate the two-stage right turns, New mandatory cycle lanes at least 1.5 metres to be added on Rosendale Road

4. Rosendale shops - proposals include: Introduce new zebra crossing outside the shops

5. Park Hall Road/Rosendale Road junction – proposals include: Replace existing mini-roundabout with new priority junction with new zebra crossing and three informal crossings, Raised road surface at Myton Road junction

6. Tritton Road /Rosendale Road – proposals include: Introduce traffic-calmed raised junctions in two locations, Widened footway outside entrance to Elm Wood Primary School, Relocate parking bays from footway to carriageway to increase pavement space. Approximately 1250 m² of extra pedestrian space would be created.

In order to introduce new zebra crossings, new advisory lanes and improve visibility at junctions, we would need to remove around 197 metres of parking across the scheme area. This represents an approximate reduction of 10% of on-street parking capacity in the area.

Gipsy Hill area (three schemes)
1. Clive Road/Hamilton Road: Wider footways and raised road surface at junction to calm traffic,     Permit two-way cycling on Berry Lane (one-way operation retained for motorists)

2. Paxton Place/Gipsy Road: New and upgraded parallel pedestrian/cycle zebra crossings, connected by new shared-use area with advisory cycle track, Introduce new island to protect right turning cyclists, Permit two-way cycling on Paxton Place (currently one-way northbound)

3. Gipsy Hill: Introduce new 2m advisory cycle lane southbound between Oaks Ave and Dulwich Woods Ave to enable slower-moving cyclists moving uphill to be overtaken easily, Relocate parking to the western side of Gipsy Hill. This would require a reduction in parking provision of approximately 77 metres – 33% of on-street provision on this road. An on-street parking survey indicates there is sufficient parking capacity for local residents. An extra 200 m2 (approx.) of extra pedestrian space would be created.

We will be responding to the consultation. 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 and will be calling for this in our consultation response. 
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Lambeth Cyclists announce 2016 programme of architectural rides

On Saturday 26 March 2016 our 2016 programme of easy-going rides get underway with a look at Victorian Gothic buildings around London.
UK, London - St Pancras Station during blue hour
Source Flickr

Victorian Gothic buildings such as St Pancras station (pictured) use multiple textures and colours offering an interesting visual spectacle. Our ride will take in the grand and lesser-known buildings in this style.

 Other rides coming up include a look at the Urban Realm on Saturday 30 April 2016 and the intriguingly titled 'Premier Streets' on Sunday 22 May 2016.

Lambeth Cyclists rides in 2016
Saturday 26 March 2016 – Victorian Gothic
Saturday 30 April 2016 – Urban Realm
Sunday 22 May 2016 – ‘Premier Streets’
Sunday 26 June 2016 – Mental Health
Saturday 30 July 2016 – Architecture of the postal service
27 or 28 August 2016 – Goldfinger
24 or 25 September 2016 – Almshouses 3
29 or 30 October 2016 – High-tech architecture
26 or 27 November 2016 – War memorials

All are welcome on these leisurely all-day rides around London features. The ride route and start points are often not arranged until a week or two before the ride. Usually they start from a Lambeth location at around 10am and include a lunch stop. Further information will be available on our website, Facebook page and on Twitter.

We are always on the look out for new ideas or new people to lead rides – we can help you plan routes and research background material. If you are interested in leading or contributing to a ride get in touch with Mark Knox (mpknox@care4free.net )

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Wandsworth to go 20mph?

As Lambeth heads towards a 20 miles per hour speed limit borough-wide  our neighbour to the West: Wandsworth is currently consulting on adopting a similar borough-wide 20mph limit.

20mph sign on lambethcyclists.org.uk
Wandsworth are currently consulting on this measure. If you cycle in or through Wandsworth take part in the consultation on the Wandsworth website

We hope that Wandsworth will adopt the 20mph, joining our Easterly neighbouring borough Southwark in step towards making all of South London 20mph.




Further information on the benefits of area-wide 20mph speed limits
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TfL publishes Quietway 7 plans for West Duwlich and Gypsy Hill

Transport for London have published their proposals to make the West Dulwich area more cycle friendly as part of Quietway 7. The Lambeth section of this route is relatively short starting at Turney Road, SE21 and finishing on Gipsy Hill, SE19.

The proposals are outlined on the Lambeth website. The closing date for consultation responses is 17 March 2016 - links to respond to the consultation are on the Lambeth site.

Find out more at the joint Lambeth and Southwark consultation drop-in session Saturday 5 March 2016 9am-12pm at Nelly’s Nursery, Southwark Community Sports Trust, Turney Road, SE21 7JA

Summary of the main proposals

West Dulwich

1. Turney Road- proposals include: Replace existing mini-roundabout with new raised priority junction, with three new zebra crossings, extended footway and public space with new trees

2. Rosendale Road/Lovelace Road - proposals include: Introduce new zebra crossing outside All Saints Church

3. Rosendale Road/Thurlow Park Road junction TfL scheme - proposals include: Two-stage right turn for cyclists, instead of having to cross lanes in moving traffic, Pedestrian crossings realigned and widened to 3.2 metres to make it easier to cross the junction and to accommodate the two-stage right turns, New mandatory cycle lanes at least 1.5 metres to be added on Rosendale Road

4. Rosendale shops - proposals include: Introduce new zebra crossing outside the shops

5. Park Hall Road/Rosendale Road junction – proposals include: Replace existing mini-roundabout with new priority junction with new zebra crossing and three informal crossings, Raised road surface at Myton Road junction

6. Tritton Road /Rosendale Road – proposals include: Introduce traffic-calmed raised junctions in two locations, Widened footway outside entrance to Elm Wood Primary School, Relocate parking bays from footway to carriageway to increase pavement space. Approximately 1250 m² of extra pedestrian space would be created.

In order to introduce new zebra crossings, new advisory lanes and improve visibility at junctions, we would need to remove around 197 metres of parking across the scheme area. This represents an approximate reduction of 10% of on-street parking capacity in the area.

Gipsy Hill area (three schemes)
1. Clive Road/Hamilton Road: Wider footways and raised road surface at junction to calm traffic,     Permit two-way cycling on Berry Lane (one-way operation retained for motorists)

2. Paxton Place/Gipsy Road: New and upgraded parallel pedestrian/cycle zebra crossings, connected by new shared-use area with advisory cycle track, Introduce new island to protect right turning cyclists, Permit two-way cycling on Paxton Place (currently one-way northbound)

3. Gipsy Hill: Introduce new 2m advisory cycle lane southbound between Oaks Ave and Dulwich Woods Ave to enable slower-moving cyclists moving uphill to be overtaken easily, Relocate parking to the western side of Gipsy Hill. This would require a reduction in parking provision of approximately 77 metres – 33% of on-street provision on this road. An on-street parking survey indicates there is sufficient parking capacity for local residents. An extra 200 m2 (approx.) of extra pedestrian space would be created.

We will be responding to the consultation. 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 and will be calling for this in our consultation response. 
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