Free bike checks, adjustments, information with Lambeth Dr Bike this evening at Kennington Oval

This evening, Wednesday 25 May 2016, Lambeth's Dr Bike team will be offering free bike checks 5 -7:30pm opposite Oval tube station on Kennington Park Road, SE11. Come along and get your bike ready for summer cycling 

The Dr Bike team can fix basic problems, adjust your bike and offer advice on further action if required. The Police will also be attendance security registering and marking bikes. In addition the HGV awareness team will give you the opportunity to sit inside a lorry cab and get advice on how best to position yourself in the road so that you are not in the river's blindspots.


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Lambeth Cyclists welcomes appointment of Val Shawcross as Deputy Mayor for Transport

Lambeth Cyclists today welcomed the appointment of Val Shawcross as Deputy Mayor with responsibility for transport by new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

Val is the former London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark and we worked closely with her over her years as our Assembly Member on cycling and sustainable transport issues. We are pleased that London's transport is in Val's safe hands.

In 2015 in recognition of her important work on the London Assembly and especially in promoting cycling on the Assembly Transport Committee Val was awarded an LCC award as Cycling Champion of the year together with London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon. We are pleased to see that Caroline has been elected as Chair of the Transport Committe.

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Fresh air to come: much of Lambeth to be included in new Ultra Low Emission Zone

New Mayor for London Sadiq Khan has announced that he plans to more than double the size of the proposed new Ultra Low Emissions Zone so that it covers the area ringed by the North and South Circular roads.

Previously Boris Johnson had proposed that the zone would only cover the Congestion Charge area.

With the new boundaries the ULEZ will cover much of Lambeth including Vauxhall, Stockwell and Brixton which have high levels of air pollution.

The extension of the ULEZ will also bring benefits to areas of Lambeth such as Streatham, Norwood and Gypsy Hill which are outside the zone. These areas are served by bus routes that travel into the zone and these will run using ULEZ compliant cleaner buses. It is estimated that over half the pollution in densly packed roads such as Streatham High Road and in central Brixton over half of the pollution comes from buses. These measures will come into place, subject to consultation, in 2020.

Guardian - Sadiq Khan to more than double size of London's clean air zone
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Join us for a cycle around some of London's plushest streets this Sunday

We hope you can join us this Sunday, 22 May 2016, for our latest easy-going ride around the London cityscape.
Egerton Crescent, Chelsea on lambethccyclists,org.uk

On this ride we will be looking at the 'Premier Streets' of London - some of the the most desirable, opulent and expensive streets in the county.

The Monopoly Board for London ranks Mayfair and Park Lane as the highest value streets in London which, to a certain extent, is still true. But the desirable parts of town have varied since the Monopoly board was devised with roads in Hampstead, Chelsea and Kensington rivalling the Monopoly favourites in different decades.

Wartime damage and the fashion for motorised suburbia drew money away from the centre of town which then came back as traffic congestion made outer London less attractive.

In the twenty first century overseas investment has prioritised public transport connections which has led to an explosion of towers near underground and rail stations.

This ride, starting at Buckingham Palace, will cover some 20 miles including a few busy streets and a steep hill, ending up in Regent’s Park. We may visit Number One London (Apsley House) cost £6.50 or Leighton House (£10) or Kenwood House (free) if time permits.

Ride Sunday 22 May 2016 - Meet 10:20 for 10:30 start at corner of Constitution Hill and Buckingham Palace (opposite Queen Victoria monument). We will have to leave promptly to avoid the Changing of the Guards crowds. End time after 5.00pm at Regent’s Park. Bikes with gears recommended for the hills. We will stop for lunch or bring sandwiches.
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Lambeth Cyclists step in to halt hospital cycle lane petition

On 19 May 2016 Charlie Holland from Lambeth Cyclists and Isabelle Clements from Wheels for Wellbeing held a meeting with St Thomas' Hospital which sought to address a petition promoted by the Hospital calling for a rethink of the Westminster Bridge cycle lane (part of the TfL proposals for the Southern section of the Bridge which are due to start being built this autumn.)
TfL image of floating bus stop on lambethcyclists.org.uk

In particular the Hospital raised concerns about the so called 'floating' bus stops which are an integral part of the design. These allow cyclists to ride in a separate safe lane between the bus stops and the pavement. The hospital said that it feared that patients would be endangered by the stream of bikes and called for a design change after the final design had been passed by TfL following a public consultation.

We met with the Trust to listen to their concerns and sought to address them. We highlighted areas where the floating bus stops had been successfully implemented, including outside another hospital, which have not resulted in increased conflict between bus users and cyclists.

We also pointed out that hospital patients, hospital staff and cyclists were not mutually exclusive groups and that the hospital states that it wants to encourage cycling for the wider health benefits.

Installing a safe cycle route across Westminster Bridge would encourage more people to cycle. Changes to the physical environment could be made near the bus stop to reduce potential conflict between cyclists and bus users.

The meeting ended on a positive note with agreement that the hospital would review its position and work with TfL, Lambeth and us to enable a mutually beneficial outcome to be achieved.

See full write up of the meeting below

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Free bike checks, adjustments and information with Dr Bike this evening Clapham Common SW4

Lambeth's Sustainable Transport Team will be running their Dr Bike service this evening, Wednesday 18 May 2016, on Clapham Common Northside (opposite junction with Cedars Road), SW4 0AA. Come along 5 -7:30pm to keep your bike on the road through the summer.
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. The Police will also be on hand to advise on security and register and security mark your bike.

Lambeth will be running the Dr Bike service every Wednesday at across the borough through the summer. Further information at  Lambeth website: Dr Bike
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Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening 7:30pm Stockwell

We hope you can join us this evening, Tuesday 17 May 2016, for our monthly meeting 7:30pm at the Stockwell Community Centre, Studley Road, Stockwell SW4.

At the meeting we will be looking at the latest developments in the borough for cycling.

Lambeth Cyclists logo on lambethcyclists.org.ukAs you may have seen on Saturday the latest stage of the Stockwell one-way system transformation opened with new two-way working on the roads - we will be reflecting on this and looking at the next steps.

We will also be looking at moves by Guys and St Thomas Hospital to place restrictions on the new design for the cycle path on Westminster Bridge and will be thinking about ways in which we can work with the new Mayor of London and our new Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly Member to make things better for cycling.

We will hearing updates on developments (or lack of) on Estreham Road, New Park Road, the cycle superhighways, rides planned, the floral ride and much much else.

At this meeting we will also be looking forward to our annual meeting which will take place next month, Tuesday 21 June 2016, where we will be electing a new management committee for Lambeth Cyclists to take the organisation forward over the next year. We are on the look out for Management Committee members. We have lots of stuff we want to do but need people to take it forward!

Wanted communications person or people- good with twitter, websites and newsletters?
One position in particular we need to fill is that of communications person who is responsible for writing the quarterly newsletter sent out with London Cyclist magazine as well as producing regular email newsletters, maintaining and developing the website and overseeing our social media presence. These tasks are not too onerous but are important as they maintain our public face to the world. If you have experience of these or are interested in communications consider putting yourself forward.

The communications role is the one of the posts on the Management Committee, other committee members oversee our work with the politicians and policy makers in Lambeth, our rides, events and our general engagement with local people, the council, the Mayor of London and others who all impact on cycling in Lambeth. The time commitment required for these roles is not great -we tend to have an extra meeting in a pub a week before the main meeting to go over various matters and think things through before the main meeting- but apart from that you can get as involved as much or as little as you want.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday 17 May 2016  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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See how the other half live on the Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 22 May 2016: Premier Streets

We hope you can join us this Sunday, 22 May 2016, for our latest easy-going ride around the London cityscape.
Egerton Crescent, Chelsea on lambethccyclists,org.uk

On this ride we will be looking at the 'Premier Streets' of London - some of the the most desirable, opulent and expensive streets in the county.

The Monopoly Board for London ranks Mayfair and Park Lane as the highest value streets in London which, to a certain extent, is still true. But the desirable parts of town have varied since the Monopoly board was devised with roads in Hampstead, Chelsea and Kensington rivalling the Monopoly favourites in different decades.

Wartime damage and the fashion for motorised suburbia drew money away from the centre of town which then came back as traffic congestion made outer London less attractive.

In the twenty first century overseas investment has prioritised public transport connections which has led to an explosion of towers near underground and rail stations.

This ride, starting at Buckingham Palace, will cover some 20 miles including a few busy streets and a steep hill, ending up in Regent’s Park. We may visit Number One London (Apsley House) cost £6.50 or Leighton House (£10) or Kenwood House (free) if time permits.

Ride Sunday 22 May 2016 - Meet 10:20 for 10:30 start at corner of Constitution Hill and Buckingham Palace (opposite Queen Victoria monument). We will have to leave promptly to avoid the Changing of the Guards crowds. End time after 5.00pm at Regent’s Park. Bikes with gears recommended for the hills. We will stop for lunch or bring sandwiches.
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Hospital protests at Westminster Bridge cycle lane changes

According to a report in the Evening Standard 13 May 2016 St Thomas' Hospital have raised concerns about the proposed new cycle lane on Westminster Bridge. The newspaper has raised concerns about the new 'floating' bus stops which they fear will result in patients being endangered by passing cyclists.

The new cycle lane was part of a package of improvements designed to make the Southern side of the bridge safer for cycling.


TfL proposed that it would; Provide bus stop bypasses at bus stops D and E on Westminster Bridge Road, bus stops B and C on Lambeth Palace Road and the tour bus stop at the east side of Westminster Bridge so that cyclists could avoid having to mix with traffic. Cyclists would continue behind the bus stops on a carriageway-level cycle track, which would feature a chicane and narrowed track to reduce speeds. Bus passengers would access the bus stop waiting area by crossing the cycle track using a marked crossing point/s

Following publication of the proposals last year  a consultation was held and 74% of respondents supported the scheme including the proposed new bus stops.

Lambeth Cyclists responded positively to the consultation: we .believe that the new design will not bring conflict between cyclists and pedestrians.


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