Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Free Lambeth Dr Bike adjustments, information and advice in Stockwell this evening 5:30-7:30pm

29/6/2016 14:30: We have just been informed by Lambeth that this has been cancelled due to bad weather


Lambeth's Sustainable Transport Team will be running their Dr Bike service this evening, Wednesday 29 June 2016, opposite Stockwell tube station, SW9. 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

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Opposition to “bus stop bypass” outside St Thomas’ Hospital based on no evidence say Lambeth Cyclists, LCC & Wheels for Wellbeing

(issued jointly by Lambeth Cyclists, Wheels for Wellbeing and London Cycling Campaign)

Lambeth Cyclists, London Cycling Campaign and Wheels for Wellbeing call on Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust to embrace health benefits of cycling, rather than opposing cycling schemes without evidence.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has announced that its Chairman and Kate Hoey MP have led a protest on Westminster Bridge this morning, Tuesday 28 June 2016, to “mark the start of our legal action to persuade TfL to… rethink its proposals for the provision of cycle lanes and bus stops on Westminster Bridge”.

Three cycling organisations are now calling for the hospital to rethink their opposition and costly legal challenge over just one of the “bus stop bypasses” (BSBs) proposed for Westminster Bridge without good evidence to go forward – and instead work with these organisations and TfL to make sure all users of the bridge are safely catered for

Lambeth Cyclists represents people who cycle in the borough, with over 950 members; London Cycling Campaign, the London-wide parent charity has over 12,000 members and 30,000 supporters; and Wheels for Wellbeing is a London-based charity supporting disabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of cycling.

Bus stop bypasses are designed to run a cycle track behind a bus stop, allowing pedestrians to wait for a bus while cyclists do not have to dodge into traffic around parked buses.

These bypasses are currently relatively rare in the UK. They are, however, widely used on the continent, and have been installed along several London Cycle Superhighways (such as CS2 in Stratford, pictured), with many also in Brighton and other UK cities.

The three organisations can find no evidence of UK bus stop bypasses having been a location for a serious collision between a pedestrian and cyclist.

The bus stop bypass directly outside The Royal London Hospital, in Whitechapel on Cycle Superhighway 2, has seen no recorded cycle-pedestrian collisions of any severity, according to TfL.

Lambeth Cyclists and Wheels for Wellbeing have already engaged with the Trust, as has TfL, to attempt both to mitigate the Trust’s concerns and to provide alternative ideas that would improve the design for all users.

Representatives of the Trust, Lambeth Cyclists and Wheels for Wellbeing met in May and have been communicating since. The Trust has yet to put forward any evidence to back up its concerns and its representatives have said they do not have evidence to back these concerns. The Trust also has no record of any collisions between pedestrians and the many people who already cycle on shared sections of pavement outside the hospital, or those who cycle onwards on the pavement to bypass bus stops informally.

The Trust’s concerns are also, inconsistently, solely focussed on one bypass outside the main entrance. They do not apparently object to several bus stop bypasses proposed outside the main entrance of St Thomas’ and on the northern side of the bridge. Thus, the Trust appears concerned about visitors arriving at the hospital from South London, but not visitors leaving the hospital to return to South London (nor visitors arriving from or departing to other areas).

TfL has already answered Guy’s and St Thomas’ fears in its consultation report on the Westminster Bridge proposals, released March 2016: “We have undertaken extensive research and assessment regarding the design of bus stop bypasses… The introduction of bus stop bypasses has been conducted in a measured way, with successful off-street trials leading to early examples… Through liaison with various user groups including the mobility and visually impaired we continue to get feedback on how they are functioning.”

TfL already design bus stop bypasses to slow those cycling with markings, signs and where needed raised tables in the track. This approach was proposed as a modification based on Guy’s and St Thomas’ concerns already – with wider-than-standard pedestrian crossing points too.

 Not only is the Trust raising concerns without evidence to back those concerns, it has failed to take into account adequately the need for serious safety improvements to the bridge for those cycling, or the huge health benefits Londoners gain from schemes that encourage more people to take up cycling.

Between 2005 and 2014, from TfL figures, the area around the hospital entrances, including where the bypasses are to be located, saw seven people cycling seriously injured and one killed, and six pedestrians seriously injured and one killed, all from motor vehicle collisions.

We believe that if the Trust is successful in mounting a legal challenge to stop the scheme going forward, the likely outcome will be a much-needed safety measure will not be installed and alternative proposals will be unlikely to adequately answer safety issues for pedestrians and those cycling; all to allay fears that have no evidence base.

Lambeth Cyclists, London Cycling Campaign and Wheels for Wellbeing are now calling on Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust to work with us and TfL - to retract its threat of legal action, stop opposing cycling schemes without good evidence to do so, and work with us to improve cycling in the area for their staff, patients and other road users. 

Contact London Cycling Campaign - media@lcc.org.uk/ tel Mon-Fri 9am-6pm 020 7234 9310/ 
Out of hours (media enquiries only) 07979 757100

See also

Lambeth Cyclists respond to Transport for London's Westminster Bridge proposals

Friday, 24 June 2016

Come on our easy-going cycle ride looking at the London architecture of mental health this Saturday departs Bow 10:45am

We hope you can join us this Saturday, 25 June 2016, for our latest easy-going ride around the London cityscape. On Saturday we will be looking at the architecture of mental health.

How we 'treat' people with mental health problems has varied over the years from medical approaches where patients were locked up away from society to more community-based approaches which have sought to integrate treatment in the community so that people can live as full a life as possible. This cycle-ride will look at some of the significant sites of these different approaches.

Our guided tour will start at Kingsley Hall which was designed by Charles Cowles Voysey, son of C F A Voysey. Associated with radical movements, it housed Mahatma Gandhi in 1931.

Kingsley Hall represents an enduring question: is medication (and maybe psychotherapy) the appropriate treatment for mental ill health, or is empathy, 'being with' people who are undergoing psychotic experiences the curative factor? R D Laing came from a conventional treatment background. At Kingsley Hall from 1965-70 he presided over a radical anti-psychiatry experiment, where 'the sprawling house became an asylum in the original Greek sense of the word: a refuge, a safe haven for the psychotic and the schizophrenic, where there were no locks on the doors and and no anti-psychotic drugs were administered. Kingsley Hall's most famous resident was Mary Barnes, who covered the walls with finger paintings made first with her own excrement and later with paints. Today Kingsley Hall appears more conventional; even so, it hosted a mental health survivors' event for FEEL (Friends of East End Loonies) in 2010.(For further information see Observer - Kingsley Hall: RD Laing's experiment in anti-psychiatry)

Leaving, we'll ride down Bow Road on the CS2 to Aldgate East, turning off at Leman Street, for lunch in or around St Katherine's Dock. Around 2-2:30 we'll set off, riding across Tower Bridge, in the direction of the Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell and possibly the ORTUS, the Maudsley's learning and events centre in Grove Lane.

Meet 10:45 outside Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, Bow, E3 3HJ. (Nearest bike-friendly stations Bromley-by-Bow, Devons Road, and Bow Church: check for closures). 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. Contact Geraldine on 07739 232598 for further information.




Thursday, 23 June 2016

New Lambeth Cyclists committee elected at annual meeting

At our annual meeting, held on Tuesday 22 June 2016, we elected a new management committee for Lambeth Cyclists. Richard Laidlaw and Luke Evans, who stood down from the committee at this meeting, were thanked for their contribution.
Lambeth Cyclists logo

The new Lambeth Cyclists management committee is

Coordinator Charlie Holland

Treasurer Chris James

Secretary Charlie Ullman

Communications and campaigns Colin Penning

Infrastructure Simon Still and Clare Neely

Other committee members Lucy Swanson and Paola Pagliarin

Lambeth Cyclists is the Lambeth borough group of the London Ccycling Campaign, registered charity 115789

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Free Lambeth Dr Bike adjustments, information and advice this evening 5:30-7:30pm in Kennington near Oval tube station

This evening, Wednesday 22 June 2016, Lambeth's Dr Bike team will be offering free bike checks 5:30 -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 driver's blindspots.


Monday, 20 June 2016

Hear from Lambeth's new transport manager at the Lambeth Cyclists meeting this Tuesday, 7:30pm, Stockwell

We hope you can join us this in Stockwell Tuesday, 21 June 2016, for our regular monthly meeting.

At the meeting we will be hearing from Simon Philips who has recently been appointed as Lambeth's new transport manager. He will be giving an overview of developments in the borough and future initiatives where we can work with the council to further the council's aim of making Lambeth the most cycle-friendly borough. It will also be a chance to ask any cycling related questions you have.

This meeting is also our annual meeting at which we will be electing a new management committee to take forward Lambeth Cyclists over the next year.

Its your chance to get involved - there are various roles in influencing the council, Transport for London and the public, organising events and rides, communicating with members and working to make our borough more cycle and people friendly. Do get in touch if you would like more information.

We will also be looking forward to forthcoming events including the Lambeth Country Show (16-17 July) and the Floral Ride we are running to the show on that Sunday.

We hope to see you there!


The meeting takes place on Tuesday 21 June 2016 7:30-9pm at the Stockwell Community Centre, 1 Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 (behind Stockwell tube station: lots of cycle parking available)

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride 25 June 2016: Architecture of mental health

We hope you can join us this Saturday, 25 June 2016, for our latest easy-going ride around the London cityscape. On Saturday we will be looking at the architecture of mental health.

How we 'treat' people with mental health problems has varied over the years from medical approaches where patients were locked up away from society to more community-based approaches which have sought to integrate treatment in the community so that people can live as full a life as possible. This cycle-ride will look at some of the significant sites of these different approaches.

Our guided tour will start at Kingsley Hall which was designed by Charles Cowles Voysey, son of C F A Voysey. Associated with radical movements, it housed Mahatma Gandhi in 1931.

Kingsley Hall represents an enduring question: is medication (and maybe psychotherapy) the appropriate treatment for mental ill health, or is empathy, 'being with' people who are undergoing psychotic experiences the curative factor? R D Laing came from a conventional treatment background. At Kingsley Hall from 1965-70 he presided over a radical anti-psychiatry experiment, where 'the sprawling house became an asylum in the original Greek sense of the word: a refuge, a safe haven for the psychotic and the schizophrenic, where there were no locks on the doors and and no anti-psychotic drugs were administered. Kingsley Hall's most famous resident was Mary Barnes, who covered the walls with finger paintings made first with her own excrement and later with paints. Today Kingsley Hall appears more conventional; even so, it hosted a mental health survivors' event for FEEL (Friends of East End Loonies) in 2010.(For further information see Observer - Kingsley Hall: RD Laing's experiment in anti-psychiatry)

Leaving, we'll ride down Bow Road on the CS2 to Aldgate East, turning off at Leman Street, for lunch in or around St Katherine's Dock. Around 2-2:30 we'll set off, riding across Tower Bridge, in the direction of the Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell and possibly the ORTUS, the Maudsley's learning and events centre in Grove Lane.

Meet 10:45 outside Kingsley Hall, Powis Road, Bow, E3 3HJ. (Nearest bike-friendly stations Bromley-by-Bow, Devons Road, and Bow Church: check for closures). 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. Contact Geraldine on 07739 232598 for further information.




Saturday, 18 June 2016

Decorate your bike and join us for the Lambeth Floral Ride to the Country Show on Sunday 17 July 2016

We hope you can join us on Sunday 17 July 2016 for a joint Lambeth Council / Lambeth Cyclists ride from Lower Marsh, near Waterloo Station and Streatham Common, to the Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park, SE24.
Photo on bike decorated with flowers on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Decorate your bike with local flowers and join one of our friendly and inclusive rides from the North and South of the borough to the Lambeth Country Show - both rides depart Sunday 17 July 2016, 11:30am.

To find out more and to sign up see the Get involved section of the Lambeth Country Show website
Lambeth floral ride flyer on lambethcyclists.org.uk

Friday, 17 June 2016

Come on the Lambeth Midsummer's Dream cycle ride this Sunday - departs Clapham 2:30

This Sunday, 19 June 2016, Lambeth Sustainable Transport, Omnibus and Cycle Confident are putting on a magical bike ride to celebrate Midsummer.

Cyclists of all ages and abilities are welcome on the ride which departs from Omnibus Clapham (the old library) at 2:30pm.

Featuring a trick cyclist, stilt walking & a frantic lover's chase from the cast of Shakespeare’s finest comedy, all in the glorious summer sun.

Safely escorted by Cycle Confident marshals, we’ll be starting at the Polygon in Clapham Old Town and making our way round Clapham Common right through to Larkhall Park with many a sight to see along the route!

A magical experience for cyclists of all skills and ages that is not to be missed.

A Midsummer’s Dream Cycle Ride is brought to you by Omnibus, Lambeth Sustainable Transport and Cycle Confident.

Adults £3 (plus booking fee) and free admission for children accompanied by an adult. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Wheels for Wellbeing cycling disability charity.

Departs Omnibus, the Polygon, Clapham, SW4 0JG 2:30pm 19 June 2016.

For more information see Omnibus website or book your place

Friday, 10 June 2016

Free Dr Bike adjustments, repairs, information and advice every day next week in five Lambeth locations

Next week, Monday 13 - Friday 17 June 2016, Lambeth's Dr Bike team will be offering free bike checks 5:30-7:30pm every day at different locations around the borough. 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 sessions take place

Monday 13 June – Windrush Square, Brixton SW2

Tuesday 14 June – BFI Imax, Waterloo Roundabout, SE1

Wednesday 15 June – Clapham Common, SW4

Thursday 16 June – Kennington Triangle - opposite Oval tube, SW8 

Friday 17 June – Stockwell Memorial Gardens, SW9