Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Calling Dr Bike!

Lambeth Council’s free Dr Bike events return on Wednesday evenings through the summer.

Dr Bike will look at your brakes, tyres, gears and the general road-worthiness of your bike.

The Dr Bike mechanics will fix any problems if it's possible to do it there and then. Otherwise they will tell you what is wrong so you can take your bike to a bike shop and explain the problem.

The police will be at the events marking bikes and adding details to This can deter theft and will ensure that your details are on a nationwide database so if your bike is stolen, it is more likely to be returned to you.

The next few dates (Wednesdays, 5-8pm):

  • 24 May – Waterloo, outside James Maxwell Clerk Building, opposite Imax.
  • Special event: Saturday 27 May – Common People, Clapham Common bandstand, 1.30 - 7pm
  • 31 May – Stockwell, memorial garden on South Lambeth Road
  • 7 June – Brixton, Windrush Square
  • 14 June – Kennington, opposite Oval tube
  • 21 June – Clapham, at the junction of Cedars Road and Clapham Common Northside
  • 28 June – Waterloo, outside James Maxwell Clerk Building, opposite Imax.

More details about these and more Dr Bike events on Lambeth Council's website.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Architecture ride - medieval and Tudor south-west London

Our next architecture themed ride, an exploration of medieval and Tudor south-west London, will take place on Saturday 27 May.

Join us for a leisurely ride looking at the surprisingly numerous, but often overlooked, Medieval and Tudor buildings in south-west London.

This train assisted ride will start at Vauxhall station where we will catch the train to Chessington South before heading on a route taking in Old Malden, Kingston, Ham and finally Richmond upon Thames. We will then either take the train or ride back to Vauxhall.

The easy-going ride will be mostly along back roads and lanes. We will stop for lunch at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park.

Meet Saturday 27 May at 9.35am on the north side of Vauxhall Station to catch the 9.50am train to Chessington South. Or, join the train at Clapham Junction at 9.55am. Alternatively, meet us at Chessington at 10.20am

This ride will be led by Anthony. Contact number on the day: 07951 572330.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Get involved - attend our next meeting and consider joining our committee

Lambeth has the largest LCC membership of any borough in London, with over 1000 members.

We know many of you take time to respond to consultations, ask questions of your Councillors and help in many other ways. Thank you!

Over the coming year we would really like to boost our activity, but to do that we need to add to our existing committed committee members at our AGM on 20 June.

If this might be of interest please attend our meeting on Tuesday 16 May, 7.30pm to 9pm at the Stockwell Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 6RA. Alternatively email Charlie, Lambeth Cyclists' Coordinator.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Quietway 5 through Streatham

URGENT: Lambeth council is asking whether the filter installed to reduce rat-running on Estreham Road (Quietway 5) by Streatham Common station should stay or go.

We strongly believe that it should stay, and that it would be beneficial to introduce further filters in the area to make more residential streets access only to drivers.

Please respond to the survey now. The survey closes on 19 May.

If Lambeth remove this one then it is likely to make the introduction of more healthy streets measures in the borough even harder.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Architecture ride: London's hotels

Join us on Saturday 29 April for our next architecture themed ride.

Explore the history and development of London's amazing hotel scene from Victorian and Edwardian exuberance through classic 1930s to imaginative and ingenious 21st century hotel conversions. 30 million tourists a year need somewhere to sleep!

Meet in the courtyard of the last surviving galleried coaching inn in London, the George Inn, 75-77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH at 10.30 am.

We aim to finish mid afternoon in time for a cup of tea in Hyde Park.

This ride will be led by Liz and Robin. For an queries on the day call Robin on 07769 978088.  

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Timid tackling of rat running in Streatham

Lambeth Council continues its Our Streets 'neighbourhood enhancement programme' and is looking at residential streets in Streatham that suffer rat running.
In Streatham Wells, the Our Streets programme hopes to have a positive impact on some of the most used roads in the area. This is your chance to share your thoughts on the proposals. 
Despite highlighting the dire need for action in and around Valley Road we think the plans could go further so that these residential streets are places children can ride their bikes. The plans do not seem to sit well with the council's own work on Healthy Streets.

The proposals include changing speed cushions to more cycle friendly modern 'sinusoidal' humps and very limited filtering of traffic. There will be some improvements for people on foot too but a more ambitious scheme, with cycle tracks and more filtering would make a real difference. Some other bits of the borough benefit from this, it's time Streatham starts to.

The proposals do not meet the London Cycling Level of Service included in TfL's Cycling Design Standards. 

Read the proposals and take part in the survey.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Discuss Lambeth's future cycling network this Thursday

Councillor Jenny Brathwaite, Lambeth's Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, is holding her first Healthy Streets Forum this Thursday in Brixton. The intention is to help shape Lambeth's Cycle Network strategy. Please come along if you would like to help Lambeth identify and prioritise steps towards creating a dense network of convenient cycle routes that appeal to all ages and abilities

Monday, 13 March 2017

Architecture ride: Croydon, south London's Alphaville

Join us on Sunday 26 March for our next architecture themed ride.

The "Alphaville" of South London, Croydon is an ambitious, confident and sometimes gritty Edge City to its big sister just 10 miles away.

With more than its fair share of negative press since it was reborn in the 1960s and designed unashamedly for the car, nonetheless it has many architectural highlights.

We'll ride to see the famous skyscrapers of "mini Manhattan" as well as innovative housing estates, Medieval palaces and Victorian Gothic industrial architecture.

Join us on Sunday 26 March, we will meet at 10.30am outside East Croydon rail station. Note the change of date since our newsletter sent to members by post in early March.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

TfL reports back after Brixton Hill and Streatham Hill consultations

Lambeth based members of the London Cycling Campaign should have just received the latest London Cyclist magazine and the Lambeth Cyclists' newsletter in the post. Here is one of the updates from our newsletter.

Last autumn, Transport for London consulted on changes to bus lanes on Brixton Hill and on Streatham Hill. Now TfL has issued its responses to the issues raised in the consultations.

The two separate reports highlight the demand for improved cycling safety on this stretch of the A23, the summaries of most frequently made comments included:
  • Calls for protected cycling facilities along the A23 and at major junctions 
  • Calls for bus lane operating hours to be extended to improve cycling safety
Next steps: No space for cycling
Despite the arguments for safer cycling, the plans will proceed with only minor changes, which will leave this key route unappealing as a cycle option for most people. This presents a real challenge to Lambeth's cycle network and the Council and local councillors must press TfL for better conditions.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Make plans to join an architecture ride

Last year's Architecture Rides were rounded off in November with an absorbing tour of War Memorials, from the very obscure to the very grand, led by Marion Houghton.

Here are the rides we have arranged so far for this year:
  • Saturday 18 March - Croydon, ancient, modern, in between.
  • Saturday 29 April – Hotels, especially those converted from other uses.
  • May - The Victorian Battle of the Styles
  • June - Temporary buildings
  • August - second part of our exploration of Concrete in architecture, this time in south and east London.
  • September - a trip to Rotterdam and its architecture
  • October - Post-War Churches
  • November - Retro Retail
Dates and meeting times will be pinned down nearer the time, but expect the last weekend of the month. See Twitter for updates and reminders.

We may schedule more rides. Find out more about Lambeth Cyclists' rides.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

This Tuesday: Two guest speakers at Lambeth Cyclists meeting

Fantastic guests and an opportunity not to be missed at Tuesday's Lambeth Cyclists meeting!

Lambeth Council has commissioned a plan for a dense borough-wide Cycle Network of appealing and convenient routes, this is to further its ambition to become London's most cycle friendly borough for all people, young and old. We are delighted that Mark Strong has agreed to outline the work. Mark is managing consultant of Transport Initiatives which will draw up the Network.

As members of Lambeth Cyclists, with unparalleled local knowledge, we need to be able to review and comment constructively on the plan when it has been drawn up.

To our great pleasure, Dr Rachel Aldred, chair of LCC's Policy Forum, has offered to follow on from Mark's briefing. Rachel is Reader in Transport at the University of Westminster and teaches on the university's MSc Transport Planning and Management. Rachel will set out considerations for a high quality network and take us through an exercise where we devise a cycle network for an area of Lambeth.

The meeting is this Tuesday, 17 January, from 7.30 (sharp!) to 9pm at Stockwell Community Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 6RA (just behind Stockwell tube station). Please come along if you can.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Views sought this weekend on our draft Thornton Ward consultation response

The word document with our draft response, to be submitted on Monday, can be viewed on our Yahoo group here. Opinions and suggestions are welcome before we submit this.

We urge those who live in or pass through the ward (north of Tooting Common roughly to the South Circular) to reply too to the consultation survey at

Monday, 2 January 2017

Thornton Ward streets scheme consultation ends Jan 10th

Are these measures sufficient to get many children cycling to the many local schools and around the neighbourhood?

Please do comment using the survey on the website.

I'll draft a Lambeth Cyclists response so would welcome comments in answer to this post or by email to

Thanks (and Happy New Year)
Lambeth Cyclists Coordinator

Kennington / Oval Cycling Improvements Meeting this Thursday

If you live, work or visit the North Lambeth area (Prince's and Oval wards), the Council would like to find out your priorities for investing payments that are made by developers to fund local improvements. A Community Local Investment Plan (CLIP) is now being drawn up and your input would be appreciated.

What are your priorities for your streets, open spaces and places?

The money can be spent on capital items (e.g. cycle parking or segregated cycle tracks) or on revenue items (e.g. cycle mechanic training programmes).

Councillor Joanne Simpson has arranged a meeting to source ideas for cycling improvements in the area. It is this Thursday 5th January at 6.30pm, upstairs at the Black Prince pub, 6 Black Prince Rd, SE11 6HS. If you can't make the meeting but have a suggestion beforehand you'd like discussed please email it to

Ideas from the meeting will feed into Lambeth's Prince's and Oval wards CLIP consultation that runs until Friday 24 February 2017. Please reply to the survey there too.