New Lambeth Cyclists team elected

At our annual meeting, held on Tuesday 19 June, we elected a new management committee for Lambeth Cyclists.

The 2018-19 Lambeth Cyclists management committee is:

Joint Coordinators - Colin Penning and Simon Still
Treasurer - Chris James
Secretary - Charlie Ullman
Communications and campaigns - Henry Heath
Architecture rides coordinator - Mark Knox
Other committee members - Charlie Holland, Clare Neely, Paola Pagliarin and Lucy Swanson.

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

Theatrical architecture - come for a ride on Saturday 30 June

Join us as we explore the theatre capital of the world.
London boasts a total of 241 professional theatres with more than 110,000 seats. Theatres form a key part of London’s international cultural prominence, together with making a huge economic impact on the capital.

The buildings that house London’s theatres are architectural wonders, often taken for granted by locals.

Our next Architecture Ride will be on Saturday 30 June exploring the history of London’s theatres through their design and architecture from the 17th to the 21st century.

Meet at the riverside outside the Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT at 10.30am.

Getting involved and help lead Lambeth Cyclists

Our meeting on Tuesday 19 June includes our AGM. It is a great time to get more involved.

Lambeth has the largest LCC membership of any borough in London, with more than 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!

Could you join the Lambeth Cyclists’ committee?
You don’t need any experience or qualifications, just an interest in promoting cycling in Lambeth and a few hours you can spare each month.

To find out more email Charlie, Lambeth Cyclists' Coordinator. If you don’t want to join the committee, you’d still be very welcome to attend the meeting!

The meeting starts at 7.30pm at the Stockwell Centre, 1 Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 6RA. This is just behind Stockwell tube station and there is plenty of secure cycle parking in the Centre's forecourt.

Council elections: demand space for cycling in your area

There are council elections on Thursday 3 May. Remember to vote on the day or to return your postal ballot if you have one.

Which candidates do you think will do most to improve cycling safety, enable more people to ride, and take steps to improve air quality?

At the last council elections we set out ‘asks’ for each council ward in Lambeth. Nearly every candidate signed up to help make them happen.

How well have they done in your ward?

Lambeth Cyclists recently analysed the council's progress towards its own cycling strategy. We found that progress on soft measures like training and parking 'are not, and cannot be, a substitute for a safe and attractive cycling environment.'

What you can do now:


Soft measures not a substitute for a safe and attractive cycling environment

Lambeth Cyclists has run a fact check analysing the cycling related claims made in Lambeth Council’s “Sustainability Update” to the Council's Cabinet on 19 March 2018.

The verdict
Bike hangers help those who do not have space but
do not address safety.

For there to be any significant growth in cycling, segregated infrastructure is required on the busy roads that are usually the most direct routes from town centre to town centre.

Routes designated on roads without segregation need to have a very low level of motor traffic - ideally below the Dutch guidance of 2000 Passenger Car Units (PCUs) per day or at least TFL's benchmark for Quietways of 3000 PCUs.
Segregated space for cycling is required on busy roads.

Lambeth “Quietway” routes have not currently filtered out through traffic so large sections remain both too busy and too fast - they will fail to create conditions for increased cycling.

Lambeth’s focus remains far too much on ‘soft’ measures such as training, parking and cycle hire. These improve conditions for existing cyclists but do not address the reason most frequently given for not cycling - worries about safety, and fear of motor traffic in particular. They are not, and cannot be, a substitute for a safe and attractive cycling environment.

Download the full report.

Architecture ride - Inter-war churches

Join us on Sunday 29 April for the good, the not so good, and the plain bad: 20th Century churches in and near the borough of Lambeth.

Now that (we hope) the weather is getting better, come along for a leisurely ride on Sunday 29 April, note the changed date, looking at some local twentieth-century churches.

We will see work by some of the most interesting church architects of the period, including Martin Travers, Edward Maufe, and Nugent Francis Cachemaille-Day, but also work that is much more forgettable.

Meet at Estreham Road outside the entrance to Streatham Common station at about 10am for a 10:15 start. Lunch will probably be in a pub. The ride will be led by Anthony Gilmour.