Planning for the year ahead

At Lambeth Cyclists AGM this month we looked at what we had achieved over the last year and planned for the year ahead, including forming a new team to run the group.

It was great to have new members at the meeting. You can still get involved, there is lots coming up this year with Lambeth council working on a liveable neighbourhood in Brixton and TFL saying it will look at upgrading CS7.

Our new team:
Joint chairs: Colin Penning and Simon Still
Secretary: Charlie Ullman
Treasurer: Chris James
Infrastructure: Simon Still and Charlie Holland
Planning consultations: Claire Neely
Comms: Colin Penning and Henry Heath
Councillor engagement: Lucy Swanson
Community speedwatch; Andy Weir

Lots of thanks to others at the meeting who volunteered to support the committee on specific areas.

How you can get involved and help lead Lambeth Cyclists

Our meeting on Thursday 18 July includes our AGM. It is a great time to get more involved.

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

This is a fantastic year to get more involved. There is incredible potential with the Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood proposals and with TFL looking at improvements on some of our biggest roads.

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 Colin and Simon, current Lambeth Cyclists' Coordinators. 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.

TFL Consultation Kennington Park Road and Braganza Street, CS7

TFL has a consultation on changes to Kennington Park Road at the junction with Braganza Street. This is the junction on CS7 by Kennington tube station.

What TFL says:
Our plan is to modify the junction to create a ‘right turn only phase’ for traffic turning from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street. This will remove the conflict between drivers turning right and vehicles progressing straight on southbound through the junction. Our full proposals include:

  • A separately controlled right turn from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street. Drivers turning right will be held at a red signal while southbound traffic moves, completely removing the potential for right turn conflict
  • Creating a northbound segregated cycle by-pass of the junction
  • Shortening the loading bay on the north-east side of the junction to allow for the cycle by-pass, while leaving space for deliveries to local shops and businesses to continue
  • Providing an earlier green signal for cyclists using the junction. This will allow cyclists to be clear of the junction before other vehicles move, reducing conflict
  • Reallocate northbound traffic lanes with designated lane markings for ahead and right turning movements. This will allow free flow of northbound traffic without having to wait for right turning vehicles to clear the junction
  • Introducing a banned left turn into Braganza Street, except for cyclists, removing the risk of conflict between left turning drivers and cyclists and motorcyclists moving stratight ahead
  • Extending the southbound bus lane to the junction
  • Removing a short stretch of northbound bus lane to allow for the new road layout

Lambeth Cyclists thinks these schemes are clearly about collision reduction rather than enabling more, and a wider range of people, cycling. They do little to improve subjective safety with people cycling still sharing space with motor traffic on busy roads.

As such they will contribute towards MTS Vision Zero targets but not MTS targets for increased cycling. We are encouraged that this is now recognized and an explicit reference made to revisiting the entire CS7 corridor.

Specific Comments on this scheme
The scheme is supported with caveats. In principle the creation of the by-pass would address the issue with vehicles moving into the left lane to avoid the right turning queue. However, the entrance to the by-pass needs to be before the end of the bus lane or else there is a risk that the collision point is simply moved back up the road.

What do you think? 
Respond to TFL's consultation by 25 July. See others' feedback on Cyclescape.

Clapham Road CS7 junction at Union Road

TFLhas a consultation on changes to the junction where CS7 on Clapham Road passes Union Road, with the Pheonix pub on the corner.

This junction has particular dangers with cars turning in to Union Road across people cycling and dashing across Clapham Road from Stirling Road into Union Road.

As TFL says:
In the last three years, there were 23 collisions at this junction, 18 of which were people cycling. (Data available up to 30 September 2018).

A number of issues have been identified with the current junction layout:
  • Difficult for road users to turn right from A3 Clapham Road into Union Road. People making this turn are allowed to proceed at the same time as the A3 northbound traffic is moving, leading to right-turning drivers seeking short gaps in the traffic and turning impatiently or without enough care. People cycling northbound nearer the kerb may be hidden by other vehicles, increasing the risk of them being struck.
  • Northbound cyclists vulnerable to left-turning traffic. There are a lot of cyclists heading north into central London in the morning peak. Drivers turning left into Union Road have to cross this flow of cyclists.
  • Advanced stop lines (ASL) for cyclists at the junction are too small. The number of cyclists using the junction at peak times means the ASL boxes can not safely protect everyone cycling, particularly people cycling northbound along Clapham Road in the morning peak.
  • Poor junction alignment with Stirling Road. Many vehicles turn right from Stirling Road onto the A3 and then turn left into Union Road, cutting across two lanes of traffic including cyclists.

These “safer junctions” schemes are clearly about collision reduction rather than enabling more, and a wider range of people, cycling. They do little to improve subjective safety with people cycling still sharing space with motor traffic on busy roads.

Our thoughts on this so far
Cycling in bus lanes is not the solution to mass cycling, but it does provide for cycling at a certain level of confidence. However, most of the bus lanes on the CS7 corridor are part time - outside operational hours cycling is dangerous and unpleasant due to fast motor traffic using bus lanes to undertake slower vehicles. This is a major factor in deterring non-commute utility cycling. The cheapest and most dramatic increase in subjective and objective safety on this route would be to make all bus lanes 24hours a day, 7 days a week

Specific comments on this junction

We support these changes with strong caveats - there is a high risk that new danger has been created here.

This scheme addresses two specific risks - motor traffic moving from Stirling Road to Union Road and Southbound vehicles on Clapham Road turning right into Union Road.

Our concerns with this proposal are set out below -

The separately controlled right turn to Union Road will exacerbate the issue of motor traffic merging into the left lane to continue straight on. This is precisely the situation at Kennington Park Road/Bragnanza Street where a separate ‘safer junctions’ scheme is creating a cycle bypass to avoid just this type of conflict.

Traffic currently using Stirling Road is likely to move Clitheroe Road leading to an increased volume of traffic turning right just at the point motor traffic is merging into the left lane in conflict with cycles. A very small ‘low traffic neighbourhood’ intervention would place a modal filter at the Kimberley Road/Grantham Road junction (this is on borough roads and would need Lambeth agreement)

There remains a left hook risk from Northbound traffic turning into Union Road. This risk occurs during the green phase - early release offers no safety benefit for cyclists here since any using the ASL would already be ahead of left turning vehicles and there is no merge on the far si

Read TFL's proposals and respond to the consultation today.

Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood - your first chance to have your say

Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood could be amazing for walking and cycling in Brixton and create safe, pleasant, links to Clapham, Herne Hill and Loughborough Junction. You can tell Lambeth where the current issues are and how to make it better.

What they say:
Lambeth Council need your help to make the Brixton area a healthier place, with a thriving town centre, less traffic, cleaner air, more space for people and great for walking and cycling. We want to involve the whole community and work together with you to achieve this.
Find out more and add your comments about what works and what could be improved on their map, also add your vote to comments you support.


Road works and liveable Brixton at our meeting on Thursday

We've an action packed meeting this Thursday.

This month's special guest speaker is Michael Barratt who leads TfL's team tackling the barriers to walking and cycling caused by big building works and road works. If you've cycled on a nice little coned route through some works, for example at Vauxhall, that was Michael's team.

Also, Lambeth council has just launched its engagement on the Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood proposals. Find out more at our meeting at 7.30pm Thursday evening.

We meet at Morley College Stockwell Centre, 1 Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 6RA. This is just behind Stockwell tube station and there is plenty of cycle parking in the Centre's forecourt.