Lambeth CRISPs

No not a new brand of tasty snack but Cycle Route Implementation and Stakeholder Plans!

In November 2005 Lambeth Cyclists were involved in two major studies of the borough's highways.

Cycle Route Implementation and Stakeholder Plans (CRISPs) are practical on the ground assessments of the cycling conditions and changes that could be made to make the roads more cycle friendly. On the allotted CRISP day we got on our bikes and cycled the routes with TfL consultants to look at areas such as junctions where cyclists can be at risk from other motor traffic turning and areas where speeding traffic could be reduced.

The two routes -from Streatham, through Brixton, Kennington and Waterloo and Stockwell Road to
South Lambeth Road, South Lambeth Place (Vauxhall Cross), Albert Embankment to Lambeth Palace Road- are part of the London Cycle Network+ detailed in the Mayor for London's Cycling Strategy which aims to increase cycling in the capital. We hope that TfL were able to gain an insight into our experience as cyclists of these routes. We will be monitoring the report and recommendations submitted to TfL closely.

Bike by tube

Transport for London have put a useful map online showing tube lines on which you can take a bike off-peak. This is a useful resource if you need / wish to take your bike for some of the way by tube. Unfortunately the two tube lines that run through Lambeth - the Northern and Victoria lines - are deep level lines and so do not take bikes at any time.

The map is at

Wandsworth Common victory

Following 10 years of uncertainty the cycle tracks across Tooting and Wandsworth Commons have been given the go-ahead by Transport Secretary Alastair Darling.

Arcane legal arguments and vigorous opposition to cycle tracks by one or two vocal local residents have meant that it has been illegal to cycle on the Commons in spite of vigorous campaigning in favour of cycle tracks by Wansdworth and Lambeth Cyclists, local residents and local schools. The Commons are important commuter and leisure routes and so will benefit all South London cyclists.

Herne Hill Velodrome reopens 5 August 2005

The Herne Hill Velodrome is set to reopen on Friday 5 August following a period of closure due to discussions between British Cycling and the landlord. British Cycling have secured a three year lease which will allow them to keep the Velodrome open whilst they negotiate the redevelopment of the site to safeguard the future of the Velodrome. Further information is available at

Tour of Britain finishing in London

The Tour of Britain professional cycle race will be finishing in Westminster on Sunday 4 September with a 45 lap race around central London as well as other races before the main event. The six stage race, starting in Scotland should have a very spectacular finish right on our doorsteps. Further information at

Maps on the web

The excellent Transport for London maps showing London Cycle Network and other cycle routes through London are now available on the web as well as in paper form.

To access the maps go to, click on Web Mapping at the top of the screen and enter the username public and password public – you will then be able to plan your routes from the comfort of your desk! (If you are unable to access the maps online ensure that your web browser has Javascript enabled – this may require altering the security settings)

Of course if you would still prefer a paper copy you can order them at or telephone 020 7222 1234.

Book a cycle training session with Cycle Training UK

Book a cycle training session with Cycle Training UK.

For the price of one day’s Congestion Charge -£8- you can have a two hour lesson which will increase your cycling knowledge and skills and improve your confidence in road cycling. Further information on the training available can be found at the Cycle Training website or tel 020 7582 3535.

Lambeth Cyclists member Janet Paske who went on the training said that she “would thoroughly recommend the training. Despite over 10 years experience in the saddle, I learnt some new techniques and approaches which will make my cycling safer. And it is never too late to do that!”

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture rides continue

The Henry Moore ride in Bike Week was one in a series of architecture rides that we are running. Each rides looks at the work of one architect -both modern and classical. We cycle around their best known works and appreciate the design touches that make them unique. All of the rides are leisurely cycles around some of London and the South East’s great buildings. You will discover bits of London and the surrounding area you didn’t know existed– with a city as large as London, with such diverse architecture there is always something new to find!

Our July ride took 11 of us out to the Kent Weald to look at some of the timber framed houses renowned in this area. We were again led by Benny O’Looney, who very kindly gave us the benefit of his architectural knowledge, and even managed to get us a view of the reverse side of a C15 hall house in Headcorn (someone’s home!). We had a lovely day, later on joined by the sun, cycling along country lanes, coming back from Appledore feeling relaxed and tired.

The next architecture ride will be on 20 August 2005 where we will be appreciating Nash’s legacy to the country – including Buckingham Palace, Waterloo Place, Regent’s Street and Regent’s Park where we will be having a picnic. After lunch we will be enjoying the many further housing developments around the Park. Although Nash was architecturally conservative, his town planning is important as it links up the Picturesque of the eighteenth century with the Garden City ideas of the twentieth.

In contrast September’s ride on Saturday 24 September 2005 will offer a ‘contemporary cut through London’ looking at what been happening over the last 10 years in architecture, whilst also demonstrating that the same problems have faced architects over the centuries. It will be led by Peter Murray, curator of an exhibition entitled The Changing Face of London which runs until 10 September at the NLA Space, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT – further information at

Free Doctor Bike every weekend in August 2005

Good news if you need adjustments or minor repairs to you bike over the summer – Lambeth Borough Council have arranged FREE Doctor Bike sessions every weekend in August. No appointments are needed – just turn up with your bike for treatment!

Doctor Bike sessions will be taking place near the Bandstand on Clapham Common every Saturday in August from 12 – 3pm and near the cafĂ© in Brockwell Park every Sunday in August again from 12 – 3pm. Tell your friends/ partners/ flatmates – there really is no excuse not to cycle in Lambeth!

Report back: subsidised cycling lessons with Cycle Training UK in Lambeth

CTUK cycle training flyer on
Lambeth Cyclists member Janet Paske reports on her experiences of taking up a Lambeth Borough Council subsidised cycle training session.

"The last time I had cycle lessons was to help me pass my National Cycling Proficiency, aged 10, when I lived 4 miles outside Hereford. Thirty years later I live in Brixton, and have cycled regularly in London for 10 years. So I thought now was a good time to take advantage of Lambeth Council’s offer to update my skills.

On the day I met with my trainer, Laura, in Brockwell Park. I soon discovered that I wasn’t holding my handlebars the best way ie with fingers outstretched over the brakes, so that both brakes can be used immediately. She checked my control skills and I learnt a new way to swerve around things like potholes, reducing the chances of having to swerve again. The most important thing I learnt was positioning on the road. Start as you mean to go on is the message. When starting, I should put my bike at the place in the road where I intend to cycle, not closer to the kerb or parked cars. Positioning is also very important as you approach a road which narrows – I have been cut up so many times by car drivers who think they can get past me. Now I know to pull across to the middle of the lane – “to take the lane” - so making it clearer that it is not possible to overtake.

Overall, I would recommend the training. Despite over 10 years experience in the saddle, I learnt some new techniques and approaches which will make my cycling safer. And it is never too late to do that!"

Lambeth Council offer subsidised cycle training for all residents of Lambeth - for the cost of one days congestion charge you can receive one to one training tailored to your needs.  To find out more contact Cycle Training UK - see, tel 020 7231 600 or see the Lambeth website

Bike Maintenance course in September 2005

We are awaiting a decision on funding that we hope if approved will allow us to establish and subsidise bike maintenance classes in Lambeth from September. So if you’ve ever felt you wanted to be able to better maintain your bike this is your opportunity!

The classes will be run by Mel Allwood, formerly of Brixton Bikes, and will consist of a series of five two hour classes on Tuesday evenings, covering tyres, brakes, wheels, gears and a general fix it session. The cost will be £25 for the series, payable up front; people on income-based benefits will have the fee waived. Priority will be given to LCC members.

If the demand is there, some of the series will be women only (the Women’s Design Service found that some women prefer women-only classes). For more information or to you register your interest, contact Janet Paske on or 07740 457 528

Bike Week 2005 in Lambeth: rides, food and sculpture

Bike Week 2005 in Lambeth: rides, food and sculpture
Bike Week in June was seven days of rides and other events for new, occasional and regular cyclists in Lambeth.

 We kicked things off with a relaxed riverside ride to Richmond and progressed through rides around the boundaries of Lambeth, a morning cyclists’ breakfast, the noted Lambeth Cyclists barbecue, jazz in Battersea Park and finished the week off with a ride to the Henry Moore sculpture park in Hertfordshire (pictured).

Thanks to everyone who came and made Bike Week events such a success and thank you to everyone who organised rides. Next year’s Bike Week is scheduled for 17 – 25 June 2006.

Lambeth Cyclists AGM 2005

On Tuesday 17 May 2005 we will be holding our Annual General Meeting where we will reviewing the year gone by and electing a new committee. All posts are up for election including Borough Coordinator, Treasurer and five committee posts.

If you would like to become more involved in the running of Lambeth Cyclists come along to the meeting!

Further information will be available on the website; if you would to find out more about getting involved contact Borough Coordinator Philip Loy who will be able to give you more information. At the AGM we also hope to have an update from Lambeth Borough Council Cycling Officer Richard Ambler on developments for cyclists in the borough

Brixton Central Square

Tessa Wright, a Lambeth Cyclists member who is involved in the Brixton Area Forum writes

Consultations have been taking place on plans for Brixton Central Square which would link Tate Gardens, Windrush Square and St Matthew's Peace Gardens. This would involve removing the Brixton Hill/ Effra Road one-way system, reintroducing two-way traffic on Brixton Hill and possible closure to traffic of Effra Road between Coldharbour Lane and Kellet Road.

It has long been an aim of Lambeth Cyclists to close Effra Road to traffic as the current one-way system is very dangerous for cyclists, so this plan provides a great opportunity to make Brixton safer for cyclists and improve the environment for pedestrians, cyclists and residents.

However, at the consultation meetings many local residents have expressed concerns about safety, particularly at night, if Effra Road is closed, creating an open area that could become a place for mugging and other crime. While these are important concerns, it would be a real shame and a missed opportunity if these fears persuaded the council not to close Effra Road. Lambeth Cyclists believes that allowing properly designed cycle access through the new Square will also make it safer by having more people passing through, and is urging councillors and designers to build this in.

We are asking all Lambeth Cyclists who support the closure to respond to the consultation via the Lambeth website (details below) by 22 April, or go to the final consultation event on Saturday 16 April from 12 - 4pm in Windrush Square, Brixton, where there will be a marquee containing an exhibition of the proposals resulting from ideas discussed at the three previous events.

Further information is available on the Lambeth website at

Vote bike!

That’s the message we will be sending to politicians in Lambeth at our general election 2005 hustings/ question time style meeting scheduled for April. We will be joining with other sustainable transport organisations in the Vauxhall constituency to put all the candidates on the spot on what their party is proposing for cyclists, sustainable transport and related issues.

Assuming the General Election is called for 5 May we will be hoping to arrange this meeting in the third week of April in place of our normal meeting. It is likely to be in a different venue to our normal meeting place - Watch the Lambeth Cyclists website and email group for further information!

More Lambeth Cyclists architecture rides

The Lambeth Cyclists architecture rides continue to attract lost of interest with LCC members from neighbouring boroughs often joining us for the short cycles around the varied architecture of London.

In February 2005 Barry Mason of Southwark Cyclists led a ride to examine Norman Foster’s 20th and 21st century buildings. About 15 cyclists braved the early snow to take in many of Foster's works including City Hall, Tower Place, the Swiss Re Tower (aka the Gherkin), the Great Court at the British Museum, Sainsbury’s headquarters, the Millennium bridge, Aspreys and numerous other Foster buildings before finishing up at Canary Wharf tube station where Roger Seaward had organised for us to see the depths of the tube station normally not open to the public. Thank you to Barry for leading this ride.

We were trailed on the ride by a camera crew for TfL's education unit for much of the morning. Many of us were interviewed to find out where and why we liked cycling to be used in an information film for schools so watch out for Lambeth Cyclists on film

Next ride: Norman Shaw
Our next ride is due to take place on 19 March  and will be led by Benedict O'Looney, a keen cyclist and practising architect. He is promising to take us on a tour of the Queen Anne style architecture Shaw is noted for including New Scotland Yard on Victoria Embankment, Albert Hall Mansions, St. Michael and All Angels Church and the Savoy Theatre.

We hope to arrange architecture rides in April and May (probably towards the end of the month) but at the time of going to press we were still finalising details – look out for information in the Lambeth Cyclists website at If you would like to lead a ride on a particular architect contact Janet Paske (email – we are open to all suggestions and you don’t need to be an expert on an architect to lead a ride!

Lambeth lips

Lambeth Cyclists are currently looking at the Lambeth Local Implementation Plan (LIP) The LIP is a document that each London borough has to write, laying out its transport strategy for the next decade in accordance with the requirements of the Mayor of London’s overall London Transport Strategy. We are going through the document to ensure that walking and cycling are kept at the forefront of transport considerations. This is no small undertaking but it is an important way for us to try and influence what happens for cyclists in the borough.

Another document we are looking at is the Lambeth Community Strategy - this is another long-term strategic document laying out Lambeth's plan for tackling such issues as the environment, community safety, and sustainable and healthy communities. This is important for Lambeth Cyclists as many of the themes have strong interconnections with cycling. This is not only true of environmental issues but community safety as well.

Both documents are available at - if you would like to have an input to Lambeth Cyclists’ response please contact Borough Coordinator Philip Loy

Lambeth Cyclists say Love your bike!

Lambeth Cyclists were busy on Valentines Day giving out Valentines cards to passing cyclists thanking them for cycling and asking them to love their bike. In addition they were invited on a ‘date’ that evening – it turned out to be our regular meeting that owing to another booking at the Bread and Roses had been rescheduled to Valentines Day. 

In total we handed out over 200 cards at the junction outside Oval tube station. We hope that we were able to awaken in people a long-term love of cycling!

We show Shawcross the way at Oval

In late January 2005 a group from Lambeth Cyclists met Valerie Shawcross, GLA member for Lambeth and Southwark, at the junction outside Oval tube station to discuss improvements that can be made to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Particular concerns that have been raised are the changing of lanes going Southwards down Kennington Park Road and the conflict with other road users at the junction with Camberwell New Road and Brixton Road. She has promised to look into our concerns and ensure Transport for London implement cycle friendly improvements to the junction.

Effra Road success

And finally a success for Lambeth Cyclists! The Council’s plans to transform central Brixton by linking up Windrush Square and St Matthews churchyard and in the process removing the Brixton gyratory system have been passed and are at the planning stage.

Lambeth Cyclists have been campaigning for the closure of gyratory system since the mid-1990s so we are pleased to see the developments. There will be consultation meetings held in February and March so watch the email group for information on how you can get involved.

Vauxhall Cross: the struggle continues

Lambeth Cyclists recently coordinated a short user survey of cyclists who use the Vauxhall Cross area. This was compiled when we heard that the Department for Transport were themselves conducting a safety audit for the opening of the new bus station, but it will also be used in a submission to Transport for London (TfL) on improving safety for cyclists negotiating this busy intersection.

As it happens we heard that TfL had employed a transport consultant (TRL) to do their own cycle audit at Vauxhall Cross. After we contacted the consultant, they agreed to consider our views. Thanks to Clare Neely and Ben Patrick for coordinating the survey.

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture rides in 2005

The last day of 2004 saw a new venture for Lambeth Cyclists: architectural bike rides when a group set off on a cycle around London looking at the architect John Soane’s quirky work, starting in the sunshine at Dulwich Picture Gallery and ending in the dusk at Soane’s distinctive tomb in the atmospheric Old St Pancras churchyard.

More Architecture rides coming soon
We are planning further rides looking at the architecture of London and the surrounding area over the next few months. Later in January 2005 we are poised to go on the second in the series when we went hunting for Hawksmoor starting with the western towers of Westminster Abbey, taking in the baroque wonders of church architecture including Christchurch Spitalfields and the church with the most original exterior in the City, St Mary Woolnoth before finishing at Greenwich, looking at the Royal Naval Hospital.

The idea of the rides is to have some mutual self-education by using the bicycle to enrich our understanding of London’s fascinating fabric, and to have an interesting social day out on our bikes. It’s a kind of architectural book club on wheels.

None of us are experts but all of us have an interest. We aim to have a meeting a week or two before the ride to share any research we’ve done and agree what buildings we want to visit, and then devise a route. The rides are provisionally scheduled for the last week in the month and are always easy going cycles around London with lunch, tea and other refreshments stops along the way. All are welcome.

Join in the research or just turn up for the ride.

Suggest an architect or a theme.

Contact ride co-ordinators Janet Paske and Mark Knox at Details of the meetings and rides will be publicised on the website and in the Lambeth Cyclists email bulletin.

Lambeth Cyclists in 2005

We have a full programme of meeting planned for 2005. This year we will be meeting on the third Tuesday of every month rather than the fourth as this will help with the logistics of producing the newsletter (allowing new events/ discussions raised at the meeting to be incorporated.)

Highlights of the year include
‘Love Your Bike’ 14 February 2005 - Our February meeting on Monday 14 February (instead of Tuesday 22 Feb owing to another booking at the pub) will have the theme of Love your bike. We hope to give out Lambeth Cyclists ‘valentine cards’ to passing cyclists in the morning at one of the major junctions in Lambeth to encourage them to come to the meeting and get involved. Watch out for further details on the website and email group.

April meetinsg hustings- in place of an April meeting we will hope to arrange an election hustings for the Vauxhall constituency parliamentary candidates (assuming the election is called as expected for 5 May). We are hoping to liaise with other environmental campaigning groups to broaden out the discussion of issues relevant to the Vauxhall constituency which includes Clapham, Kennington and Brixton as well as Vauxhall.

So far the candidates selected are: Kate Hoey (Labour), the sitting MP, who has expressed some strong views on cyclists’ behaviour in the press, Liberal Democrat Charles Anglin, a current Lambeth councillor (Princes ward), and Conservative Edward Heckels, a former Chair of the local Conservatives and candidate in the most recent council elections in Clapham Town ward. In addition we are expecting candidates from the Green, Social Alliance and UK Independence parties.

Tuesday 17 May - AGM – owing to the anticipated hustings meeting we will be holding our Annual General Meeting this year in May. We hope to have a representative from Lambeth Transport Department along to outline the latest cycling developments in the borough and get our feedback. We will also be holding elections to the Management Committee so if you would like to get involved in the running of the group now is your chance.

Saturday 11 – Sunday 19 June – Bike Week – we will be planning rides and other events for bike week at coming LCC meetings. It will be a mix of rides, regular events such as the bike to work, barbecue and commuter challenge. If you have any ideas for bike week events or rides do come along to one of the meetings or get in touch!

Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 July – Lambeth Country Show – we will have our usual stall at the show –‘South London’s premier summer event’- and welcome any ideas for different things we can do this year to attract attention and spread the cycling message.

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture Ride: Soane

The last day of 2004 saw a new venture for Lambeth Cyclists: architectural bike rides!

Seven of us met to burn off some of those Christmas calories and explored some of John Soane's buildings, starting in the sunshine at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, visiting the John Soane Museum along the way, and ending in the dusk at Soane's distinctive tomb in the atmospheric Old St Pancras churchyard.
Sir John Soane (Photo:wikipedia)

In 2005 we plan to organise a weekend ride once a month, preceded by an evening sharing knowledge of that month's chosen architect.

Thanks to Janet Paske and Mark Knox for leading this ride