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 Lambeth_cyclists@hotmail.com. 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