Find out the future of transport in Lambeth – local elections question time 2006

On Thursday 4 May there are elections to Lambeth Borough Council.

In preparation for these we will holding a local election question time on Tuesday 18 April to find out the views of the parties standing in Lambeth on cycling and sustainable transport issues in the borough.

In particular we will be asking about cycle facilities and training, measures to promote safer cycling and the place cycling and other means of sustainable transport will have in their plans for the Borough Council.

We have invited all the parties and hope to have a good evening of debate. The meeting will be held at the Bread and Roses pub, Clapham Manor Street, SW4 on Tuesday 18 April starting at 8:30pm.

Local Elections 4 May 2006
The Lambeth Borough Council elections this year are being hotly contested – the Labour Party are hoping to make gains and get control of the council while the ruling Liberal Democrat–Conservative coalition are defending their position. Currently Labour has 29 seats on the Council, the Liberal Democrats 27 and the Conservatives seven so a gain of three or four seats by Labour or the Liberal Democrats could see the council change hands. In past elections low turnouts have been recorded for local elections across the borough so a few hundred people could determine the future political control of the Borough Council. It is vital that we question our candidates on cycling and sustainable transport issues and all use our votes. To check that you are registered and to find out details of your local polling station contact Lambeth Electoral Services on 020 7926 1000.

Lambeth Cyclists AGM 18 April
At our election question time meeting on 18 April we will also be holding our Annual General Meeting. At this we will elect a new Lambeth Cyclists Management Committee. The posts of Borough Coordinator (Chair), Treasurer and four or five other Management Committee posts covering areas such as communications, rides, council liaison and campaigning are up for election. If you would like to get involved in running Lambeth Cyclists put yourself at the AGM. The commitment isn’t huge –usually we have one informal committee meeting a month in addition to the regular Lambeth Cyclists meetings. To find out more about the Management Committee contact Borough Coordinator Philip Loy.

Lambeth Cyclists Architecture rides March 2006

February’s architecture ride concentrated on London’s museums and galleries taking a look at the great buildings that grew up to house the nation’s treasures. We visited a mixture of the well known –the museums of South Kensington for example- and the more obscure before ending up for tea at the Imperial War Museum in Kennington.

March’s ride is set to visit architecture from the 1960s and 1970s. Entitled masterpieces or monstrosities? it was set to take in the National Theatre and South Bank complex, the Royal College of Physicians and other significant building of the period.

Coming up in April and May we have two further rides in the series – looking at the works of Voysey on Saturday 22 April and focussing on the architecture of the Medway area on Saturday 20 May. Charles Voysey was an ‘Arts and Crafts movement’ architect who spanned the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His architecture is noted for its long, low-roofed houses with coarsely plastered exteriors.

The architecture rides generally start early morning and last for most of the day. They offer a leisurely ride around the architect’s work with stops for refreshments and led by an enthusiastic guide. Further information on the rides will be available on the Lambeth Cyclists website and email group nearer the time or contact Janet Paske, tel 07740 457 528, email

Lambeth Cyclists say stop at red

At the end of February Lambeth Cyclists supported parents and pupils of Reay Primary School in Stockwell to campaign against cyclists failing to stop at red lights. We joined with children from the school, local Police, Borough Councillors and MP Kate Hoey to highlight the issue which endangers school children and other pedestrians crossing the road.

The story was covered extensively by the South London Press, BBC News website, the Evening Standard, the Independent and the Guardian and we were quoted adding our support to the school’s protest and emphasising the importance of cycle training for everyone as a means of instilling the importance of complying with road traffic laws and minimising the risk to other more vulnerable road users. We hope to have a continuing dialogue with the Police about this issue and others such as advanced stop line enforcement which have an impact on cyclists in the borough.