Cycling into 2008

As we approach the new year we are looking forward to an action packed 2008. From a cycle campaigning point of view the big event in the year will be the 2008 London Mayorial and Greater London Authority elections.

The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has a major impact on cycling in the capital in his role as head of Transport for London which is responsible for the main routes in the capital.

In order to take part in the elections you will need to be registered to vote – to find out if you are registered to vote contact Electoral Services at Lambeth on 020 7926 2685, email or click on the electoral services page of the Lambeth website.

We will also be developing our activities within Lambeth Cyclists – if you have any ideas for rides, campaigns or other activities that you think we should be doing or involved in do get in touch – contact Borough Coordinator Philip Loy on 020 8677 8624 or email

Architecture rides 2008

In November we met to plan our 2008 Architecture Rides (our fourth full year), and this year we have decided to rerun some of our old favourites as well as continuing with more new rides.

In February our ride will look at the architecture of libraries. Libraries have played a very important role in promoting education and knowledge from early times to the present day. The ride will examine the full range of libraries in London from the ornate architecture of the old libraries through the boom in library building in the nineteenth century to the ground breaking architecture of modern libraries such as Peckham Library and the British Library in Kings Cross.

In March we will ride on to Cinemas Reborn looking at the architecture of the many cinemas across London. Following the boom in the early-mid twentieth century many cinema buildings have now been converted to other uses but they still retain distinctive cinema features. This ride will look of some the most notable current and former cinemas across London. Further information on the rides can be found on the email group and on our website nearer to the time.

Architecture rides late 2007

Our monthly architecture rides continue to be well-attended, varied and inventive.

There was no running out of steam in November 2007 as we went on a tour of railway station architecture, inspired by the re-opening and re-invention of St Pancras.

As well as the great termini we examined lesser known gems like the lavishly Italianate Battersea Park Station and the disused Waterloo Necropolis Station.

Engineering necessarily took a more prominent place in this ride than in previous ones and as we assessed sheds, ribs, bowstring trusses and ridge-and-furrow glazing healthy debates were had about where engineering ends and architecture begins.

The 1960s built Euston had few defenders but it did offer a fine railway-centric pub for lunch. Testament to the interest of the ride were the numbers who stayed with it till after dark, finishing with a lament for the abandoned Eurostar terminal at Waterloo.

December offered a briefer jaunt on a tour of Christmas illuminations. On a Saturday afternoon we slid through the feverish crowds of shoppers in the West End, and finished with mulled wine at the Bankside Frost Fair. Top marks for lighting imagination went to South Molton Street, Covent Garden Market and the Oxo Building

Herne Hill Junction proposals criticised

If you receive messages on the email group you will be aware that during October there was a flurry of activity regarding a planning application being considered by Lambeth Borough Council for the redevelopment of the Herne Hill Junction (in particular where Norwood Road meets Dulwich Road, Half Moon Lane and Herne Hill near the entrance to Brockwell Park).

The plans aim to promote regeneration of the area and improve traffic flows especially for buses.

Based on the findings of a site visit and cycle count during rush hour where we observed the situation on the ground we have raised several objections.

We feel that several of the proposed changes to the road layout offer little improvement for pedestrians and cyclists -indeed by some measures would have increased conflict between the two groups- and would have led to no long term reductions in the number of cars using the junction or improvement in the traffic flows.

The proposals would have also led to the loss of parkland which we felt would set a dangerous precedent. We feel that the regeneration of the area will be more sustainable if the plans are redrawn to improve the situation for non car traffic. The meeting to decide on the planning application is due to take place in early 2008.

Lambeth planning application 07/03341/RG3

Christmas Party 18 December

On Tuesday 18 December 2007 in place of our normal meeting we will be having a Christmas Party.

So join us from 8:30pm onwards downstairs at the Bread and Roses pub, Clapham Manor Street, SW4 for a celebration of our achievements over the past year.

Lambeth Cyclists synergise

In November 2007 we ran a stall in one of our more esoteric locations when we joined with other environmental organisations and charities at the Synergy Project, a multiroom ‘indoor musical festival’ style clubnight in the SEOne nightclub underneath London Bridge station.

Lambeth Cyclists at Synergy were invited along following discussions at the green fair in Brixton and were able to hand out lots of leaflets and maps and speak to people, many of whom had not come into contact with the London Cycling Campaign before.

Following November’s Synergy success we will be at having another stall on Friday 8 February 2008 at the SEOne Club – further information at

Salter's Hill parking proposals consultation December 2007

Lambeth Cyclists have received a consultation letter from Lambeth Transport about allowing footway parking on Salter's Hill, the east side of Norwood Park.

The basic plan is to stop parked cars obstructing the flow of traffic.
If you wish to respond please see the consultation documents.
Images of the consultation letter and plan of proposals are downloadable to the right of this page.

Deadline for responses: 14th December 2007.


Brixton Water Lane consultation October 2007


23 October 2007
Dear Sir/Madam
RE: Brixton Water Lane- Proposed Safety Enhancement Scheme


Lambeth Council has received funding from Transport for London and the London Cycle network for safety improvements along Brixton Water Lane and at the Tulse Hill / Effra Road Junction. The enhancements will deliver safer conditions for all road users including cyclists, motorists and pedestrians.

What we know

From our survey work and accident analysis we have identified that the current cycle route layout is unsatisfactory and poses a threat to vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists).

The main issues are:

  • A dangerous and unpleasant left turn for cyclists with general traffic onto Effra Road.
  • A further danger for cyclists turning right from Effra road into Morval Road gyratory, which being a one way street is subject to speeding traffic.
  • To avoid the gyratory cyclists use the pavements on Brixton Water Lane to access Brockwell Park and Dulwich Road causing distress and danger to pedestrians.
There is also no crossing point for pedestrians to access Brockwell Park from the north side of Brixton Water Lane

Our Proposals

Our proposed improvements are shown on the enclosed drawing and are as follows:
  • A cycle contra-flow lane on Brixton Water Lane between Effra Road and Morval Road.
  • Two new car parking spaces on Arlington Road.
  • Short stay parking on Brixton Water Lane to serve businesses.
  • A raised table in front of Brockwell Park including a zebra crossing.
  • Removal of 9 parking bays. 2 gained in Arlington Street. The net loss of 7 parking bays.
  • Refresh the marking of existing parking bays on Morval Road.

Give us your views

We would like to hear your views on the plans for the Brixton Water Lane Safety Enhancement Scheme. Please complete the attached questionnaire and return it by folding the enclosed envelope by 12 November 2007.
Alternatively you can complete the survey online by following the link below:
All information submitted will be kept confidential and will only be used in relation to this consultation. If you have any queries about the questionnaire please contact Syed Rizvi on 020 7926 8996.
Yours faithfully
Syed Rizvi        
Project Manager
Lambeth Transport Planning & Strategy  
1st Floor Blue Star House
234-244 Stockwell Road
London SW9 9SP
Phone: 020 7926 8996
If you would like any of this information in large print, Braille, audiotape or another language, please contact 020 7926 2320.

Lambeth Cyclists all set for AGM 2007

Lambeth Cyclists’ Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 17 April  2007 at 8:30pm.

This will be a chance to review events over the past year and elect the new Management Committee. As there are no elections due this year we will be joined by Simon Brammer, Director of London Cycling Campaign, to hear about his vision for the LCC and cycling in London over the next few years. This should be very interesting and informative. As this is Simon’s first visit to one of our meetings it will also be a good opportunity for us to feedback to LCC central office the concerns of Lambeth cyclists.

At the AGM the Management Committee posts of Borough Coordinator (Chair), Treasurer and four or five other members, responsible for areas of working such as communications, rides, council liaison and campaigning are up for election.

So if you have any ideas for the development of Lambeth Cyclists now is your opportunity to get involved. All you need to do is 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

fillthahole logo on have launched a new service to report pot holes which allows anyone (not restricted to CTC members) to post details of road hazards such as pot holes which could cause a danger to cyclists.

Once posted CTC will report them to the relevant authorities (TfL/Lambeth in our case) and you can track the progress of the report on the website.

Go to for further information and details of problems already reported

Bike Week 2007

Bike Week this year will take place from Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 June 2007. This week long ‘festival of cycling’ aims to promote cyucling nationally and locally with rides and events to promote cycling. We are planning a full series of rides, socials and other events. We are looking around for new ideas so if you have any suggestions or would be interested in leading a ride around Lambeth and the surrounding area please get in touch. We will be putting the final programme together at the beginning of May

100% positive feedback for Lambeth Cyclists bike maintenance courses

Since September 2005, Lambeth Cyclists has run a series of seven bike maintenance courses each lasting five weeks each. Altogether 54 people have attended these courses and feedback from participants shows they have been really well received. An analysis of the feedback received has showed that 100% of those who completed the evaluation form (43 people) said they enjoyed the course and found it useful and would recommend it to others.
Lambeth Cyclists' cycle maintenance class on

A lot of the success of the course is down to the teacher, Mel Allwood, formerly of Brixton Cycles. Typical comments include "brilliant teacher”, "Mel certainly knew her stuff. She was very patient, very helpful and very amusing”, "really good, easy to follow, interesting and fun!”, "Thank you! I loved it”, "I have been evangelising all month”.

As well as empowering people to keep their bikes on the road (and costs down) by teaching the basics, such as fixing brakes and tuning gears, the courses have also focused on safety and helped to prevent problems before they occur. There are a small number of places left on the course that will run in Brixton for five weeks, every Tuesday, starting on Tuesday 15 May 2007. If you’re interested, email Olivia for further information. Further courses will be advertised on the Lambeth Cyclists email group and website..

Lambeth short-listed for transport award

Lambeth Borough Council has been short-listed for two awards -Transport Borough of the Year and Cycling - in the London Transport Awards 2007.

The cycling nomination comes in recognition of the council’s focus on developing cycle facilities and road layouts that allow cyclists to ride in an assertive and safe manner, reducing conflicts with other road users.

Initiatives such as the cycle training available for £8 and the cycling in Lambeth map were in particular highlighted in the submission.

The winners of the two awards will be announced at the end of April. For further information see

Architecture rides March / April 2007

Lambeth Cyclists' monthly architecture rides are easy going social rides open to all generally held on the last Saturday or Sunday of the month. Each ride looks at the work of a particular architect or architectural themes, no prior knowledge is required.

March 2007’s ride took a trip around the works of 20th century architect Sir Edwin Lutyens who designed many commercial buildings throughout London as well as the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

General lying in hospital on

April’s Architecture Ride on Saturday 28 Apri 2007 entitled Hidden Hospitals, will be led by Chris James and Jennifer Butt and will explore the many buildings around London which were built as hospitals but which now have other uses (such as the general lying in hospital in SE1 pictured). This ride should take in many interesting undiscovered areas of central London.

More rides…
If you cannot wait for the next architecture ride or fancy something else Pollards Hill Cyclists run almost every week. For further information see their website Other neighbouring LCC Borough groups also run regular rides – see the rides sections of the Southwark, Wandsworth, Greenwich and Lewisham Cyclists websites for further information – all are accessible through the main LCC website If you would like to lead a Lambeth Cyclists rides get in touch