Cycling Superhighways come to Lambeth

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given the go-ahead for 12 ‘cycle superhighway’ routes which will provide direct, fast routes along the major Transport for London roads (such as the A3, A24 etc) into central London mainly for commuting purposes. Three of the proposed cycle superhighway routes (Kingston- Westminster, South Wimbledon- Bank and Penge-Bank) are set to pass through Lambeth.

The Wimbledon to Bank route is set to be launched in May 2010 – one of the first tranche of routes. In preparation for this several members of Lambeth Cyclists have been working with TfL to look at the route through the formal Cycle Route Inspection Meeting (CRIM) process whereby we cycle the proposed route looking for barriers and improvements that could be made.

The most obvious different feature of the new superhighway routes will be the extra-wide blue road markings, an idea taken from Copenhagen. As we go to press various members of LCC are meeting to discuss what we should be demanding from TfL regarding these routes. Watch this space

Forthcoming Lambeth Cyclists architecture rides August and September 2009

We have a full programme of rides coming up in August and September

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August 2009 Sussex Weekender
Meet 8:45 Clapham Junction for Saturday.
Come and join us either for one day or the whole weekend for an interesting ride through the Sussex countryside around Chichester, the possibility of a trip to the seaside and a visit to interesting medieval buildings.

If you come for the whole weekend we’ll be visiting the Pallant Gallery, the Cass Sculpture Park or the sea (depending on riders’ preferences and weather), many medieval buildings at the Downland Museum (and the new Grid Shell Building) as well as a lovely ride through the South Downs. This will be a leisurely ride –approximately 25 miles on Saturday and 40 miles on Sunday but we don't leave people behind. Further details including train times and meeting arrangements are available by contacting Janet Paske ( 07740 457 528).

Saturday 8 August ‘Slow’ bike ride: 5 parks, Pimlico and a picnic
Meet 11am outside Windmill Pub, Clapham Common
This ride is inspired by the slow food movement and will take in Pimlico Farmers’ market, Clapham Common, Battersea Park, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James Park where we will have a picnic. This will be a slow paced leisurely ride suitable for everyone with a total distance of around 12 miles.

Saturday 22 August One-Offs - Architectural Freaks and Fantasies.
Meeting point and timings to be finalised: likely to be 10:30-4
On this ride we ride will be seeking out buildings that can't be pigeonholed in one architectural style or another and buildings where architectural imagination ran away with itself. So expect the tasteless, the bizarre, the eccentric and the curious. Meeting point to be advertised nearer the time, the ride will last roughly from 10.30 to 4.00. See the website or contact Mark Knox ( 945530) for further details .

September’s Architecture ride is provisionally scheduled for 26 September and will look at the architecture of London’s wide range of fire stations. Details will be available nearer the time – please see the website for information

Lambeth Cyclists enjoy action packed Bike Week 2009

Bike Week 2009 in Lambeth was as action packed as ever with rides, breakfast and a barbecue. A new feature unveiled this year was our cycle powered sound system which starred at events providing music and provoking interest from passers by.
At the start of the week we enjoyed another Bike Breakfast catching people on their way in to work to offer free Dr Bike repairs and give out information on cycling in the borough and events in Bike Week. This event saw the unveioling of our new bike powered sound system, the latest in our set of wheezes to attract the non-cyclists amongst us, - it seemed to go down very well. Thanks again to Lambeth Accord for letting us host the breakfast at 336 Brixton Road.

Lambeth Cyclists' cycle powered music machine on
On the Thursday we attended the Lambeth Council run barbecue and Dr Bike session in Ruskin park where our cycle powered sound system (above) gained admiring glances and then at the end of the week we had a ride around “Lambeth’s Greatest Hits”. This ride attracted 27 people, including many newcomers, and visited noteworthy buildings in our own borough which had featured in previous rides. So we viewed a wide range of ages and styles, from the 12th to the 21st century.

We took in well-known landmarks like the Broxton Academy (pictured, right), Lambeth Palace and the National Theatre, but also some more obscure delights such as the ex-Necropolis Railway Station, Clapham's hidden Georgian crescent, and some recently-completed eco-council-housing.

Freewheel become Sky Ride: 20 September 2009

This year’s mass participation Bike Ride in central London has changed its name from Freewheel to Sky Ride reflecting the new sponsor. The event will take place on Sunday 20 September and will again feature large sections of central London which are open solely to bicycles.

This year’s ride will be coordinated by British Cycling and will not feature the Cycle Hubs as in previous years – instead of everyone starting off the cycle to central London on Clapham Common there will be a series of led rides from each of the London boroughs.

We hope to build on our experience of leading rides to run the feeder ride up to central London from Brixton or another Lambeth location– look out for further details on our website and egroup. For further information on the Sky Ride see

Lambeth leads the way in Road Danger Reduction

Lambeth Borough Council’s Transport Department are leading the way nationally in working to reduce the road dangers posed to pedestrians and cyclists by lorries and other vehicles. They are implementing a new initiative which addresses the causes of collisions rather than the traditional road safety approach which has the effect of discouraging walking and cycling.

Most regular cyclists will know about the blind spot on the side of a lorry, and will position themselves so they are not in danger from left turning vehicles. Lambeth is not only publicising this danger to pedestrians and cyclists but also requiring its lorry drivers and bus drivers to attend safety training and see life through the eyes of a cyclist. This we hope will make the borough’s road safer for all the population.