Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride report: 26 February 2011 the Oxford Movement and beyond

St Barnabas Church, Pimlico, London (1850s), the first Oxford Movement church - credit: Nick Garrod
Cardinal Newman and his fellow Tractarians scorned liberalism and celebrated dogma.

They championed Romantic medievalism over the Enlightened Reformation, and the Big Society over the embryonic welfare state.

Out with Jane Austen squire-parsons, in with gritty slum vicars. Classical bad, Gothic good!

We saw, played out in London's buildings - not just churches - this 19th century battle for the soul of church and state: soaring technicolour theology, Jesuits and class rebels, Eton boaties and posh philanthropy in the East End.


Bike the borough: 26 June 2011

Following on from an idea discussed at one of our meetings last year David Lukes of Lambeth Cyclists has been working with Lambeth Council and Transport for London on an exciting event which will form part of Bike Week 2011.

Called Bike the Borough the event will feature a cycle route starting on Clapham Common and carrying on around the borough taking in Lambeth’s major and minor parks. As well as cycling this will be an inclusive event, featuring other sustainable modes of transport such as walking and skating. Children will be encouraged to participate with prizes and other enticements. Park user groups and other local organisations are being encouraged to get involved and stage complementary events on the day. The event is provisionally scheduled for Sunday 26 June 2011 – watch this space for further details!

Bike the Borough website

Lambeth 2011 Local Implementation Plan draft published

Lambeth 205-2011 LIP on’s Transport department has published the draft transport Local Implementation Plan which sets out’s the borough’s transport priorities and strategy for the next 10+ years within the context of the Mayor of London’s overall transport strategy. It also contains details of the funding priortities for transport projects for the next three years.

We will be sending an offical Lambeth Cyclists response to the draft consultation document but wouild encourage all members to send in individual consultation responses too – the more pro-cycling responses received the greater the clout that cycling will have. Watch out for details of the LIP at our February meeting and on the email group.

At a recent Lambeth Cyclists meeting we agreed some key priorities for the LIP including:
• Implementation of a 20mph speed limit on all Lambeth Roads to make them safer for all pedestrians and cyclists.
• The introduction of ‘filtered permeability’. That is closing roads for local access only. As has been seen in parts of the borough where it has already been installed, this not only encourages cycling and walking but also removes rat running traffic leaving an area more pleasant to live in.

Local politicians and others often oppose such measures because it is thought to increase congestion. TfL research indicates that as many as 50% of car jouneys across London are two miles or less – we feel that the LIP must play a key role in encouraging people to cycle or walk.

Corporation of London also releases LIP
The Corporation of London, responsible for administering transport in ‘the City’ has also released a LIP. The Corporation has traditionally paid little attention to cyclists only gradually implementing reforms to make the area more cycle friendly. The LIP currently out for consultation includes some signs of change to a more cycle friendly way of working which we want to encourage and develop.

If you work in, or regularly cycle through, the City area please have a look at the Cyclists in the City blog at  where there is a summary of the proposals and a suggested response to the consultation.

Lambeth Cyclists donate to LCC’s ‘No More Lethal Lorries’ campaign

You may be aware from the LCC website of the campaign to reduce road danger to cyclists from heavy goods vehicles, especially given recent tragic fatalities asreported in the press.

There is currently an appeal to raise funds and a petition calling for better driver training. Lambeth Cyclists has agreed to donate £300 to the fund to help LCC in its campaign to improve driver standards
in the industry. For more information see


Lambeth Cyclists welcome Council's Southbank cycle ban change of heart

Lambeth Cyclists news release 4 February 2011: Lambeth Cyclists welcome Council's Southbank cycle ban change of heart

Lambeth Cyclists today welcomed the announcement by Lambeth Council that signs banning cycling on the Southbank are to be removed.

The signs, put up in December, were a result of pressure from some local residents and businesses concerned about irresponsible cycling on the Southbank, one of London's most popular leisure and commuter cycle routes.

However the effect of the signs has been to force responsible cyclists on to the parallel Lambeth Palace Road where many cyclists feel unsafe. The ban also impacted on tourism as the Southbank route is used extensively by companies leading cycle tours of London, featuring as it does the Houses of Parliament as a backdrop.

The signs attracted criticism from many local residents, local cyclists, pedestrians' organisation Living Streets as well as the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Green party London Assembly Member Jenny Jones.

This week Lambeth announced that the no cycling signs are to be replaced by new signs welcoming considerate cycling and advising that pedestrians have priority on the path.

Lambeth Cyclists Coordinator Philip Loy commented "We welcome Lambeth council's change of heart on this issue. Attempting an outright ban on cycling was not a genuine solution to any antisocial behaviour. Lambeth Cyclists are working with the council to look at ways of encouraging considerate cycling, but in the longer term we urge that Lambeth council work with Transport for London to make Lambeth Palace Road safer for cyclists so that there is a better choice of routes for leisure cyclists and commuters."

Further information
Further information on this issue including a video looking at the issue on the ground is available on the London Cycling Campaign website 

Local cyclist and cycle trainer Charlie Holland who runs blog Kennington People on Bikes has photographed usage of the Thames path and Lambeth Palace Road at various times of the day and found little evidence of cyclists cycling irresponsibly - see his blog for photographs of the Southbank at various times of the day.

A Freedom of Information request to Lambeth Council has revealed that the No cycling signs cost £2,600 to install - these will now be replaced by the new signs.

About us
Lambeth Cyclists is one of the largest borough groups which make up the London Cycling Campaign, we work with Lambeth Council and Transport for London to make things better for cyclists in Lambeth.

The London Cycling Campaign is the largest urban cycling organisation in the world working to make London a world class cycling city.

Luke Evans 07973 786015 / Philip Loy 07960 026450

Lambeth Cyclists contributes to local schools cycling project

Pedal Power Kennington on
At our January 2011 meeting Lambeth Cyclists agreed to donate £1,200 to Pedal Power Kennington, a recently established community project based in the Lilian Baylis Community Hub in Kennington.

It provides a range of cycling activities with a particular focus on 10 - 16 year olds in the local area, and also employs mechanics and cycle trainers. A few Lambeth Cyclists activists are involved with the project, not least Charlie Holland who is a key figure.

The donation we agreed makes up for a funding shortfall and will ensure a very worthwhile project is able to continue building on its work with the 125+ children that have already benefitted from the project. For more information see