Free Dr Bike bike check and repairs Wednesday 27 July 2011 Streatham Common Southside SW16

Lambeth will be running free Dr Bike bike checks every Wednesday throughout June and July. See below for a list of dates and locations for this free service.

As well as basic checks, repairs and adjustments to your bike you can also have your bike security marked and gain an idea of what lorry drivers see from their cabs and how to minimise the danger by remaining visible at all times.

These Dr Bike sessions are provided by Lambeth's Sustainable Travel department - follow them on Twitter @Lambethsustrans and on Facebook

Vauxhall Cross named as one of London's top 10 worst gyratories

The Guardian today carries an article listing London's top 10 worst gyratories. Lambeth's Vauxhall Cross gyratory is listed at number five.
Vauxhall Cross (photo from Cyclists in the City blog)

The Guardian Bike Blog article states:

5: Vauxhall Cross
With five lanes for cars, one for buses and cycle lanes squeezed onto narrow pavements around the outside, here the car is king. At crossings, cyclists and pedestrians squeeze onto small islands while traffic rages around a bus depot in the centre of this oversized roundabout. With limited crossing facilities heading north from the bus station a few try to cross it on foot. As with other gyratories, traffic comes in fast, angry waves with aggressive responses to anyone holding up traffic, even to taxis picking up fares from outside a supermarket.

Guardian  Bike Blog - London's worst 10 gyratories

Lambeth Cyclists have been campaigning for the removal of the Vauxhall Crosss gyratory for many years as we believe it is unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone outlined plans in 2003 to abolish Vauxhall Cross and other gyratories in London as part of his long term transport strategy. Recent indications from TfL suggest that change may again be on the horizon. We live in hope.

Two new cycle superhighways launched

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Two new Transport for London cycle superhighways were launched today.

The two routes, linking Bow to Aldwych and Wandsworth to Westminster offer clear easy to follow routes into central London. The two new routes join CS 3 and CS 7 launched in July 2010.

For further information see the Tfl website or download maps of the two new routes: CS 2 Bow to Aldwych, CS 8 Wandsworth to Westminster

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Future cycle superhighways
Over the next few years more cycle superhighways are set to be launched by Transport for London until London has a network of 12 superhighways. The next routes to be launched are
Opening 2013
CS5 Lewisham to Victoria
CS9 Hounslow to Hyde Park
CS11 West Hampstead to Marylebone
CS12 Muswell Hill to Angel

Open by 2015
CS1 Tottenham to the City
CS4 Woolwich to London Bridge
CS6 Penge to the City
CS10 Park Royal to Hyde Park

BBC - New cycle superhighways open in east and south London

New bike shop opens in Kennington

A new bikeshop Balfe's Bikes (pictured) has opened at 338 Kennington Park Road, SE11 (next to the South Pacific Pub) - a welcome addition to the area.

The new shop offers bikes, accessories, repairs and servicing - the shop offers a 10% discount for LCC members on spares and accessories.

The new shop is open 8am -6pm Monday to Friday and 10am -5pm Saturday.
Tel 020 7820 0028 email

The shop is run in association with Balfes Bikes in East Dulwich.

Did you know that London Cycling Campaign members get discounts at 100s of bike shops across London - see the LCC website for details

Thanks to Kennington People on Bikes for the information!

Bike parking facility moves from Lower Marsh to the Cut

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The one car=10 bikes bike parking facility previously featured on the Lambeth Cyclists website has been moved by Lambeth from Lower Marsh to The Cut according to a report on the SE1 website - so look out for the facility when you're next in the area!

Come and see us at the Lambeth Country Show this weekend!

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The Lambeth Country Show will once again be in Brockwell Park this coming weekend, on Saturday 16  and Sunday 17 July 2011:

Lambeth Country Show Website

Lambeth Cyclists will be at the Country Show on both days handing out information on cycling in Lambeth and South London, We will also have our pedal powered music machine.

So come and find out about cycling at the Lambeth Cyclists stall in the charities area.

As ever, we will need a few volunteers to help out on our stall. It's really just to chat to people about cycling. No special knowledge required, it's simply about sharing any tips and advice as cyclists yourselves with people who may be thinking of taking up cycling.

If you can spare half an hour or so, please do get in touch:

Lambeth Country Show website
Lambeth Cyclists at the Lambeth Country Show

We may need more people later in the afternoon on the Saturday as some people may be on the Architecture Ride, but any day you can make would be greatly appreciated.

Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride this Saturday: North Kent coast

This Saturday, 16 July 2011, we're pleased to announce one of our annual excursions into the Kent countryside, courtesy of our architectural friend and sage Benny O'Looney.
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Benny is leading a 'cycling, swimming, and possibly sketching' cycle tour of the north Kent Coast (a detail of one of Benny's splendid watercolour examples depicting Broadstairs Pier is shown).

We will start cycling in Faversham, and then running along the coast from there, potentially ending at a drinking spot in Broadstairs.

Architectural highlights include the fine Guildhall and Abbey Street in Faversham, The Victorian charms of Birchington and Westgate and a look at the newly opened Turner centre in Margate by David Chipperfield.

Abundant sea bathing opportunities could make this a rewarding and refreshing experience for both the body and the mind!

Meet at the Victoria station ticket office at 10:00 for the 10.22 am train* (Southeastern London Victoria - Ramsgate: journey 1hr 17mins). Purchase return tickets to Broadstairs as we aim to finish the ride there.

Don't forget Southeastern's Group Save – 4 people travel for the price of 2! To take advantage of this offer ensure that you are at the ticket office at 10.00 to get into groups of 4

Please get there in good time to get your bike on the train!

Cycle trainer comments on first year of London Cycle Hire scheme

On the Guardian website today cycle trainer Andrew Ross comments on his experience of the first year of the London Cycle Hire scheme: see the article on the Guardian website

Further information on the  Cycle Hire scheme is available on the TfL website

Bike Week 2011 in Lambeth

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Our programme of events for Bike Week 2011 was varied ranging from a cyclists’ breakfast and Dr Bike at which we spoke to cyclists passing on Brixton Road to specialist rides such as the incredible edible Lambeth ride exploring food growing in Lambeth, an architecture ride looking at the work of Norman Shaw and a bike related film.

The week finished with a Lambeth Council organised event: Bike the Borough where a fabulous sunny day saw hundred of riders cycle around Lambeth visiting parks over an 18.5 mile circuit. As well as the signed route there were led rides between four hubs of at Archbishops Park, Clapham Common, Streatham Common and Brockwell Park where entertainment and bike related events were taking place.
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It was a great opportunity for everyone, young and old to discover the borough in a friendly non competitive way. Lambeth really is worth exploring and this offered locals, visitors, families, friends and people looking to meet fellow cyclists the perfect opportunity to do so.

Following a debrief with the organisers at our July meeting plans are going ahead for the 2012 event: to be held on 24 June 2012 – watch this space!