Lambeth Cyclists architecture ride this Saturday: 26 November 2011: Richard Seifert: The Marmite of Architecture?

This Saturday's Lambeth Cyclists' architecture ride will look at the work of Richard Seifert.

Our relationship with post-war architecture is a love-hate affair at best; but nothing generates more mixed responses than the work of Richard Seifert and Partners, creators of of Centre Point, the Natwest Tower, Euston Plaza and other questionable icons of commercial modernism.

Original Centrepoint Building flyer
Dismissed by some as gross vulgarians, lauded by others as pioneers of pop architecture, Seiferts were by any estimation among the most successful firms of the 60s, 70s and 80s, precursors of such contemporary behemoths as Foster & Partners and Rogers Stirk Harbour.

With much of their output now disappearing or under threat, it's more than time for a reassessment - so leave your preconceptions at home and take an unprejudiced look at the Seifert legacy. You don't have to like it!

Meeting point: 10.30 am for a 10.45 departure, south end of Blackfriars Bridge, west site, SE1 (overlooking Doggett's Coat & Badge pub)

Lunch: 1.30ish, The Globe, Bow Street, Covent Garden

Finish: 5ish, near Marylebone station

All welcome - no need to register - make sure your bike is roadworthy - bring lights!

London junctions protest ride sets off from Oval

Tour du Danger cyclists assembling on the A23 in Lambeth

At the start of November up to 1,000 cyclists, (pictured)including an MP and London Assembly members set off from Lambeth on a tour of the worst 10 collision hot spots in London.

Dubbed the Tour du Danger the riders assembled opposite Oval tube station and undertook a trip around all the junctions observing the road layout and marking a very public protest. Supported by London Cycling Campaign and Lambeth Cyclists the tour highlighted the strength of feeling around this issue – future rides are planned in the run up to the Mayoral elections in May.

Collision hotspots ride this Saturday from the Oval

Starts 10.30am from St Mark's Church opposite Oval tube station.

See today's Evening Standard and Kennington People on Bikes blog and a previous post on for more information.

Three Lambeth junctions in London cycling danger top 10

Three of the top 10 most dangerous places for cycle collisions in London are located in Lambeth, new figures have shown.

In reply to a question from Lambeth and Southwark London Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has released a top 10 list of the worst locations for collisions between cyclists and motorists across the capital.
Vauxhall Cross on

The Lambeth locations in the top 10 are
• Junction of Clapham, Kennington Park and Camberwell New Roads (near to Oval tube station)
• Junction of Waterloo Road, Stamford Street and York Road (near to Waterloo station)
• Junction of Albert Embankment, Kennington Lane and Wandsworth Road (Vauxhall Cross gyratory system)

All three of these locations have been the scene of collisions between cyclists and motor vehicles. All three are major routes in to, and out of, central London for cyclists, pedestrians and bus users commuting in from Lambeth and other boroughs.

It is not however inevitable that such roads will result in more cyclist collisions – the multi-lane design of these junctions makes them unsafe for cyclists and pedestrians. The design of Vauxhall Cross in particular (pictured) is dangerous– up to five lanes of speeding one way traffic do not make a cycle or people friendly junction!

Ride around London’s worst junctions
Lambeth Cyclists will be joining with other London Cycling Campaign borough groups from across London on a tour of the cycle collisions top 10 locations on Saturday 12 November 2011. 

Join us on this ride – meet 10:30am at St Mark’s Church, opposite Oval tube station.

Led by bloggers Cyclists in the City and ibikelondon and marshalled and insured by London Cycling Campaign we will be attempting to look at ways in which these junctions can be improved to prevent collisions and make them more friendly.

London Cycling Campaign free lights offer extended until 9 November 2011:

Photo of woman cyclist on

To help you stay visible London Cycling Campaign is offering a FREE set of bike lights worth £24 if you JOIN by Wednesday 9 November 2011.


Not only will LCC be helping you stay visible during the longer nights LCC membership also includes;

Protection on the roads with

• Free third party insurance – did you know you can be sued if you crash into a car or pedestrian. LCC membership covers you up to £5 million

• Free legal helpline – LCC provides priority legal advise from an experienced solicitor used to dealing with cycling related issues and crashes

• Great deals on theft insurance - LCC Urban Cycling Insurance policy offers excellent theft and damage cover for your bicycle at a very competitive rate, with great benefits including 'get you home' cover.

• Keep up to date with London Cyclist magazine and Lambeth Cyclists newsletter

Great offers and discounts
• Enjoy up to 15% off new bikes, accessories, parts and servicing in over 120 London bike shops can save you a fortune, and can cover your whole membership cost.

• LCC members also receive exclusive offers from Cotswold Outdoor, H2 gyms in Soho and many many more.

Join now on the London Cycling Campaign website

Please note that all offers and discounts are made to members entirely at the discretion of the third-party supplier, from which we do not gain or have any control.

Mixing it with the London to Brighton veteran car run this Sunday

This Sunday, 6 November 2011, Southwark Cyclists and Lewisham Cyclists will be following the veteran cars as they travel from London to Brighton.

The cycle ride to the coast  will start in Lambeth - meet 7:15am at Lambeth North tube station, SE1 before speeding on down to Croydon to meet others at 8:15 at East Croydon station. The ride will then proceed to Brighton in the traffic with the veteran cars.

Further information on the ride can be found on the Southwark Cyclists website.

In case you are interested in seeing the veteran cars they will be passing through Lambeth on the A23 (Brixton Road, Brixton Hill, Streatham High Road) from around 7:10am onwards. More information, including a route map, can be found on the Veteran Car Run website

Guardian analyses Boris' cycling policy

Dave Hill in the Guardian has written an analysis of the Mayor of London Boris Johnson's cycling policies.

Read the Boris Johnson's cycling policies: putting the motorist first on the Guardian website