What will the Mayor of London's cycling vision mean for Lambeth?

In March Mayor of London Boris Johnson set out with much fanfare his vision for cycling in London.

The Mayor pledged increases in funding and new initiatives including a new segregated East-West ‘crossrail superhighway’, improvements to the existing cycle superhighways, signed quietways along backstreets and the creation of ‘miniHollands’ in outer London.
Tfl Cycle Vision 'crossrail' superhighway

We expect the impact of these initiatives and investment on Lambeth to be positive – whilst Lambeth will not feature in the East-West segregated route (pictured) our borough contains many key TfL roads such as Brixton Road, Clapham Road, Vauxhall Cross and the South Circular and so we expect improvements building on the work we and other groups within LCC have been doing on the junctions review.

Cycle Superhighway 5, travelling from New Cross to Victoria and passing through Lambeth along Camberwell New Road, Harleyford Road and Vauxhall Cross is specifically mentioned as the first route that will see the Mayor’s new approach. In
particular the proposed segregated cycle lane on Harleyford Road leading to Vauxhall Cross is cited as an example of Boris’ approach.

The work that TfL have done with Windrush Square in Brixton is also highlighted in the document.

Mayor of London cycling vision document on lambethcyclists.org.uk
The Mayor’s vision relies on cooperation with borough councils such as Lambeth. Boroughs are responsible for the local roads which link to the major TfL routes and are the key to delivering a coherent cycling network for London: as the Mayor himself acknowledges TfL only has direct control over 5% of roads in London. In many cases the initiative will build on good practice seen on the London Cycle Network and filtered permeability in places like Lambeth to encourage more cycling by everybody.

Read the Vision for Cycling in London
LCC - Mayor's new Vision for Cycling is "ground-breaking" says London Cycling Campaign

Applications now open for secure on-road cycle parking in North of Lambeth

Applications are now open for on-road cycle parking in secure Dutch-style 'Bike Hangar' containers in Lambeth.
Bike Hangar - photo by Cyclehoop
Lambeth bike hangar, photo from cyclehoop.com 

The cycle parking, provided by Cycle Hoop working with Lambeth Council (and first outlined here in 2011),is currently available in the North of the borough in residential roads between Brixton and Clapham Roads in Kennington, SW9 (see Cyclehoop map below).

The cost of the cycle parking is £42 per year or just over 80p per week.
Map of new bike hangars in Lambeth - map from Cyclehoop
 Applicants will need proof of address and a £35 deposit to access the scheme. Demand for these facilities is sure to be high so get your application in soon! Further details of the scheme and sign up details are at  www.cyclehoop.com/rentals/

Lambeth Cyclists welcomes this scheme as we believe that it removes one of the key barriers to cycling in the borough – the lack of suitable bike storage space. We hope that the council will respond to the demand for these facilities so that secure cycle parking is available to as many people as possible all over Lambeth.

In pursuit of Spring 2013

One hundred years ago today, on Good Friday 1913, poet Edward Thomas (born in Lambeth in 1878)set out on a self-exploratory ride from Clapham Common to the Mendip Hills.

He wrote about it in his book In Pursuit of Spring

Before reaching the fields around Garrett lane he came across this:
"The suburban by-streets already looked rideable: but they were false prophets : the main roads were very different. For example, the surface between the west end of Nightingale Lane and the top of Burntwood Lane was fit only for fancy cycling in and out among a thousand lakes a yard wide and three inches deep. These should either have been stocked with gold-fish and aquatic plants or drained, but some time had been allowed to pass without either course being adopted."

Tomorrow Pat from Laurel Books leaves Clapham Common on an anniversary ride, searching for spring.

LCC's Charlie Lloyd will be riding the same route departing on Good Friday 2013 - follow his experiences on his Tumblr page.

Thanks to Charlie for this fascinating information.

Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting this evening in Stockwell

Lambeth Cyclists meeting on lambethcyclists.org.uk Come to the Lambeth Cyclists meeting tonight!

We hope you can join us for Lambeth Cyclists' meeting this evening (19 March 2013) 7:30pm at the Priory Arms pub, Lansdowne Way, Stockwell, SW8. We are usually in the upstairs room.

The first part of the meeting will be business looking at latest developments in cycling in the borough followed from approximately 8:30 onwards by drinks in the bar - it would be great to see you for all or just the second part of the meeting!