Space for cycling at Loughborough junction

From 29 August 2015 space for cycling will be created  when Loughborough Road, SW9 and surrounding streets are closed to through motor traffic.
Sign on Loughborough Road warning of future road closure

Initially the closures will take place for a six month trial period. It is hoped that at the end of the trial the closures will become permanent. The proposed closures came about following pressure from local residents concerned at the speeding through traffic along Loughborough Road and around the Myatt's Fields Park area.

The plans were published by Lambeth in 2014. Following several well attended meetings at which a small group of residents expressed vocal opposition to the scheme we were able to rally the support of local cyclists and residents resulting in a positive response to the formal consultation on the scheme. Pressure from opponents led to delays in the final decision and once the Lambeth Cabinet had agreed to proceed with scheme the council's decision was 'called in' by the Scrutiny Committee for further consideration.

We, along with other supporters demonstrated outside the Scrutiny Committee meeting in July and were pleased when the proposals were at last passed.

Here Clare Neely, who as a local resident and Lambeth cyclist, helped to come up with the initial proposals reflects on the process "Our scheme for Loughborough Junction was dead in the water" said one local Loughborough Junction activist "and then the cyclists came". A scheme put forward by local residents to improve the local Loughborough Junction area, ran into huge opposition because it involved closing roads to through motor traffic. Thanks to everyone who wrote, lobbied, replied to consultations, a trial scheme will be in place for the next six months. It is considered that after three months everyone gets used to changes in the road network so six months will give a clear indication of whether the scheme has been successful in encouraging more people to walk and cycle, and generally to improve the local area by removing rat running traffic. Similar proposals to encourage walking and cycling on the Quietways programme in Lambeth, and to improve safety for schoolchildren in the Lyham Rd area appear to be learning the lessons of the Loughborough Junction Campaign, which include:
Having a trial scheme
Keeping local Councillors informed
Doing the major consultation with local residents after the trial scheme has gone in."

We hope that these lessons learned at Loughborough Junction will make creating space for cycling easier across Lambeth.

Sign up for Cycle Confident one day cycle maintenance courses

Looking to learn basic bike maintenance skills?

Lambeth's cycle training provider Cycle Confident are now offering one day basic cycle maintenance courses.

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Held on Saturdays at the Cycle Confident base in Kennington the courses cover the basics of keeping your bike on the road.

The courses will run on
12 September 2015
10 October 2015
14 November 2015
12 December 2015
9 January 2016
13 February 2016
12 March 2016

The programme for the day is
Morning: Session 1 - 10:30am to 12:45pm
M check - Outlining the parts of the bike
Wheels: - Removal and replacement
Tyres - Removal and replacement
Puncture repair - Wheel off Puncture repair - Wheel on
Gear Adjustment - Indexing

Lunch: 12:45am to 13:15pm

Afternoon: Session 2 - 13:15pm to 15:30pm
Gears Adjustment - refresh
Brakes - Pad replacement / Adjustment
Cable and Chain lubrication
‘Knowing your bike’ - Correct tools and simple checks required to keep your bike road worthy.

The courses are available to Lambeth residents and cost £18 for the day.

For further information and to sign up see

Praise for new Vauxhall Bridge cycle track

Works on Cycle Superhighway 5 which runs from Lewisham to Westminster have been continuing over the summer with construction of the section of the route around Vauxhall Bridge.
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Vauxhall Bridge cycle track under construction Aug 2015

Feedback from cyclists on the facilities so far installed has been positive with praise for the cycle track on Vauxhall Bridge.

The works are set to be completed by the end of October. When done you will be able to cycle along a traffic-free route from Oval tube station up to and across Vauxhall Bridge.

Cycle Confident Chocolate Ride this Sunday

Join Cycle Confident this Sunday, 23 August 2015, for an afternoon ride around some of the London's finest chocolate makers. Gain an idea of the diversity of chocolate making that goes on in London, Smell, taste, indulge!
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This free ride is open to all. It starts and finishes at Hyde Park Corner and will travel on a circular route around central London,

Meet 2pm at Hyde Park Corner. To sign up and for more information see the Cycle Confident website

If you cant make it on Sunday Cycle Confident have produced a ride route map with chocolate making and  tasting notes to use at your leisure

(This is not a Lambeth Cyclists led ride so please direct any queries to Cycle Confident)

Hundred join Ride London Freecycle from Lambeth

On Saturday 1 August 2015 hundred of cyclists from Lambeth joined the Ride London Freecycle event in central London.Ride London freecycle cyclists on

As usual we led a feeder ride up to the main event from Clapham Common. We hope that some of the new and returning cyclists will continue to cycle around London over the next few months.