Lambeth's Transport Strategy Consultation - Respond by Monday 17th Dec!

Lambeth Council is consulting on its draft Transport Strategy and LIP, the implementation plan (LCC guidance). This doesn’t just set out the borough’s spending plans on transport for the next three years but also their approach for the next 20 years. So we really need as many people as possible to use this moment to tell the council we want more and better walking and cycling. And no more ratruns, no more polluted main roads.

Please complete the survey today (or email

Follow the cycle route sign but the sign also says oncoming vehicles in your path.

What to say?

The strategy’s “Guiding Principles”, “Strategic Outcomes” and “Healthy Routes” approach (protected space for cycling on main roads and filtering out rat running traffic in areas away from main roads) are all good. But they’re not reflected in any short term actions and targets.

It’s all fine words, but no action. Little surprising then that in the last five years, TfL data says walking and cycling have flatlined in Lambeth.

We want:
  • The Healthy Routes “flagship” plan to get much more than a paltry 7% of the plan budget. We think this should be at least 25% (the amount currently proposed for soft ‘training and encouraging’ measures) but to be really effective even higher. 
  • A cull on traffic calming schemes that have been failing to deliver. Some roads the borough is proposing to revisit a second or even third time and they’re still seeing far too high speeds, whereas cheap “low traffic neighbourhoods” would remove ratruns and reduce speed more effectively. 
  • Real political leadership on these issues - better cycling and walking, reducing motor traffic dominance are a “matter of social justice” says Jeremy Corbyn. Pollution, inactivity, climate change affect the poorest in our borough most. And these are crises tearing apart our NHS, killing Londoners and threatening our planet. We want hard, bold targets and action from Lambeth, not more words. 
This is what Labour Cllr Clyde Loakes in Waltham Forest said this year about their class-leading mini-Holland:

“I have been a councillor for a long time. I spent years talking about encouraging a shift to bikes and walking without actually doing the things that make a difference. If I am honest I was tinkering with parking schemes and pandering to car owners. I was not delivering for our community. Then I got a chance to do something extraordinary. We won our Waltham Forest mini-Holland bid with low traffic neighbourhoods and protected bike lanes. We had signed up to deliver a huge public health implementation at pace.

Every Labour councillor that had backed the scheme showed a significant increase in votes. The impact of what we have done is enormous and its impacted public health measurably. DfT data shows that not only did the borough have the largest increase in walking last year, the increase is so large that life expectancy has been extended for residents”

Let’s make Lambeth better together. Send in a response (in your own words) today, the consultation closes on Monday 17 December.

Segal and Span - Architecture Ride 20th October

Date: Sat 20th October 2018*
Meet: 10.30am outside the cafe (north side) in the middle of Brockwell Park.
Contact: Philip Loy
Mobile: 07577 293885

This ride will look at two 'pioneering' approaches to house building and design.

Our first visit will be to Walter's Way near Honor Oak, a reprise of our visit last year. The houses here were built by the residents themselves using a system designed by architect Walter Segal that did not require specialist skills. The spirit of self build and community housing continues today by various organisations and is an interesting solution to housing needs.

Our second visit will be to the Cator Estate in Blackheath to see some the examples of 'Span' housing, so called as they were designed to cater for the middle ground between large council estates and mansions for the wealthy, and to create genuine communities. They may look familiar now but at the time they were a radical reaction against the mock Tudor prevalent in post war architecture, using new construction techniques, featuring open plan interiors with large areas of glass, and integrated with landscaping.

It's likely that we will have a lunch stop between the two visits depending on timings, likely to be in Blackheath town centre. We should be finished by 4.00pm.

* Note this ride is not on the usual last Saturday of the month

Lambeth’s Circus and Music Halls - Architecture Ride 29 September

In the 250th year of Lambeth circus and the bicentenary of the Old Vic, discover the locations and hear tales of Astley’s Amphitheatre, the Canterbury Hall of Varieties and other local South London venues. More details here.

Led by Charlie Holland for Lambeth Cyclists, the borough group of the London Cycling Campaign. The ride is free, but booking is essential as places are limited to 20. Pre-book via email to

Date: Sept. 29, 2018 10:00 am - 1pm
Meeting Point: Emma Cons Gardens (opposite the Old Vic)
The Cut

New Lambeth Cyclists team elected

At our annual meeting, held on Tuesday 19 June, we elected a new management committee for Lambeth Cyclists.

The 2018-19 Lambeth Cyclists management committee is:

Joint Coordinators - Colin Penning and Simon Still
Treasurer - Chris James
Secretary - Charlie Ullman
Communications and campaigns - Henry Heath
Architecture rides coordinator - Mark Knox
Other committee members - Charlie Holland, Clare Neely, Paola Pagliarin and Lucy Swanson.

Lambeth Cyclists is the Lambeth borough group of the London Cycling Campaign, registered charity 115789.

Theatrical architecture - come for a ride on Saturday 30 June

Join us as we explore the theatre capital of the world.
London boasts a total of 241 professional theatres with more than 110,000 seats. Theatres form a key part of London’s international cultural prominence, together with making a huge economic impact on the capital.

The buildings that house London’s theatres are architectural wonders, often taken for granted by locals.

Our next Architecture Ride will be on Saturday 30 June exploring the history of London’s theatres through their design and architecture from the 17th to the 21st century.

Meet at the riverside outside the Globe Theatre, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT at 10.30am.

Getting involved and help lead Lambeth Cyclists

Our meeting on Tuesday 19 June includes our AGM. It is a great time to get more involved.

Lambeth has the largest LCC membership of any borough in London, with more than 1000 members. We know many of you take time to respond to consultations, ask questions of your councillors and help in many other ways. Thank you!

Could you join the Lambeth Cyclists’ committee?
You don’t need any experience or qualifications, just an interest in promoting cycling in Lambeth and a few hours you can spare each month.

To find out more email Charlie, Lambeth Cyclists' Coordinator. If you don’t want to join the committee, you’d still be very welcome to attend the meeting!

The meeting starts at 7.30pm at the Stockwell Centre, 1 Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 6RA. This is just behind Stockwell tube station and there is plenty of secure cycle parking in the Centre's forecourt.

Council elections: demand space for cycling in your area

There are council elections on Thursday 3 May. Remember to vote on the day or to return your postal ballot if you have one.

Which candidates do you think will do most to improve cycling safety, enable more people to ride, and take steps to improve air quality?

At the last council elections we set out ‘asks’ for each council ward in Lambeth. Nearly every candidate signed up to help make them happen.

How well have they done in your ward?

Lambeth Cyclists recently analysed the council's progress towards its own cycling strategy. We found that progress on soft measures like training and parking 'are not, and cannot be, a substitute for a safe and attractive cycling environment.'

What you can do now:


Soft measures not a substitute for a safe and attractive cycling environment

Lambeth Cyclists has run a fact check analysing the cycling related claims made in Lambeth Council’s “Sustainability Update” to the Council's Cabinet on 19 March 2018.

The verdict
Bike hangers help those who do not have space but
do not address safety.

For there to be any significant growth in cycling, segregated infrastructure is required on the busy roads that are usually the most direct routes from town centre to town centre.

Routes designated on roads without segregation need to have a very low level of motor traffic - ideally below the Dutch guidance of 2000 Passenger Car Units (PCUs) per day or at least TFL's benchmark for Quietways of 3000 PCUs.
Segregated space for cycling is required on busy roads.

Lambeth “Quietway” routes have not currently filtered out through traffic so large sections remain both too busy and too fast - they will fail to create conditions for increased cycling.

Lambeth’s focus remains far too much on ‘soft’ measures such as training, parking and cycle hire. These improve conditions for existing cyclists but do not address the reason most frequently given for not cycling - worries about safety, and fear of motor traffic in particular. They are not, and cannot be, a substitute for a safe and attractive cycling environment.

Download the full report.

Architecture ride - Inter-war churches

Join us on Sunday 29 April for the good, the not so good, and the plain bad: 20th Century churches in and near the borough of Lambeth.

Now that (we hope) the weather is getting better, come along for a leisurely ride on Sunday 29 April, note the changed date, looking at some local twentieth-century churches.

We will see work by some of the most interesting church architects of the period, including Martin Travers, Edward Maufe, and Nugent Francis Cachemaille-Day, but also work that is much more forgettable.

Meet at Estreham Road outside the entrance to Streatham Common station at about 10am for a 10:15 start. Lunch will probably be in a pub. The ride will be led by Anthony Gilmour.

Building great plans for our Architecture Rides

We have arranged a first set of Architecture Rides for this year. The dates are still provisional and further details, including meeting point and time, will be published nearer the time, so keep an eye on our website for updates and details.

The rides generally start around 11am and finish around 4pm, and the pace is never hectic. All are welcome.
  • Saturday 28 April - Interwar Churches 
  • Saturday 26 May - Women Architects 
  • Saturday 30 June - Theatres 
  • Saturday 28 July - Walter Segal Self-Build and Span Housing 
  • Saturday 29 September - Circuses and Music Halls 
  • Saturday 27 October - Brick 
We still welcome suggestions for other rides. If anyone has an idea for a ride, connected in some way with architecture, please contact Mark Knox.

Last few days: final Quietway consultation

This Quietway route links Elephant and Castle to Crystal Palace. Sections in Lambeth include Turney Road, Rosendale Road, Clive Road, Hamilton Road, Paxton Place and Gipsy Hill.

The consultation closes on Monday 12 March.

This Quietway 7 final consultation is about the details of the route. They include new zebra crossings, new parallel cycling zebra crossings, replacing speed cushions with sinusoidal humps, introducing continuous footway treatments at junctions, replacing two mini-roundabouts with priority junctions, building-out footways, new advisory cycle lanes and permitting two-way cycling on a one-way street.

Consultation proposal for Rosendale Road
How safe will Rosendale Road be for children and people new to riding bikes?
Lambeth Cyclists think the proposals do not go far enough given the aim that Quietways will 'network of high quality, well signed cycle routes throughout London, mostly using backstreets. The routes will link key destinations and are designed to appeal to new and existing cyclists who want to use quieter, low-traffic routes.' We thin much more is needed in the Turney Road and Rosendale Road areas.

What do you think?
The consultation closes on Monday 12 March


Make sure you are registered to vote

And then vote

Local council elections take place in Lambeth on Thursday 3 May. You must register to vote by 17 April if you have not already.
Register now.

Space for cycling in your area 

Which candidates do you think will do most to improve cycling safety, enable more people to ride, and take steps to improve air quality?

At the last council elections we set out ‘asks’ for each council ward in Lambeth. Nearly every candidate signed up to help make them happen. How well have they done in your ward?

Ask Councillors who are standing again what they have done and what they will do this time for cycling. Ask the opposition too. 

What you can do now:

  • Check out what was demanded in your ward
  • Email your current councillors (who? search with your postcode) with your comments and questions on progress during their term in power. 


Beyond the Bicycle Conference

Here's the second of our two posts about Wheels for Wellbeing, a locally based nationally recognised cycling group.

Beyond the Bicycle Conference
Brixton-based Wheels for Wellbeing held their first Beyond the Bicycle Conference in November. This brought together campaigners, local authorities, disabled people’s organisations, journalists and transport and health professionals to discuss the future of inclusive cycling. Speakers included representatives from the Department of Transport, Transport for London, Disability Rights UK, Public Health England, Transport for All and disabled cyclists from around the UK.

Kamran Mallick, Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK, opened the event by sharing his memories of discovering the joy of cycling as a teenager thanks to an NHS handcycle - and the freedom, speed and independence that went with it. Sadly the NHS no longer provides hand cycles for wheelchairs users, although there is a new recognition from health organisations of the importance of helping everybody become more active and independent.

Arguments referring to 'the needs of disabled people' are sometimes used to oppose good cycling infrastructure, so it was very useful for representatives from Transport for London and Department for Transport to hear direct from disabled people highlighting the rights of everyone to be active, promoting the importance of cycles as mobility aids, and underlining that cycling infrastructure needs to be inclusive and suitable for all.
Picture from Wheels for Wellbeing.

In its 10 years of operating Wheels for Wellbeing has helped more than 6000 disabled people learn to or practice cycling, some of whom never believed that could be for them. With sessions five times a week at safe off-road venues such as parks, community centres and the Herne Hill velodrome, disabled staff, trustees, volunteers and participants are proving that everybody can cycle given the right equipment and environment. However, it's a different story on the roads where the infrastructure is simply not accessible for many, because of fears of traffic or barriers, unfriendly kerbs, steps or sections which are impassable if you can't carry your bike or get off and walk.

The role of Wheels for Wellbeing has grown beyond grassroots direct support. To effect change on a larger scale, and to enable people to cycle wherever they want or need to, the organisation is becoming a respected national voice of disabled people calling for excellent cycling infrastructure. The charity has joined with other groups who face similar challenges for example cargo cycles, families and other non-standard cycles to form the 'Beyond the Bicycle Coalition'.

At the conference Wheels for Wellbeing launched its new Guide to Inclusive Cycling as an summary of essential aspects to be considered when designing for cycling: building inclusive infrastructure, designing inclusive facilities and recognising disabled people as cyclists - to help planners and decision-makers understand the issues from the point of view of disabled people. This is a working document so all feedback is welcome.

If you'd like to find out more, or can help with campaigning or fundraising to help more disabled people of all ages discover the love of cycling, visit WfW's website or find them on Twitter @wfwnews.

First campaign meeting of 2018 - 16 January

Lambeth Cyclists' first meeting of the year takes place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 16 January.

Our meetings are always friendly, informal and open to all.

Various cycling issues are discussed at our regular meetings, typically:

  • Cycle projects
  • Specific routes in Lambeth that need to be improved
  • Other issues to be raised with either Lambeth Council or the GLA
  • News and updates from various cycling projects we may be involved with
  • Organising rides and social events.
We meet at the Stockwell Centre, 1 Studley Road, Stockwell, SW4 6RA. This is just behind Stockwell tube station and there is plenty of secure cycle parking in the Centre's forecourt.

Happy 10th Birthday to Wheels for Wellbeing

You may have read about Wheels for Wellbeing in today's feature on The Guardian website about why some disabled people cycle. Here's the first of two posts about this locally based nationally recognised cycling group.

Happy 10th Birthday to Wheels for Wellbeing

Brixton-based Wheels for Wellbeing has been celebrating 10 years of helping disabled people to stay active.

The charity runs inclusive cycling sessions five days a week at venues in South London with its unique fleet of trikes, wheelchair attachments, tandems, handcycles, and specially adapted cycles. Participants and supporters enjoyed a week of parties.

This was followed by Wheels for Wellbeing's first 'Beyond the Bicycle' conference exploring how cycling can continue to transform the lives of disabled participants, and how disabled cyclists can now help transform cycling for all.
Picture from Wheels for Wellbeing.

The driving force for the creation of Wheels for Wellbeing was the frustrations of the everyday experience of disabled people in Lambeth, together with a pioneering team who wanted to spread the benefits of cycling for all.

“We have built an amazing community and we decided to stop and celebrate,” said Isabelle Clement, Wheels for Wellbeing’s Director. “We are so proud of what we have achieved over the last 10 years – not only working directly with 6,000 disabled people to help them access all the benefits of cycling in South London, but also becoming the recognised voice of disabled cyclists nationally. The celebrations were also a way to thank our many volunteers.”

If you'd like to find out more, or can help with campaigning or fundraising to help more disabled people of all ages discover the love of cycling, visit WfW's website or find them on Twitter @wfwnews.