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.