Planning for the year ahead

At Lambeth Cyclists AGM this month we looked at what we had achieved over the last year and planned for the year ahead, including forming a new team to run the group.

It was great to have new members at the meeting. You can still get involved, there is lots coming up this year with Lambeth council working on a liveable neighbourhood in Brixton and TFL saying it will look at upgrading CS7.

Our new team:
Joint chairs: Colin Penning and Simon Still
Secretary: Charlie Ullman
Treasurer: Chris James
Infrastructure: Simon Still and Charlie Holland
Planning consultations: Claire Neely
Comms: Colin Penning and Henry Heath
Councillor engagement: Lucy Swanson
Community speedwatch; Andy Weir

Lots of thanks to others at the meeting who volunteered to support the committee on specific areas.

How you can get involved and help lead Lambeth Cyclists

Our meeting on Thursday 18 July includes our AGM. It is a great time to get more involved.

We know many of you take time to respond to consultations, ask questions of your councillors and help in many other ways. Thank you!

This is a fantastic year to get more involved. There is incredible potential with the Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood proposals and with TFL looking at improvements on some of our biggest roads.

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 Colin and Simon, current Lambeth Cyclists' Coordinators. 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.

TFL Consultation Kennington Park Road and Braganza Street, CS7

TFL has a consultation on changes to Kennington Park Road at the junction with Braganza Street. This is the junction on CS7 by Kennington tube station.

What TFL says:
Our plan is to modify the junction to create a ‘right turn only phase’ for traffic turning from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street. This will remove the conflict between drivers turning right and vehicles progressing straight on southbound through the junction. Our full proposals include:

  • A separately controlled right turn from Kennington Park Road into Braganza Street. Drivers turning right will be held at a red signal while southbound traffic moves, completely removing the potential for right turn conflict
  • Creating a northbound segregated cycle by-pass of the junction
  • Shortening the loading bay on the north-east side of the junction to allow for the cycle by-pass, while leaving space for deliveries to local shops and businesses to continue
  • Providing an earlier green signal for cyclists using the junction. This will allow cyclists to be clear of the junction before other vehicles move, reducing conflict
  • Reallocate northbound traffic lanes with designated lane markings for ahead and right turning movements. This will allow free flow of northbound traffic without having to wait for right turning vehicles to clear the junction
  • Introducing a banned left turn into Braganza Street, except for cyclists, removing the risk of conflict between left turning drivers and cyclists and motorcyclists moving stratight ahead
  • Extending the southbound bus lane to the junction
  • Removing a short stretch of northbound bus lane to allow for the new road layout

Lambeth Cyclists thinks these schemes are clearly about collision reduction rather than enabling more, and a wider range of people, cycling. They do little to improve subjective safety with people cycling still sharing space with motor traffic on busy roads.

As such they will contribute towards MTS Vision Zero targets but not MTS targets for increased cycling. We are encouraged that this is now recognized and an explicit reference made to revisiting the entire CS7 corridor.

Specific Comments on this scheme
The scheme is supported with caveats. In principle the creation of the by-pass would address the issue with vehicles moving into the left lane to avoid the right turning queue. However, the entrance to the by-pass needs to be before the end of the bus lane or else there is a risk that the collision point is simply moved back up the road.

What do you think? 
Respond to TFL's consultation by 25 July. See others' feedback on Cyclescape.

Clapham Road CS7 junction at Union Road

TFLhas a consultation on changes to the junction where CS7 on Clapham Road passes Union Road, with the Pheonix pub on the corner.

This junction has particular dangers with cars turning in to Union Road across people cycling and dashing across Clapham Road from Stirling Road into Union Road.

As TFL says:
In the last three years, there were 23 collisions at this junction, 18 of which were people cycling. (Data available up to 30 September 2018).

A number of issues have been identified with the current junction layout:
  • Difficult for road users to turn right from A3 Clapham Road into Union Road. People making this turn are allowed to proceed at the same time as the A3 northbound traffic is moving, leading to right-turning drivers seeking short gaps in the traffic and turning impatiently or without enough care. People cycling northbound nearer the kerb may be hidden by other vehicles, increasing the risk of them being struck.
  • Northbound cyclists vulnerable to left-turning traffic. There are a lot of cyclists heading north into central London in the morning peak. Drivers turning left into Union Road have to cross this flow of cyclists.
  • Advanced stop lines (ASL) for cyclists at the junction are too small. The number of cyclists using the junction at peak times means the ASL boxes can not safely protect everyone cycling, particularly people cycling northbound along Clapham Road in the morning peak.
  • Poor junction alignment with Stirling Road. Many vehicles turn right from Stirling Road onto the A3 and then turn left into Union Road, cutting across two lanes of traffic including cyclists.

These “safer junctions” schemes are clearly about collision reduction rather than enabling more, and a wider range of people, cycling. They do little to improve subjective safety with people cycling still sharing space with motor traffic on busy roads.

Our thoughts on this so far
Cycling in bus lanes is not the solution to mass cycling, but it does provide for cycling at a certain level of confidence. However, most of the bus lanes on the CS7 corridor are part time - outside operational hours cycling is dangerous and unpleasant due to fast motor traffic using bus lanes to undertake slower vehicles. This is a major factor in deterring non-commute utility cycling. The cheapest and most dramatic increase in subjective and objective safety on this route would be to make all bus lanes 24hours a day, 7 days a week

Specific comments on this junction

We support these changes with strong caveats - there is a high risk that new danger has been created here.

This scheme addresses two specific risks - motor traffic moving from Stirling Road to Union Road and Southbound vehicles on Clapham Road turning right into Union Road.

Our concerns with this proposal are set out below -

The separately controlled right turn to Union Road will exacerbate the issue of motor traffic merging into the left lane to continue straight on. This is precisely the situation at Kennington Park Road/Bragnanza Street where a separate ‘safer junctions’ scheme is creating a cycle bypass to avoid just this type of conflict.

Traffic currently using Stirling Road is likely to move Clitheroe Road leading to an increased volume of traffic turning right just at the point motor traffic is merging into the left lane in conflict with cycles. A very small ‘low traffic neighbourhood’ intervention would place a modal filter at the Kimberley Road/Grantham Road junction (this is on borough roads and would need Lambeth agreement)

There remains a left hook risk from Northbound traffic turning into Union Road. This risk occurs during the green phase - early release offers no safety benefit for cyclists here since any using the ASL would already be ahead of left turning vehicles and there is no merge on the far si

Read TFL's proposals and respond to the consultation today.

Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood - your first chance to have your say

Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood could be amazing for walking and cycling in Brixton and create safe, pleasant, links to Clapham, Herne Hill and Loughborough Junction. You can tell Lambeth where the current issues are and how to make it better.

What they say:
Lambeth Council need your help to make the Brixton area a healthier place, with a thriving town centre, less traffic, cleaner air, more space for people and great for walking and cycling. We want to involve the whole community and work together with you to achieve this.
Find out more and add your comments about what works and what could be improved on their map, also add your vote to comments you support.


Road works and liveable Brixton at our meeting on Thursday

We've an action packed meeting this Thursday.

This month's special guest speaker is Michael Barratt who leads TfL's team tackling the barriers to walking and cycling caused by big building works and road works. If you've cycled on a nice little coned route through some works, for example at Vauxhall, that was Michael's team.

Also, Lambeth council has just launched its engagement on the Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood proposals. Find out more at our meeting at 7.30pm Thursday evening.

We meet at Morley College Stockwell Centre, 1 Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 6RA. This is just behind Stockwell tube station and there is plenty of cycle parking in the Centre's forecourt.

Draft Waterloo and South Bank Public Realm Framework

Waterloo and South Bank is experiencing significant development and economic growth. This brings both benefits and challenges, including increased pressure on infrastructure and public spaces or the 'public realm'.

Lambeth Council and its consultants have been running local events on what improvements might look like and have now published a draft framework and a survey. This new framework features six guiding principles for improvements across 18 spaces or locations.

The guiding principles are:
  1. Encourage the provision of civic amenity and green infrastructure, supporting accessibility, health and wellbeing for all
  2. Celebrate and protect culture, heritage, and design excellence 
  3. Address the real and perceived barriers to movement, accessibility and legibility across the area
  4. Integrate security features early in the design process to create coherent, safe streets and spaces
  5. Maximise the positive impacts of development and minimise disruption 
  6. Design and plan for an environment with the capacity to support future growth.

It also identifies five ‘priority’ projects - those in greatest need of improvement - have emerged from the study. This includes, Victory Arch Square (outside Waterloo Station) and Emma Cons Gardens on The Cut.

Brixton gets cash for walking and cycling infrastructure

We have great news this morning that Lambeth council will get cash to make walking, cycling and living in Brixton better.

This should be a big step forward and we look forward to working with the council to help deliver on its successful bid. The Liveable Neighbourhoods money from TfL should mean big improvements to safety for people walking and cycling and for people travelling on buses in and around Brixton.
Lambeth and TfL's vision for Atlantic Road

Lambeth's plan is focussed around Atlantic Road, which will transformed for people walking, cycling and using the bus. The TFL money will overhaul public spaces, widen pavements and add pedestrian crossings, creating a much more welcoming environment for the area’s visitors, residents and businesses.

Lambeth Cyclists say "Lambeth has long claimed to want to be the most cycle friendly borough - the liveable neighbourhood will be a big step towards making that a reality. More importantly, this isn’t just for people on bikes - low traffic neighbourhoods mean cleaner air and better conditions for walking too.

A higher quality environment in central Brixton is great news for our independent traders, with better walking and cycling links to other centres bringing in more customers."

The project will build high-quality infrastructure on three key strategic cycle routes: Brixton to Clapham Common, Brixton to Camberwell and Brixton to Herne Hill. Low traffic neighbourhoods will be created in the Ferndale Road and Railton Road areas and a new, fully segregated cycle route linking to the Loughborough neighbourhood.

What is the Liveable Neighbourhoods Programme?
The Liveable Neighbourhoods Programme provides funding specifically for area-based walking and cycling projects. These are the successors to the “mini-Holland” schemes in Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest that London Cycling Campaign won from previous mayor Boris Johnson. In the run-up to Sadiq Khan’s election as Mayor, the London Cycling Campaign got him to “Sign for Cycling” and pledge to make available funding for all London boroughs for such programmes – so these Liveable Neighbourhoods are also down to LCC campaigning!

Could we get safer, cleaner school streets?

Lambeth Council has started a consultation on the first School Street in the borough.

School Streets aim to create safer streets and less polluted air by closing the roads around a school to motor vehicles during drop-off and pick-up times.

This first in Lambeth is proposed for Immanuel and St Andrew CE Primary School in Streatham.

Lambeth Cyclists supports School Streets to make getting to school safer and to tackle the poor area around many of our local schools. As Lambeth Council says, even in a borough with low car ownership such as Lambeth, roads around schools are often clogged with traffic at the beginning and end of the school day.

We think the proposal could be more ambitious but hope you will support it.

Find out more and respond to the consultation by 11pm on Monday 4 March.