TfL cycle hire scheme brings £500,000 for cycling in Lambeth

Hire bikes in Perpignan on
Hire bikes in Perpignan

Transport for London’s cycle hire scheme is set to be launched next May (2010) with approximately 6,000 bikes spread over 400 docking stations including 26 located in the North of Lambeth.

Last February Lambeth Cyclists attended an exhibition showing the proposed locations and we were unanimous in our feedback on the scheme: whilst welcoming it we felt that sending inexperienced cyclists out onto the main roads around Vauxhall, the Oval and Waterloo was insane – as local residents we had problems negotiating the network of one way streets in the area.

Lobbying by Lambeth Cyclists and LCC centrally persuaded the Mayor to fund “associated measures” which would make the area more cycle friendly.

One hot June afternoon two of us cycled up and down the streets in the area bounded by Waterloo, Harleyford Road and the river identifying barriers to cycling such as one way streets, no entry signs and curbs that prevent cycle journeys.

Lambeth Transport officers working to a tight timetable jumped on our list of proposals and inserted them into the application document for which Lambeth has now obtained funding from TfL. Announcing the funding Lambeth’s Cycle Projects Officer Richard Ambler confirmed that returning one way streets to two way for
cycling to create permeability throughout the area is a blue print for similar treatment across the borough.

The works will include road resurfacing and other measures so that everyone who cycles in the area will benefit. In addition Lambeth are in the process of submitting bids for an additional £200,000 for cycle training associated with the hire scheme – this is on top of existing training funding.

We hope that the cycle hire scheme will be extended southwards into the borough increasing the number of people on bikes and bringing further benefits for all cyclists.

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