Since coronavirus restrictions have begun to be lifted there has been an explosion in the number of people cycling in London. Exactly how to increase cycling as part of our every day transport routine and as a leisure activity is something Lambeth’s councillors and the Mayor of London have been working on for some time. Coronavirus simply accelerated much of the work that councils and the Mayor was doing to encourage more cycling, however we know there are still barriers to many people and businesses when looking at moving to 2 or 3 wheels.
In our immediate area, the Mayor of London has announced his intention to introduce more space for cycling on Brixton Hill (as part of improvements along the A23 from Oval to Streatham – including the consultation on segregated cycle lanes on Streatham Hill from earlier this year). Lambeth Council has also announced its multi-million pound emergency coronavirus-related transport strategy that includes the role out Health Route improvements to Brixton Water Lane and the implementation of the Streatham to Peckham cycleway which includes a section through the St Martin’s Estate. Meanwhile it is possible that a trial Low Traffic Neighbourhood (which helps create safer residential streets) may come to the wider-Tulse Hill Ward area as part of this same announcement.
Here are other ways you can get involved in and stay cycling more:
• Lambeth Council Try Before You Bike scheme: ride a new/nearly new bike for a monthly fee before you commit to buying one – includes free cycle skills session to increase your confidence
• Bike hangars: the green bike hangars you see around the area were pioneered by Lambeth Council as a way to provide cycle storage in high density areas like Tulse Hill. Demand is very high, so make sure you register for a hangar/propose a new location
• Need an adapted bike?: Wheels for Wellbeing is a Brixton-based charity that partners with Lambeth Council to promote inclusive cycling and can provide advice on adapted bikes
• Brixton BMX: for those families with adventurous young people, Brockwell Park has the Brixton BMX track and the oldest BMX club in London who also offer BMX coaching
• Cycle training in schools: Lambeth Council is funding an increase in cycle training in Lambeth’s schools. You can read more about the successful bid by the Council’s partner Cycle Confident here and we’ll update you on how this programme will be accessed locally as the scheme is implemented