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Archives for July 2010

Build-a-bike project to help refugees into employmentPublished: 11:00pm 28 Jul 2010

NDRC Build-a-Bike course

 
Searching for an idea to engage visitors of the Notre Dame Refugee Centre in a long-term scheme that would help them get into employment and learn new skills, the centre launched a Build-a-Bike project.
Early i...

Cycling in the countryside for East London kidsPublished: 11:00pm 28 Jul 2010

The family-run Tower Hamlets cycling club recently took its participants on a 3-day cycling trip to the New Forest, Hampshire, to teach the kids how to deal with more difficult off road terrain and how to use their gears to the best effect.
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A little funding goes a long way for school in SuttonPublished: 11:00pm 28 Jul 2010

Link Secondary School in South London caters for students with language impairments.
It received a £4,060 grant from the Community Cycling Fund for London in spring 2010 to offer improved and further cycling opportunities for both pupils ...

London-based homeless charity launches cycling programmePublished: 11:00pm 28 Jul 2010

 
Help break the cycle of homelessness.

 
 
On Sunday 19th September, Broadway, a West London-based homelessness charity, is launching Bike Broadway with an action-packed day of cycling.
The charity has been funded by the Com...

Pedal Power - cycling for all in KenningtonPublished: 11:00pm 28 Jul 2010

Pedal Power Kennington is a young community project based in the Lilian Baylis Community Hub in Lollard Street, Kennington, providing a range of cycling activities for young people and adults.
The project was set up with funding from Transport ...

Bexley Council promotes free summer cycling courses for childrenPublished: 11:00pm 25 Jul 2010

photo Lionel Shapiro Children in Bexley can enjoy the council's summer programme of cycling lessons

 
Bexley Council has been praised for running free cycling courses for local children over the Summer.
The courses aim to give cyc...

London's first hill climb time trial reaches great heightsPublished: 11:00pm 25 Jul 2010

photo Andy Waterman A competitor grits his teeth on the course of the first London Urban Hill Climb

 
London's first closed-road hill-climb time trial took place on Thursday 22 July 2010, the same evening that Andy Schleck and Albe...

Gumtree works with campaigners to reduce stolen bike sales in LondonPublished: 11:00pm 21 Jul 2010

LCC, CTC and a representative of the police's new bike squad met Gumtree's Head of Customer Service, Trust and Security, Katie Kitiri, to discuss measures to reduce the incidence of stolen bike sales on the online classified site.
In Ju...

London’s new roadworks permits can address cyclist needsPublished: 11:00pm 21 Jul 2010

Video Confusing roadworks were implicated in the death of a cyclist in Oxford Street earlier this year

 
Cyclists are expected to benefit from the new London Permit Scheme for roadworks, which has so far been rolle...

Bikeshd website lets cyclists quickly trawl London's online bike salesPublished: 11:00pm 21 Jul 2010

photo Lost of a bike? This new website allows you to scan photos of a day's sales on eBay and Gumtree 

 
A new website, Bikeshd, is winning favour among cyclists as a quick way to trawl Gumtree and eBay to find their stolen bi...

15 August sees Redbridge become London's cycling centrePublished: 11:00pm 21 Jul 2010

photo TB The recent Skyride in Ealing attracted many families - look out for the Redbridge car-free event

On Sunday 15 August 2010, streets in the Hainault area (including the Redbridge Cycling Centre) will be closed to motor traffic to make ...

Register this week to be London Cycle Hire Scheme early adopterPublished: 11:00pm 21 Jul 2010

photo The Cycle Hire Scheme launched on 30 July 2010, with approximately 6000 of bikes in Zone 1 

London's long-awaited Cycle Hire Scheme is set to open on Friday 30 July 2010, with cyclists eagerly antipating the 6000 extra bikes, desig...

Cable car across Thames would be first new cycle crossing for 20 yearsPublished: 11:00pm 21 Jul 2010

photo Charlie Holland The new river crossing hasn't been the only 'Cable car' in the news - click here

A cable car across the Thames looks set to reverse years of neglect after a succession of river crossings have been built ig...

LCC and leading transport organisations call for sustained cycling and walking investmentPublished: 11:00pm 21 Jul 2010

LCC has helped co-ordinate a concerted call for sustained investment in cycling and walking projects. 
Along with CTC, Sustrans, the Campaign for Better Transport, and Living Streets, LCC has written the following letter to the Eve...

More danger from motorbikes in London bus lanes until 2012Published: 11:00pm 21 Jul 2010

photo Despite an increase in casualties the mayor has extended the motorbikes in bus lanes trial to 2012

 
The repeat Experimental Traffic Order to extend the trial allowing motorcycles in bus lanes comes into force on Saturday 24 July ...

First two Cycle Superhighways launch in south and east LondonPublished: 11:00pm 18 Jul 2010

photo The first two Superhighways have launched, but more work needs to be done to improve standards
 

 
LCC has welcomed London's first two Cycle Superhighways, and the greater investment in cycling, but has warned that the rest ...

Transport for London posters must educate lorry drivers as well as cyclistsPublished: 11:00pm 15 Jul 2010

photo Transport for London's poster doesn't make lorry drivers sufficiently responsible for their actions

 
Recent attempts to increase awareness of lorry danger among cyclists by Transport for London have been welcomed, but there's con...

Lorry-cycling safety measures welcomed but more needs to be donePublished: 11:00pm 15 Jul 2010

Transport for London's three measures to combat lorry danger have been welcomed, but are not enough to tackle the problem, according to LCC's campaigns officer Charlie Lloyd:
The TfL measures are:

A voluntary agreement with the Freight Transpo...

Hackney City Farm recruits cyclists from crowds waiting at bus stopsPublished: 11:00pm 12 Jul 2010

Hackney City Farm will be inviting people waiting at busy bus stops to try cycling into work, lending them a bike for just the cost of a bus fare.
The Farm’s Environment and Enterprise Manager, Gustavo Montes de Oca, will be targeting pop...

Guard railing progress is depleting London's cycle parkingPublished: 11:00pm 08 Jul 2010

Transport for London is removing approximately one third of the guard railings on red routes in an effort to reduce street clutter and improve the urban realm.Guard rails can block escape routes for cyclists threatened by motor vehicles, and are a...

LCC encourages members to comment on mayor's theft planPublished: 11:00pm 08 Jul 2010

Members of the public have until 3 August 2010 to comment on TfL’s new anti-bike theft proposals.
The Cycle Security Plan responds to several of LCC’s demands for reduced bike theft:

Creating a police Task Force on theft, with...

LCC supports parents' right to allow children to cycle to schoolPublished: 11:00pm 08 Jul 2010

Two parents condemned by their children's headteacher for allowing their offspring to cycle one mile to school have received widespread support from fellow cyclists, including LCC and the mayor.
The children, aged 5 and 8, cycle to Alleyn's Schoo...

Report says mayor's London cycling targets are 'fundamentally flawed'Published: 11:00pm 08 Jul 2010

A report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says the central target in London’s ‘cycling revolution’ is "fundamentally flawed".
The report demonstrates how the Mayor’s Transport Strategy is actually antic...

London car clubs encourage more cycle and public transport usePublished: 11:00pm 08 Jul 2010

photo Asdfds
 

 
Analysis from CTC (Cyclist Touring Club) has shown that people who have 24/7 access to a car via a sharing scheme are much more likely to cycle or use public transport than the general population.
According to Dave...

Ealing Skyride brings traffic-free cycling to London on 18 July 2010Published: 11:00pm 08 Jul 2010

On Sunday 18 July 2010 many streets in Ealing will be closed to motor vehicles, making the borough the best in London for cycling that weekend.
The central hub of the eight-mile route will be in Lammas Park, where there'll be many stalls and...

Islington count suggests 25% year-on-year increase in cycle trafficPublished: 11:00pm 08 Jul 2010

Record numbers of cyclists have been recorded in Islington and Hackney, according to a new cycle count at the Colebrooke Row/City Road crossing.
On a sunny morning in July, 1261 cyclists passed the junction (in all directions) in an hour, ma...

Oppose the scrapping of the congestion charge western extensionPublished: 11:00pm 08 Jul 2010

LCC is strongly suggesting the public remind the mayor of the adverse effects of scrapping the western extension of the congestion charge zone.
Scrapping the zone will:

cost Londoners £55 million in lost revenue
worsen congestion in We...

LCC speak at Stanfords' FREE cycling eventPublished: 09:21pm 08 Jul 2010

LCC’s Tom Bogdanowicz, and Sustrans creator John Grimshaw are among the authors speaking at Stanfords’ Bookshop FREE cycling event on 20 July 2010.
Joining them will be Tom Kevill-Davies author of The Hungry Cyclist.The authors will b...