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Archives for July 2011

Hundreds of London cyclists turn out for Flashride to protest against Blackfriars 'urban motorways'Published: 06:49pm 29 Jul 2011

Estimates vary from 500 to 2000 but whatever the true number, a massive number of London cyclists occupied the whole of Blackfriars Bridgeon Friday night as a protest against Transport for London's plans to proceed with the flawed design for th...

VIDEO: Members explain the issues in our 2012 Mayoral Electoral Campaign... vote today!Published: 05:54pm 28 Jul 2011

We invited all 11,000 members to play their part in choosing our main theme for our 2012 Mayoral Election Campaign.
Voting ends on Monday 1 August, so you've only got a few days to have your say.
NB: On 5 July all members were sent an email fr...

London Cyclists urged to join Flashride across Blackfriars Bridge on Friday 6pmPublished: 02:31pm 28 Jul 2011

London Cyclists from all walks of life will meet outside Doggetts at the south end of Blackfriars Bridge tomorrow (Friday 29 July 2011) to show their anger at the Mayor and Transport for London.
There'll be a slow ride across the bridge in each...

London Cycle Hire Scheme expanding west to Wandsworth, Lambeth, and HammersmithPublished: 12:26pm 28 Jul 2011

The Barclays Cycle Hire scheme is due to expand westwards to Wandsworth, Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth and Kensington & Chelsea by 2013.
Additional funding of £25 million is being provided by Barclays, and the Westfield shopping c...

Is it the Mayor or Transport for London pushing through flawed Blackfriars plans?Published: 04:42pm 27 Jul 2011

Transport for London is ignoring the London Assembly's all-party call for a review of Blackfriars Bridge and a retention of the 20mph speed limit.
TfL has issued a press release saying that it will start works on the bridge this Friday, 31 July...

Diversions around Burgess Park until March 2012 while it gets £6 million makeoverPublished: 06:18pm 26 Jul 2011

Anyone trying to walk or cycle across Burgess Park during the last few days has found an increasing number of obstacles in their way, as Southwark Council fences and boards off large parts of the green space in preparation for major works.
Comm...

Cyclists ask for removal of unnecessary roadwork signs in Seymour Place, WestminsterPublished: 10:38am 26 Jul 2011

This contractor has decided that cycling through a 2m-wide gap is too difficult for most people.
There was no-one there to ask when this photo was taken by an LCC member, but we're tracking down the contractor to see if we can get the signs rem...

£1.2 billion redevelopment of London Bridge station fails to provide for cyclistsPublished: 12:56pm 22 Jul 2011

London Bridge station is the latest central location due to be subject to a massive redevelopment, but there are serious concerns about the possible removal of cycle routes and lack of attention to dangerous junctions in the area.
(View our off...

All-party support for London Assembly motion calling for rethink of Blackfriars junctionPublished: 02:11pm 20 Jul 2011

PHOTO: We presented our petition and petition photo collage to London Assembly members to encourage them to support our Blackfriars demands
Conservative members joined all other parties in the London Assembly to call for a review of plans to sc...

Videos from 2004 and 2011 show how little has changed at BlackfriarsPublished: 11:27pm 19 Jul 2011

In May 2004 over a thousand cyclists joined the mass ride memorial to Vicki McCreery who died under the wheels of a bus as she cycled across Blackfriars Bridge.
Her friend Kirsten sent us this video of the memorial ride:

Vicki was the second c...

Make your voice heard against Transport for London's 'Nightmare' Operating StrategyPublished: 01:33pm 15 Jul 2011

We've today responded to Transport for London's draft Network Operating Strategy consultation (download our response).
We've highlighted many of its flaws here.
If you want to respond too, you might want to use the letter below as a template a...

Boris says "more work" needed at Blackfriars, while Safety Audit reveals dangersPublished: 12:19pm 15 Jul 2011

London Mayor Boris Johnson is resisting calls for 20mph limit on Blackfriars but says "more work" is needed to improve conditions for cyclists.
Responding to London Assembly member Jenny Jones, Johnson said, “More work needs to be done on c...

It's a 'Nightmare on Your Street' from Transport for LondonPublished: 06:10am 15 Jul 2011

Today we've responded to Transport for London's draft strategy explaining how it intends to manage traffic on London's major road network for the foreseeable future.
It's called the Network Operating Strategy.
You can download the LCC obj...

People-friendly Elephant and Castle regeneration plan axed by Transport for LondonPublished: 03:00pm 13 Jul 2011

A new ‘Trafalgar Square’, a people-friendly space in a run-down area of South London: surely this is something our Mayor would embrace?
Elephant and Castle has become the latest victim of Transport for London and the Mayor’s s...

Traffic engineer warns of dangers of longer lorries to London cyclists and walkersPublished: 05:04pm 12 Jul 2011

Former traffic engineer and committee member of Cambridge Cycling Campaign, Jim Chisholm, has written to his local MP to warn of the dangers of longer lorries.
Worryingly, the letter raises very serious questions about the safety of introducing l...

Lucky escape for female cyclist dragged under lorry at Blackfriars junctionPublished: 02:40pm 12 Jul 2011

Yesterday, a person with the Twitter handle @Pumpkii reported seeing a female cyclist being dragged under a lorry at Blackfriars junction, and somehow escaping unharmed.
The crash took place on New Bridge Street, on the southbound approach to the...

Wandsworth and Bow Superhighways fall short of mayoral ambitions for London cyclingPublished: 05:03pm 11 Jul 2011

London’s two newest Cycle Superhighways, 2 and 8, are being launched this week.
It's disappointing that both will stop short of their original planned destinations.
In both cases local authorities, Newham and Westminster, appear to be the ...

Over 500 members have already voted in our 2012 Election Campaign: Have you? Published: 03:45pm 08 Jul 2011

Our 2012 Election Campaign vote has only been open five days and already 500 members have taken part.
We asked you the question: "If you could choose one thing that Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone and the other mayoral candidates should do to prom...

Our first summer ride from Southwark to Greenwich was on the hottest day of the yearPublished: 02:52pm 08 Jul 2011

Check out some more ride photos
Cycling development officer Gerhard Weiss writes:
On the hottest day of the year a fine bunch of cyclists joined our very first Summer Ride.
Starting at the London Eye, Tom Bogdanowicz was not only an insp...

Family, colleagues and friends say farewell to legendary campaigner Barry MasonPublished: 01:31pm 08 Jul 2011

On Wednesday 6 July 2011, around 100 people crammed into Honor Oak Crematorium to hear words of farewell from family and friends for Barry Mason, former coordinator of Southwark Cyclists who died suddenly on holiday last month.
Those attending ...

Motion for Blackfriars 20mph will be voted on by London Assembly on 20 JulyPublished: 12:58pm 08 Jul 2011

The motion asking the Mayor to retain the 20mph limit at Blackfriars is being reintroduced in the London Assembly on the 20 July 2011.
If you haven't already, please sign our petition supporting it (and you can post a photo too, if yo...

Why did Transport for London's procedures fail cyclists at Blackfriars?Published: 05:26pm 06 Jul 2011

In 2004, after two cyclists were killed on Blackfriars Bridge, Transport for London (TfL) recognised that its procedures for providing for cyclists were seriously flawed.
Following the second of these cyclist deaths, that of Vicki McCreery, TfL p...