Cyclists at City Hall

Lambeth Cyclists put their case to City Hall.

In September 2004 Lambeth Cyclists and Southwark Cyclists held an unusual but important meeting with Valerie Shawcross, Greater London Authority member.

A wide-ranging discussion dealt with familiar concerns such as speeding and the role of law enforcement, problems with major junctions like Vauxhall Cross, the Waterloo roundabout (see 'Waterloo Bus Station' news item), and the Oval, and bikes on trains. The one way system at Crystal Palace was also raised.

A short presentation on the Cycling for Women project (see the news item) got the ball rolling, with the findings from the work in Lambeth providing food for thought. Susie Morrow from Wandsworth Cycling Campaign (and Chair of LCC's Cycle Parking & Carriage Group) then gave a short presentation on the kinds of issues cyclists face with train operators.

Lots of general cycling issues were covered. Valerie was keen to focus on specific issues in the Lambeth and Southwark constituency and to find out what it was like ‘on the ground’. We agreed that visits to the main TfL junctions in the boroughs, such as Vauxhall Cross, Oval, and Waterloo were a good start, followed by regular dialogue. Watch for details on the email group.

The meeting was positive and raised hopes that our concerns would be taken on board by TfL at the GLA level.