Supporting Kildoran, Glenelg, Strathleven residents to make their roads safer

Brixton Hill councillors are continuing to work with residents of Kildoran, Glenelg and Strathleven roads to address rat running and dangerous driving. Since the issue was first raised by councillors, there have been two serious crashes in these roads, one into a front garden, and residents are understandably concerned by the threat, noise and pollution.

Prior to the accidents, a petition had already been started by Cllr Martin Tiedemann and this was handed in to the Council by Cllr Adrian Garden earlier this year. This has ensured that the cabinet member responsible takes the issue seriously. Residents have continued to write in their concerns and attended our surgery to lobby over the issue this week.

The Council has now confirmed that it will be improving signage to remind drivers this is a 20mph area and to deter rat running. There will also be a proposal to deter through traffic cutting through from Kings Avenue to Brixton by banning right turns into Acre Lane from Strathleven Road.

Brixton Hill Labour councillors have also written to the Council to ask that the new road markings on Strathleven Road be reviewed. Cycle markings are, we believe, currently too close to parked cars, encouraging cyclists to cycle in an unsafe position and cars to overtake when not safe to do so.

We will continue to push the Council to move the issue along and will ask them to consider other solutions with the permission of residents if these do not have the desired effect, such as changing access to roads or chicanes.

Local residents have formed a Facebook Group to keep each other informed and engaged – get in contact for more details.

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Child cycle training and Toddler Bike Market coming to Brixton Hill on 19th August

As part of a series of free, learn-to-ride sessions this summer holidays organised by Lambeth Council, there will be an event on Saturday 19th August in Windmill Gardens.

The idea of the session is to help parents and guardians teach their children to cycle. Experts from Peddle My Wheels will show you the easiest and most effective way of getting kids cycling. As they describe the training, ‘hopefully some of them will be riding on their own by the end of the session but if not you’ll know how to finish the task off and in no time they will be able to ride around the park on their own…and there will not be a stabiliser in sight!’

If they need a bike there will be a selection of affordable second-hand bikes for sale averaging £15, with some new children’s helmets available also for £15.

All ages are welcome, no booking just turn up from 10am to 3pm. Bring your child with their bike and helmet. The session is aimed at children 6 and under but older kids are welcome.

Letter sent to Mayor re dangerous junctions following another serious accident

Cllr Martin Tiedemann has written to Sadiq Khan regarding dangerous junctions on the A23 Brixton Hill following another accident last month that has left a cyclist with serious injuries.

Three years ago, Cllr Tiedemann wrote to the previous Mayor, highlighting the junctions of Brixton Hill with Brixton Water Lane/Trent Road/Lambert Road/Josephine Avenue. These junctions, which comprise part of London Cycle Network Route 25, were originally prioritised for action but were subsequently dropped from Boris Johnson’s plans. Now, with a new Mayor and further accidents, Brixton Hill’s councillors are calling for urgent action. Continue reading

Use our survey to tell us what you think about road safety in Brixton Hill

captureOver recent months many residents have written to us with concerns about road safety. We have written to the Council and brought senior decision makers here on walkabouts. Last week, Martin Tiedemann asked a written question at Council on road safety and followed it up at the meeting with a question about the New Park Road scheme.

We have already been able to get some local changes:

However, we know there is more to be done. We’ve been told about speeding on Lyham Road and dangerous driving on Dumbarton and Kildoran Roads. There have been very serious accidents recently by the Town Hall and on Kingswood Road. We have concerns about many of our road junctions, especially for cyclists. Continue reading

New bike hangars for Brixton Hill

2014-04-24 09.23.57-1Due to popular demand, new bike hangars are to be installed in various locations across the Brixton Hill ward. The bike hangars are operated by Cyclehoop and allow residents to rent a secure and dry space for their bicycle.

Hangars are to be installed at the following locations:

  • Baytree Road (by Effra Court)
  • Beverstone Road – one outside No. 11 and another outside Nos. 10/12
  • Branksome Road – one outside 15/17 and another outside No. 88
  • Lambert Road – one outside No. 36, another by No. 45 and another outside No. 55
  • Lyham Road – outside Nos. 7/8 Clapham Park Terrace, and outside Nos. 13/14 Clapham Park Terrace
  • Mandrell Road – to the side of 110 Strathleven Road
  • Strathleven Road – outside No. 40, another outside No. 56, and another outside Nos. 69/71

Once the hangars are installed residents will be able to rent a space via the cyclehoops.rentals website. Continue reading

Councillors call on Mayor to sort dangerous Brixton junction

***UPDATE*** We made the front page of the South London Press Brixton edition!

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IMG_4244Parents of children at Corpus Christi Primary school have joined Brixton Hill’s councillors and Labour’s London Assembly candidate to call on the Mayor of London to make a dangerous Brixton junction after another serious accident this week. Adrian, Florence and Martin met parents this afternoon to see the issue and plan next steps.

The junction of Brixton Hill and Brixton Water Lane was originally named by Transport for London as one of the 100 most dangerous junctions in the whole of London yet the Mayor failed to allocate any funding to make the junction safer and the Better Junctions programme has since been downgraded.

Councillors and the school have been making representations to the Mayor and Transport for London for some time via the local Assembly Member Valerie Shawcross, with the Mayor pledging to take action in a letter to Cllr Tiedemann last year. Ms Shawcross has pledged to write a firm letter to the Mayor demanding an urgent safety review.
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Campaign to extend Santander bikes to Brixton

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By Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability – originally published on Lambeth Labour’s website.

Cllr Jenny Brathwaite, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability recently wrote to the Mayor of London to call for the extension of the TFL Cycle Hire Scheme to Brixton. This extension is long overdue and would greatly benefit residents in Brixton and throughout much of Lambeth. A copy of the letter can be seen below. 

Boris Johnson MP
Mayor of London
City Hall, The Queen’s Walk,
London, SE1 2AA

Dear Mr Mayor,

I am contacting you regarding the Transport for London Cycle Hire Scheme and the possibility of extending the scheme to Brixton. Lambeth Council has made a significant commitment to ensuring that our borough is the most cycle-friendly in London and the extension of the Cycle Hire Scheme would represent an important contribution to that ambition.

The TfL Cycle Hire Scheme has been…

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Lambeth Labour launches manifesto for May’s elections

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Lambeth Labour Party has launched its manifesto for May’s elections.

Despite losing half of our funding from the Tory and Lib Dem government – we are still ambitious for Lambeth.  We aspire to build on the great work which has happened since 2006, hand in hand with our residents, and improve even further.

Our pledges include:

1.    Help you with the rising cost of living by freezing council tax for the sixth year in a row.

2.    Boost jobs and grow local businesses by offering every young person access to job support, training or an apprenticeship.

3.    Make Lambeth cleaner and greener by resurfacing 130 miles of roads and pavements and recycling more waste than ever before.

4.    Create safer neighbourhoods and build the homes we need by campaigning to protect community police and building 1,000 new council homes.

5.    Give young people the best start in life by offering free breakfasts in all our  primary schools.

6.    Help to keep you healthy by getting more people involved in sporting activities and healthy exercise.

Here in Brixton Hill we’re committed to making our roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists, including 20mph limits, Play Streets and more cycle parking; working with local employers including Brixton Energy to create community owned renewable energy as well as apprenticeships for local young people; and to protect Brixton’s unique character including supporting Brixton Windmill.

Read the whole manifesto here

Chuka’s Public Question Time next week on cycling

Chuka Umunna MPLocal MP Chuka Umunna’s next ‘People’s Question Time’ will focus on Cycling, taking place on Wednesday 23rd April 7-8:30pm at the Grand Union, Acre Lane.

In line with the London Cycling Campaign’s Space for Cycling campaign, Chuka’s event is a chance to talk about the issues constituents have raised with him about cycling – particularly safety, infrastructure and support for cyclists. Continue reading

Response to Space for Cycling campaign

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Thank you to all those who have emailed Brixton Hill’s Labour team in support of the London Cycling Campaign’s initiative, Space for Cycling.

Brixton Hill councillor Martin Tiedemann is himself a cyclist and member of London Cycling Campaign and, as Co-Chair of the Labour Environment Campaign, has coordinated the Labour for Cycling initiative. He rode with other Lambeth activists in last September’s #space4cycling bike ride around Westminster whilst MPs debated cycle safety.

Lambeth Labour welcome the excellent work that the London Cycling Campaign has done in helping coordinate some of the priorities of cyclists in Lambeth. We have compiled a complete list of those priorities by ward across the borough and are going through them as one complete list, although the ending of rat runs and safer roads has been a priority for Brixton Hill’s councillors – as shown by the work to Baytree Road and resisting requests to remove the barrier on Strathleven Road. Continue reading