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

Councillor welcomes positive response from Mayor of London to Brixton Hill request

Brixton Hill roadsignLocal Councillor Martin Tiedemann has welcomed the response from the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to his December letter calling for junctions and pedestrian on Brixton Hill to be improved.

As Cllr Tiedemann’s letter set out, the junctions with Brixton Water Lane/Trent Road and with Josephine Avenue were listed by the Mayor’s office as among the 100 requiring improvement but the Mayor has only allocated funding to 33 of those junctions. Cllr Tiedemann wrote to Boris Johnson and local Assembly Member Val Shawcross CBE asking for funding to be allocated to Brixton Hill to address road safety issues. Continue reading

Martin Tiedemann writes to Boris Johnson about road safety on Brixton Hill

IMG_1169Brixton Hill councillor Martin Tiedemann has written to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, about issues of road safety on Brixton Hill. Specifically he has raised the lack of measures taken to improve the junctions with Brixton Water Lane and with Josephine Avenue, despite these two junctions being identified as among the top 100 in London prioritised for improvement. In the Mayor’s latest announcement, only 33 of the 100 have been allocated funding.

Councillor Tiedemann also raised the need to improve cycle lanes along Brixton Hill and pedestrian crossings following concerns raised by Corpus Christi Primary School.

The letter is reprinted below. We look forward to the Mayor’s response with the support of local Assembly Member Val Shawcross. Continue reading

Brixton Hill Sainsbury’s to provide cycle parking

Sainsbury’s have been granted planning permission for a training centre at the rear of their store on Brixton Hill at the corner of Lambert Road. This will comprise five training rooms and associated facilities for managers in the region.

The good news for local residents is that this will enhance cycle parking at the site and reduce unauthorised parking by shoppers at the store – something that councillors and residents have been calling for since the start of the year. Councillor Martin Tiedemann had made numerous complaints about the store not doing enough to prevent parking on the pavement and damage to the trees as well as the lack of cycling provision. Local resident Erin Gill created a petition calling for cycle parking at the store.

The proposals now are for six cycle stands on Lambert Road, which are intended for staff receiving training but will be able to be used by customers. Bollards will be placed along the edge of the private land to prevent parking to the side of the store. The development will be ‘car-free’ with a green travel plan to outline how Sainsbury’s will help its staff coming from further afield to use the excellent transport links in our area.

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Cllr Martin Tiedemann commented, “I am pleased that Sainsbury’s and the Council took on board my concerns about parking on the pavement and the lack of cycle parking and will put measures in place. This will make for a more pleasant and safer environment for local residents and customers.”

Help identify this Brixton bike thief

Brixton Blog are reporting that local police are appealing for help identifying a man who stole a bicycle and a bike wheel on Tuesday November 5 from the rear of the Town Hall.

The man’s image was captured on CCTV at 3.30pm. Anyone who recognises the person in the images is encouraged to contact PC Patzer on 0208 721 2623 or alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

This follows a recent small spate of thefts of bicycle wheels from the stands outside the Town Hall on Brixton Hill and Acre Lane. We would urge cyclists to be particularly cautious in locking their bikes and both wheels in the area.