Lot's of cycling initiatives and other news from Lambeth Council.
Just announced - £50 vouchers to get your bike back on the road!
The government has just announced a new voucher scheme for anyone with an unused bike that is in need of repair. You can apply for a £50 voucher to get it tuned up and ready to ride.
Dr Bike - free bike servicing and repairs
Get your bike checked and keep it roadworthy with the FREE Dr Bike sessions taking place across the borough. Bring your bike to the team of professional mechanics who will look it over and check tyres, brakes, gears etc. If it needs fixing and they can do it in the allotted time they will, free of charge!
For more information and the latest Dr Bike dates, please visit: www.lambeth.gov.uk/
Bike Buddies - build your confidence on the road
Are you a new or returning cyclist feeling a little nervous about cycling?
Lambeth Cyclists are starting a free “bike buddies” scheme to support more people to take to two (or three) wheels. The scheme puts new riders in touch with experienced riders nearby, so that they can meet up and ride together, and exchange a few tips.
To find out more visit their website - they're also looking for volunteer 'buddies' so if you are a confident cyclist, why not check it out.
Bike lessons for kids
Lots of pupils missed out on Bikeability sessions in school this year, due to coronavirus. In order to fill the gap, Sustrans is offering cycle sessions in Lambeth, throughout the last week of August. The aim of these sessions is to develop cycling confidence at a pace that suits your child. Sessions are intended for pupils who know how to ride a bike at a basic level (they can pedal without stabilisers).
To register your interest, please fill in this form
And for adults too – online or on-road!
Lambeth will be offering 1-2-1 adult training from August after TfL announced special funding. This will help to equip fabulous new and returning cyclists with the skills needed to navigate London’s roads and to help them find suitable routes. For more information visit Cycle Confident's website.
If you can’t get on a physical course you can work your way through TfL’s online cycle skills training which will also help you be safe on the road. Sign up here.
Want to help your community cycle more?
Cycling UK's Community Cycle club programme provides training and support to groups who want to be able to put-on cycling activities. They provide small grants and training to enable community groups to deliver social group cycle rides, fix bikes and help others to cycle.
They are holding weekly parents and children sessions at the Loughborough Community Centre at Max Roach. Every Wednesday morning (10-12am) of the summer holidays, starting on 29th July.
For more information contact Toby Edwards at Cycling UK email@example.com, 07881 037 679
More cycle hangar spaces coming to Lambeth
20 new cycle hangars are being installed around the borough this July to allow residents to safely and securely store their bikes. Taking up half of one car parking space, each hangar holds six bikes.
The Council anticipatess a further 25 hangars will be installed in 2020, providing more than 270 spaces (on top of the 1,200 spaces already installed) making it easier for our residents to make the choice to travel sustainably.
The need for more cycle hangers on our patch was raised at our recent Community Conversation no. 2, and we hope the paucity in our patch will give us some priority.
To find your nearest hangar, visit https://www.cyclehoop.rentals/
Making school journeys safer
Lambeth has announced an ambitious programme of new child-friendly School Streets to make it safe for pupils to walk, cycle or scoot to school while also maintaining social distancing outside the school gates.
Following two established schemes at Immanuel St Andrew’s Primary and Jessops Primary school, the plans include timed road closures to reduce traffic around schools and to ensure local people have safe and accessible transport options to make the school run. School Streets are planned at school sites all over Lambeth from next term in September.
Try Before You Bike - the flexible bike scheme that will get you cycling
Simple and affordable, the Try Before You Bike scheme is the flexible bike scheme that will help get you cycling. Just choose your new bike and accessories using the helpful online tools, the bike gets delivered straight to your door!
Sign up with Peddle My Wheels who run the programme on behalf of Lambeth Council - Try Before You Bike