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Catford and the South Circular

Sadly, yet another person has been seriously injured on the stretch of the South Circular Rd that runs through Catford Town Centre. Its only a few months since Lewisham Cyclists rode in remembrance of Lukasz Binkowski, killed last year on the Catford Bridge section and now another rider has suffered what the police have described as life threatening injuries in a collision with a lorry again, just yards away on the same road. We have written to TfL, specifically to

Lewisham Cyclists Cyclist of the Week 6th July 2020

Len really enjoys his time with Wheels for Wellbeing. He attended the extremely popular weekly open session that ran regularly at the Ladywell Centre before Covid and can’t wait for it to start running again. Len says, “I began cycling as a small child aged about 5. I had polio and was very ill. Spent time in an iron lung.  Cycling was the perfect exercise to strengthen my weakened legs.   Why do you cycle? Its definitely a mobility aid for me.   I have

Cyclist of the Week June 26th 2020

How long have you been cycling? Off and on for the last ten years – mostly off.  I had a city bike in Hoboken, NJ to get to and from the underground but sadly it was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.  Years later I am now cycling for the first time in the UK and London – I just bought my current bike a short while ago.  I am guessing it is about 10-12 years old and was brought over from Holland for the original

Cyclist of the Week

So many people cycling in Lewisham. The more of you we meet, the more it’s apparent just how versatile a way to get around a cycle can be. We are going to feature a ”Cyclist of the Week” to illustrate what a diverse cycling borough we live in! Week 1: Rosemin I grew up in Uganda, about 11 cousins would share a bike with as many of us getting on it as we could! When I was in primary school

New Members Q&A Wednesday 24th June 7pm to 8pm

Hello everyone. We have all been really excited to see so many more folk start cycling out there. And the membership of this group has expanded very quickly, reflecting this. We thought a Q&A session online might be a way we can reach out to our new members, given our usual ways to do this (our rides and bike maintenance sessions) are on hold.  So, we have set up a session on Google Meet where people can bring any cycling

Lewisham Council’s Covid Response

As the lockdown begins to ease, already we can what the effects of Covid-19 on London’s transport system going forward might mean. Drastically reduced capacity on public transport, which even those of us who have to work, are asked not to use. And, TfL and our local authorities know that they must act now to ensure that the city’s streets are as safe as possible for as many people as possible to switch from public transport to walking and cycling.

Lewisham Cyclists and Covid

Sadly we have cancelled all our rides, community bike workshops and Dr Bikes till further notice. Stay hopeful, stay safe, follow government guidelines about staying home, self isolating and maintaining social distance and the sooner we’ll be riding together again. As bike shops are still allowed to trade, although our community work is closed for the duration, we are still allowed to offer limited help. We have supplied a couple of our loan bikes already for key worker use and

Tragic death on Catford Rd

Lewisham Cyclists were devastated to hear that someone was killed riding their bicycle through Catford on the A205 South Circular road on Wednesday 30th October. Our thoughts are with the deceased’s loved ones. This needless death occurred just the day after someone else was seriously injured on the same road only a few yards away. We don’t know the exact circumstances of what happened in these collisions, but we do know that collisions with vulnerable road users are not unusual on

Cycleway 4 Lower Road Consultation

Work has already begun on the western end of the new Cycleway 4 which will connect Tooley St and the south side of London Bridge to Greenwich through north Southwark and Deptford. The consultation on most of this was completed some time ago and we spent time encouraging and helping folk to respond back then. There was a “missing link” in Southwark, around Surrey Quays due to Southwark needing more time, so they said, to develop plans for the wider

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