As Lambeth residents we at Huez* were delighted see such a good turnout for the Brixton Cycle fair last week. Held on Friday in Windrush Square, the event provided a focal point for the council’s campaign to champion cycling lifestyle in the borough. From 2pm cycle enthusiasts poured into a Brixton scene teeming with South London cycling’s biggest names, no doubt encouraged by the September sunshine and ‘Electric Pedals’ push powered sound system. Brixton Cycles were on hand to give tips on bike repair and maintenance, and cyclists were even invited into the cabin of a HGV to get a real feel for the difficulties faced by every cyclist’s most feared predator. The event was also celebrating the installation of the 100th Bikehanger in the area, a huge achievement for an initiative barely past its first birthday. The enterprise now boasts capabilities for secure bike storage for 600 cyclists (including the Huez* team), 24 hours a day.
The event was organised as part of the London Cycling Campaign’s ‘Space for Cycling’ initiative, and tied in with the ‘London Cycling Show’ held at Lambeth Town Hall later in the evening. Industry experts spoke on how we can ensure safety for all our riding kin; plans include lowering the Lambeth speed limit to 20mph and implementing junction infrastructure borrowed from our safety savvy continental cousins.
Urban cycling is our bread and butter, but no cyclist can turn a blind eye to the very real dangers of two-wheeled travel in our home city. It’s why we at Huez* are fully behind the efforts being made to make Lambeth, and wider London, a haven for cycling.