Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Join us at the MCC Annual Meeting - Thursday 4th October

We'll be holding our annual meeting for LCC as part of our monthly meeting on Thursday 4th October.

We'll be reporting back on our achievements for this year, electing Officers and planning ahead for the next year. Please join us!

Thursday 4th October, 8pm 
All Saints Centre
All Saints Road
London, SW19 1BX

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Prudential RideLondon Freecycle 2018 London

Over fifty local cyclists took part in the Merton feeder ride to and from the Prudential Ride London on July 28th. Setting off in blazing sunshine riders old and young were ably led by Chris along the Wandle Trail, through Wandsworth, along and over the Thames and through Kensington High Street to reach Green Park.

A huge thank you to our marshals as well, Maeve, Terry, Chris, John and Kathryn. 

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Rose Lamartine Yates – our cycling suffragette

Cycling history in Merton stretches back considerably further than 40 years! Ceri Davies reviews Hugh Morgan's talk at Colliers Wood library, 21 July 2018.

Forceful, full of personality, foresight and social conscience, Rose Lamartine Yates’ eminence in championing female emancipation was vividly portrayed in an entertaining and informative talk given by Hugh Morgan as part of Merton Heritage Service’s centenary programme celebrating the women’s suffrage campaign in Merton.


Hugh’s research and lively delivery animated the very significant work carried out by this local heroine.  She not only conquered a milestone in cycling history (she was the first woman to be elected to the Cyclists’ Touring Club Council) but was highly influential in the quest for sexual equality, promoting her ideas through powerful speeches and actions, always supported by her husband Tom, a lawyer and fellow cyclist.  Hugh emphasised how her powerful oratory – some of which took place on Wimbledon Common - became one of her most important weapons in the struggle.

Out of all the local places significant to her activities, we learnt how her home in Merton, Dorset Hall on Kingston Road, served not only her family and friends but became a refuge for activists and a focal point for her campaigning activities as the secretary of the Wimbledon Social and Political Union (WSPU).  Hugh made a strong case for recognising Dorset Hall as a respected location for the women’s movement.

Rose Lamartine Yates continued her fight even after women won the full vote. She worked for the establishment of an archive for the suffrage campaign, and opened the Women’s Record Room, now part of the suffrage collection in the Museum of London.

Hugh’s knowledgeable presentation provoked questions and contributions from the wide-ranging members of the audience, including Rose Lamartine Yates’ own grand-daughter, Yolande. Thank you, Hugh for a splendid afternoon.

Monday, 9 July 2018

History Talk: Our Cycling Suffragette 21st July


A symbol of women’s emancipation since the 1890s,  the bicycle proved useful to the suffrage campaign. As part of Merton History Month, this talk by MCC's very own Hugh Morgan will feature the country’s most significant and influential cycling suffragette – Merton and Wimbledon campaigner, Rose Lamartine Yates.

It's completely free but please RSVP so they can plan for chairs and refreshments: tel. 020 8545 3239 or email: local.studies@merton.gov.uk

21 July, 2 – 4pm

Colliers Wood Library
105-109 High Street
Colliers Wood
London SW19 2HR 


Sunday, 15 April 2018

Creating a Liveable London - 2018 Election Campaign

Along with Living Streets, we've written to the Leaders of each of the parties standing in the Council elections on Thursday 3rd May to ask them to submit a high quality bid for Liveable Neighbourhoods funding from TfL and the GLA to help create safer, greener, cleaner and less congested streets that will be more pleasant places for everybody, but particularly cyclists and pedestrians.

Text of Letter:

The Merton group of London Living Streets and Merton Cycling Campaign (part of the London Cycling Campaign)  are working together ahead of the local elections to represent the interests of everyone in Merton who wants a safer and more enjoyable borough.

Our agenda is the improvement of London’s streets and neighbourhoods; safer, greener, cleaner, less congested streets that will  create more pleasant places for everybody. 

This kind of transformation of the public domain encourages people out of their cars and to choose active modes of travel such as walking, cycling and scootering instead, reducing air pollution, improving physical and mental health, tackling obesity and loneliness and aiding social cohesion. It is a win-win proposition for growing urban communities. All Londoners, young and old, benefit from safer, less congested, greener, calmer and more pleasant streetscapes and we hope that the London Borough of Merton can be a leading example in the coming years. 

We are seeking pledges from local party leadership in advance of the May elections, to support initiatives to create more liveable neighbourhoods in Merton.  LCC and London Living Streets are asking for a commitment that, if elected, your administration will submit a high-quality and safe, Liveable Neighbourhood bid, based in an area with high potential for walking and cycling, that provides big wins for both and that takes major steps to prioritise people walking and cycling over private cars in the area during the course of your term.

Councils with vision can help to bring about this kind of transformation with the help of funding available from the GLA and TfL to deliver real, on-street improvements to Merton’s neighbourhoods. Up to £10 million of funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London’s (TfL) Liveable Neighbourhoods programme is available to every borough. (https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/boroughs/liveable-neighbourhoods).  

We hope that we can count on your pledge to create more liveable neighbourhoods for Merton and seek funding from the GLA and TfL’s Liveable Neighbourhoods programme to make on-street changes that will bring real improvements to the neighbourhoods where people live and work in Merton. 

We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss this and answer any queries you may have. Please let us know a time that would be convenient for you to meet before the 3rd of May.

29th April update

So far the Green Party and Liberal Democrats have committed to submitting a Liveable Neighbourhoods bid if elected. Check the LCC website for updates

Tell party leaders you want to see a Liveable London 

With the council elections at the start of May, now is the moment to tell your next council leader you want them to help bring your borough to life.

Click here to tell candidates in Merton that you want a more Liveable London. 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Tell us about cycling in Merton - 2018 MCC Survey

We'd love to know what you think of cycling in or through Merton, whether you live, work or play in the borough. We'll use what you tell us to focus our efforts over the next year.

Just click here to take https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZYYMHYB 

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Christmas Bike Ride, Sunday 27 November 10.45am

Join us for a ‎festive group ride to get the season off to a fabulous start.

We'll meander through the borough before enjoying a ride along river and a stop for lunch at The Anglers pub at Teddington before we return to Wimbledon via Richmond Park and Putney Heath.

Sunday 27 November, 10.45am - 2.30pm (finish time is approximate)
Meet at the deer outside Wimbledon Train Station, SW19 7NL   

Members and non-members both welcome!