To get in touch tweet @CycleIslington, write on our facebook wall, email firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to a monthly meeting. For media enquiries, please contact Chris Kenyon on 07809 389 877.
You can email ideas/comments/problems about cycle infrastructure directly to the Cycle Islington Infrastructure list.
In the beginning
Cycle Islington, formerly Islington Cyclists Action Group (ICAG) was formed on the 30th June 1976. ICAG became a part of the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) many years later.
What we do
Cycle Islington is run by volunteers and works to improve facilities for cyclists and encourage more people to take up cycling. We promote cycling in the community at events during the year. Cycle Islington advocates consideration by all for all on our streets.
We meet Islington Council officers almost monthly and the Executive member for Transport 4 times a year. We review major transport schemes and lobby for cycle infrastructure, secure bike parking etc.
We published a paper newsletter which until summer 2019 was mailed out with the London Cyclist, the LCC members’ magazine Here are the back copies. In September 2019, we went digital and our news letters are published 3 or 4 times a year and are now emailed to Local LCC members directly. We forward LCC’s Friday News to our own mailing list every week with any local updates.
If you join LCC (and please do join LCC) and live in Islington you automatically become a member of Cycle Islington.
If there is anything you’d like to raise anything about cycling in Islington do come along on the second Wednesday of the month at the Town Hall [gmap] at 7.30 – 9.30pm (see events calendar lower down). People that walk, cycle, bus and drive, LCC members or otherwise, are all welcome. We’re usually in room 3 but have a look the display inside the main entrance or ask the security guard. We rarely cancel and or change date.
All of CI’s activity is coordinated through these meetings. Here are minutes of previous meetings.
How we are organised
We have a constitution and publish our annual accounts. We have a committee and at our AGM held on 11 May 2022, the following officers were elected for 2022/23 :-
LCC co-ordinator: Eilidh Murray
Secretary: John Hartley
Treasurer: Keith MacFarlane
Committee: Susanne Grieshaber, Steve Knatress, Nick Kocherhook, Chris Kenyon, Oli Lord, Graham Parks
Got an itch to make Islington a bit better? Think it could be nicer to cycle? Worried about public health? Want to do something empowering, and actually make a difference?
Then you’ve found the group for you.
There are lots of ways of getting involved. The most precious thing to give is your time; whether that’s two minutes responding to various consultations or a bit longer developing group responses and campaigns, it all makes a difference.
We’re also always looking to collaborate with other local organisations, so if that sounds fun, let us know how we could work together.
Staying in touch
Facebook, twitter and youtube links are in the top right corner.
Subscribe by email to the general Cycle Islington list by sending a blank email to news+subscribe@CycleIslington.groups.io. There are about 30 messages a month and 80 subscribers and includes Islington Council officers.
Subscribe by email to the infrastructure focused Cycle Islington Infrastructure list by sending a blank email to infra+subscribe@CycleIslington.groups.io There are less than 30 subscribers almost all of whom are on the general list. This is also a superset of the regular monthly meeting attendees.
We also post links to larger infrastructure schemes on Islington cyclescape pages to which you can subscribe and comment.
Do join the London Cycling Campaign. You will add weight to our voice with council officers, councillors, TfL (Transport for London), the GLA and the Mayor.
We organise two or three special rides each year like these. For weekly rides we recommend the Islington Cycling Club. This is North London’s fastest growing cycling club and is unusual as it has a high proportion of female members – so it’s not all testosterone and lycra!
The Central London CTC website lists the rides organised by groups and clubs in and out of London.
Workshops and Dr Bike
- Islington Council runs multiple Dr Bike sessions each month in different locations around the borough. Just turn up but double check their calendar first.
- Restarted 4th July 2021, Cycle Islington run a monthly workshop from 1pm to 3pm on the first Sunday of each month at Sunnyside Community Centre, Sunnyside Rd, N19. Contact Adrian Williams on 07810 211902.
- Across the Hackney border Hackney Bike Workshop hold regular workshops each month. Camden Cyclists also have a workshop at Kentish Town Health Centre on the first Monday of each month except if a bank holiday, check their events page for details.