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Party responses to space4cycling

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Thank you for taking part in the space4cycling campaign.  Here are the responses from the local political parties.  If you haven’t taken part yet or want to know more about this campaign then go to the London Cycling Campaign space4cycling site.

Islington Labour Party

Islington Labour Party has responded centrally to the ward asks.  Some candidates, Paul Convery, Theresa Debono,  have also written to their local voters. 

Monday 28 April 2014

Dear ICAG and LCC members and supporters,

I am writing on behalf of Islington Labour to thank you for the many emails you have sent to our council candidates across Islington (all of whom are listed here) with proposed suggestions for cycling improvements in their respective wards. We welcome the effect your campaign has had in raising awareness of the forthcoming elections among cyclists in the borough.

In reaction, please find in the spreadsheet attached here both your suggestions and Islington Labour’s collective responses in brief. We are responding together, as we agreed with London Cycling Campaign that we would, because we are standing in next month’s elections as Islington Labour – a single party, not just 48 separate individuals.

Islington Labour recognises that cycling is one of the most sustainable modes of transport and that it makes a significant contribution to reducing road traffic congestion and improving health. We support policies and projects that encourage cycling and improve safety for cyclists on all of Islington’s roads.

Over the past year, Islington’s Labour council has taken a number of major steps to improve safety for cyclists and all road users, including becoming the first London Borough (Camden and the City of London have since followed suit) to introduce a 20mph speed limit on all roads that the council controls. We are lobbying Transport for London to do the same on their roads in Islington and we are working with the Metropolitan Police Service to seek closer enforcement of the new limit over time.

In December, at the suggestion of London Cycling Campaign, we announced new measures to boost cycle safety through extra training for Heavy Goods Vehicle drivers working for the council, its contractors and major developers in the borough. According to London Cycling Campaign, no other borough in London has imposed this requirement on developers. This means many regular drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicles in Islington will be required to take the Safe Urban Driving training course.

Islington’s Labour council continues to tackle accident hotspots across the borough, to make local cycle network improvements and to improve conditions for cyclists through road traffic engineering with projects that make physical improvements to our roads. These have recently included enhancements at: Goswell Road / Old Street; Brecknock Road / York Way; Mildmay Park; Caledonian Road (between Roman Way and Camden Road); Hornsey Road / Bavaria Road; Jackson Road / Lowman Road; Monsell Road; Hornsey Road; Archway Close; Caledonian Road / Copenhagen Street; Blackstock Road; Junction Road / Cathcart Hill; Old Street / Mallow Street; Clerkenwell Road / Britton Street; Liverpool Road; Essex Road; Tollington Park and Brewery Road. In the Bunhill area, for example, we have enhanced cycling facilities on Bunhill Row and supported EC1 NDC public space projects in Malta Street, Mitchell Street, Compton Street and Cyrus Street. We and our partners have also increased the number of bike stands and the amount of cycle parking in the borough, for instance on Gillespie Road and at Highbury Corner.

Islington’s Labour council also funds a series of initiatives to provide cycle training and make cyclists aware of road dangers. Every Islington primary school can take up free Bikeability cycle training and we also deliver Bikeability in half the borough’s secondary schools. On the first Sunday of Bike Week – that is 15 June 2014 – we will hold our highly successful Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling, in partnership with Haringey and Hackney councils. The Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling has been shortlisted twice in the National Transport Awards this year in the ‘Achievements in Cycling’ and the ‘Transport Partnership of the Year’ categories.

In January 2014, Transport for London informed the council of their commitment to deliver major improvements at key gyratories in Islington at Archway, Highbury Corner, King’s Cross, the Nag’s Head and Old Street. The council is working with Transport for London to ensure that these projects deliver very significant improvements for all road users, including cyclists, and also transform the environment in these areas for the better. Although these projects may take some time to complete, it is encouraging that this much-needed and long-awaited work is now moving forwards.

The coucil has also been investigating new cycle routes and route improvements across Islington. As you will appreciate, the council is under severe financial pressure, with the Tory-led government cutting our budget by a third over the past four years and with the worst ever cuts to local government still continuing, so available funding is being stretched to meet our existing essential obligations. However, early in 2013, City Hall announced that £913m is to be made available to improve cycling in London. Part of this funding is being offered to councils to fund the delivery of new cycle routes, so Islington Council has submitted a bid to Transport for London for an ambitious programme of new routes, as part of the development of a Cycling Grid for central London, a Cycle-to-School pilot project for Tufnell Park and the Quietways programme to provide better cycling links across Islington. We continue to lobby Transport for London and the Mayor of London to provide the funding to help us deliver these improvements, and we expect an announcement from Transport for London in May 2014 informing us which routes are being funded (with an announcement of the Cycle-to-School pilot project expected later now, in July). Any support you can express for the council’s proposals to the Mayor of London or Transport for London directly would help support our bid.

If funding is forthcoming, we will develop designs to create high quality routes. These could include segregation and other safety features. However, careful consideration will need to be given to any significant traffic displacement onto nearby residential roads. It is therefore crucial that all schemes that propose improvements are subject to extensive public consultation to allow local residents the opportunity to influence the types of improvements that are delivered, and to build support for any changes to local roads that impact on the local community.

Islington Labour will take onboard the suggestions you have made and we will look to act on them where we can. We would appreciate it if you could update the LCC website accordingly to reflect our support for cycling in the borough.

Islington Labour councillors, including myself, speak and meet regularly with John Ackers and other members of Islington Cyclists Action Group and with Tom Bogdanowicz and others from the London Cycling Campaign. We want to continue to work closely with you as we work together to make Islington as safe and welcoming for cyclists and pedestrians as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Andy Hull on behalf of Islington Labour’s council candidates 2014

Labour’s responses to each ward ask, updated on 6th May 2014 (google spreadsheet)

Labour’s responses to each ward ask with 2017 status updates added in an additional column

Councillor Paul Convery marks himself as “non-compliant” on the Caledonian Ward ask

The candidates for in Islington Liberal Democrat ward are responding to individual voters. 

Islington Liberal Democrats

LibDem John Gilbert writes to Alison Dines: 

Thank you for your recent email about the ‘Safe Space for Cycling’ campaign.

As a long-standing member of the London Cycling Campaign and a regular cyclist myself, I am writing on behalf of all three Liberal Democrat candidates in Highbury East ward – Terry Stacy, Julie Horten and myself, John Gilbert – to confirm our support for London Cycling Campaign’s proposal to provide protected cycling space at Highbury roundabout.  We have also let the London Cycling Campaign know that we back their proposals.

We know from personal experience that the current dangerous situation for cyclists at the roundabout needs to end.  Liberal Democrats in Highbury have been calling for improvements here for some time now.  When we ran the Council until 2010, we specifically set aside £1million to help remove the gyratory system at Highbury Corner and improve public access to Highbury & Islington station.  This included a new public square in front of the station, access to the green area at the centre of the roundabout, as well as cycle lanes separate from the rest of the traffic.  It is good news that the Mayor of London has finally agreed to progress this scheme in conjunction with works for the new Cycle Super Highway along Holloway Road.

We have also been involved in other campaigns to make cycling easier and safer in Highbury, such as:

  • new, secure bike parking facilities at Highbury Corner, Taverner and Peckett Squares
  • safer cycle paths in Drayton Park
  • improvements to the dangerous junction for cyclists and pedestrians at Holloway Road/Fieldway Crescent/Madras Place, on which we worked with community groups.
  • calling on the Council and Police to enforce the borough-wide 20mph speed limit
  • making the Council fill in potholes throughout the area, including our recent successes on Sotheby Road, Highbury Grange and Highbury New Park

While there has been a welcome rise in the number of cyclists in Islington and London generally, there is so much more that the Council could do though to make cycling more attractive and safer for Highbury residents.

In our manifesto for the elections on May 22nd, one of Islington Liberal Democrats’ key commitments is to extend the London Cycle Hire scheme across Islington.  This would encourage more residents to start cycling, improve health and fitness and reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

We are also calling for the Council to use more of the money it makes from traffic fines and parking tickets on safer cycle facilities around the borough, such as improved junctions and segregated cycle paths.  There is, of course, a need to work closely with Transport for London on the roads they manage, but the Council could also be doing much more itself.  It was wrong of Labour councillors to axe the funding to make key junctions safer in their first budget after they took control in Islington in 2010.

I hope this answer is helpful.  Please let me know if you would like any further information.

With all best wishes

John Gilbert

Islington Green Party

Islington Green Party is responding centrally to individual voters. 

21 Apr 2014

Thank you for contacting us about the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) for Space for Cycling.

As you will have seen from the LCC map, Islington Green Party is already supporting all 16 ward asks for Islington. Candidates standing for Islington Greens have a consistent track record on active cycle campaigning, including improving the Madras Place crossing, the Londoners on Bikes Mayoral Election campaign 2012 and supporting LCC campaign rides and Roadpeace vigils across London.  We care about cycling as much as you do.

The Green Party has a comprehensive range of policies supporting active travel and prioritising the movement of people on bikes and on foot over that of vehicles.  We see safer streets for cycling as part of the solution to reducing road danger, air pollution and carbon emissions and making our city more liveable.

Just today, Green MEP Jean Lambert has voted to introduce EU measures which will make cyclists more visible to lorry drivers. The Parliament also voted to postpone measures which would give the go-ahead to the cross-border movement of huge mega-trucks. Greens have been fighting hard to ensure that such measures were rejected, which would have put the HGV lobby before the interests of wider road-users.

Over fourteen years on the London Assembly, Jenny Jones AM has championed the cycling cause and demonstrated the commitment of Green politicians to meeting the needs of vulnerable road users.

Islington Green Party Councillor Katie Dawson (Highbury West 2006 – 2010) introduced the 20mph limit on all our residential roads.  Islington Greens campaigned and successfully made the case for 20mph limits on our main roads on the basis that the majority of serious collisions happen on main roads. We are now pressing TfL to bring 20mph limits to the Mayor’s roads.

Highbury East candidate Caroline Russell raised the issue of Lorry danger reduction in the Council chamber and we were very pleased that the Labour-led council took action to ensure all HGV drivers working on contracts in the borough undertake training.

Since the last election,  Labour has introduced over 800 additional parking bays across the borough, despite car ownership levels going down year on year.  The latest census shows only 35% of Islington residents have access to a car or van and the council’s policies should reflect that. Labour just don’t get that encouraging car use is the wrong solution for transport in islington.

Any elected Islington Greens will work with local residents and Islington Cyclists’ Action Group to help make our streets more  people-friendly, less vehicle-dominated, and great places to walk and cycle.

We care about cycling as much as you do. VOTE GREEN in Islington on 22nd May.

Best wishes

The Islington Green Party Team

PS Please check out our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @islingtongreens @greenhighbury and @greenfinsbury, sign up for updates and if you can make a donation please do.  As a small but growing party we are dependent on multiple small donations from people like you.

Ditch the Archway Roundabout – March 1st

Join cyclists and pedestrians to call for the removal of the Archway gyratory.

Thursday  1 March, 6:15

Let’s get TfL and Islington Council to remove the Archway gyratory and return the traffic to two-way and make the area more pedestrian and cyclist friendly; plans for which have been lodged with Islington Council for well over a decade.

There has never been a better chance to get rid of Archway gyratory. It is a throwback to the 1960s when progress was seen through the windscreen of a car. In this more enlightened age gyratories have become a thing of the past. Communities are no longer divided by ribbons of fast moving traffic, cyclists are no longer intimidated by multiple lanes of motorists.

Could the Archway gyratory be the next one to go?  There is a very good chance.

Community groups in the area have been campaigning for years to get rid of the gyratory. Transport for London is beginning to move but they need more persuading. This year of the mayoral elections is the ideal opportunity to make it happen.

The return of the road system to traditional two-way flow is supported by all political parties and wanted by residents and road users alike. The modelling has been done and with money already allocated for elements like traffic lights, the project can be carried out swiftly. Archway is a place where people live and run businesses not just a traffic island. We hope you will support our call for :

  • Returning Archway roundabout to two-way working within 12 months.
  • Designing our streets so people can travel safely on foot and by bike, not just by car.
  • Introducing 20mph limits where people live, work and shop – which includes the A1.

Meet at 6.15pm in Archway Close/Flowers Mews  N19 3TD (GoogleMaps) to walk/cycle at 6:30pm.

We want to make it visually interesting so Cat ears and Mayoral chains are encouraged!

 

Press Release 24 Feb 2012

facebook event  Please invite fb friends that live locally. Setting up a list (of local friends)makes this easy to do.

Better Archway Forum

2way archway  (also run by Better Archway Forum)

London Cycling Campaign : Go Dutch  How many gyratories do you see in Amsterdam or Copenhagen?

 

Update Feb 26th:  Over the weekend, there has been a big effort by Better Archway Forum to put up posters in a lot of shop windows. The 2 blocks on Junction road from Absolute Print to the tube are pretty much saturated. There is a scattering of posters on the other side including MAP, Yildiz, Bean and Bread. In addition many of the local residential streets have been leafleted and leaflets have been delivered to the leafleters who are doing the remaining streets.

If you think that any junctions anywhere in Islington need to be made safe for cyclists then please come on March 1st.  This is the junction that all politicians are focused on and we won’t be able to get other junctions sorted until the Archway Gyratory is removed.  Due to the work of The Times, the cycling bloggers, the Go Dutch campaign and upcoming Mayoral and GLA elections, cycling has become a political issue. ICAG’s Chris Ashby made the comment last week that this event at Archway was exactly the kind of thing ICAG should be doing.  Chris Ashby, Keith Macfarlane and Anita Frizzarin are all going to be leafleting the Archway tube this week.

If tweeting, please add tag #cyclesafe !

Take Action on Connect2 at Finsbury Park

Sketch shows the 3 metre wide (blue) path to the right of Station Place that is expected to accommodate pedestrians and two way cyclists.

The guidelines to the Connect2 project say ”Connect2 will create a new way of living, where people, and not cars, are at the heart of travelling within communities throughout the UK.” But not at Finsbury Park.

One of the Connect2 partners in the Finsbury Park scheme, Transport for London has had a very different objective, to leave everything exactly as it is.

The scheme will cost around £200,000 of precious funding, generously donated by the National Lottery, yet delivers little of benefit to commuting cyclists. Council officers argue that cyclists are now able to legally cycle south along the narrow pavement besides Station Place but at the cost of aggravating pedestrians and existing northbound cyclists.  Local councillors at the last meeting described the scheme as “better than nothing”, ICAG does not agree.

Please send your comments to Islington’s spatial planning and transport team via the official questionnaire (link below) or send the prepared email below. Edit it as you wish.  If you cycle through Finsbury Park regularly or every day, please say so !

Connect2 council web page
The official consultation document with maps
The official questionnaire

There is more information and links further down this page. The closing date is Tuesday 26th April 2011 and that has now past.

spt@islington.gov.uk
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Background

Islington Council said (in 2010):

Islington Council has been awarded £600,000 to spend on walking and cycling improvements on a new route connecting Finsbury Park to Highbury Corner.

Thanks to everyone who voted for Sustrans’ Connect2 and for your help in winning the £50 million Lottery Giveaway, the largest ever publicly-decided award.

The Islington Connect2 Route is one of 79 schemes UK-wide in the Sustrans’ Connect2 project, funded by the national lottery, which aims to encourage people to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment, as well as creating a sense of community pride.

The focus of the Islington Connect2 Route is to find a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists travelling through Finsbury Park, more specifically at the crossing of Seven Sisters Road.

In July 2010, Tom Bogdanowicz (CTC/LCC) asked for a ghost lane across Seven Sisters Road so cyclists could cross between St Thomas Rd and the cycle lane on Station Place on a single traffic light. Islington Council argued that “Pedestrian/cycle conflicts would be an issue and therefore a diagonal crossing would be difficult to achieve on the south-west corner.”

In August 2010, ICAG reviewed the latest drawings.  On August 28th 2010, ICAG to objected to the proposals.

In February 2011, ICAG received Connect2 Finsbury Park options and these engineering drawings: connect2-opt1 connect2-opt2 connect2-opt3.

ICAG attended a Connect2 steering group meeting and here are our notes.

On April 15th 2011, ICAG sent out this press release.

The Connect2 project created an enormous amount of critical discussion on ICAG’s engineering email list.  The focus of the discussion has been whether the proposals drawn up by Islington Council have merit, can they be improved upon or should the proposals be scrapped.

Roamer parking – action now finished

Background

Islington Council is changing its parking rules. At present, vehicle owners are obliged to pay for a permit which allows them to park only in the zone where they live. It is proposing to introduce a Residents’ Roamer, which would allow all permit holders to park their vehicles within any zone in Islington between the hours of 11am-3pm (with complex variations around the Emirates Stadium). In addition, it is proposing to allow an unlimited number of vouchers to residents, which would allow many more visitors to use and park their cars without risk of penalty.

  • These changes will encourage a significant increase in the number of car journeys made within Islington, while also encouraging visitors from beyond the borough to travel in by car.
  • The changes are completely contrary to the Council’s long standing sustainable transport and parking policies, which seek to discourage non-essential car use and to encourage the use of other modes, such as walking, cycling and the use of public transport.
  • The changes will lead to increased danger for pedestrians and cyclists, while the resulting increased congestion will hinder the movement of buses
  • In addition, pollution will get even worse than it already is, and there will be an increase in climate change emissions.
  • Residents in those parts of the borough with institutions or businesses that attract many visitors (such as the Whittington Hospital) could find their parking bays taken over by visitors from outside their zone.
  • The issue of carers and the more vulnerable needing flexible parking could be addressed with targeted vouchers.
  • While Roamer parking offers an enticing opportunity to park for free anywhere in the borough, the overall impact of the scheme is highly detrimental to the well-being of Islington residents in terms of increased congestion, pollution and road danger.

What you can do     consultation has closed

These proposals are now out to consultation until the 11th of February. We are urging everyone with an interest in this matter to respond. There is little likelihood of the Council changing the hours.

Our aim is to get the scheme scrapped in its entirety.

To this end we have provided an email response to the Council urging it to revoke the scheme. For those of you with the time, this can be amended or expanded to reflect your personal concerns. Alternatively, for those wishing to write, the address is: Public Realm, 222 Upper Street, London N1 1XA. Quote reference: TMO/3176.

We will send your response to the Council’s parking services department, with a copy to Councillor Paul Smith, who is the Executive Member for the Environment, and a copy to ICAG.

For background information go to Stop The Roamer campaign site.

parking.services@islington.gov.uk, paul.smith@islington.gov.uk
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