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Car-free day – Friday 22 September – update from Archway ZEN

To both celebrate national Car Free Day and encourage local employees in Archway to take up cycling, the Archway ZEN is planning a guided group cycle ride around Archway plus cycling advice, guidance and bike maintenance checks throughout the day on Archway Square.

The group ride will be a sociable cycle at an easy pace. It’s a chance for local workers to get out of the office, get active, chat to colleagues and try some of the cycling routes around the local area within the comfort of a larger group. This led cycle ride will provide local cyclists with a chance to experience the benefits of and get to grips with the new segregated lanes which form an integral part of the gyratory upgrade.

It is hoped that this will increase the confidence of new and seasoned cyclists in using the wide array of segregated cycle lanes and crossings in Archway town centre – placing an emphasis on the shift in travel habits from private vehicle use to active travel modes.

Bookings for the ride will be taken online before the event via the Council’s cycling website. Before and after the event there will be bike checks, Dr Bike cycle maintenance sessions and information provision about council cycling services. The event will also provide information on how the public can protect themselves from air pollution and help reduce pollution in the local area.

Provisional agenda

8:00 – 10:00: Bikers Breakfast

Breakfast (coffee and bagels) handed out to commuters cycling through/into Archway together with information on cycle training and services.

8:00 – 12:00: Dr Bike service and bike registering

Dr bike and bike checks for those wishing to join the guided cycle at lunchtime. General cycling and safety advice. Information about Archway ZEN.

12:00 – 13:00: Guided cycle around Archway (start and finish at Archway Square)

The 45-minute route will include the surrounding area and different ‘approaches’ into Archway. Easy paced, social cycle with marshals at key crossings. Approximately 40 spaces available. The ride will be planned and managed by David Shannon and his team. A snack lunch will be provided for those who take part.

13:00 – 16:00: Dr Bike service and bike registering

Services to continue for rest of afternoon.

The aims of the event:

–          To enable local workers and residents in Archway to experience cycling in the local area within the safety and comfort of a large group.

–          To encourage participants to switch some or all of their local journeys from private car/public transport to cycling.

–          To raise awareness of air pollution and its health impacts and educate the public on how they can protect themselves and make the right travel choices.

–          To raise awareness of the Archway ZEN and how local businesses and workers can help reduce air pollution in the local area.

–          To highlight the benefits of placing people first and transforming roads into clean, safe, attractive and economically vibrant places.

Benefits to Islington/Archway:

–          Opportunity for local workers and residents who might be considering cycling in Archway to try it within the safety and comfort of a larger group.

–          Free cycle maintenance and bike checks, cycle advice and guidance including information on cycle training.

–          Increased public awareness of air pollution in the local area and how people can protect themselves from air pollution and help reduce it.

Other activities that are happening away from Archway involve the Stars Car Free Day school’s events. Events will take place at:

  • William Tyndale
  • Hugh Myddelton
  • Grafton
  • New North
  • Rotherfield

As well as promoting world car free day the schools will celebrate 10 years of the STARS school travel planning programme. The Traffic and Safety team, within the Traffic and Parking service, along with TfL are leading on this aspect. Competitions and general promotions on the day will take place at the schools.

Events on the day:

  • TfL visits / presence at schools where possible (William Tyndale have been selected)
  • TfL issued banners and leaflets
  • TfL photo competition

As a follow up there will also be:

  • Travel surveys
  • Certificates
  • Prizes for schools/ pupils involved

We will also be promoting car free day with parents and pupils at Rotherfields and Drayton Park schools as we will be working with them to highlight low pollution routes around the schools as part of a separate project.

Our stall to Angel Canal Festival

Many thanks to everyone who helped on our stall on 3rd September.  It was great to welcome a whole range of cyclists to our stand, from Laura who cycles huge distances to Shikha who is disabled and relies on her electric tricycle for mobility and all those in between, including Islington’s mayor (who said she doesn’t cycle at the moment although her husband does!)

Islington Mayor Una O’Halloran
Shikha Bell and her electric tricycle

Laura Scott the ultra endurance cyclist


Thank you Cycle Islington feeder ride!

Like many local LCC groups, Cycle Islington led a feeder ride to the Prudential Freecycle on Saturday 29 July.  About 70 people joined us at Highbury Fields to ride down to St Paul’s where we joined the motor traffic free route around London.

Many thanks to our ride leader Steve and our marshals John, Eilidh, Sheridan, Sarah, Paul and Alison, especially from the two young women that joined us and would not have considered cycling to the centre of London if we hadn’t organised the ride!

Cycle Islington 2017 AGM

We held our 2017  AGM on 14 June when the following were elected to the CI committee – you can contact any of them through
alison.dines at

  • Alison (Coordinator and secretary)
  • Keith (Treasurer)
  • Nick and Talia (campaigns, infrastructure)
  • Simon (Canonbury liaison & infrastructure)
  • Liz (Archway liaison)
  • Tab (public health liaison)
  • Eilidh (newsletter and communications)

After many years on the CI committee John Ackers stood down to concentrate on next year’s local elections.  We are really grateful for everything he has done whilst being on the committee.

We were delighted to welcome two speakers.   Laura from the Zero Emissions network, a joint initiative with the boroughs of Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets, who told us about the ZEN and its objectives – including their encouragement of using cargo bikes. Did you know that one cargo bike can carry 100 bottles of champagne ?!  More information from  

Alix of Carryme Bikes presented how they lent cargo bikes, seats and trailers to park rangers, market traders, meals on wheels teams and anyone who wanted to try out some new kit.
More information here:

Many thanks to them both for coming along and for spreading the word about just how versatile cargo bikes are.

Join us for Cycle Islington’s AGM on Wed 14th June

This year we pleased to welcome Laura Perry from  the local Zero Emissions Network (see as our speaker.

The City Fringe ZEN is a joint initiative between the London boroughs of Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets designed to improve air quality and business efficiency within the ‘ZEN’ target area. In Islington this is the area covered by Bunhill Ward and its borders with Clerkenwell and The Angel.  ZEN members are local businesses working together to make the area a better place to visit, work and do business, by improving local air quality, supporting active travel whilst reducing; energy and transport costs.

The meeting will be at the Town Hall, Upper Street N1 2UD, starting at 7.30pm with the co-ordinator and treasurer’s reports and elections of officers.  Laura will join us at 8.30pm, refreshments will be served and the meeting will end at 9.30pm.

For more information please contact Alison Dines

Spring Cycle on April 8th

We managed to choose a lovely sunny afternoon for our bike ride and 63 people of all ages and a dog took part in the ride.  Simon,  our official route-master, had lots of support from Gwen who provided continual vocal comments and leadership.  We met our neighbours from Camden, Hackney and Harringey along the way and well done to the children who managed to cycle the whole route.

The crowd gathers with cargo bikes, tandems, small bikes and hybrids …


Gwen (with Graham) led from the front at all times !

Spring has truly sprung, and Cycle Islington is taking advantage with a ride to celebrate putting winter behind us. Join us on April 8th at the war memorial in Highbury Fields. At 2:00 we’ll set off to take a tour of some of the new, world class cycle infrastructure in London, including the Embankment cycle superhighway.

You’re welcome to print out the flyer below and post it at your office or hand one to your neighbour.

Please register whether you can make it on our Facebook event page. Can you help marshal the ride? Please get in touch and let us know!

Upper Holloway Update

upper-holl-updateThis is the Northbound view on day one of the closure of Holloway Road to allow the work on the railway bridge to continue.

On 13 October, a letter to local residents said, “Cyclist access will be maintained during the road closures although they will  be requested to dismount in the shared space with pedestrians inside the closure.”  By 22 October, there was a change in plan…

holl-diversion-one The diversion is quite long (approx 1 mile), taking a cyclist along Fairbridge Road to the Sussex Way bridge and back along Hatchard Road and Marlborough Road.  Others will find no space for cycling and join the pedestrians…

holl-iccBut there will always be a rebel!


Traffic is being diverted along Junction Road then  Tufnell Park Road or Brecknock Road. It is expected that other surrounding roads will be busier than usual as drivers try to find other routes.

The planned Holloway Road closures at Upper Holloway Station are as follows:

Closed to all vehicles, in both directions

22.00 Friday 21 October until 5.00 Monday 31 October

22.00 Friday 18 November until 5.00 Monday 21 November

22.00 Friday 25 November until 5.00 Monday 28 November

24 December 2016 to 16 January 2017

But the Northbound carriageway will reopen

5.00 Monday 31 October until 22.00 Saturday 24 December, when it will close again.