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Veloteers adopt potholes

Potholes can be a big problem for cyclists and othe road users. Recent bad weather has made our roads even worse.

Veloteers have been adopting potholes, taking photos of them, and reporting them to the council or TfL to monitor how quickly they get filled. Here are some examples:

Colebrooke Row and Windsor Terrace – status FIXED

Corner Colebrooke Row and Windsor Terrace Credit: Rob Harston

Corner Colebrooke Row and Windsor Terrace Photo: Rob Harston

[The above pothole was filled by 14 April, reported 6 April] 

Windsor Road – status FIXED

Windsor Road Credit: Stephen Taylor
Windsor Road Photo Stephen Taylor

[Update 13th March 2011: One year on – and we are still waiting for this hole to get filled. In fact, if anything it has got worse!]

[Belated update 18th February 2013: The road is now resurfaced]

Beversbrook Road – status FIXED

Beversbrook Road
Beversbrook Road – This was reported Friday April 9 as well as other holes in the road and filled by Thursday 15. 

Highbury Hill – status FIXED

Beversbrook Road
Highbury Hill Photo: Pat Tuson 

Not very pretty! Hopefully other Veloteers will be supplying more good news…

Mayton Road – status FIXED

When BBC Radio London got in touch in early 2010 to ask for an interview about potholes. We chose Mayton Road. At that time it was in a very poor state. Shortly after the interview was broadcast the road was closed and resurfaced. Not that we are suggesting there was any connection!

ADOPT A POTHOLE

If you know of a pothole in Islington why not consider adopting it? There are two simple steps:

First of all let us know of its location, if possible include a photograph, so that we can add it to this page.

Secondly, report it to Islington Council

If it gets fixed, do let us know so we can update its status here

We’re looking forward to listing other road improvements on this site!

Successful Launch of ICAG veloteers!

We were so pleased with the response to our invitation. Over twenty people turned up at the town hall to go on an instructive ride.

volunteers are briefed before cycling away

Stephen Taylor briefs the veloteers before we set out.
volunteers are briefed before cycling away

We move away into Upper Street.

veloteers are told about the award winning improvement to this junction
Having passed along Barnsbury Road and checked out the cycle lanes there, we reached Penn Road and looked at the award winning improvement to the junction there.

we are told of some of the history of the improvements here

We were told of some of the problems at the Goswell Road triangle.

telling of Hertslet Road and Madras Place
Having left the Highbury and Islington roundabout, we passed through the exit towards Highbury Fields – focus of a long campaign –  and stopped outside Central Library. We discussed the works at Horsell Road and  the campaign at Madras Place
Then off to the Olden Gardens for the launch and training session. Guest speakers were Tom Bogdanowicz (LCC campaigns manager) and Councilor Greg Foxsmith (who leads on the Environment).
Veloteers ready for the session
Then having had lunch, we were ready to get to work!

Veloteers ready for the session
Veloteers were asked to “adopt a pothole” and identify issues in their area that need attention.

Veloteers in discussion Credit: Tom Bogdanowicz
Veloteers in discussion
Credit: Tom Bogdanowicz

Council’s plans for 20mph limit in the borough

Islington is to become the first borough in London to introduce a 20mph speed limit on all residential roads, according to the Standard.

Portsmouth was the first council to impose a limit like this in March 2008 and other boroughs have followed this example.

20 mph in lbi Credit: LCC
Credit: London Cycling Campaign

The council plans to introduce the limit in January 2010 as part of its strategy to death and injury caused by motor vehicle collisions, along with long-term reductions in congestion and pollution.

The measure will affect over 150 miles of residential streets, with a small number of arterial roads retaining 30mph limits. Signs will indicate 20mph streets, with the council deciding against introducing more speed humps.  The A roads in the borough, such as the A1 (Holloway Road and Upper street) will not be affected as they are administered by Transport for London.

Campaigning for 20mph in London for a decade

Islington Cycling Action Group said,”Lower speed limits turn streets into living spaces not sterile stretches of tarmac. They create and re-invigorate communities. They also save lives, smooth traffic flow and cut pollution.”  See more at  20 mph saves lives – click in the column at the left.

Councillor Greg Foxsmith, Islington’s environment spokesman, said: “We want streets where our kids can walk to school safely, where our cyclists can ride without risk, and where pollution levels are driven down.”

Policy proven to save lives and reduce injury
Transport for London research has shown that 20mph zones can reduce casualties by 43 percent and fatal or serious casualties by over 50 percent.

At least seven other London councils are looking at similar proposals.

Material used from the London Cycling Campaign’s website with permission.

Evidence to Islington Council Sustainability Scrutiny Committee

Islington Council have recently been investigating what some of the barriers to more cycling in the borough are.  As part of our submission we presented a short video (below).

It’s a cyclist’s eye view of riding around the borough and highlights some tricky junctions, speeding motorists, close overtakes and a one way system that takes you round the houses.

One of the key findings of the video is that engineering is not always the solution.  Some of the problems we identified can only be tackled by better enforcement of the traffic laws and a greater awareness of the needs of more vulnerable road users.

The video was made instead of a cycle ride around the borough with councillors.  However the invitation remains open and we are hopeful that some of them will accept.

Pedal Power at Finsbury Park

Pedal Power cycling club for adults with learning disabilities

This local club meets at the basket ball court in Finsbury Park every other Saturday afternoon from 2-4pm. It is open to complete beginners & there is no need to book a place. Just turn & the qualified cycle instructors have a range of specialised bikes to suit a whole range of disabilities.

The next dates are 6 Mar, 20 Mar,3 Apr , 17 Apr, 1 May 2010

If you’re interested attending a session or helping out (they’d like cycle trainers to lead rides around the park for people who are getting more confident on the bikes) please contact

Jo Roach on 020 8809 7718 or jo4cakes@hotmail.com for more information.

Video campaigning

ICAG have invested in two small video cameras to use as a part of our campaigning.  They will be used as a part of our Road Danger Reduction Campaign as well as highlighting engineering issues around the borough.

For a start here is a short video of the cycle route that runs between Holloway and Hornsey Roads: