Category Archives: TfL

Cycling is good for cities – Jan Gehl

Danish city planner - Jan Gehl

Eminent Danish city planner Jan Gehl lectured at RIBA at the end of 2011 about creating People Friendly Cities.  He’s thoughtful, engaging, funny and passionate and the large, mainly young RIBA audience loved him. Cycling isn’t just good for cyclists, it’s good for cities.

Video part 1 People friendly cities are sustainable cities. People like seeing other people. We want lively and attractive cities. Safety and security; we hate deserted places.  A good public realm and a good public transport system are brothers. 50 happy years of  cheap petroleum are over. 1/3 of Americans will die of obesity.  Not everybody can get to the escalator that leads to the fitness centre. The car invasion in the 1960s. Traffic engineers obsessed with finding capacity for cars, as if this was the only thing that mattered.

Video part 2  Walking, cycling and public spaces.

Video part 3  interrupted pavements, guardrails, pedestrian crossings with count down.What can do we for cyclists? Copenhagen, cycle lanes and buffer zones.  Advance light for cyclists on junctions. Greenwaves for cyclists. Integration between travel modes.

Video part 4 In Copenhagen, bicycling has doubled.  36% travel to work by bicycle. Number one problem in Copenhagen? congestion – in cycle lanes!  Safety in cycling numbers.  Melbourne inviting pedestrians.  New York’s Mayor Bloomberg installing many km of cycling lanes. London’s poor cycling infrastructure.

Incidentally, he told an audience in Sydney that there was only one other city in the world where pedestrians were treated as badly; London.

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 !

Madras Place much better but…

We understand that it will be a while before this scheme is finally “signed off” by TfL.  There are some details that involve the TfL signals section and this will take some time.  Meanwhile we can be grateful for the new lights, particularly when they are at red.  Although traffic will habitually ignore the Keep Clear signs on the road, we can hope that that they will be inching along rather than accelerating.

A few photos…

Shows an 'ideal' situation - the Keep Clears are empty and cylists can make a safe crossing








An ‘ideal’ situation – the Keep Clears are indeed clear and it’s safe for a cyclist to cross Holloway Road.








Although the cyclist has left the pavement a little early, it’s safe to cross.









A cyclist would have to squeeze through to cross  – you hope the driver of the dark car would see a cyclist – or the cyclist would cross behind the dark  car – with care!








It is dusk – the green path across the road is not visible!

Madras Place Safer crossing – campaign success!


Madras Place Safer crossing – campaign success!

Campaigners on Holloway Road

Dangers still exist for pedestrians and cyclists wishing to cross Holloway Road; by the end of the month, the present road works at Madras Place and Fieldway Crescent will be, we hope, an unalloyed success story for local campaigners working with Islington council officers and Transport for London (TfL). Members of Islington Living Streets, Islington Cyclists Action Group and local residents have campaigned successfully to press Transport for London (TfL) to act to improve the crossing before anyone else was injured or worse at this location.

While Lisa Pontecorvo, who tragically lost her life near Madras Place, is usually described as a cyclist, at the time of her death she was on foot, wheeling her bike across Holloway Road along the pedestrian desire line to Fieldway Crescent.

Working together, we established a common understanding between pedestrians and cyclists of the dangers and design flaws at this crossing. Several on-site meetings gave us a pretty water-tight assessment of the risks at the crossings, which TfL had to listen to. Our continued involvement throughout the design process meant we could establish two new pedestrian crossings at the junction with Holloway Road together with an improved crossing for cyclists.

Many people want to cross at this spot rather than walking up the road past the old library entrance where the previous pedestrian crossing serviced the bus stops. Now this has been achieved while smoothing out the “dog-leg” layout of the cycle path that was so confusing to drivers; cyclists will be much more visible to drivers from now on.

It has been instructive, watching the work day-by-day, to see why the costs of what seems a simple and straightforward change are so high and that it has taken a person’s life to concentrate minds. All the while, Holloway Road has had to be kept clear enough to keep traffic moving, parts of pavements and roads dug up and then replaced, wiring of temporary traffic lights, moving of lamp posts, trees and and old traffic light gantries, new lamp and traffic light columns set into the new paving, then more wiring-up and the crossings themselves engineered to suit pedestrians and cyclists – all this done by many different groups of workers timetabled one after the other. So it’s no surprise that some slippage to the timetable occurred and the work will be completed six weeks later than anticipated.

However, this close collaboration between pedestrians and cyclists should be a model for future working. That the new crossing also benefits drivers by providing a clearer, more legible street-scape demonstrates that when they design “streets for people”, TfL can do the right thing. After ten years of steadily decreasing numbers of accidents, the last two years have seen a rise in the numbers killed and seriously injured on Islington’s roads; the improvements at Madras Place are coming none too soon.

Chris Ashby, Robin Hull, Caroline Russell, Paul Standeven.