Along with our sister group in Camden, we are planning a family cycle ride from Islington to the Lee Valley in early October. We will update this page with more details when they are confirmed but what we do know is that it’ll be a fun, social occasion with a leader and marshalls. And of course a stop for coffee and cakes. Ideal for everyone to join in !
The speaker at our July Cycle Islington meeting was Will McMahon of the CCJS (the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies) who talked about the Holloway Prison site redevelopment project. The CCJS is seeking the views of local residents and anyone who cycles, works, studies or shops in the area. Camden Road/Parkhurst Road junction sits right by the prison site and any redevelopment might be an opportunity to re-engineer that space so it’s less of a motorway and more of an inviting space for everyone. There is a survey on potential developments here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/plan4holloway
On Saturday, 30 September from 1pm-4pm at St George’s Church on Crayford Road, N7, the findings from the survey will be discussed with residents for the first time. For more details keep an eye on the CCJS site : https://plan4holloway.org/. Cycle Islington, along with other community groups, will be there so come along, find out more about the plans, and say hello.
Visit this busy, colourful local festival and drop in at the Cycle Islington stall! For more information about the festival see
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!
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 cycleislington.uk
- 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 www.zeroemissionsnetwork.com
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: www.carryme.org.uk
Many thanks to them both for coming along and for spreading the word about just how versatile cargo bikes are.
Islington has just put up a raft of public consultations about the 18 bikehangars they are planning to install later this summer. We’ve been waiting a LONG time for this, and the day has finally arrived!
While the council put two 6-space units up last year, these new ones are different. The new units are made by Asgard, and have a more angular look. Most importantly, these units are all going to be installed in car parking spaces. Islington has been reluctant to do this for years, so this marks a positive and very welcome change. Islington will join Lambeth, Southwark, Haringey and, of course, Hackney in providing secure, on-street cycle parking for residents.
The consultations are running through 15 July, so you only have a couple of weeks to let Islington know your thoughts on their plans. Here’s a map of the locations with links to the relevant consultation:
Are there any near where you live? Let Islington know you support it by clicking on the location and filling out the SurveyMonkey form for that bikehangar.
We’re almost there! These 108 spaces are just the beginning.
We are concerned about the safety of cyclists and pedestrians using the Highbury and Islington roundabout during the present road works; TfL have asked us to contact cyclists using this roundabout. Our advice is to avoid the area if you can; we remain concerned that the diversion on the roundabout puts cyclists in a hazardous position as they pass motor traffic entering from Holloway Road. We would like to see the former protected area for turning into Highbury Place reinstated and improved.
TfL suggest ‘Southbound’ cyclists should use the Caledonian Road diversion and they say those seeking to exit the roundabout use Highbury Place should use the diversion along Corsica Street. You are very welcome to leave comments at the bottom of this page. As the photograph illustrates, passing the entrance from Holloway Road can be hazardous.
We are in discussion with TfL to try to improve the layout for walkers and cyclists.
The road works are expected to last till about August 2015 while the Post Office (which is now closed) is demolished. The layout will then revert to the previous one. Sometime later the rail bridge will be replaced. We’ll keep you up-to-date with the plans as we find out about them. This is a link to the TfL site giving the current details.
It is startling to see the risks that some pedestrians are taking at this roundabout. Where did she come from? Where is she going?
Meanwhile here are some clips from Cycleoptic (copyright Steve Nattrass), taken 2 February on a sunny afternoon – not rush hour, showing that the roundabout is not for the faint hearted cyclist. The one taken at night was shot on Wednesday 26 February 2015, when it was a ‘Match night’ – Arsenal playing at home.