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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!

space-for-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.

 

diverted-cyclists

 

Avoid Highbury Corner!

Cyclist using the cycle lane
Cyclist using the cycle lane

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.

Night shot
Night shot

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.

Contraflow pedestrian!
Contraflow pedestrian!

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.