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Archway plans are not safe enough for #space4cycling

Our suggestions (PC users, click to obtain a bigger image. Touch screen users, tap for a bigger image)

Update 11 Feb 2015

We met TfL on Friday 6 February and they showed us revised plans which take our suggestions into account.  We are waiting to hear for more information from them.   We feel the drawings we made [see above and below] were good solutions to our requests. [Also below]  We look forward to further dialogue with TfL. We are, of course, pleased with the overall concept of ridding Archway of its gyratory. (Also present at the meeting were members of Better Archway Forum and Jeremey Corbyn M.P.  A representative from Living Streets was unable to attend.)

This is from our post of 5 December 2014…

TfL's proposals for Archway (click drawing for larger image)
TfL’s proposals for Archway (click drawing for larger image) View as PDF

Islington Cyclists Action Group Response to Transport for London’s Proposals for Archway

We are pleased that TfL recognise Archway needs to be improved for pedestrians and people who want to cycle. While there are some good aspects to this proposal, especially segregated tracks and floating bus stops, we have serious misgivings around some aspects of the design which we are very keen to see revised.

  1. Various cycle movements are dangerous, and could be made safe with proper segregated tracks throughout and protected “T” junctions.
    1. Coming from Highgate Hill crossing Archway Rd to Archway Park: It would not be clear that you should go around the bus and not inside it on the cycle track, which would be more logical. It also requires you to turn right across left turning traffic. This is being removed at Oval because it is unsafe. It has no place in modern cycling designs. 
      1. Cyclists could have their own crossing linking the cycle track by Clerkenwell Building to the one on Archway Rd in one go.

        Comparing current dangerous proposals to what we could have there. Which would you prefer?
        Comparing current dangerous proposals to what we could have there. Which would you prefer?
    2. Coming from St Johns Way to Junction Road or into the new plaza: requires you to turn right across left turning traffic.
      1. A cycle track could fork from the Holloway Rd track and go straight in Junction Rd or join up with bike track going north from Holloway Rd.
    3. Coming from Junction Rd to St Johns Way there is another left hook risk: requires you to turn right across left turning traffic.
      1. A cycle track along the central Archway island along with a cycle crossing on Archway Rd would ensure these cyclists are safe.
      2. If a bus stop is placed here, the cycle track should go on the southern side of the road, forming a bidirectional with cycles coming west from St Johns Way.

        Space for cycling and accomodating more suitable bus stop by providing bidirectional on southern arm
        Space for cycling and accommodating a more suitable bus stop location by providing bidirectional on southern arm
    1. Coming from Archway Station up Highgate Hill: requires you to mix with traffic before joining the bike track again
      1. The bike track could easily join up by removing central island
    2. Coming down Highgate Hill: requires you to mix with buses and traffic at Bus Stop C
      1. Could be a floating bus stop and create a cycle track all the way to the new one opposite Archway Tavern.
  2. Various cycle movements are impossible / overly complicated despite being very obvious desire lines
    1. Not clear how to get from Archway station into Holloway Rd
      1. need a segregated track, clearly distinguishing bikes and pedestrians that links to the southbound Holloway Rd track.
    2. Make Mcdonald Rd and Vorley Rd two way for cycling
    3. Impossible to cross Archway Rd north of Toll House Way
      1. Need a link from Archway Rd (northbound) to Archway Rd/Harberton Rd, especially at  Despard Road and Waterlow Rd
    4. From St Johns Way, there should be a cycle track north up Archway Rd on the east side of the central island.
  3. As well as motor traffic / cyclists conflict, there is a worrying amount of built in pedestrian / cyclists conflict too
    1. The cycle track through the plaza should be clearly marked; eg with planters, boulders, or benches facing away from the tracks
    2. Where possible, bus stop bypasses should be larger to provide more space for bus passengers waiting and alighting
    3. Pedestrian provision could be improved by building out the corner of St Johns Way/Holloway Rd and Archway/Tollhouse Way. This could substantially simplify crossings by enabling one stage crossings and has the potential for creating a greater sense of place. We are aware this would involve some restructuring of the greenery, but this would be outweighed by the ability to interact with it and enjoy it more.

      Wider pavements Less conflict between people on bikes and on foot.  More accessible public space.  Wider floating bus stop
      Wider pavements
      Less conflict between people on bikes and on foot.
      More accessible public space.
      Wider floating bus stop
  4. Cycle parking
    1. None has been marked. We very much hope there is ample throughout the area.
    2. Ideally this should be safer than “Sheffield stands”. Even with CCTV, hundred of bikes have been stolen in Islington in recent years, with stations as particular crime hot spots.
  5. Continuation
    1. TfL should explore continuing the bike tracks down Holloway Rd and West through the  Girdlestone Estate
  6. Bus users
    1. It is frustrating for there to be 2 bus stops for buses going in the same direction – people just want the first one. Therefore bus stops V and D should be united on St Johns Way.
      1. If this was done, there would be a danger to cyclists, so a bidirectional track would be needed (as explained above)
      2. The removal of bus stops V and D would reduce any potential conflict between bus users and cyclists.
      3. Space by bus stop V could be used for substantial secure cycle parking.

This clip of video shows cyclists going through the Gyratory at present (09.12.14)

We did this clip of video for the Space for Cycling campaign; this was the ‘ask’ for the Hillrise Ward.  A couple of cyclists negotiating the Gyratory Southbound. Don’t forget to sign the petition in the latest part of the campaign!


Thanks to everyone who turned up for the feeder ride and made it so good. Special thanks go to Nick for the route and Sergeant Kendall and his team from Islington Safer Transport Team – we haven’t had a police escort van before!  Congratulations to Suzy for a fine speech and Jono for winning the ‘Evans’ Prize.  Photos still on their way…


Support Space for Cycling

Amazing!   124 of 177 Islington candidates have supported Space for Cycling. We’re second borough at 70.6% on May 21. 240 of 242 Hackney candidates signed up – giving them the top percentage of 99.17%.  All impressive. 112 of 225 Camden candidates committed to  Space for Cycling, giving that borough a score of 49.78%.

Since the launch, over 82,256 emails have been sent from all over London – by 18.30 on the eve of the polls. Look at the LCC site to see the number updating.

Once the elections are over, we may move into another phase.  We could find ourselves writing to the ward councillors to honour their promises…

Whittington Park

At the LCC office, volunteers are working hard to keep the website up-to-date.  You may have to adjust the view on your computer (Zoom out) to see the pages properly. On the page for each ward, is the “ask” and it also displays the percentage of candidates who are supporting the “ask.”

Support Space for Cycling

Space for Cycling 2014 Campaign

At 4.00pm, 15.04.2014, 11431 messages had been sent London-wide and 13% of candidates are supporting us.

Thank-you Islington Greens!

If you’ve accessed the Space for Cycling website and already sent emails to the people shown in your ward, thank-you very, very much.   All of Islington’s Green candidates have signed up.

We have not been able to supply LCC with many email addresses for people standing for election for the Local Elections in Islington.  [There has been the same trouble with other inner London boroughs – we’re not alone!] So some of the wards will give few if any addresses apart from LCC Islington.  Please bear with us while we try to find out addresses for more candidates in Islington. We will be able to ask LCC to update the website as we go.  This type of campaigning (ward by ward) has not been done before – certainly in the UK, so LCC needs a little time to  correct teething problems. 

On 22nd May, London will be electing its local councillors.

Through the Space for Cycling Campaign, the London Cycling Campaign and all the local groups are going to make sure cycling is top of the agenda for every candidate at the election.

What’s the plan?

As Islington residents, we have worked out what key aspects of our wards could be improved to make it attractive for anyone to cycle. To make it simpler, we’ve got 6 “asks” to choose from.

  1. Protected space on main roads
  2. No through-motor-traffic zones
  3. 20mph speed limits
  4. Safer cycle routes to schools
  5. Liveable high streets
  6. More parkland routes

Now we have an ask for each ward, we will get every candidate to commit to carrying out our demand if elected.

What are the asks?


Provide protected space on York Way

Enable cyclists to cross Essex Road from Canonbury Street to Rotherfield Street

Convert Clerkenwell Road into the Clerkenwell Boulevard

Highbury East
Improve Highbury Park for cyclists

Protected cycling on Hillmarton, Caledonian and Parkhurst Roads

St Mary’s
Improve Canonbury Road for cyclists


Finsbury Park
Help cyclists get to Nag’s Head safely


Highbury West
Segregated cycle provision, road narrowing and lower traffic levels on Drayton Park

Develop a safe route to Mount Carmel School

Junction & St George’s
Develop a safe network of routes between local schools – see Tufnell Park Cycles to School


No through motorised traffic along Collier, Donegal and White Lion Streets

No through motorised traffic on Bath Street

Make King Henry’s Walk free from motor traffic

St Peter’s
Key streets to be filtered

Prevent ‘ratrunning’ between Hornsey Road and Stroud Green Road

For more information see our google.doc

We’ve made a map based on fantastic responses from Islington residents to the Space for Cycling Survey (best seen in “full screen”).  Is something glaringly obvious that should be included? Comment at the bottom of this page.

(special shout out to Alex Ingram and Hammersmith and Fulham crew for helping me with this.

After 12th Feb, we submitted our asks to LCC and now we’re asking cyclists [and friends!] to contact the individual candidates by all means available – email, Facebook, Twitter and even Royal Mail!

3. This is when the fun and games will really begin – we want to make some serious noise in Islington about Space for Cycling, and to do this we need as many people on board as possible to help, whether this is through organising events, contacting candidates, or getting friends and neighbours to support the campaign.

Any ideas are welcome, we’re thinking something on this scale would be good.

Mass cycling demo for Go Dutch

Mass cycling demo for Go Dutch 


More info please…

You can find out more about the London wide campaign on the dedicated #space4cycling website

For a quick summary of key issues identified so far for each ward, read on…

In December, LCC processed a survey of the 40,000 people on their contacts list. The results for Islington are below arranged by ward. They show the numbers of hits (of cycle facilities wanting improvement). Numbers of people voting from outside the borough are shown in brackets. Schemes that rely on action from Transport for London are written in blue. For brevity some sites have been amalgamated. Thanks to all involved for producing the data and to Lydia for her preliminary work. The numbers are indicative only; extracting these results was not an exact science.

Barnsbury 8 [5] Angel Crossroads

Bunhill 7 [12] Old St Roundabout, Bunhill Road 3

Caledonian 1 [1] Pentonville Road

Canonbury 1 Essex Road

Clerkenwell 1 [8] Clerkenwell Road

Finsbury Park 9 [7] Nag’s Head Gyratory

Highbury East 0 [3] Green Lanes

Highbury West 2 Drayton Park

Hillrise 1 Hornsey Rise

Holloway 17[15] Holloway Road *

Junction 13[12] Archway Gyratory, TPC2S 1

Mildmay 0 [10] Balls Pond Road/Dalston Junc

St George’s 4 Camden Road

St Mary’s 10[4] Highbury and Islington Corner, 4[5] Essex Road

St Peter’s 4 [2] New North Road, 1[3] The canal

Tollington 3 Hornsey Road

Kings Cross 6 [8]

* includes junction Camden Road and Tollington Road

TPC2S stands for Tufnell Park Cycles to School

Support Space for Cycling
Map of Islington Ward boundaries at 300 dpi