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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!

Islington #space4cycling Ride, Saturday 10th May



Saturday 10th May

Photo by Victor Heng
Photo by Victor Heng
Photo by Victor Heng
Photo by Victor Heng

This is the press release that was sent to The Islington Gazette and The Tribune

On Saturday May 10th, Islington Cyclists Action Group took to the
streets and visited locations that are difficult or dangerous for
cyclists to negotiate. The group ended up at the Town Hall (photos
below). The group is asking candidates to support specific measures in
each ward which will enable everyone to feel safe on a bike, from
8-year-old children to 80-year-old grandparents. Voters can find out
more about the measures at the Space for Cycling website

Tom Harrison (ICAG) said “One of the simplest and most effective
actions the council could do is make the roads safer and more
comfortable for older people to walk and cycle. This means separating
walking and cycling routes from busy traffic areas by closing
residential streets to through traffic, installing more seating areas,
and providing protected cycle tracks on busy roads which makes the
streets navigable by those of us with slower reaction speeds.”

John Ackers said “There are still councillors that regard cycling as a
niche activity for relatively fit people. But  actually cycling
is for everybody and it’s the answer to many of the borough’s
problems. Cycling improves people’s long term health, reduces
congestion, reduces air pollution, reduces obesity, reduces travel
costs and encourages social cohesion. We can learn much from
Copenhagen and Amsterdam.”


Join us on a ride from The Sobell Centre to the Town Hall

women cycling

Show your support and celebrate #space4cycling

The route of the Islington #space4cycling ride.
The route of the Islington #space4cycling ride.

Next Saturday, 10th May, join us to celebrate what #space4cycling really means!

We are asking candidates to support specific measures in each ward which will enable everyone to feel safe on a bike, from 8-year-old children to 80-year-old grandparents.  Join the Islington LCC on a ride as we visit some of the sites where we’re asking for change.

We’ll be meeting at the Sobell Centre for a 9.30 breakfast (free pastries!). The ride starts at 10.00 and will finish at 12.00 outside the Town Hall.

If you can’t join us on the ride itself, just turn up at the Town Hall at 12 to show your support for #space4cycling in Islington!

Can you put up a poster about this on a notice board?  Download here A4 Little Islington Ride

Or is there a place where you can leave fliers?  Download A5 fliers here A5 Little Islington Ride

And don’t forget to go online and ask candidates to pledge their support for our campaign. http://space4cycling.org/

Ride itinerary

09.30 — Breakfast at Sobell Centre
10.00 — Ride begins

1. Seven Sisters Road
2. Drayton Park
3. St. Peter’s
4. Bunhill Row
5. Clerkenwell Boulevard
6. Islington Town Hall

12.00 — Ride ends

Space4Cycling Little Event Poster

Party responses to space4cycling

Use your vote!
Use your vote!

Thank you for taking part in the space4cycling campaign.  Here are the responses from the local political parties.  If you haven’t taken part yet or want to know more about this campaign then go to the London Cycling Campaign space4cycling site.

Islington Labour Party

Islington Labour Party has responded centrally to the ward asks.  Some candidates, Paul Convery, Theresa Debono,  have also written to their local voters. 

Monday 28 April 2014

Dear ICAG and LCC members and supporters,

I am writing on behalf of Islington Labour to thank you for the many emails you have sent to our council candidates across Islington (all of whom are listed here) with proposed suggestions for cycling improvements in their respective wards. We welcome the effect your campaign has had in raising awareness of the forthcoming elections among cyclists in the borough.

In reaction, please find in the spreadsheet attached here both your suggestions and Islington Labour’s collective responses in brief. We are responding together, as we agreed with London Cycling Campaign that we would, because we are standing in next month’s elections as Islington Labour – a single party, not just 48 separate individuals.

Islington Labour recognises that cycling is one of the most sustainable modes of transport and that it makes a significant contribution to reducing road traffic congestion and improving health. We support policies and projects that encourage cycling and improve safety for cyclists on all of Islington’s roads.

Over the past year, Islington’s Labour council has taken a number of major steps to improve safety for cyclists and all road users, including becoming the first London Borough (Camden and the City of London have since followed suit) to introduce a 20mph speed limit on all roads that the council controls. We are lobbying Transport for London to do the same on their roads in Islington and we are working with the Metropolitan Police Service to seek closer enforcement of the new limit over time.

In December, at the suggestion of London Cycling Campaign, we announced new measures to boost cycle safety through extra training for Heavy Goods Vehicle drivers working for the council, its contractors and major developers in the borough. According to London Cycling Campaign, no other borough in London has imposed this requirement on developers. This means many regular drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicles in Islington will be required to take the Safe Urban Driving training course.

Islington’s Labour council continues to tackle accident hotspots across the borough, to make local cycle network improvements and to improve conditions for cyclists through road traffic engineering with projects that make physical improvements to our roads. These have recently included enhancements at: Goswell Road / Old Street; Brecknock Road / York Way; Mildmay Park; Caledonian Road (between Roman Way and Camden Road); Hornsey Road / Bavaria Road; Jackson Road / Lowman Road; Monsell Road; Hornsey Road; Archway Close; Caledonian Road / Copenhagen Street; Blackstock Road; Junction Road / Cathcart Hill; Old Street / Mallow Street; Clerkenwell Road / Britton Street; Liverpool Road; Essex Road; Tollington Park and Brewery Road. In the Bunhill area, for example, we have enhanced cycling facilities on Bunhill Row and supported EC1 NDC public space projects in Malta Street, Mitchell Street, Compton Street and Cyrus Street. We and our partners have also increased the number of bike stands and the amount of cycle parking in the borough, for instance on Gillespie Road and at Highbury Corner.

Islington’s Labour council also funds a series of initiatives to provide cycle training and make cyclists aware of road dangers. Every Islington primary school can take up free Bikeability cycle training and we also deliver Bikeability in half the borough’s secondary schools. On the first Sunday of Bike Week – that is 15 June 2014 – we will hold our highly successful Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling, in partnership with Haringey and Hackney councils. The Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling has been shortlisted twice in the National Transport Awards this year in the ‘Achievements in Cycling’ and the ‘Transport Partnership of the Year’ categories.

In January 2014, Transport for London informed the council of their commitment to deliver major improvements at key gyratories in Islington at Archway, Highbury Corner, King’s Cross, the Nag’s Head and Old Street. The council is working with Transport for London to ensure that these projects deliver very significant improvements for all road users, including cyclists, and also transform the environment in these areas for the better. Although these projects may take some time to complete, it is encouraging that this much-needed and long-awaited work is now moving forwards.

The coucil has also been investigating new cycle routes and route improvements across Islington. As you will appreciate, the council is under severe financial pressure, with the Tory-led government cutting our budget by a third over the past four years and with the worst ever cuts to local government still continuing, so available funding is being stretched to meet our existing essential obligations. However, early in 2013, City Hall announced that £913m is to be made available to improve cycling in London. Part of this funding is being offered to councils to fund the delivery of new cycle routes, so Islington Council has submitted a bid to Transport for London for an ambitious programme of new routes, as part of the development of a Cycling Grid for central London, a Cycle-to-School pilot project for Tufnell Park and the Quietways programme to provide better cycling links across Islington. We continue to lobby Transport for London and the Mayor of London to provide the funding to help us deliver these improvements, and we expect an announcement from Transport for London in May 2014 informing us which routes are being funded (with an announcement of the Cycle-to-School pilot project expected later now, in July). Any support you can express for the council’s proposals to the Mayor of London or Transport for London directly would help support our bid.

If funding is forthcoming, we will develop designs to create high quality routes. These could include segregation and other safety features. However, careful consideration will need to be given to any significant traffic displacement onto nearby residential roads. It is therefore crucial that all schemes that propose improvements are subject to extensive public consultation to allow local residents the opportunity to influence the types of improvements that are delivered, and to build support for any changes to local roads that impact on the local community.

Islington Labour will take onboard the suggestions you have made and we will look to act on them where we can. We would appreciate it if you could update the LCC website accordingly to reflect our support for cycling in the borough.

Islington Labour councillors, including myself, speak and meet regularly with John Ackers and other members of Islington Cyclists Action Group and with Tom Bogdanowicz and others from the London Cycling Campaign. We want to continue to work closely with you as we work together to make Islington as safe and welcoming for cyclists and pedestrians as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Andy Hull on behalf of Islington Labour’s council candidates 2014

Labour’s responses to each ward ask, updated on 6th May 2014 (google spreadsheet)

Labour’s responses to each ward ask with 2017 status updates added in an additional column

Councillor Paul Convery marks himself as “non-compliant” on the Caledonian Ward ask

The candidates for in Islington Liberal Democrat ward are responding to individual voters. 

Islington Liberal Democrats

LibDem John Gilbert writes to Alison Dines: 

Thank you for your recent email about the ‘Safe Space for Cycling’ campaign.

As a long-standing member of the London Cycling Campaign and a regular cyclist myself, I am writing on behalf of all three Liberal Democrat candidates in Highbury East ward – Terry Stacy, Julie Horten and myself, John Gilbert – to confirm our support for London Cycling Campaign’s proposal to provide protected cycling space at Highbury roundabout.  We have also let the London Cycling Campaign know that we back their proposals.

We know from personal experience that the current dangerous situation for cyclists at the roundabout needs to end.  Liberal Democrats in Highbury have been calling for improvements here for some time now.  When we ran the Council until 2010, we specifically set aside £1million to help remove the gyratory system at Highbury Corner and improve public access to Highbury & Islington station.  This included a new public square in front of the station, access to the green area at the centre of the roundabout, as well as cycle lanes separate from the rest of the traffic.  It is good news that the Mayor of London has finally agreed to progress this scheme in conjunction with works for the new Cycle Super Highway along Holloway Road.

We have also been involved in other campaigns to make cycling easier and safer in Highbury, such as:

  • new, secure bike parking facilities at Highbury Corner, Taverner and Peckett Squares
  • safer cycle paths in Drayton Park
  • improvements to the dangerous junction for cyclists and pedestrians at Holloway Road/Fieldway Crescent/Madras Place, on which we worked with community groups.
  • calling on the Council and Police to enforce the borough-wide 20mph speed limit
  • making the Council fill in potholes throughout the area, including our recent successes on Sotheby Road, Highbury Grange and Highbury New Park

While there has been a welcome rise in the number of cyclists in Islington and London generally, there is so much more that the Council could do though to make cycling more attractive and safer for Highbury residents.

In our manifesto for the elections on May 22nd, one of Islington Liberal Democrats’ key commitments is to extend the London Cycle Hire scheme across Islington.  This would encourage more residents to start cycling, improve health and fitness and reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

We are also calling for the Council to use more of the money it makes from traffic fines and parking tickets on safer cycle facilities around the borough, such as improved junctions and segregated cycle paths.  There is, of course, a need to work closely with Transport for London on the roads they manage, but the Council could also be doing much more itself.  It was wrong of Labour councillors to axe the funding to make key junctions safer in their first budget after they took control in Islington in 2010.

I hope this answer is helpful.  Please let me know if you would like any further information.

With all best wishes

John Gilbert

Islington Green Party

Islington Green Party is responding centrally to individual voters. 

21 Apr 2014

Thank you for contacting us about the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) for Space for Cycling.

As you will have seen from the LCC map, Islington Green Party is already supporting all 16 ward asks for Islington. Candidates standing for Islington Greens have a consistent track record on active cycle campaigning, including improving the Madras Place crossing, the Londoners on Bikes Mayoral Election campaign 2012 and supporting LCC campaign rides and Roadpeace vigils across London.  We care about cycling as much as you do.

The Green Party has a comprehensive range of policies supporting active travel and prioritising the movement of people on bikes and on foot over that of vehicles.  We see safer streets for cycling as part of the solution to reducing road danger, air pollution and carbon emissions and making our city more liveable.

Just today, Green MEP Jean Lambert has voted to introduce EU measures which will make cyclists more visible to lorry drivers. The Parliament also voted to postpone measures which would give the go-ahead to the cross-border movement of huge mega-trucks. Greens have been fighting hard to ensure that such measures were rejected, which would have put the HGV lobby before the interests of wider road-users.

Over fourteen years on the London Assembly, Jenny Jones AM has championed the cycling cause and demonstrated the commitment of Green politicians to meeting the needs of vulnerable road users.

Islington Green Party Councillor Katie Dawson (Highbury West 2006 – 2010) introduced the 20mph limit on all our residential roads.  Islington Greens campaigned and successfully made the case for 20mph limits on our main roads on the basis that the majority of serious collisions happen on main roads. We are now pressing TfL to bring 20mph limits to the Mayor’s roads.

Highbury East candidate Caroline Russell raised the issue of Lorry danger reduction in the Council chamber and we were very pleased that the Labour-led council took action to ensure all HGV drivers working on contracts in the borough undertake training.

Since the last election,  Labour has introduced over 800 additional parking bays across the borough, despite car ownership levels going down year on year.  The latest census shows only 35% of Islington residents have access to a car or van and the council’s policies should reflect that. Labour just don’t get that encouraging car use is the wrong solution for transport in islington.

Any elected Islington Greens will work with local residents and Islington Cyclists’ Action Group to help make our streets more  people-friendly, less vehicle-dominated, and great places to walk and cycle.

We care about cycling as much as you do. VOTE GREEN in Islington on 22nd May.

Best wishes

The Islington Green Party Team

PS Please check out our website, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @islingtongreens @greenhighbury and @greenfinsbury, sign up for updates and if you can make a donation please do.  As a small but growing party we are dependent on multiple small donations from people like you.


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

What’s wrong with Labour’s manifesto? No #space4cycling!

UPDATE: Just in case anyone reading this hasn’t seen our more recent blog posts, we want to be clear that Islington Labour are now supporting some of our asks, which is great news. In fact, it is worth saying that they have been very open and honest about their views with us, which we are particularly grateful for.

They have made clear that they are committed to working with TfL to install protected space4cycling in Archway, Nags Head, and Highbury Corner. Thank you to all the candidates in these wards for supporting what could be major improvements for Islington. With properly designed segregated tracks, these junctions may be accessible to anyone wanting to use a bike in the not too distant future.

In the week of the election though, not all Labour candidates support our space4cycling requests, so if you havent done so already, do email them as its not too late to try to change their mind.

No Labour candididates in Islington have signed up to support Space for Cycling. This makes their Manifesto look like empty promises.

Last week, Islington Labour released their manifesto for the May elections. We at ICAG couldn’t help noticing that it doesn’t really understand the benefits that an active travel approach would have for Islington.

Of course, we recognise it’s a bit late to change the manifesto so instead, we’re asking the Labour candidates to commit to implement the #space4cycling asks in each ward.

Disappointingly Labour candidates have not yet signed up to support our campaign, despite our “asks” being the easiest way to meet many of their stated objectives.

Lets hope we can persuade them to join the thousands of Islington residents who do want #space4cycling.

Continue reading to see how supporting our cycling asks could add some real substance to Labour’s promises.

Cost of living – cutting energy bills through insulation programmes and building new local power stations, and providing free school meals to all primary school children

Oops, they forgot transport! With average travel costs in excess of £1000 a year, Labour could really help residents with the cost of living if they made it possible for everyone to walk and cycle, which after all, are practically free.

Islington council has already had to close a budget gap of £112 million since 2010…We are expecting further cuts of £34 million in 2015/16 alone. Islington is facing more severe cuts that most parts of the country,

Investing in getting more people walking and cycling is one of the best ways of saving money. The health service could save millions for instance. And with more people cycling than driving, the council would also save on road maintenance.

But we know that times are tough for small businesses and we will work with small business owners to make sure they have the support they need.

Comfortable cycle routes to and from small businesses would help as cycle tracks are known to boost trade and attract the best workers.

The cost of travel in London is a major burden on people on low and middle incomes. We will continue to campaign against unfair increases in public transport fares.

They can do so much more than campaign on price increases.  They could provide an almost free alternative to public transport by committing to the #space4cycling aks and investing in walking and cycling routes which anyone can use without fear (the biggest barrier to cycling in London).

Islington has the lowest amount of open space of any borough in London. We will look after our parks, adventure playgrounds and other open spaces so that children have safe places to play. We will also make it easier for residents to close their streets to traffic on particular days to create ‘play streets’.

One of the key #space4cyling asks is to remove through motor traffic on certain streets. Not only would this create safe cycling routes, but it would also create spaces to play so that children can play on these streets every day.

Too many elderly people face loneliness and isolation, and the council will continue to focus on helping elderly and vulnerable people stay active and connected. We will campaign to protect the Freedom Pass so that older people can get out and about, and we will protect funding for free swimming for older people

One of the simplest and most effective actions the council could do is make the roads safer and more comfortable for elderly people to walk and cycle. This means separating walking and cycling routes from busy traffic areas by closing residential streets to through traffic, installing more seating areas, and providing protected cycle tracks on busy roads which makes the streets navigable by those of us with slower reaction speeds.

We will use the council’s new responsibilities for public health to tackle health problems early and promote healthy lifestyles. For example, we will use our public health funding to invest in stronger health services for young children and new parents, and to support sports programmes for young people.

All the biggest health problems faced by Islington residents would be tackled by more cycling and walking. That’s why the most effective and lasting health policy would be to sign up to the #space4cycling asks.

Active travel is the easiest way to get a healthy lifestyle. Seperating cyclists from motor traffic makes this possible for everyone.
Active travel is the easiest way to get a healthy lifestyle. Seperating cyclists from motor traffic makes this possible for everyone.

Air quality has been improving in Islington but is still not good enough, particularly along our main roads. Poor air quality is a major health risk as it can cause childhood asthma and other respiratory problems. We will campaign to force the Mayor of London to take action to improve air quality in the borough, for example by tightening up emissions standards for taxis, HGVs and buses.

95% of roads are owned by the council. There are plenty of things the council can do alongside TfL. Making #space4cycling on side roads would encourage an awful lot of people out of their polluting cars and buses. Replacing car parking with bike parking or wider pavements would also encourage people out of their cars.

We are proud of our record as the first borough in the country to introduce a 20 mile per hour speed limit on all our roads. This makes our roads safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and brings both health and environmental benefits. We will work with local police to ensure that this new limit is observed throughout the borough. Encouraging more people to walk and cycle will help improve residents’ health, cut emissions and improve air quality.

You can add in that it will save the council and individuals money too, as well as boost business.

We have introduced new planning rules to make sure that new developments are car-free (except for blue badge holders and car clubs) and we are fitting more bike stands and stores to encourage residents to cycle.

While you’re at it, hows about more safe cycle racks at places we might want to go? Highbury and Islington, Angel – demand for racks is way outstripping supply but no there doesn’t seem to be any plans to do anything about it.

The station bike racks are full on a wet weekend, let alone a sunny weekday. But Labour have no plans to improve conditions.
The station bike racks are full on a wet weekend, let alone a sunny weekday. But Labour have no plans to improve conditions.

Islington Labour is committed to making cycling and walking in the borough safer so that residents have the confidence to leave their cars behind. By summer 2014, all of the council’s own HGV drivers will have attended safe urban driving training and we will require all major new council contractors and major developers operating in the borough to do the same. The council plans to achieve silver accreditation under the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (which sets out safety requirements beyond the legal minimum for the council’s own vehicles) by summer 2014, followed by action to achieve gold status.

OK, but most HGVs in the borough are coming through it. And no mention of subjective safety – HGVs aren’t a main reason people don’t want to walk or cycle – bikes need to be separated from all motor vehicles including buses: so build protected bike tracks and close roads to through motor traffic as the #space4cycling campaign calls for.

 Main roads and large roundabouts in Islington are controlled by Transport for London, and these are where most accidents occur and also where air quality is particularly bad. We will lobby Transport for London to introduce 20 mile per hour speed limits on their roads in Islington and improve cycle safety on the roads they manage. We will work with Transport for London to review the operation of all major roundabouts in Islington to make sure they are working as best they can for Islington’s residents, including cyclists and pedestrians.

The council controls 95% of roads. Sure, lobby TfL, but get on with your own stuff too! Its worth pointing out that Islington Labour have had numerous opportunities to encourage TfL to improve the roads for cyclists, but they haven’t taken them. The redesign of the Nags Head is a current example: Labour councillors prefer a scheme which doesn’t improve the area for cycling at all. We look forward to this change in policy.

Our long- term aspiration is to remove the major gyratories in the borough.

Removing gyratories is no good unless you provide deliberate cycling infrastructure and better walking provision as well. Several of our #space4cycling asks involve making these gyratories cycleable, so why not sign up to make the commitment now?


Take action now: http://space4cycling.org/
Take action now: http://space4cycling.org/

Islington’s bit of the Central London Grid

Islington section of the Central London Grid
Islington section of the Central London Grid

Here’s What Tfl and Islington Council have proposed

As part of the Mayor’s Cycling Vision, Islington Council has proposed the following quietways which will form part of the Central London Grid.

Routes proposed LBI for feasibility and design studies

Route 1 – Clerkenwell Road – Old Street Roundabout

Wards – Bunhill, Clerkenwell

Measures to be considered include: cycle lane segregation, alterations to bus lanes and stops along the wider sections of the route and an assessment of signalised junctions for cycle facility improvements.

Route 2 – Penton Street, Amwell Street, Rosoman Street, Skinner Street, Percival Street, Lever Street, Bath Street, Bunhill Row, Chiswell Street, Finsbury Square

Wards – Bunhill, Clerkenwell, Barnsbury

Measures may include: traffic signals alterations, traffic management improvements and cycle facility upgrades.

Route 3 – Lloyd Baker Street (& Wharton St), River St, Myddleton Sq, Chadwell St, Owen St, Colebrook Row, Gerrad Rd Burgh St, Arlington Avenue

Wards – Clerkenwell, Bunhill, St Peter’s

Measures may include: surface repairs, provision of cycle contraflow lanes and traffic management improvements.

Route 4 – Vincent Tce, Graham St, Central St, Golden Lane, Banner St, Featherstone St, Leonard St

Wards – St Peter’s, Bunhill

Measures may include: traffic management measures and the provision of improved cycle facilities.

Route 5 – St John Street

Wards – Clerkenwell, Bunhill

Measures may include: surface repairs and the provision of cycle lanes. The scheme includes a review and assessment of signalised junctions along the route.

Route 6 – Ray St, Farringdon Lane, Turnmill St, Cowcross Street

Wards – Clerkenwell

This route links to TfL’s proposed north / south cycle superhighway. Measures may include: the provision of traffic signal improvements, contraflow cycle lane provision and road safety improvements along the route.

Route 7 – Wharfedale Rd, Killick St, Collier St, Donegal St

Wards – Caledonian, Barnsbury

Measures may include: a road closure, cycle permeability, segregated cycle lanes and TfL signal upgrades.


Here’s what we have said to TfL (Feb 14th 2014)

We have set up a google spreadsheet [Tom’s Grid thoughts] with our thoughts about each of the routes in the grid. In addition there are recommended interventions plus some additional routes. It’s not easy to view so we’d be happy to provide it in a different format. Our views about the Islington section of the Central London grid are slow evolving and we expect to update this speadsheet over the next few weeks.

We also have a [this] web page where we expect to collect more comments over the next few weeks.

Cycling on the vast majority of the streets is very unpleasant and scary. While it might not be all that dangerous statistically speaking on all roads, many people are put off because of cars and vans parking in the path of cyclists, people unexpectedly opening doors, people in cars going too fast down side streets to avoid main roads, and the general speed, noise, and pollution that roads with lots of traffic have.

We like bold interventions such as filtered permeability which can be very cost effective, or alternatively light (Royal College Street style) segregation that enables people of all ages and abilities to get on to a bike.  We do not like the small incremental changes often favoured by Islington Council.

We like the concept of the Clerkenwell Boulevard advocated by Andrea Casalotti. We recognise that this is a large scheme with significant challenges but there are enormous rewards especially for the many Hackney Cyclists that cycle from Old Street Roundabout into Central London.

Related links

Here is a google map with the routes overlaid. Purple is what LBI proposed to us, Orange is what Tom thinks we should add, light blue is key routes connecting into Islington.

London Cycling Campaign’s response to Central London Grid Feb 14th 2014