5 Asks #5: Quietway 10

We ask candidates to commit to a strong Quietway 10 project which prioritises active travel above motor traffic. The route should be rated using the Cycle Level of Service (CLoS) tool and interventions designed to achieve a rating of Good for all 8 critical indicators. It must comply with LCDS standards for the number of cyclists using it today and for the foreseeable future.

“Quietways” are aimed at allowing everyone to use active travel on quiet streets. Quietway 10 runs past schools and parks, through residential streets and also along Drayton Park and Penton Street. It’s a golden opportunity for Islington to use TfL money to make active travel possible for the many. Unfortunately, the plans in the 2015 feasibility studies are for small changes, most of which will make little difference to existing users. In some cases, the proposals could even make their trips worse. And despite achieving little, gaps in the route will mean non-cyclists will still not feel safe using it.

We know people who don’t exercise regularly suffer lower life expectancy. Quietway 10 as described to us so far will continue to exclude older people, children and many adults who simply refuse to cycle with motor traffic. It threatens to be a waste of money as well as a lost opportunity to improve the health of the whole borough.

We’re asking candidates to commit to a Quietway that’s comfortable and safe for ALL users, from 8-year-olds to those residents who need motor scooters to get around. That means either protected cycle tracks separate from motor traffic on busy sections or closures to motor through traffic to cut the rat-runs. This will help Islington with its public health goals (Public Health England and NICE recommendations) as well as the recommendations of Islington’s own Fairness Commission to enable more daily exercise. 

Ask the candidates in your ward for a high-quality Quietway 10! You can learn more on our Quietway 10 page.