One particular issue is that Islington is reluctant to reduce through traffic for safe cycle routes by introducing traffic filters because officers and councillors don’t want to displace traffic onto larger roads. They fear the initial surge of displacement, prior to traffic settling back to old levels, would make noise and air pollution worse for the poorest residents in the borough. Of course, this leaves many residents without direct and comfortable cycle routes, guaranteeing limited modal shift.
In Islington, there is an urgent need to strengthen links between Public Health and the Transport and Planning departments. We respond to the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy.