The project aims to create a greener, more pleasant environment for local people, with improvements for pedestrians, and a convenient, safer, and direct Cycleway for cyclists of all abilities.
Proposed improvements to make cycling and walking easier, safer and more enjoyable include:
- protected cycle tracks
- new pedestrian crossings
- wider footways
- safer junctions
- more greenery and seating
The proposals would improve safety in line with Vision Zero, which aims to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries from London’s roads.
The Cycleway is planned to be extended to Farringdon in the south of Islington and into the London Boroughs of Hackney and Haringey in the north. The route will also connect with other routes in the Cycleways Network across London.
Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “We’re determined to make Islington an attractive and easier place to walk and cycle – with streets that help our residents’ health and wellbeing and create healthy, fair, accessible and enjoyable transport in the borough.
“Our proposed, high quality, dynamic new Cycleway rebalances our roads to create a much better, safer, quieter and more direct cycle route between Finsbury Park and Highbury Fields. We want everyone to cycle, not just those who already cycle regularly. There is so much of Islington to see and do. We want more people to be out and about.
"Our aim is for cycling to reflect the diversity of our borough. This new route is aimed at those who don’t yet cycle. We’ve sought to cut through the jargon and get down to business. Too many of our roads have been designed for vehicles and not people, we want that to change. We have now launched the consultation on our plans and we invite you to explore through this route our cycling and walking transformation; we hope you will be inspired, and we welcome all views.”
London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman, said: “High-quality Cycleways like this one proposed between Finsbury Park and Highbury Fields make a huge difference enabling more people to walk and cycle as part of their everyday routine. Working with TfL, I’m delighted that Islington are pushing ahead with plans that will benefit everyone – reducing road danger, cutting air pollution, and creating a greener more welcoming local environment. We encourage everyone in Islington to have their say on these proposals.”
For full details of the consultation, drop-in sessions and/or to request a special interest group where the council can listen, answer your questions, and to give your views, please see www.islington.gov.uk/consultations. Consultation runs until Monday 15 July.
The results of the consultation will be reported to Islington Council’s Executive in September before any decision is made on the Cycleway.