If you cycle – or you’d like to but are scared to start – you’re probably looking forward to all the new cycle infrastructure being built around London. I’ve shared pictures of the first stretch of upgraded Cycle Superhighway 2 and now I’m delighted to be able to show what one stretch of Islington’s Quietway 2 will look like when it’s complete.
How can you know what the Quietway will look like before it’s finished (or even started)?
By looking at Islington’s plans. Below is the stretch of road shown in the three pictures above. When travelling west, the Quietway proposals for this road are: “New sinusoidal speed hump”
So these pictures are exactly what we will see when the Quietway is complete – because Islington Council (and TfL, and Andrew Gilligan, London’s Cycling Commissioner, and the mayor himself), propose to do absolutely nothing to improve the road beyond that single speed hump.
Although I wrote about the Quietway 2 plans when the consultation was a out, I have had the misfortune to have to cycle this route a number of times since during rush hour. I have been astonished at the amount and weight of drivers using this road as a rat-run – particularly heavy construction vehicles with which no person on a bike should have to share road space. (The road is also heavily used as a rat-run by Royal Mail vehicles). I wanted to share these pictures because they show how this road will continue to look if Islington go ahead with its rubbish plans: no safer, no more inviting, no better for cyclists, current or potential.
Islington have not yet responded to the consultation. I hope that they will take this opportunity to remove this rat-running traffic, which clearly should not be on minor, residential roads like this, and make the area safe for pedestrians and cyclists.
(Islington Council could look a few hundred yards across the borough boundary to Camden: although its approach to Quietway 2 is equally dire, the new scheme in Tavistock Place is truly promising and show a council which appears to understand cycling, care about its residents’ and visitors’ safety and be willing to allow them the choice of cycling safely. I hope Islington councillors are taking note).