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Cycling In Islington

Cycling is great for your health and a great way to reduce your transport costs. It helps you to avoid the traffic jams and parking difficulties and is often the fastest way to reach your destination door-to-door!

There are many cycle routes across the borough, mostly using less busy residential streets. These routes are as direct as the major arterial roads and are much more pleasant and safe.

We want to make cycling as easy as possible for residents. We’ve secured £2million from Transport for London (TfL) to help deliver improved cycle routes in the borough which will help integrate our routes into a wider London cycling grid. 

TfL’s Central London Cycle Grid is a set of safer, connected routes for cyclists across central London that will comprise of a mixture of Quietways and Superhighways.  

Superhighways will be located on main roads and include substantial sections of segregated cycle lanes that will be delivered by TfL. 

Quietways link destinations following backstreet routes, through parks, along waterways or tree-lined streets and will be delivered by the boroughs. They are intended to appeal to new and existing cyclists with varying levels of confidence who want a safer cycling experience and to travel at a slower pace.  

The location of proposed Quietway routes in the Central London Grid area was consulted on by TfL in December 2013 and details of the Grid and Quietways programs can be found on Transport for London's webpage

Quietway routes outside of the Central London Grid area will form a network of routes across London. Eight routes are proposed over the next 10 years with the first two pilots proposed for between:

  • Waterloo and Greenwich
  • Bloomsbury and Walthamstow (Islington section)

Quietway routes are there to encourage more people to cycle safely and more often in London.


Delivery of Islington’s Quietway routes by December 2016 include:

  • Quietway Route 2: Bloomsbury to Walthamstow (Islington section) – Lloyd Baker from the junction with Farringdon Road, to Northchurch Road junction with Southgate Road.
  • Quietway: Clerkenwell Road and Old Street Grid Route – from the junction with Farringdon Road to Old Street Roundabout.
  • Quietway: City Road to Finsbury Square Grid Route – Bath Street from the junction with City Road to Finsbury Square via Bunhill Row and Chiswell Street.
  • Quietway: Golden Lane to Leonard Street via Featherstone Street Grid Route

A range of cycle improvements will be considered as part of the design for each cycle route. More information will follow as preliminary designs are developed in the coming months and dates for public consultation.

What next?

In addition, we are working on a number of significant programmes that are being led by TfL that will provide transformational cycle facilities at:


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