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Cycling In Islington

Islington is committed to making cycling as safe and easy as possible, as well as improving facilities so that more residents can enjoy it regularly.

We know that 10% of Islington residents cycle regularly and many cycle to work. We’d like to help more people enjoy this quick, cheap and healthy way of getting around.

We're doing this by providing additional cycle routes, improving existing cycling routes and by improving cyclist’s skills and confidence. We offer free cycle skills sessions for adults and children and free led rides.

We want to make cycling as easy as possible for residents. We’ve secured £2 million 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 are called Quietways and Superhighways.

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

Quietways follow backstreet routes, through parks, along waterways or tree-lined streets. They are for new and existing cyclists who want a safer cycling experience and to travel at a slower pace.

The location of proposed Quietway and grid routes can be found on Transport for London's webpage.

Our routes are designed to create convenient, safer and more direct cycle routes for cyclists of all abilities. These are quieter roads and the new cycling improvements on the route will offer a clear, signed and safe journey for cyclists linking into the wider London cycling network. It will also make it easier for local people to cycle to local facilities such as shops and leisure centres.

We plan to launch three new cycle routes that are easier to use from 2017, with more to follow. Most of these new routes will link key destinations via quieter roads (Quietways).

There are many journey planners to help you get around Islington and London. These include:

What next?

There are a number of potential cycling routes that have reached different stages of completion. All potential cycle routes are researched, then designed, then pass through a consultation phase with local residents and are finally built and delivered.

Routes being delivered

Cycle improvements for these routes have been approved and are being delivered (see routes on a map in the document at bottom of the page).

Routes in consultation

These route designs are due to be released for consultation, are in consultation with the public or we are analysing the results of the public consultation. Based on the results of the consultation we will decide whether to build the design as consulted on, make amends to the design before construction or not go ahead with the plans (see routes on a map in the document at bottom of the page).

Routes being designed

Based on the satisfactory completion of the route feasibility phase, the council has funding to design measures along these routes and asses the local impact of the improvements (see routes on a map in the document at bottom of the page).

  • Farringdon to Palmers Green via Finsbury Park Clerkenwell Road and Old Street Grid Route – from the junction with Farringdon Road to Old Street Roundabout. The council is preparing plans for new cycling facilities along Clerkenwell Road and Old Street in partnership with Transport for London. Modal filtering is likely to be an important part of the proposed solutions. It is very important to the Council that the local community has the opportunity to influence and help shape the facilities we are proposing once we know what’s feasible.
  • Lever Street to Amwell Street

Routes being researched

These routes are at a very early stage of research. We are investigating whether it would be feasible to deliver these cycling routes along particular roads. At this early stage there is no commitment to build these routes (see routes on a map in the document at bottom of the page).

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

  • Barbican to City Road Basin
  • Charterhouse Street to Angel
  • Regents Canal to Highgate
  • King’s Cross to Angel
  • Ray Street to St John Street
  • Amwell Street to King’s Cross

For further information see Islington's Cycle Programme page.

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