What we are doing in response to COVID-19
The coronavirus crisis has changed the way we travel. We have seen fewer cars on our streets and public transport has vastly reduced capacity in order to maintain social distancing.
To make sure local people can continue to enjoy cleaner air and safer, more pleasant neighbourhoods, we are creating people-friendly streets that will:
Make it easier and safer to walk and cycle
Be healthier and greener
Allow social distancing now and in the future
As part of this response, we are introducing temporary cycle lanes and other improvements to make it easier to cycle in the borough:
York Way cycle route: we worked with Camden Council to create temporary cycle lanes along York Way between Hungerford Road and Wharfdale Road in July 2020. The cycle lanes are protected from traffic using traffic wands. We consulted on this cycle route between August and September 2021. The positive outcomes from the consultation and monitoring data supported the decision to continue the York Way cycle route on a permanent basis. See the Camden Council website for more information and you can find the full Delegated Decision Report and Resident Impact Assessment in the 'Useful Documents' section of this page.
Visibility of existing cycle routes: we have refreshed cycle markings on some of the main cycle routes in Islington to make it easier to cycle and to warn drivers that they need to give cyclists extra space
Healthy, fair, accessible and enjoyable transport
Islington Council wants to create a healthy, fair, accessible and enjoyable transport environment in the borough. We want to tackle poor air quality, and make travelling in Islington safer, enjoyable and sustainable for all.
We want our streets to help our residents’ health and well-being by making active travel (such as walking, cycling and using public transport) an easy option for getting around and by improving the local environment for everybody.
Our schemes will create a greener, more pleasant space for local people and a convenient, safer and more direct cycle route for cyclists of all abilities. We will design schemes to improve safety and comfort for cyclists and pedestrians.
- New cycle routes (including protected cycle lanes, low-traffic routes and signage)
- Safer roads (20mph limit everywhere, improved road entries, roundabouts and junctions)
- Free cycle skills training for everyone
- Working together with TfL and other boroughs to create an integrated cycle network
Improving Cycleways in Islington
Cycleways are continuous, clearly signed and convenient cycle routes which bring together all of the high-quality routes into a single London-wide network that is easy for everyone to understand and use.
See a map of completed routes (PDF 688KB)
- Finsbury Square to Bath Street
- Bloomsbury to Walthamstow (Islington section) – Margery Street to Northchurch Road
- Liverpool Street to Tottenham
- Stonecutter Street to King’s Cross
- York Way cycle route
Routes being constructed
- Highbury corner roundabout
- Finsbury Park to Highbury Fields cycleway
- Cycleway 38: Holloway Road to Pentonville Road
Routes in consultation
- Camden to Tottenham Hale via Nags Head
- Holloway Road safer junctions consultations
- Draft Transport Strategy 2019 - 2041 (Overarching consultation including cycling)
Cycle routes being designed
- Farringdon to Palmers Green via Finsbury Park
- Clerkenwell Road and Old Street
Cycle routes being researched
- Featherstone Street and Leonard Street
- Bloomsbury to Walthamstow (Islington section) – Margery Street to Northchurch (Road Phase 2)
- Barbican to City Road basin
- Charterhouse Street to Angell
- Regents Canal to Highgate
- King’s Cross to Angel
- Ray Street to St John Street
- Lever Street to Amwell Street
- Amwell Street
See a map of aspiration routes (PDF 641KB)
These are routes that Islington would like to deliver in the future but for which there is currently no funding commitment.
- King’s Cross gyratory
- Holloway Road (Highbury Corner to Archway)
- Kings Cross to Highgate
To fine out about past consultations please visit our consultation pages.
- Balls Pond Road consultation
- Finsbury Park to Highbury Field consultation
- Finsbury Square to Lever Street and Featherstone Street to Leonard Street report
- Highbury Corner consultation report and Highbury Corner consultation
- Old Street consultation report and Old Street consultation
- Stonecutter Street to Kings Cross consultation report