Cycling has health benefits and is a cheap way of getting around. It can help you avoid traffic jams and the difficulties of parking in London. This often makes cycling a faster way to travel and there are many journey planners such as the London Cycling Campaign's and TFLs to help you plan your cycle route (printed maps).
We know that 10% of Islington residents regularly cycle and many cycle to work. We want to make cycling as safe and easy as possible and for more of our residents to enjoy cycling regularly.
We are 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 £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 are called Quietways and Superhighways.
Superhighways will be 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 deliver three new cycle routes that are easier to use by the end of 2016 with more to follow. Most of these new routes will link key destinations via quieter roads. (Quietways).
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.
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).
- Quietway Route 2: Bloomsbury to Walthamstow (Islington section) – Lloyd Baker from the junction with Farringdon Road, to Northchurch Road junction with Southgate Road.
- Angel to Regent's Canal
- Cycle Superhighway 1: Liverpool Street to Tottenham
- Archway gyratory
- Old Street gyratory
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).
- City Road to Finsbury Square Grid Route – Bath Street from the junction with City Road to Finsbury Square via Bunhill Row and Chiswell Street.
- Golden Lane to Leonard Street via Featherstone Street Grid Route
- The North South Superhighway
- King’s Cross gyratory
- Highbury Corner gyratory
Based on the satisfactory completion of the route feasability phase the council has funding to design measure along this route and asses the local impact of the improvements (see routes on a map in the document at bottom of the page).
- 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. The route is already extremely popular with cyclists and by improving cycling facilities we're hoping to encourage the less confident cyclists to use the route. The Council will complete design work later this year, and intends to consult fully with local residents and businesses on the proposals. 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.
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:
- Quietway Route 10 - Bowes Park to Farringdon
- Amwell Street to Lever Street
- Charterhouse Street to Angel
- Regents Canal to Highgate
- Nag’s Head gyratory