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People-friendly streets

The council wants to make our streets friendly for all, especially children, young people and the vulnerable.


Research shows walking and cycling improves physical and mental health, reduced air pollution will improve the health of residents, particularly children, older people and other vulnerable people while less traffic on residential streets will help create more pleasant communities.

Creating people-friendly streets for everyone will help make Islington a fairer place for all, and help achieve our bold ambition of a net-zero carbon Islington by 2030.

The transport impact of COVID-19

We have seen fewer cars on our streets during the health emergency. Local people have been enjoying cleaner air and safer, more pleasant neighbourhoods, and have needed to socially distance whilst moving around their neighbourhoods.

Nothing will ever be quite the same after the Coronavirus crisis, which is why now is the time to make bold changes for a safer, greener and healthier Islington.

As lockdown continues to ease, it’s vital that we don’t return to being exactly as we were before. We can only make Islington a fairer place by tackling the inequalities the pandemic has highlighted and making sure we build back better.

Research shows that if we don’t act now, traffic will be much heavier than before the coronavirus crisis, making our streets more dangerous and unhealthy for people who live on them. That’s why we are taking action now.

Our transport response

To help local people enjoy their area, we will be 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

We have already started adapting Islington streets to make it easier to socially distance while walking to busy areas for essential reasons, like shopping at local businesses and we’re rolling out more changes, including around schools and transport hubs.

We're accelerating the rollout of the School Streets programme – with a further 26 schools set to benefit before the end of the year.

We are also introducing temporary cycle lanes and other improvements to make it easier to cycle around the borough.

By installing inexpensive measures like bollards, planters and smart cameras, we are creating more space for everyone to enjoy their people-friendly neighbourhoods as they walk and cycle around.

Residents and visitors will still be able access their street and receive deliveries. However, it will be much harder or impossible for non-local traffic to cut through residential streets from one main road to the next.

Evidence from similar projects in London shows that traffic may increase on main roads in the beginning but over time this traffic spreads out across the day, bus journey times are not significantly increased and air quality in main roads does not get worse.

Resident safety comes first. We work closely with the emergency services before each scheme is installed to make sure that they can still access every street as before and we’re continuing to work with them so every crew knows about the changes.

How can I get involved?

Local people know their areas best and we want to hear your views on how to make your area more people-friendly.

You can do this by visiting Islington’s Commonplace site. This site lets you drop a pin in the map of Islington then tell us your thoughts, ideas and suggestions. You can add as many pins as you like.

What happens next?

People-friendly neighbourhoods are being introduced on a trial basis, with a full public consultation as part of each scheme to give residents and local businesses the chance to give their views on whether the measures should remain in place permanently.

All of the feedback will be carefully analysed and considered in the design and implementation of our plans.

This web page will be updated with the latest information and decisions and developments.

Frequently asked questions 

You can see answers to your frequently asked questions here. This document is regularly updated.

People-friendly streets neighbourhoods

Canonbury East

The Canonbury East people-friendly streets neighbourhood is being created to allow more space to walk safely, cycle as part of everyday life, use buggies or wheelchairs and cross roads.

A number of inexpensive measures will stop traffic using residential roads as a short-cut. This will be done by installing traffic filters on ten streets in Canonbury East. The traffic filters are restrictions in the road which prevent motor vehicles from passing through. Cycles, emergency vehicles and buses will be able to get through traffic filters.

Every street in the area will remain open to motor vehicles. If you have a car you will still be able to drive to your home, as will visitors, but you may need to take a different route.

Physical traffic filters with bollards will be placed on Henshall Street, Cleveland Road, Halliford Street and Shepperton Road. Traffic filters to be enforced by cameras will be placed on Ockendon Road, Englefield Road, Northchurch Road and Elmore Street. Traffic filters enforced by cameras whilst allowing access for bus services will be placed in Dove Road and Downham Road.

Islington Council will monitor its progress, and you can comment or add your ideas about the measures at

For more information please see the Canonbury East scheme leaflet (PDF).

St Peter's

Islington’s first people-friendly streets neighbourhood has been created in St Peter’s to allow more space to walk safely, cycle as part of everyday life, use buggies or wheelchairs and cross roads.

A number of inexpensive measures will stop rat-running through the area’s streets while keeping access for cyclists, emergency vehicles, trades vehicles, and local people who need cars.

Traffic filters will be in place on Colebrook Row, Danbury Street and Wharf Road with a traffic filter and bus gate being added on Prebend Street. In some cases, the traffic filters will be enforced by cameras.

Islington Council will monitor its progress, and you can comment or add your ideas about the measures at

For more detailed information on this scheme, please read St Peter’s people-friendly streets trial measures (PDF).
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