Issues

This section lists issues - problems on the street network and related matters.

Issues always relate to some geographical location, whether very local or perhaps city-wide.

You can create a new issue using the button on the right.

Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of Islington:

  • Rumble strips instead of paint

    Created by Simon here // 2 threads

    Complete separation of cyclists and cars can't always be achieved. To make sharing of the road safer I would like to propose using rumble strips instead of flat paint to separate the bike lane from the rest of the road. It would act as a physical reminder for car-drivers that they are encroaching the bike lane. This happens particularly near pinch points like road bends or crossroads. So even just a selective application of rumble strips could have a very positive effect, I believe. What's the view of the cycling community? Has it been tested?

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  • Mayor's Transport Strategy

    Draft Mayor's Transport Strategy 2017
    On June 21 Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, published a draft of the Mayor's Transport Strategy. The document sets out the Mayor’s policies and proposals to reshape transport in London over the next 25 years.

    About the strategy

    Transport has the potential to shape London, from the streets Londoners live, work and spend time on, to the Tube, rail and bus services they use every day.

    By using the Healthy Streets Approach to prioritise human health and experience in planning the city, the Mayor wants to change London’s transport mix so the city works better for everyone.

    Three key themes are at the heart of the strategy.

    1. Healthy Streets and healthy people
    Creating streets and street networks that encourage walking, cycling and public transport use will reduce car dependency and the health problems it creates.

    2. A good public transport experience
    Public transport is the most efficient way for people to travel over distances that are too long to walk or cycle, and a shift from private car to public transport could dramatically reduce the number of vehicles on London’s streets.

    3. New homes and jobs
    More people than ever want to live and work in London. Planning the city around walking, cycling and public transport use will unlock growth in new areas and ensure that London grows in a way that benefits everyone.

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  • Hatton Garden Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    This Hatton Garden Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Strategy contains a fascinating study of the buildings and streetscapes in the Hatton Garden area.

    It contains a brief section on "Movement" in Sections 5.29-5.32 on page 58 and a figure on page 59. Deals with motor vehicles, pedestrians and buses but it forgets cycles.

    "Opportunities for enhancement". P 81 briefly outlines "Traffic and movement: strengths, weaknesses and opportunities."
    This should recognise the potential contribution of cycling

    New and improved cycle routes are shown on a map on page 83 (reproduced in this issue's image).They recognise the following:
    - Theobalds- Clerkenwell Road alignment
    - Rosebery Avenue
    - Hatton Garden

    Also should include at least:
    -The CS6 alignments (being built this year)
    - Grays Inn Road as a GRID link
    - permeability links e.g. through Back Hill/Eyre Street Hill to Hatton Garden and via Laystall Street

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  • Westminster's Civil Enforcement of Engine Idling experimental traffic order

    Created by Dominic Fee // 1 thread

    Westminster City Council has made the The City Of Westminster (Restriction Of Engine Idling) (No. 1) Experimental Order 2017 “which will come into force on an experimental basis on 4 February 2017" for a maximum of six months.

    “2. The Order will prohibit engine idling by waiting vehicles, with certain exceptions, to facilitate civil enforcement of the contravention (through the issue of penalty charge notices under the provisions of the Traffic Management Act 2004)
    3. The Order will apply to any area of carriageway in the City of Westminster designated as a parking place, loading bay, recharging point, taxi rank or terminal point, and to any length of street where waiting is restricted (shown by yellow lines).”

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  • London Assembly Transport Committee Bus network design, safety

    London Assembly said:
    "Buses are the busiest form of public transport in London. The city has 675 bus routes, with around 9,000 buses in operation and over 19,000 bus stops. Approximately 2.5 billion bus passenger trips are made every year, around double the number made on London Underground.
    "TfL commissions private operators to run bus services in London, awarding seven-year contracts to operate bus routes. Although bus safety (in terms of casualty numbers) has improved over recent years, there was a spike in bus collision fatalities in 2015.
    "The London Assembly Transport Committee is investigating two aspects of bus services in London: Network Design and Safety."

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  • Hoxton Area – Cycle Route Improvements

    Natalie G // 1 thread

    The proposals for this route include:

    Location 1: New North Road/Eagle Wharf Road/Poole Street junction.

    • Closing Poole Street and Eagle Wharf Road to motorised traffic at the New North Road junction except for cyclists.
    • Installing new signals with signalised pedestrian crossings at the junction. The new crossings will replace the need for the existing pedestrian crossing on New North Road outside Bracklyn Court, which will be removed.
    • Replacing the one-way system at Eagle Wharf Road with a two-way traffic system between Bracklyn Street and New North Road.
    • Carrying out public realm improvements such as widening the pavements, raising the road level to pavement level and planting trees along Eagle Wharf Road.
    • Installing a new loading bay and additional residents parking bays at Eagle Wharf Road.
    • Converting Poole Street to a two-way traffic system between Imber Street and New North Road.
    • Relocating the existing residents parking bays to improve accessibility and loading facilities at the junction.
    • Raising the road level to pavement level at Poole Street outside the Studios building.

    These measures will reduce traffic flows at the Eagle Wharf Road/New North Road/Poole Street junction while improving the pedestrian facilities and making it safer for cyclists to cross the main road. The public realm improvements will help create a more attractive environment for residents, pedestrians and cyclists.

    For details of the proposals at the Eagle Wharf Road/New North Road/Poole Street junction please refer to layout plan for Location 1 enclosed.

    Location 2: Murray Grove

    • Introducing a two-way traffic system at Murray Grove between Shepherdess Walk and New North Road.
    • Single yellow lines will be replaced by double yellow lines (no waiting at any time restrictions) to improve visibility, road safety and facilitate the smooth flow of traffic where required.
    • The overall number of resident parking bay spaces on Murray Grove will increase by eight, with four new additional loading bays provided as part of the proposals.

    These measures will facilitate the flow of traffic including buses between Shepherdess Walk and New North Road in both directions.

    For details of the proposals at Murray Grove please refer to the layout plan for Location 2 enclosed.

    Location 3: Shepherdess Walk/Murray Grove junction

    • Installing additional traffic signals at the Murray Grove, Shepherdess Walk and Micawber Street creating a two-way traffic system at Murray Grove.
    • Installing signalised pedestrian crossings at the junction.
    • Refurbishing the pavements where required.
    • Installing junction entry tables at the Murray Grove and Micawber Street junctions for step free pedestrian crossings.

    These measures will enable the introduction of a two-way traffic system at Murray Grove which is currently prohibited. The changes will also improve accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians around the junction.

    For details of the proposals at the Shepherdess Walk /Murray Grove junction please refer to the layout plan for Location 3 enclosed.

    Location 4: New North Road/East Road/ Murray Grove junction.

    • Introducing changes to the traffic signals and junction layout at Murray Grove, New North Road and East Road to allow eastbound traffic on Murray Grove, making it two-way.
    • Raising the road level to pavement level on New North Road (south) and reducing the traffic lanes to one exit lane.
    • Introducing a new pedestrian crossing at New North Road (north).
    • Carrying out public realm improvements on New North Road such as widening and resurfacing footways, raising the carriageway, planting trees and installing benches.

    These measures will allow for the introduction of two-way traffic movement on Murray Grove while improving the pedestrian and cycle facilities at the New North Road junction.

    For details of the proposals at the New North Road/East Road/Murray Grove junction please refer to the layout plan for Location 4 enclosed.

    Location 5: Sturt Street

    • Installing a gated closure with cycle and emergency access at Sturt Street to the west of Shepherdess Walk. This would discourage the amount of non-local traffic using the area. This will close Sturt Street to motorised traffic from City Road.

    Please refer to the enclosed drawings for details of the proposals. Additionally visit consultation.hackney.gov.uk to find out more details about the specific locations within the scheme where improvements are proposed.

    Signal Proposals

    All signal proposals are still going through the Transport for London Review Process. Residents will be advised of changes that may result from this process before implementation of proposals.

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  • Consultation on junction of Farringdon Street and West Smithfield / Snow Hill on

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    CS6 currently runs from Elephant and Castle to Stonecutter Street.

    Early in 2016, TfL with Camden and Islington Councils consulted on their proposal to extend CS6 northwards to Kings Cross. Our discussion and response are here:
    http://www.cyclescape.org/issues/2045-north-south-cycle-superhighway-extension-to-kings-cross

    One of our main concerns was about the non-signalised junction of Farringdon Street with Snow Hill/West Smithfield.

    Therefore this proposal for a signal-controlled cycle crossing over Farringdon Street is welcome.

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  • Islington section of Central London Cycling Grid

    Created by John Ackers // 1 thread

    Lever Street - Two-way cycling, providing a westbound cycle lane

    Junction Bath Street/Lever Street - Kerbside build-out to protect cyclists turning into contraflow cycle lane. Loss of one car parking space and the provision of parking facilities for six bicycles.

    Bath Street through to Bunhill Row - Refreshing existing road markings to better define the cycle route

    Bunhill Row - Clearly marked contra-flow cycle lane which will help cycle safety by making it clearer that cyclists are using this route

    Bunhill Row junction Chiswell Street - Protection for cyclists with footway build-outs and traffic islands. A signalised junction could be considered in future, depending on the outcome of a consultation carried out by the City of London in November 2015.

    Chiswell Street - Introduction of segregated cycling facilities resulting in the loss of some parking bays

    Chiswell Street/Finsbury Square junction - separate traffic light phases for cyclists

    Finsbury Square - Two-way segregated cycle lanes

    Sun Street/Wilson Street junction - Two-way segregated cycle lane

    Featherstone Street/City Road junction - Featherstone Street at the Junction of City Road will be closed to motor traffic

    Leonard Street - Inset parking bays and widened cycle lane to improve contraflow cycling

    All the drawings are linked to the Islington cycling page at http://www.islington.gov.uk/involved/consultation-engagement/consultations/Pages/cycling-consultations.aspx

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  • Junction Road - Cycle Improvement Scheme

    Created by David Lincoln // 1 thread

    NB: For drawing of the scheme see the PDF posted here: http://www.cyclescape.org/threads/2377#message_30253

    Dear Resident/Trader,

    Islington Council have proposals to make improvements for cyclists on Junction Road.

    The main improvements for cyclists are mandatory northbound and southbound cycle lanes between Tufnell Park Road and Bredgar Road.

    Traffic islands near the junction of Dartmouth Park Hill and Cathcart Hill will be removed to create extra carriageway space for the cycle lanes. The existing bus stops on Junction Road will be unchanged.

    Some existing parking bays will need to be relocated or removed to accommodate the new cycle lanes. There will be a net loss of 8 parking bays on Junction Road. However the council will further investigate ways to mitigate parking loss during detailed design.

    Parking bays No. 81 - 89 Junction Road and No. 84 Junction Road and No. 1 Linden Walk will be removed.

    There will be some parking bays which are partially on footway and partially on the carriageway which are located:

    • outside No. 132D – 140D Junction Road.
    • outside No. 114 - 122 Junction Road.
    • outside No. 127 – 145 Junction Road.
    • outside No. 104 – 112 Junction Road.
    • outside No. 151 - 165 Junction Road.

    The proposals include parking bays being relocated on to the footway outside Silver Court, Junction Road with an increase of one parking space and outside Ash Court, Junction Rd with an increase of one parking space.

    Some existing parking bays will need to be relocated or removed to accommodate the new cycle lanes. There will be a net loss of 8 parking bays on Junction Road. Three new residents parking bays will be created on Wyndham Crescent to mitigate against the loss of parking spaces on Junction Road.

    To increase the number of short-term parking bays there are proposals to convert existing resident parking bays to shared-use (residents and pay and display) bays in Brookside Road. The council is proposing to add three additional resident parking bays on Wyndham Crescent, two near the junction of Dartmouth Park Hill and the third near Bishops Close. (See Figure 2).

    Figure 1 below is a plan showing the proposals on Junction Road.

    For further information please contact Min Yee Cheung on 020 7527 2000.

    It would be helpful if you could let us know if you are in support of these proposals and could submit comments regarding these proposals. Please can you submitted your comments/view regarding theses proposals by 11th February 2016.

    If you wish to discuss this matter further, please contact Min Yee cheung on 020 7527 2000. You can also write to us at:

    Islington Council
    Public Realm
    Traffic and Parking Service
    PO Box 2025
    PERSHORE WR10 9BU

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  • North-South Cycle Superhighway (extension to Kings Cross)

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 3 threads

    The North-South Cycle Superhighway is already under construction between Stonecutter Street and Elephant & Castle.

    TfL, together with Camden and Islington Councils, is now consulting on proposals to extend it north up to King’s Cross.

    The proposal is that it should continue north on Farringdon Road to Greville Street where northbound cyclists would turn onto a quiet back-street route to King’s Cross.

    Southbound cyclists from King’s Cross would turn off the back-street route onto Farringdon Road at Ray Street via a new signalised junction and continue south on a stepped cycle track.
    Detailed proposals

    Section 1 - Farringdon Street (between Stonecutter Street and Holborn Viaduct)
    https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/afgdegdg8t9

    Section 2 - Farringdon Street (between Holborn Viaduct and Charterhouse Street)
    https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/afgdasrcgrm2908

    Section 3 - Farringdon Road and Saffron Hill (between Charterhouse Street and St. Cross Street)
    https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/rcgrthth5w6

    Section 4 - Farringdon Road and Saffron Hill (between St. Cross Street and Ray Street)
    https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/cg25ty5cy

    Section 5 - Farringdon Road, Ray Street, Herbal Hill and Warner Street
    https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/cg5eh4h

    Section 6 - Warner Street and Phoenix Place
    https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/cv45h646

    Section 7 - Pakenham Street, Calthorpe Street and Cubitt Street
    https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/c5hv365j753j

    Section 8 - Ampton Street, Sidmouth Street and Tavistock Place
    https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/vch34yv3u

    Section 9 - Tavistock Place and Judd Street
    https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/qgc245y

    See also this related scheme for the treatment of the Euston Road junction and continuation northwards: http://camdencyclists.cyclescape.org/issues/2057-midland-road-and-euston-road-judd-street-junction-north-south-cs-link

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  • Changes to the King's Cross gyratory

    Created by George Coulouris // 1 thread

    TfL are consulting on a major scheme aimed at improving the roads in the Kings Cross area. The consultation proposes the conversion of several key roads from one-way to two-way working (York Way, Pentonville Road, Gray's Inn Road and Caledonian Road). New cycle facilities proposed include cycle contraflow lanes on Wharfedale Road, King's Cross Road, Penton Rise and Acton Street. New signalised crossings for cycles are suggested at Lorenzo Street and Pentonville Road and Penton Rise and Pentonville Road.

    There is no discussion of the engineering details. Those are promised for early 2017 following the results of this consultation.

    An important issue for cycle campaigners will be the feasibility of achieving protected space on the main alignments through the area.

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  • Highbury Corner - improvements for pedestrians & cyclists

    Created by Angela Hobsbaum // 1 thread

    TfL/Islington are proposing improvements to Highbury Corner. This is a major scheme - removing one-way traffic system on the roundabout and introducing fully-segregated cycle tracks and dedicated crossings for cyclists.

    Here's the TfL page https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/highbury-corner-roundabout and the council landing page is at https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/highbury-corner-roundabout

    TfL/Islington drop-in sessions at:
    Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN

    Wednesday, 24 February 15:00 - 19:00
    Saturday, 27 February 09:30 - 13:30
    Monday, 29 February 10:00 - 14:00

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  • King Cross Gyratory Redesign

    Issue now superseded by this issue discussing TfL's consultation: http://www.cyclescape.org/issues/2040-changes-to-the-king-s-cross-gyratory

    TfL, Camden Council, and Islington Council are currently developing plans to redesign the Kings Cross Gyratory and address some of the failures of the current gyratory layout.

    The current environment is very poor, and a real barrier to cycling. Fast, and congested one way traffic with 10-20,000 PCUs per day, and no cycle provision currently. Accessing the station from the east is almost impossible.

    The area has seen a number of cycle collisions including at least one fatality.

    To pre-empt the consultation due late 2015, we wanted to discuss what would be the best outcome for people on bikes.

    More information will be added when we know more, but for now, ideas please.

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  • Loading motors on Bath Street cycle lane (LCN0)

    Created by ma499 // 1 thread

    I ride through Bath Street daily and am getting cheesed off by the regular occurrence of motor vehicles loading at the southern end of Bath Street. They are a combination of deliveries for the supermarket and other shops on Old Street (north side, east of Bath Street) and mini-cabs waiting to pick-up.

    The motors are invariably parked on the southbound (contraflow) cycle lane despite the presence of both a double yellow line and double yellow flashings (meaning no loading). Because of the proximity of the Old Street junction this is particularly dangerous because when you cycle out into the northbound lane to bypass the motor vehicle, you may run into a vehicle entering from Old Street at speed.

    How do we get London Borough of Islington to properly enforce waiting and loading restrictions here?

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  • Consultation on Proposed Pedestrian and Cycling Improvements at York Way / Goods Way junction

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    The main improvement for cycling is the facilitation of an eastbound route between Goods Way and Wharfdale Road. Unfortunately, due to Wharfdale Road being one way, this route currently doesn't work westbound.

    Camden Council's proposals include the following:

    - Permit cyclists to turn right out of Goods Way into York Way

    - ASLs on all three arms of the junction

    - Northbound approach on York Way towards Goods Way reduced to single motor lane, making room for a cycle lane

    - Signalised green man crossings on all three arms of the junction (only one at present)

    https://consultations.wearecamden.org/culture-environment/goods-way-york-way-proposed-pedestrian-and-cycling

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  • Quietway 2 - consultation on proposals for Guilford and Calthorpe Streets

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 2 threads

    At the S4C ride last May we heard Andrew Gilligan mention that QW 38 from Bloomsbury via Islington to Hackney would have priority. This route is now named QW 2!

    The image shows the route proposed by Sustrans and TfL

    You can also see the route of several QEWs on Google Maps at:
    https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zp87MfWRhyBk.kRHc5QlccN2c

    QW2 is shown as a turquoise line labelled "Possible Bloomsbury to Walthamstow Quietway".

    Camden Council is now consulting on some minor measures they propose for improving the stretch in Camden along Calthorpe Street and Guilford Street. These can be seen at:

    https://consultations.wearecamden.org/culture-environment/quietway2

    To summarise specific (from west to east):

    - a new length of cycle lane into Bernard Street from Russell Square

    - raised zebra crossing over Guilford Street at Queen Anne’s Walk

    - raised table at the junction of Guilford Street and Grenville Street

    - a large raised table on Guilford Street across Guilford Place (that will also enhance the N-S route down Judd Street and Hunter Street on to Lambs Conduit Street and Red Lion Street)

    - between Phoenix Place and Farringdon Road, reallocate some carriageway space for cycle lanes

    general changes will include:

    - cycle symbols and signage

    - replace granite setts on raised areas with asphalt.

    Please provide your comments in the associated thread

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  • The TfL North-South cycle superhighway consultation

    Full details of the consultation are at:
    https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/northsouth
    closing date for comments is 19 October 2014.

    Camden Cyclists we propose to send a response to this consultation on behalf of our members. This will focus only on the part within Camden (the section between Charterhouse Street and Euston Road - as detailed on the map attached). But note that the alignment of the route north of Greville Street is not agreed between Camden and TfL and is not formally considered a part of the consultation.

    So it makes sense to have two discussion threads for the sections in Camden south and north of Greville Street.

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  • Cycling on Camden Road

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    TfL officers told us last November that they have a project to improving conditions for cyclists on Camden Road. This would include "investigating the feasibility of a northbound mandatory cycle lane; a wide bus and cycle lane southbound and the removal of two- lane flares at junctions". They assumed a 12m road width, suggesting 6m for a pair of general traffic lanes together with a 2m cycle lane and 4 m bus +cycle lane.

    They are now inviting CCC to a meeting to discuss cycling on the TLRN in Camden, and also take the opportunity to walk along Camden Rd to further discuss the corridor scheme they’re progressing. On further enquiry they said:
    "We would prefer to take the opportunity to engage with CCC as an independent stakeholder, separate from LB Camden, in order to fully understand the campaign’s ambitions for the TLRN."

    So....
    1. Let's clarify what we would want on Camden Road (without taking on TfL's assumption that there must be a bus lane. And being realistic as to what might fit in at a junction. The above photo shows a potential left hook situation.

    2. Can I have volunteers to join me on this walk/talk.

    Jean

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  • King's Cross Junction consultation 2014

    Created by Richenda // 1 thread

    See: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/streets/kingscross
    Deadline: 24 March 2014

    Note: the most significant place in this proposal is the Gray's Inn Road/York Way route, where Deep Lee was killed in 2011.

    Drop-in sessions: 4 and 11 March 2014
    Time: 16:30 – 19:00
    Venue: King’s Cross Neighbourhood Centre, 51 Argyle Street

    CCC were consulted in advance and do not like the proposals. Our main objections are that these proposals:
    1. fail to meet TfL’s own 2005 Cycle Design Standards, on many points,
    2. put cyclists on the pavement at an extremely pedestrian-busy junction,
    3. fail to narrow the traffic heading into York Way down to one lane early enough. It narrows, already, to one lane once it reaches the bus stops in York Way, so it is perverse not to narrow it before the junction, thus freeing up space for a cycle lane to take cyclists safely through the junction.

    We have other more detailed objections which we will post later.

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  • How to design cycle routes crossing main roads with a dog-leg

    Created by User 609 (deleted) // 1 thread

    It is likely a cycle route will run south from Packington St. I was just thinking how it could be continued north/west crossing Essex Rd, down Gaskin St, crossing Upper St and into Theberton St. At the moment, the main roads get quite busy and present a barrier to cycling.

    Assuming Gaskin St can be made two way, I was wandering what the best design would be to make the links on Essex Rd and Upper St safest for cyclists (bearing in mind this would ideally be a quiet route).

    Are there best practice examples of similar situations elsewhere?

    Thanks

    Tom

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