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Cyclists oppose narrow road layout at Drayton Park

Caroline Russel

Caroline Russell of Islington Living Streets

Published: 22 June, 2012

A SURVEY has found that many cyclists are opposed to a controversial new width-restriction road layout at Drayton Park in Highbury.

Islington Cyclists Action Group (ICAG) and Islington Living Streets quizzed 178 people, almost all of whom agreed that the changes present a danger.

They were brought in to stop drivers using the street as a rat-run between Holloway Road and Blackstock Road in order to avoid Highbury roundabout.

But cyclists and pedestrians say the new layout is a danger as it does not leave them enough space.

Islington’s Liberal Democrats have added their voice to the calls for change, arguing that there have already been accidents, including a car flipping over.

Jono Kenyon, of the Islington Cyclists’ Action Group, said: “Traffic is significant in Drayton Park in rush-hour, with pedestrians, cyclists and drivers competing for space.

“We witnessed several lorries perform U-turns, adding significantly to the risks faced by people walking and cycling. We also heard countless stories of scary near-misses.

“This unpopular design must be amended.”

And Caroline Russell, of Islington Living Streets, added: “The council have committed to revisit the plans, we hope they will listen to these residents and change the design.”


More details of the survey

Much more detail and background is on the ICAG website

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