Transport for London has completed work on the latest phase of Cycleway 50 in Islington and Cycleway 23 in Hackney, as part of TfL’s commitment to expand the network.
TfL says the extended routes will play a vital role in enabling people living in and travelling through the area to travel affordably and sustainably. It explains that around 60 per cent of households in inner London do not have access to a car and creating enough space for people to walk and cycle safely is vital to a sustainable transport network. TfL data has shown that the number of daily cycle journeys increased to 1.26 million in 2023, up by 6.3 per cent since 2022.
On Cycleway 50 in Islington, the new sections between Finsbury Park and Holloway Road connect people in local neighbourhoods along two new segregated cycle lanes, running westbound along Seven Sisters Road and eastbound along Isledon Road and Tollington Road. TfL says the work means that the Nag’s Head gyratory is now integrated into the existing cycle network, making it safer and easier for people to navigate this previously intimidating section of the road network by bike. Cycleway 50 now runs between Holloway Road to Finsbury Park, further extending the Cycleway network for thousands of people living in the borough.
On Cycleway 23, Lea Bridge Roundabout has been transformed with new segregated cycle lanes on the overhauled roundabout to separate people cycling from traffic, while pedestrian crossing and signals at the roundabout have been upgraded to make it easier for people to walk.
Previous analysis carried out by TfL suggests that the Camden to Finsbury Park corridor is within the top five per cent in London with the greatest potential for increasing the number of people cycling, and one of the top ten for travel to and from central London. Between June 2017 and June 2020, 31 people cycling and 53 people walking were injured at the Nag’s Head gyratory and the route forms part of the Mayor’s Vision Zero commitment to eliminate death and serious injury on the transport network.
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