• THE local elections in May are an opportunity to shift Islington’s transport policy onto a progressive path, focusing on walking, cycling and traffic reduction.
We urge voters to ignore national party policies and consider local policies. Adjacent Labour councils, Islington and Hackney, have in the past four years had very different transport policies. This needs to change.
Transport for London’s 2016 Analysis of Cycling Potential report shows that Islington residents make 185,800 trips each day which could be cycled – about one trip per resident. But only 14 per cent of trips, 27,200, are actually are by bike.
We want the next Islington Council to get serious about creating low-traffic, low-pollution, healthy streets which will give the opportunity to tens of thousands more residents to cycle safely to work or school.
To help focus the minds of prospective councillors, Cycle Islington is calling on all political parties to include the Five Asks in their election manifestos: a high-quality Liveable Neighbourhood bid; protected cycle tracks on main roads; secure on-street bike hangars; more “Quick Wins” delivered; and a Quietway 10.