Search

Readers' Letters

Readers' Letters

Editor’s comment: Silent stand-off over CS1 serves no one

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 08 August 2018

Sarah Doone was involved in a serious accident on July 25. Picture: Friends of Sarah Go Fund Me page

Sarah Doone was involved in a serious accident on July 25. Picture: Friends of Sarah Go Fund Me page

Archant

The bravery of Sarah Doone is a poignant reminder that cycling infrastructure isn’t just an abstract concept.

As I said in this column last week, it isn’t my place (yet) to say what or who caused the collision that left her with life-changing injuries.

But safer cycling facilities should minimise the risks posed both by dangerous drivers and by dangerous road layouts – provided they are done properly. CS1’s older sibling CS2 – the route down the A11 in east London where three people died between 2011 and 2013 – shows what can happen when they aren’t.

So on the one hand, it’s understandable that Islington, Hackney and TfL have taken their time finalising plans for the short distance linking Kingsbury Road and Culford Road.

But on the other, the six cyclists injured in just that tiny stretch of road in a few years make it seem almost unfathomable that nothing has been done.

CS1 is well used. As a result, a lot of cyclists find themselves making dangerous right-turns into Balls Pond Road every day.

We all have ideas about where councils should focus their attention and money, and it is a given that things like housing poverty and safeguarding kids are life-or-death situations.

But in the meantime, the lack of information from just about everyone – one party refused to comment at all until it knew what the others were saying, and imagine if they’d all done that! – serves no one.

If other services are being prioritised, or if the plans are being redrawn thanks to public opinion, or if there’s some other obstacle that wasn’t anticipated, the people paying for it – and the cyclists waiting for safer streets – deserve to know.

Rest assured we’ll be keeping an eye on the scheme as it does – or doesn’t – finally materialise in the spring. That means you will, too.

Related articles

Latest Islington Stories

18:00

With a month to go until the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup returns to the Lee Valley Velopark in Stratford, the Great Britain squad for the next round in Berlin has been announced.

The Poplar-based club also hosted a show earlier this month which saw nine bouts contested

17:58

A man has been convicted over the “senseless” stabbing of a Dutch man in Camden Lock in 2016.

Tips on where to stay and what to eat in Dublin courtesy of our travel writer, Sophie Ritchie.

13:42

Drug dealers arrested in dawn raids at a Stoke Newington estate have been jailed for a total of 22 years.

12:17

As Americans everywhere prepare for a turkey feast with extra helpings of pumpkin pie, we’ve been out finding five of the best places for Thanksgiving this side of the Atlantic.

14:37

When Alice Frick began telling jokes in comedy clubs across Austria and Germany, organisers paid little attention to her material. Instead, they suggested wearing a dress, high heels and “doing a little twirl after you’ve finished your set.”

A witness broke down in tears as she spoke of the real life “horror movie” that was Marcel Campbell’s fatal stabbing in Upper Street.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Fostering older teenagers means giving them the skills for life as an adult. Here, a supportive lodgings carer with Islington Council and young adult who has left care share their stories

Newsletter Sign Up

Islington Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now