New £176,000 cycle revamp in Finsbury
PUBLISHED: 10:30 15 July 2011
»A busy road used by cyclists to avoid an accident blackspot roundabout could be made safer for them with a £176,000 scheme.
Members of Islington Council’s executive agreed on Tuesday last week to allocate the sum for work in Bunhill Row, Finsbury.
It is regularly used by many riders to avoid Old Street Roundabout where a number of collisions have occurred between cyclists and vehicles.
In one of the most recent incidents, a 39-year-old fractured her ankle and was badly injured on her face and shoulder after her cycle collided with a tipper truck on the roundabout in February.
The new project involves creating lanes in either direction for cyclists along the whole of the one-way road.
The Islington Cyclists Action Group has been demanding change after finding that people were illegally cycling south along Bunhill Row, putting themselves at risk.
John Ackers, secretary for the cycling group, said: “Bunhill Row has been top of the list of areas that need to be sorted. This is fantastic news. We just hope to see the money is confirmed and that the scheme is introduced as soon as we can.”
Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council member for Bunhill, said: “Old Street Roundabout can be dangerous and extremely busy. We have had a lot of concern from businesses and local people about some of the near-fatalities they have witnessed on the roundabout.
“I have strongly supported this proposal which will hopefully make it safer for both cyclists and pedestrians.”
Cllr Catherine West, leader of Islington Council, said: “Old Street is a real hotspot for cycle accidents and we want to respond to the excellent campaign by the Islington Cycle Action Group and put these improvements in place as soon as possible.”