Sadiq Khan announces new cycle route along Seven Sisters Road and Camden Road

The Stop Killing Cyclists 'die-in' protest in Camden Road, Holloway. Picture: Polly Hancock

The Stop Killing Cyclists 'die-in' protest in Camden Road, Holloway. Picture: Polly Hancock - Credit: Archant

Design work is set to start on a new cycle route up Seven Sisters Road and down Camden Road, as part of a £142million project by Sadiq Khan.

The mayor has given the green light for six new routes in the capital that will improve cycling and walking in areas with poor infrastructure.

They were chosen after Transport for London (TfL) identified the top 25 connections where improvements are needed to encourage more people to cycle.

The Islington stretch would come as part of an 8km route from Tottenham Hale to Camden, which TfL say would “connect major town centres and will cover seven junctions identified as being among the 73 with the worst safety records”.

The exact route has yet to be decided at this early stage, but TfL said Seven Sisters Road and Camden Road would form the “corridor”.

Islington has been widely criticised for its lack of cycling provision.

In September campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists staged a “die-in” in Camden Road calling for protected lanes and traffic measures after Ardian Zagani collided with a van and died on his morning commute.

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Islington’s transport chief Cllr Claudia Webbe welcomed the news of the new route.

She said: “Islington has some of the worst junctions for cycling safety which is why, for some time, we have been pressing the mayor to make safety improvements along this major east-west route – which includes Camden Road and Seven Sisters Road.

“Creating safer cycling routes is absolutely key to encouraging more people to choose cycling, which will improve health and reduce air pollution in the long term.

“The potential benefits for cyclists are huge; I encourage people to give their views on this and help shape what should become a vital and much-needed safer route for thousands of cyclists every day.

“Meanwhile, I look forward to working with the Mayor of London on creating a route that is convenient, fast – and above all safer – for cyclists.”

Mr Khan wants 80 per cent of journeys being made by bike, foot or public transport by 2041. He said: “Encouraging more Londoners to cycle as part of their everyday routine is vital – providing huge benefits to people’s health, cutting congestion and air pollution and improving quality of life in local neighbourhoods.”

Cycling commissioner Will Norman added: “High-quality cycling infrastructure cannot simply be an option available to a minority of Londoners, and our new Strategic Cycling Analysis shows that there is huge potential for getting more people to cycle all across the city.”

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