Islington LCC successful with parking and permeability improvements

photo In Islington LCC has successfully argued that residents at the Finsbury Estate need secure parking 

Islington Council is providing nine housing estates in the borough with secure cycle parking following lobbying by residents and the local LCC Islington Cyclists Action Group (ICAG).

Self-styled 'Cycling councillor' Andrew Cornwell helped push through the measure, which are due to be implemented during 2010 following wider consultation.

In line with another policy strongly advocated by LCC, the council is also introducing more than a dozen cycle 'filtered permeability' measures to provide cut-throughs or two-way cycle access to streets across Islington.

ICAG had previously presented the council a dossier identifying approximately 50 locations where improvements would be strongly beneficial to cyclists.

The dossier was a response to the fact that many residential streets in the borough had made one way, or closed off at one end, without providing two-way cycle access.

Recent measures in the City of London and Kensington & Chelsea have backed LCC's policy of returning local streets to two-way cycling, so that cyclists aren’t obliged to use busier main roads and have more direct routes. 

Local cyclists in Islington say they want funding for both programmes – parking on estates and the 'permeability' improvements – to be continued in future years.