'Secret' Camden link wins London Cycling Award

 Credit: Lionel Shapiro

Photo Lionel Shapiro Cyclists using the new walking/cycling link between Agar Grove and Camley St

Lobbying by Camden Cycling Campaign, the local LCC group, has helped create an award winning  new traffic-free route from the north of the borough to Kings Cross (see map).

The 150-metre two-way path for cyclists and pedestrians joining Agar Grove and Camley Street opened on 7 August 2009. It won the coveted Best Cycling Facility Award at the London Cycling Awards on the 17th of November 2009. Designers from the London Borough of Camden received their winner's trophy at a special presentation from Gilly Stevens, co-founder of the Signing In Deaf Club. Camden officers thanked Transport for London who assisited with funding for the project.

The new link significantly shortens journey times, as well as allowing access to the Camley Street Nature Reserve, the British Library, and St Pancras Gardens.

Fantastic feat of engineering
Engineers had to deal with a 5m height difference between the streets, solving the problem with a sophisticated, cantilevered two-way path.

Jean Dollimore of Camden Cycling Campaign said, "This is the result of many years of campaigning by CCC, and we're delighted with the overall result.

Permeability push across the whole capital
LCC chief executive Koy Thomson said, "We're fighting at every level and in every borough for measures like this that'll make our journeys faster and more direct.

"Making London more 'permeable' for cyclists and pedestrians is a key way to encourage them to leave their cars at home, leading to a happier, healthier population and a more pleasant environment for all."