TAKE ACTION: Help save popular cycle route through Holborn Circus

Proposals to change Holborn Circus

photo Proposals to change Holborn Circus would block a valuable north-south cycle route

LCC is calling on cyclists to object to changes to Holborn Circus junction which would block a popular north-south cycle route from Camden to Farringdon.

The plans, produced by Camden Council and the City of London, aim to improve safety at a junction that has a high number collisions – but making a short stretch of Hatton Garden one way would block southbound cyclists using a popular north-south cycle route.

LCC's Mike Cavenett said, "Giving more space to people, and making the square a less dangerous and more pleasant public space is great, but it's a shame the planners didn't properly consider cyclists."

The changes prevent cyclists riding south from Camden and Islington reaching the City and Blackfriars Bridge via the convenient cut-through along Shoe Lane (which was created after campaigning by LCC activists in the City).

Camden Cycling Campaign, the local LCC group, and other campaigners are demanding that Hatton Garden is kept two-way for cyclists.

There are also calls for better provision for cyclists turning into New Fetter Lane and into Hatton Garden.

Camden Cycling Campaign has posted comments on the scheme on its website website, as has the Cyclists in the City blog.

Take action

LCC is urging all cyclists to email their views to the City of London. The consultation runs until 15 April 2011.