The area east of Old Street station encompassing the A10, Old Street and Great Eastern Street is a key London tech hub. It’s also a major crossing point for people travelling west towards Soho, south towards the City of London, or east towards Canary Wharf.
Fixing this junction is huge opportunity for better and safer walking, wheeling and cycling for local employees, visitors and residents alike.
Person killed while cycling here (2011-2020)
People suffering serious or life-changing injuries while cycling here (2011-2020)
The Shoreditch Triangle spans the boroughs of Hackney and Islington and is the Zone 1 intersection of three major A-roads overseen by Transport for London. If this whole area had lower traffic speeds, shorter crossing points for pedestrians, and clear protected cycling routes, it would be much safer. When major intersections like the Shoreditch Triangle are made safe the payback is huge – fixing this one junction unlocks miles of new cycle routes.
Right now, fixing junctions is the most important thing we can do to make cycling safer in London safer for thousands of people.
Just beside this area, the notorious Old Street roundabout is finally getting totally redesigned into a new space that’s safe and welcoming for cyclists and pedestrians (the work was approved in 2018, and though it’s taking ages, it’s nearly finished). But this only highlights how hostile the junction systems east of Old Street remain.
We are pushing for a massive shift in priorities and for bolder action. Hackney Council, Islington Council and Transport for London must work together much faster to deliver “Vision Zero” for the Shoreditch Triangle, free from fatal road collisions.
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