hazardsMap

Hazards map

Introduction

We have produced a map of the borough highlighting the hazards, and the changes that we feel are needed to improve cycling in Islington. Here is a different view of the hazards as one long list.


View ICAG Hazards in a larger map

Why are we doing this

When we ask local residents what’s stopping them from getting on their bikes, the answer very often is that cycling is too dangerous. There are lots of ways of making Islington’s streets ‘cycle friendly’.

At least up to this year, Islington Council and Transport for London have spent several hundred thousand pounds on cycle infrastructure each year.  It gets spent on things like the permeability schemes. Transport for London has also funded improvements in the south of the borough as part of roll out of the Barclays Cycle hire scheme. Islington Council can also ask some developers to fund smaller insfrastructure changes that might, for example, make it more likely that the occupants of a new building will cycle to work.

Council officers regularly ask us for ideas and suggestions for enhancements and improvements that will make cycling safer and easier and they are doing so now (Autumn 2010).

ICAG has always kept a list of things that need fixing but it’s basically a incomplete list, compiled by two or three people with knowledge of a particular group of roads. We want to gather a broader set of ideas about all the roads in the borough.

As of September 2010, the map includes the items from the incomplete list plus some items carried over from CRISP/CRIM reports. At the September ICAG meeting, two people commented the amount of stuff on the map was overwhelming.  But it isn’t when you zoom in.  There are no listed hazards on many Islington streets, yet virtually every street has one problem or another.

How to Contribute

If you would like to contribute you can do so in a number of ways:

  • add or edit the google map directly (see help below)  OR
  • Use this survey, there are only 7 questions   OR
  • Contact us to tell us what you would like to see add/changed. OR
  • Create your own google map and share the url with us so that we can merge your ideas into one map.

It’s much more important to share the basic idea than to fiddle about with the map!

What to Contribute

The easiest way to start is to zoom into your home address and follow your most regular route.

Things you might like to consider could include:

  • Are there hazards on your regular cycle routes shown on the map?
  • Is a junction particularly difficult to negotiate especially when turning right?
  • Are there ASLs and leadins where traffic builds up?
  • Do drivers park in the cycle lane?
  • Could car doors open into the cycle lane?
  • Are the road lanes wide enough to accommodate the vehicles?
  • Do drivers try to squeeze past you?
  • Are too many lanes of traffic squeezed into the road or are there too many parked cars?
  • Are there any pinch points or areas of conflict with drivers?
  • Are drivers exceeding the speed limit?
  • Do we have all the worst junctions highlighted on the map?
  • Do you have cycle along the pavement because it’s the only easy way to get somewhere?
  • Does the whole road need resurfacing? (you can report individual potholes on http://www.fillthathole.org.uk/
  • Can you always find somewhere close by to lock up or are the cycle racks often full?
  • Do you know of vulnerable locations where bikes get stolen regularly?

Parking

Over the last 2 or 3 years, Islington Council has managed its own lists of requests for parking. And Islington Council and Transport For London have added a lot of new sheffield stands across the borough. Unfortunately they are often at the end of streets miles away from the supermarket you actually want to visit.  In addition, some of Islington’s railway stations still have inadequate parking for commuters (e.g. Highbury and Arsenal).  So if you know that a railway station or a pub or a shop needs cycle stands, please add them to the map and we’ll try to keep on top of the list.

At the September ICAG meeting, Chris pointed out that Plant Lock works very well and are very popular in his street.  You only need a few yards of single yellow line in a street and a Plant Lock to make a great bike parking space.

Help

If you haven’t got a google account, you need to create one; it takes about a minute. You can use a hotmail email address or something else as your user id.

Each hazard is a placemark on the google map. Email your google account ID to John A and he will give you a link to access the map  then you can add new placemarks directly to the map. You can include photos in the text for the placemark as long as they are already uploaded somewhere e.g. on flickr.

If you have not played google maps before, here is the official google maps help. It’s very easy.

The hazard icons need some more work. It’s best to regard this as work in progress. Feel free to add a new icon and/or category or come up with another set.

One way to use the list is to hide all, go and make a coffee, then come back and click on individual icons. (Note: If you click on the icons/filter buttons, the top part of the table grows in some browsers, Firefox is ok).

Other Interesting Maps

Camden was the first LCC group that embraced maps. Here is Camden’s view of Islington’s cycle routes.  Other LCC groups are experimenting with maps. However it seems likely that at some point all the data will be merged into a single London wide LCC map.

Another map worth looking at is the London Cyclists Accident Map. You have to pan upwards to Islington.

safer streets, cleaner air, happier people