Police confront Islington cyclists dodging speed bumps

Cyclists avoiding backstreet told off

by Kevin Emery   October 28, 2009  

road.cc news

Frustrated cyclists pedalling through a beauty spot in Islington have been confronted by police as the speed bumps saga continues. PCSO’s were posted at two entrances to New River Walk in Canonbury last Tuesday to turn away cyclists trying to avoid the speed bumps in the adjacent Douglas Road South.

Council-owned Homes for Islington (HFL), a local tenants and residents association, installed 14 bumps in the road with the aim of slowing down cyclists after residents complained about them speeding down the pedestrian-only backstreet.

Canonbury ward councillor Barbara Smith said: "It's a short road with no other traffic but it proves dangerous for children wanting to play outside. I have also heard of an elderly gentleman being knocked down."

However cyclists, who use the 250-metre narrow road as a cut-through to avoid the traffic-congested main highway, criticised Islington Council after the speed bumps were installed.

LCC campaigns manager Tom Bogdanowicz said: "This looks like a case of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. It is surprising that council experts did not intervene before these particular bumps were installed. The number of speed bumps in such a short space must make this quiet road among the least cycle and wheelchair friendly in Europe.

"The measure will have the greatest negative impact on local residents who cycle as well as older cyclists, people with disabilities and parents with push chairs. For the more vulnerable members of the community the bumps are a serious obstacle and a safety issue."

A spokeswoman for Islington police said in the Islington Gazette: "As part of a joint initiative with Islington Council officers carried out a bicycle safety exercise on October 20 between 5.15pm and 7:15pm.

"A PCSO was stationed at the two entrances into New River Walk to ensure maximum impact on the rush hour cyclists. Cyclists were advised to use the correct cycle route. The team also handed out safety belts and lights."


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Surprise money well spent. not!

posted by londoncyclist [13 posts]
28th October 2009 - 17:29

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A suitable job for PCSOs, they're about as much use as a chocolate teaspoon.


posted by OldRidgeback [2466 posts]
28th October 2009 - 17:41

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So the PCSO were obstructing the Queens Highway. The Met knows how to shoot itself in the foot.

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posted by Hamster [89 posts]
28th October 2009 - 19:29

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maybe they were just standing at either end of the speed bumps to stop people riding round… the cunning devils Devil

Spinning on a wheel

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posted by Hammy [97 posts]
28th October 2009 - 19:38


In my youth Speed-Bumps were called Sleeping-Policemen... No change there then.. Sad

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posted by DaveP [467 posts]
28th October 2009 - 23:24

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when I had a bmx'er we used to "manual" sleeping police
men Wink

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [890 posts]
29th October 2009 - 13:30

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Just to be a bitch here - it is "pedestrian only"

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posted by jobysp [145 posts]
29th October 2009 - 14:01

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I wish I'd known. I could've taken the route and got a free belt and lights.


posted by OldRidgeback [2466 posts]
29th October 2009 - 15:58

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Shame they're still not called sleeping policeman would have made for a better headline: Police confront Islington cyclists dodging sleeping policemen

Take your point joby, but if cyclists aren't allowed at all why bother installing the speed bumps to slow them down? Why not put some sort of gate at either end of the road. Be cheaper too. On the other hand if a lot of people are using that route as a cut through to avoid the traffic it sounds like there's a need that isn't being met.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4178 posts]
29th October 2009 - 18:42

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I agree Tony - a gate at either end would have been perfect.

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posted by jobysp [145 posts]
30th October 2009 - 14:02

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