Islington Council to create people-friendly streets

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Islington Council has announced plans to make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle in the London borough.

From this summer, the council will create people-friendly streets where it is easier to walk safely on pavements and paths, cycle daily, use buggies or wheelchairs, and cross roads safely.

Cllr Rowena Champion, Islington’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “Nothing will ever be quite the same after the coronavirus crisis.

People-friendly streets are part of Islington Council’s strategy to achieve net zero carbon status by 2030

“We are acting now to make sure streets are people-friendly – without action, our streets will become unsafe, unhealthy, and worse than even before the crisis began.

“We have seen how the reduction in motor vehicle use in recent weeks has created greener, less polluted and more pleasant streets.

“It’s vital we build people-friendly streets for all.”

According to the council, work will be carried out “quickly and effectively”, using inexpensive measures such as bollards and banned turns.

In recent weeks Islington Council has already brought in measures in response to the health emergency, including widening pavements on Liverpool Road, Essex Road and on Stroud Green Road, and supporting changes to Transport for London’s roads.

Temporary cycle lanes are set to be introduced across the borough, with more measures at key locations such as shopping areas, transport hubs and schools to support social distancing.

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