Cyclist hurt in collision with car

Fresh calls for road safety measures after man suffered head and facial injuries

Friday, 5th March 2021 — By Helen Chapman

Cycle Islington and Nick Kocharhook on far right

Nick Kocharhook (far right) of the Cycle Islington group is calling for People Friendly Streets to be accelerated in the north of the borough

A COLLISION with a car which left a cyclist seriously injured has triggered calls for new road safety measures.

The London Ambulance Service said the male cyclist was taken to a major trauma centre after the incident in Tufnell Park at Junction Road, near Cathcart Hill, last Thursday afternoon.

He was treated at the scene for head and facial injuries, although his condition has been described as non-life-threatening.

Police said a 40-year-old motorist was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink-driving but was later released under investigation.

It has led to calls for Islington Council initiatives such as People Friendly Streets and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods to be extended faster across the borough.

The Town Hall schemes are attempts to encourage walking and cycling by shutting off some roads, restricting access to others and using more cycle lanes.

Nick Kocharhook, from the Cycle Islington group, said: “We believe People Friendly Streets need to be accelerated in the north of the borough, particularly in the Tufnell Park and Tollington areas.”

Although the circumstances around the incident are still being investigated, a debate has been ongoing on how to reduce traffic in Junction Road – the busy route from Archway to Tufnell Park.

Transport and environment chief, Councillor Rowena Champion, said: “We are looking into the circumstances of this collision. We are determined to create a safer, greener, healthier Islington, where people can walk and cycle safely.”

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “Making London’s streets safe for vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, is a top priority, and we know there has been a huge increase in people cycling since the pandemic.

“Ninety kilometres of new or upgraded cycle lanes have been built or have been under construction since May, along with more than 22,500 square metres of extra pavement space reallocated for people walking.

“This follows work by TfL to reduce all of its speed limits in the congestion charging zone to 20mph.”

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