Bicycling in healthy Hornsey

Designs for cycle routes seem to be appearing daily. TfL has identified its desires, and transport and cycling campaigners are in the slipstream. We wheeled out an overview on the impact for Crouch End previously, and engaged with some proposals too. Will Haringey cobble together some emergency routes before the funding deadline of June 5th, or will they backpedal and take the slower scenic route?

  *Maps revised and edited July 2020

In the meantime, we took a look at options and just for fun (as they say), drew up a map. A few wayfinders:

  • Firstly, the map takes into consideration the two major constraints in Crouch End, (a) the hills, and (b) the narrow roads of the town centre.
  • The strategic cycle routes would, where possible, be proper physically segregated lanes. They largely follow existing major transport corridors and TfL desire lines (we’re not sure exactly which road should be used through Harringay).
  • One strategic route starts at The Broadway, heading London-bound. We can’t see evidence to support through routes.
  • The local back-street low-traffic routes would be much simpler, relying primarily on indicative signage – but also upon pop-up modal filters, chicanes and other cycle priority devices, where useful.
  • The network attempts to provide alternate cycling through-routes, radial and orbital routes and takes note of school and station locations.
  • The needs of town centre traders should remain a priority.


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  1. Anita Chandler

    I live off Hornsey High Street but am not a cyclist and am only likely to try if there are dedicated bike lanes . With that I mind, I was wondering wildly if it would be possible to turn the whole of the Park Rd, Tottenham Lane, Priory Rd, Hornsey High Street triangle into a one way system: remove parking on one side of the road, make one lane for cyclists/buses and the other for vehicles. Nicer for active travel, but what impact on shops etc? Thanks

  2. Louise Wass

    Great work. It’s just the centre of CE is blighted by the volume and speed of the traffic most of which is cutting through. Removing parking from one side of each road would allow for safer walking and cycling.

  3. Mark Afford Author

    We find the devil is in the detail – and much is weighed against the bus routes. A major one way system would likely speed up cars (creating its own problem), while making all the bus routes much longer. I doubt it would wash with TfL.

    Removing parking spaces for alternate use is absolutely the way to go (it’s the only space we have available to us), but it isn’t without problems either – we need to retain adequate loading and servicing for businesses. There are 300 retail units in Crouch End for example. We just need to get some businesses to see the positives in enhancing Crouch End as a place rather than a through-route for traffic.

    Meanwhile some campaigners blithely insist on creating space for alternatives, and we agree, but the roads are narrow, never more than one lane in either direction, and the needs are sometimes conflicting – if a pavement gets widened, then often there’s no room for a cycle lane. Hence the spaghetti of routes in the map.

  4. Anita Chandler

    Agree about the bus routes, particularly on school routes. Car speed in a one-way system is perhaps limited by the current 20mph restriction, needs to be enforced. My concern in Hornsey is the bike route there won’t exist because there is way too much traffic and parking so cyclists are up on the pavements all the time. additionally, we have 3 schools along Hornsey High St with illegal levels of NO2 exposure so would really like to see changes which encourage people out of cars and onto bikes/feet/public transport. Thanks

  5. Adrian Essex

    Given the wide ranging changes taking place in neighbouring boroughs , countries and continents it seems a shame that Haringey is not doing more, either for outside trading space, or bicycle schemes such as those proposed here. They seem to be undertaking a particularly frenetic burst of inactivity in and around Crouch End. But if cyclists locally do survive the through traffic the residents of the Town Hall development will be well prepared


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