Islington Gives Cyclists The Hump

By BethPH Last edited 104 months ago
Islington Gives Cyclists The Hump

road.jpg Cyclists in Islington are being given a taste of the pain felt by motorists over speed bumps after 14 of them were installed on a back road to prevent speeding, making even riding slowly a somewhat jarring experience. It's not the first time Islington council have courted controversy over traffic calming - BBC's Inside Out researchers found last year that some were higher than the legal limit of 10cm causing damage to cars. While the number of speed bumps installed does seem a tad excessive where some decent signage probably would have done the trick, it does at least acknowledge that speeding cyclists can be a problem for pedestrians. Though with the news last week that cycling the wrong way down a one way street is now OK, the various cycle schemes and the skyride at the weekend, London looks to be turning into a city of two wheels instead of a city of four.

Photo by Tyla'75

Last Updated 25 September 2009


I hope no-one in a wheelchair lives in that street as they would not be able to get out of their own front yard. It's an absolutely ridiculous over-reaction.


This little road was on my route. Sure, maybe something needed to be done (I've been cycling in this city for over ten years and sadly cyclists seems to get more aggressive each year). However, this is hardly an enlightened solution. They'll be bricking them up next.

PS: anyone in the area should check out the lovely new river walk beside this monstrosity. One of the city's best hidden gems. And so green too.


This used to be a lovely route, now it's all but impossible on a bike, I've given up using it altogether. I suppose that was the idea, but what a shame.