London council tests speed bumps for cyclists to initital negative reactions
Despite their safety benefits, drivers have grumbled about speed bumps since they were first introduced in Europe in 1970, but now they have been installed in a London street to slow cyclists.
Following complaints from local residents, fourteen rumble strips each approximately 4cm high have been installed in Douglas Road, Islington, North London, to slow the cyclists who use the route.
A spokesperson for the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) said: 'It’s vital in shared spaces such as Douglas Road that cyclists be aware that their speed can intimidate, but it seems these speed bumps may create more problems than they solve, especially for elderly pedestrians who will have to walk over them.'
The cluster of speed bumps was installed to stop speeding cyclists shattering the peace of a quiet back street, a housing organisation said.
Residents had complained about bike users racing down the 250 metre pedestrianised path in Canonbury, north London.
Douglas Road South was a popular route with cyclists trying to avoid heavy traffic on nearby main roads.
After a number of local people said they had narrowly escaped a collision with speedy bikers, Homes for Islington (HfI), the firm which runs housing estates in the area, installed 14 of the humps usually used to slow down motorists.
But the measure has divided opinion, with some residents complaining that the garish black and yellow speed control devices are an eyesore.
One resident told the local Islington Gazette: Kids are always playing out the back but there are a lot of cyclists coming down here really fast. It's not a bike path but they think it is.
'Something has to be done but it's ridiculous that we've got these horrible humps. They're an eyesore and some of them don't even go right to the edge so you can cycle round them anyway!
Cyclist Phill Millership told the newspaper: 'It may be an economical solution but it's certainly not a practical or aesthetic one - for bike users or residents. It's ill-conceived. People have got prams and all sorts to get down here.'
A spokesman for HfI said: 'The estate tenants and the residents' association wanted the ramps following issues with speeding cyclists on this narrow path which is shared by pedestrians and cyclists.
'If in hindsight it does not work we will review it with them.'
Conservative member of the London Assembly, Brian Coleman said: 'This is another typical example of the speed fascists that exist in local authorities up and down the country.
'The installation of road humps down a quiet back street is a complete waste of scarce funding for local traffic projects.
'Road humps are an abomination that contributes to slowing traffic and adding to pollution, and can often impede the emergency services on route to the scene of accidents.
'In a city that suffers from congestion, we should be freeing up traffic on our road, not slowing it down.'
- Infrastructure Bill amendment would give cycling and walking the same priority as roads, say campaigners
- Commuting by methods other than car becomes the norm for over half of workers under 40 in Bristol
- National Travel Survey shows fewer journeys: walking declines by 30%, only 2% of journeys made by bike, car trips drop 12%
- People living in close proximity to high quality walking and cycling routes more likely to increase total level of activity
- Cycling spending should rise from £2 per head to £10 by the end of the decade, say MPs
- Liverpool Council is aiming to get an extra 30,000 people on their bikes over the next three years
- Increase in cycling to work in major cities, but proportion of people cycling to work across England and Wales remains static
- World first legislation on active travel places duty on local authorities to plan and deliver walking and cycling networks
- The economic benefits of cycling: it generates more than €400 for every person that lives in the EU, says report
- Feasibility study for HS2 cycle route announced, along with new funds for cycling and rural infrastructure upgrades
- Scotland prepares to draw up plans for a national cycling and walking network
- £20 million for cycle infrastructure: facilities at railway stations, improved cycle links, and improved road junction layouts
- War on motorists is a myth, says report: the future lies in improving public transport, walking and cycling infrastructure
- Wales proposes new duty to deliver network of walking and cycling routes in partnership with neighbouring authorities
- £8m to enhance cycle routes across England and £7m to provide better cycle access at train stations
- Times newspaper launches campaign and manifesto calling for cities to be made fit for cyclists
- Active commuters enjoy demonstrable health benefits, says new study
- Shapps offers local councils freedom to revoke byelaws in order to make areas safer for cycling
- Transport planning encouraged to 'go local': ‘nudging’ people into walking and cycling
- London bike hire scheme celebrates 1 million journeys in 10 weeks and turns operating profit