Around Haringey with Cllr McNamara & Cllr Mallett


Cllr McNamara with his ‘new’ steed. Haringey Council pool bike number 4.

3 and a half hours pedalling around the middle third of Haringey, so useful that Cllr McNamara wants to repeat this in both the West and East of the borough in the coming months.

Here’s our notes from our first Tour de Haringey (& more photos below)

Ref Location Comment
1 Lymington Avenue/ Ashley Cres Good example shared use pedestrian area, suitable where relatively low cycle numbers.  Shared use “Pedestrian priority” signage needed
2 Lymington Ave / High Rd Shared use, improvements in progress, signage essential as above
3 Sandlings/ Whymark Rd Bollards difficult to negotiate (sharp turn from LCN 54). Move bollards back and increase spacing
4 High Rd/ Turpike La Junction S bound No space to access ASL.  Improve access for cycles as sketch attached
5 Turpike La/ Langham Rd Good shared use area planned. Cycle access points and area of shared use need to be clearly marked/ signed, to avoid disconcerting pedestrians
6 Langham Rd/ Westbury small private shops cut tro’ Inconsiderate (and illegal) cycle use,  No Cycling sign needed
7 Harringay Rd closure Cycle gaps unusable, complete redesign needed with generous space ?use bollards
8 Harringay Rd Needs to be 2-way for cycles, for access to St Ann’s Rd
9 Park Rd Stop rat run by making No right turn at High Rd
10 St Ann’s/ Salisbury Rd Very dangerous left hook turn, extend pavement to tighten turn from St Ann’s
11 Woodlands Park Excessive rd width and turn radii.  Extend pavement to give tighter turns and improve pedestrian safety.  Double yellow needed at junction
12 St Ann’s/ Brampton Rd Parking bays (next to zig-zags) obscure view of zebra. Move parking to Brampton Rd
13 St Ann’s/ Brampton Rd Bus stop hemmed in by car parking.  Traffic review of St Ann’s could cover this and points above
14 Ladder Roads One ways deter cycling (though Harringay Passage helps by allowing walk through to next road).  Select 1 or 2 roads for trial of 2 way cycling
15 Warwick Gardens 1st Bike Hangar in Haringey.  There is a demand for further provision.  Officers should identify locations where notifications can be combined with other work, to save cost.  See also detailed notes attached (to follow).  Fencing is due to be renewed
16 Green Lanes Cycle numbers high in rush hours, good S bound bus lane.  Wide cycle lane can be provided N bound, without any reduction in road capacity
17 Green Lanes/ Endymion/ Hermitage Danger from N bound fast left turn to Endymion .  Only 1 S bound lane is really needed (S bound beyond to Manor Hse is 1 lane) so space can be reallocated to cycle lanes feeding to ASL’s at both junctions
18 Entrances to Finsbury Park Additional entrances near Hermitage Rd and Wightman Rd would be great benefit to cycles and pedestrians.  (see drawing attached)
19 Endymion/ Wightman roundabout Fast and some aggressive motorists- redesign needed. ?Possible speed table at W approach and other calming
19 Wightman Road Very hostile cycling conditions, aggravated by pinch points at numerous traffic islands.  Potential for reduction in car parking.  Could this be on alternate sides of road to give chicane effect, with islands removed and speed tables at junctions?  Possibility of parking on side roads and 45deg echelon parking at wider side roads?
20 Western Road/ Mary Neuner Road Some traffic too fast at bends.  Provide cycle lanes to protect cycles and reduce apparent road width.  Investigate safe pedestrian and cycle access to Alexandra School and Nursery.  Railing at bend is too long and inhibits access to nursery

Further suggestion from HCC- reroute through traffic from N of Western Rd and from narrow Hornsey Park Rd, to Mayes RD/ Coburg Rd/ Mary Neuner Rd

21 Penstock Path Prevent parking next to end of path







Tour de Haringey with local Councillors – Friday 5th September

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We’re off on a ride with local residents and Cabinet Member for the Environment – Councillor Stuart McNamara (one of our members is kindly loaning Stuart a bike for the occasion!)

There’s so many places to take Cllr McNamara, but here’s the route we’ve agreed, to take in as many ‘problem spots’ as possible in the time available:

LCN 54 back way to Whymark Ave and Turnpike La Junction where current work  appears to be narrowing the road making it difficult to access ASL
Ducketts Common one-way
Harringay Rd rat run
Seymour rd or Hewitt rd unreasonable one-way and sub-standard traffic calming.
Wightman rd
Tottenham Lane left hook/one-way
Cross Lane
Newland rd
Western Ave railings etc
I’ve you’ve got any comments on the spots we’ll visit, leave a comment below and we’ll add your feedback.

Plans for Bounds Green Rd/Whittington Rd/Trinity Rd junction

Haringey Council are now making a concerted effort to consult Haringey Cycling Campaign on all schemes which include a cycling element. You could argue that all road schemes involve cycling, but we don’t have the capacity to review and respond to everything!


We’ve been sent drawings of plans to block off the end of Trinity Road, adding a paved area. There is a proposed cycle lane across the area where the buckled barrier is shown below, but we think it won’t get used because the turn is too tight off Bounds Green Road.

Do you live near, or use the junction below?

Would you like to see the plans and give some feedback?

Email with ‘Bounds Green Rd/Whittington Rd/Trinity Rd junction’ in the title and we’ll add your feedback to our response.


Bounds Green Road Trinity Road


‘Top 10’ improvements for Haringey becomes ‘Top 29’

We meet with Haringey Council at least every 3 months.

We keep an ongoing ‘Top 10’ list of improvements we’d like to see made in the borough. In reality, of course, the list is much longer. In fact, in light of our part in our recent ‘space for cycling’ campaign in Haringey, we now have a Top 29. 

Read more here

St Ann’s Road/Hermitage Road new cycle entry on to roundabout which we campaigned for.

Bike Week 2014 in Haringey

Here’s what is going on during Bike Week in Haringey…

(all events below organised by Haringey Council unless otherwise stated)

Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling

The Festival of Cycling,  is on Sunday 15th June.   This is a tri borough event with Hackney and Islington Council’s celebrating all things cycling.  We hope to see you there.


Doctor Bike during Bike Week

Bring your bike along for a tune up with our free Dr Bike maintenance at tube stations between 4pm and 7pm:

16th June – Manor House

17th June – Bounds Green

18th June – Wood Green

19th June – Seven Sisters

20th June – Finsbury Park

We also have Dr Bike at the Festival of Cycling in Finsbury Park on Sunday 15th June from 12-6pm and also in Priory Park on Sunday 22nd June from 2-5pm.


Other Smarter Travel events

We will also have an information and advice stall and a Dr Bike at Stroud Green School for their Fete on Saturday 21st June – 12-4pm along with a Dr Bike.

And we have our Smarter Travel Road Show providing information and advice on walking, cycling, public transport and greener driving along with a Dr Bike at Chestnuts Park on Sunday 22nd June for the Shakhsiyah Foundation Fun Day & Sports Day from 12-5pm.

Events, News

Broad Lane goes 2-way ride

April 27 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

A ride to celebrate Broad Lane going 2 way for the first time in years. Full event details here.


Join us on Sunday 27th April to ride the newly two-way Broad Lane, to celebrate the removal of the infamous Tottenham Hale Gyratory system.

It is our very own Day ‘H’ in Haringey. Join us on your bike or trike, and meet some fellow Haringey-ites when we have afternoon tea afterwards.

Meet at 3.30pm at the Markfield Park Cafe , returning to the same point after a short group ride.

The cafe has the red roof in the photo below – see you there!

Markfield Beam Engine Main Image


Happy New Year Social

It was great to meet so many new (and some more familiar) faces at our New Year Social last Monday. We think it’s fair to say a great time was had by all. Big thanks to The Great Northern Railway Tavern for being a wonderful venue, Tomo for the delicious pizza, and Albert the pub husky (wolf) for looking like a massive teddy bear by the fire.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!


Green Lanes Public Realm Improvements – Our View

The Statutory Overview and Scheme overview Document (the plans unless any objections) can be viewed here:

As mentioned by Geoff on Harringay Online ”This is the one opportunity to have a close look at all the detail and to make constructive comments.”

Views and comments are invited and welcomed and the closing date for these is Friday 21st June 2013.

‘If no major objections are received’, works are planned to start in July/August 2013 and will last 9-12 months.

Comments should be emailed to:
or posted to: Frontline Consultation, London Borough of Haringey, FREEPOST NAT 20390, PO Box 264, London N22 8BR

A number of people have enquired about what the proposals include for cyclists? Well, here’s our letter to the Major Schemes Project Manager:

HCC_Logo_Col-smallCo-ordinator:  Michael Poteliakhoff


Mr Stephen Jones

Major Schemes Project Manager
Sustainable Transport Group
Place & Sustainability
London Borough of Haringey
2nd Floor, River Park House
225 High Road, Wood Green
N22 8HQ


Green Lanes Statutory Notification / Scheme Overview

Thank you for your email of 5th June.

The report of consultation on this scheme confirmed:-   “Cyclists do not regard either Green Lanes or Wood Green as cycle friendly, but Green Lanes is seen as offering a more adverse cycling environment than Wood Green”.

Unfortunately nothing, apart from new cycle parking, is included in the proposals to address this.  The consultation also confirms 9% of trips to the Green Lanes centre are by bicycle, compared with 10% by car.  The available car parking is already fully used and there is no scope for increased provision, so encouraging cycle use is a “near market” which can benefit local shops, who of course are in competition with supermarkets, with large free car parks.

Haringey Cycling Campaign participated in the initial consultation on this scheme and proposed improving cycle access by ending one-way traffic restrictions for cyclists on local roads.  Most of the “Ladder” roads are presently one-way.  As many are long roads with a considerable gradient, this discourages cycle use.  There are also recommended “London Cycling Guide” cycle routes converging at the end of St Annes’s Road.  As illustrated in the Scheme Overview cover, cyclists use this route and cut through to Green Lanes in front the “Salisbury” pub.  HCC suggested this be allowed for in the scheme, but there is no indication of dropped kerbs, or shared use, to allow this.  There is also no indication of how cyclists are to access the one existing contra flow cycle lane at Colina Rd.  Clarification of the proposed work here and at the St Anne’s Rd junction is essential.  Please see below an extract from the TfL London Cycling Guide, showing local routes.

No doubt one reason for the ending one-way restrictions not being included in the proposals, is the consultation finding that a majority of interviewees were not in favor of cycle contra flow.  This very much depended on how the question was asked.  Cycle contra flow is a relatively new concept in this country, with very few examples in Haringey.  As such, many people might think it sounded unsafe and would instinctively be worried about it.  If it the question had been put in the context of a strategy for environmental improvement and reducing traffic congestion, supported by illustrations from Denmark and Holland, I am sure the results would have been different.

Simpler ways of providing cycle contra-flow with fewer signs and markings were enabled by amendments to the regulations introduced by the DfT in 2012.  Pro-cycling boroughs such as City of London and LB Camden are already taking advantage of this by implementing cycle contra-flow as standard on their one-way streets.  Haringey will not compare favourably with these boroughs if they do not take this opportunity do the same.   At the very least future ending of one-way restrictions should be allowed for in the current work, so HCC propose that all the new road narrowings have an adequate width for cycle contra flow (4.5m).  In this way the work would be “future proofed”.

The plans note that existing road markings not shown, are to remain, implying the existing bus lane is to be retained.  HCC welcomes this (the overview could be clearer on this point).  In addition, although pavement widening is mentioned under “General upgrade and renewal” it is understood there is to be no realignment of kerbs to the main thoroughfare.  This opens up the possibility of a northbound 2m width cyle lane to operate at the present times when car parking is not permitted.  This would be a great benefit to cyclists and with a good width slower cyclists will not be intimidated and are more likely to “stop and shop”.

I look forward to your response.

Michael Poteliakhoff
Haringey Cycling Campaign


cc Cllr Nilgun Canver,  Cllr Toni Mallett