Despite the age of austerity, London Borough of Islington [LBI] is to assist Clerkenwell Parochial School by investing in a Lollypop person to help children cross the road. Amwell Street isn’t a TfL Red Route but at the start of the school day it’s a bit of a race-track.
As Chair of Governors at the school and an enthusiastic cyclist, I can see both sides of the problem. On the one hand we want children to be able to walk to school and cross roads with absolute safety using zebra crossings and observing what used to be called the Green Cross Code.
On the other, cyclists enjoying the downward slope of the street heading south, it’s just the tiniest bit inconvenient to have to pull up outside Unpackaged to allow pedestrians to cross the road and to then to gather speed to enjoy the rest of the ride down to Rosebery Avenue. It really is only a tiny inconvenience though, with plenty of hill left after the junction of River Street.
About a year ago the children of CPS staged a protest on the zebra crossing by Unpackaged, asking cyclists to observe the traffic rules and stop at the crossing when children and adults needed to cross. Of course, most sensible cyclists thought that what the children were doing was splendid. A few, however, shouted and were unpleasant. More recently police have been vigilant but that hasn’t cured the problem
Being both a governor and a cyclist I am 100% in favour of children walking to school [healthy lifestyle] and adults crossing the road safely without the threat of being mown down by cyclists. So I hope that all members of the Amwell Society will wave and welcome the Lollypop lady or gent once s/he is manning [or womaning?] the crossing. They’ll have to be determined, firm and confident with all those, occasional, Holloway racers heading for the City.
Oh, in the afternoon the problem is quite different with cyclists going more slowly uphill!
– David Sulkin, Committee Member