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Council urged to halt cyclists cutting through Somers Town paved area

Planters fail to stop cul-de-sac becoming popular cycling route

06 August, 2018 — By Richard Osley

RESIDENTS in Somers Town have warned that someone will be killed if cyclists are not stopped from speeding through a road closed to traffic.

Chris Horner told last week’s Town Hall culture and environment scrutiny committee that people on bikes were bombing through the paved part of the Charrington Street cul-de-sac, close to Edith Neville School.

He said: “This is not an anti-cycling point, it’s a pro-safety point. It’s not a matter of if, it’s when a serious collision between a pedestrian and a cyclist takes place. We are requesting proper traffic-calming measures are put in place.”

Barriers had been kicked away, Mr Horner said, adding: “Altercations have broken out between residents and cyclists as we’ve tried to put them back. “If, when that collision takes place, a small child is killed, I think we will have come to a very pretty pass if we haven’t done anything about this.”

He told the council chamber that there had been a rise in cyclists passing through while other routes were closed due to development work in Somers Town.

“I’ve been brushed by bikes, not directly hit, but it is only a matter of time before someone is struck,” said Mr Horner.

The plea has been backed by Ruby Nasser, headteacher at Edith Neville, and Sally Warren, manager at Plot 10 Community Play Project. Camden Council is looking at ways of getting cyclists to dismount.

Environment chief Councillor Adam Harrison said he had visited the site and that Camden would be taking a “more forward look” at how to protect pedestrians, cyclists and vulnerable users as development works continue in the area.

 

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