Frequently asked questions
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What is happening over the summer?
The council is making changes to reduce traffic in our neighbourhood. The big change is that Canonbury East is going to become a 'low traffic neighbourhood'. We want to support them in improving the area for residents.
Canonbury West will likely also become a 'low traffic neighbourhood', but we don't know exactly when.
What else are you doing to make Canonbury better?
That's up to all of us to decide. One of our residents is already working on getting the council to approve some street planters and 'parklets', to make social spaces on the street. If you have an idea, please let us know and pitch in to help make it happen!
What is a parklet?
A parklet is a parking space that's converted for people to use. It can have benches, for people to sit and rest, and planters with flowers or herbs. There are a few around Hackney and Islington that you might have noticed. Please get in touch if you think your street would be a bit nicer with a parklet and we can try to make it happen.
What is a 'low traffic neighbourhood'?
A low traffic neighbourhood is one where streets are opened up for people instead of cars. De Beauvoir, across Southgate Road in Hackney, is a low traffic neighbourhood. People who live there can still use their cars, but there is less traffic cutting across the neighbourhood. This means that the street space is safer for people and children to use.
How will I get groceries and other deliveries?
You will still be able to get groceries and other deliveries in the same way. All residences in Canonbury will still be accessible by vehicle. The difference will be less vans and lorries driving through our area on their way somewhere else.
How will emergency services get to my house in an emergency?
All residences in Canonbury will remain accessible by road, so emergency response vehicles will still be able to get to your house. In fact, less traffic means roads are left clear for emergency vehicles. When Waltham Forest made similar changes, they found that response times for the local Fire Service actually improved.
Won't this create gridlock on other roads, like Southgate Road, where I live?
No one wants to see this, and it's a very understandable concern. However, this hasn't been the case in other parts of London where these type of changes have been made. Transport for London found that bus times on roads, like Southgate Road, did not change. This suggests that traffic did not increase, and understandable fears of increased congestion weren't borne out.
What about people who are elderly or have impaired mobility, how will they get about?
The idea is to make streets safer for everyone, including people who are using wheelchairs, mobility scooters or other mobility aids. In other areas, having less cars on streets has made it easier for people with mobility scooters to use the street, when they can’t negotiate crowded or uneven pavements. And, more people with disabilities don’t have cars than do have them.
What about the impact on local businesses?
Research shows that people mostly don't arrive at local shops by car. In fact, research finds that people who walk or cycle to local shops spend more that people who come by car. Bloomberg compiled a big list of case studies which show conclusively that making it easier for people to walk, wheel, scoot or cycle to their local shop is better for business.
Who are you and why isn't the council doing this?
We're a group of people who live in Canonbury. The council and our ward councillors are working on improvements to our area. We are trying to help and support them.