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Why is Islington the most expensive place to park a bike?

01 March, 2019

Green Party view of the contrasting costs for cyclists and drivers

• ON January 20, Islington Council was featured on Channel 5’s Do The Right Thing, hosted by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. Eamonn, apparently a keen cyclist, asked Islington Council why, when it comes to securely parking a bicycle, Islington is England’s most expensive borough.

Islington charges £104 a year to park a bicycle in a secure cycle hangar, plus a £25 key deposit. The second most expensive place in England to securely park a bicycle is in Kensington and Chelsea, which charges £71 a year.

But closer to home, Camden, Haringey and Hackney all charge only £37 a year for exactly the same facility. Islington’s annual charge of £104 to securely park a bicycle in the street is more than it costs to park a small car or any electric vehicle, for which no parking fee is charged at all.

The councillor’s response, when questioned directly by Eamonn, was that Islington needs to charge these amounts to cyclists in order to pay for care for the elderly. It wasn’t clear if the councillor was suggesting that Camden, Haringey and Hackney do not provide care for elderly residents.

Doing the right thing would be to …..

• Accept the Green Party’s suggested budget amendment and increase the fees in all parking bands for residents by £104 per annum. This would help reduce car use and ownership in the borough and ensure the cost of parking a bicycle in Islington is never higher than the cost of parking a car.

This should include the electric vehicles (EVs), which like petrol and diesel vehicles contribute to road danger and congestion. EVs also create health-damaging PM2.5 particle pollution from tyre wear.

Based on current trends for residential permit sales, this would provide surplus income to the council of £2.7m until such time as motorist behaviour changes in line with the new policy and car ownership reduces.

And, of course, the additional income from this new policy should be used for transport-related council activities, as governed by the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

RODERIK GONGGRIJP
Islington Green Party

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