Hackney Council is building the UK’s first zebra crossing for both pedestrians and cyclists in Hackney Central.
The purpose of the pedestrian and cycle zebra crossing is to allow both pedestrians and cyclists the right of way to cross at certain highlighted areas. It’s a dual crossway, one side is striped like a pedestrian crossing and the other side is defined like a standard cycle way.
The crossing will be located between the junction of Richmond Road and Sojourner-Truth Close, south of Hackney Central station.
Hackney Council told EastLondonLines: “The Richmond Road crossing is on one of Hackney’s busiest pedestrian/cycle routes (approx. 3700 pedestrians and 3200 cyclists crossing per day).”
Hackney Councillor, Vincent Stops said: “This pedestrian and cycling crossing looks to be a great innovation and seems to suit the location. I know residents will welcome it. I look forward to its completion and using it for real. Hackney has been consistently investing in improvements to its streets to benefit both pedestrians and cyclists for many years.”
Cyclists and pedestrians are keen to have the crossing in place.
Local resident and cyclist Stephen Jones, 22 said: “I think it’s a fantastic idea. It makes it so much safer for cyclists. I still think anything to make cycling safer is a very good investment!”
Christopher Williams, 40, thinks Hackney Council should put in place selected approved signs to make drivers aware of the crossing as well. He said: “If the rules are changed people need to be told”.
The Council is planning to observe feedback, monitor the Richmond Road crossing and look to identify suitable other locations for zebra crossings.
The works are expected to be completed by early May 2015.