Critics of the “Cycle Superhighway” have called the newly revealed proposals for a new route in Hackney “shoddy” and are concerned about the lack of “on road” segregation.
Transport for London have revealed a planned route for extending the Cycle Superhighway through Hackney, also known as Cycle Superhighway 1 or CS1. The new route will run between Tottenham and Liverpool Street. The public has been invited to submit their views of the route update.
Jenny Jones, Green Party assembly member, questioned whether it should be recognised as a ‘Quietway’ rather than a ‘Superhighway’ as most of the route shows it running along quiet roads.
Mark Treasure, Chair of the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain, says the proposals of the route are “shoddy” and consist of “backstreet routes”, some of which he says are “desperately poor.”
Treasure said: “Of course there is the issue of whether this route even deserves to be called a ‘Superhighway’ at all.”
Referring to the Mayor’s 2013 Vision for Cycling, he also said: “Superhighway 1 is most definitely a Quietway, not a Superhighway. It runs of low-traffic side streets for almost its entire length… It is not ‘mostly on main roads.’”
The route will run from Northumberland Park, down the A10 through Stoke Newington and Dalston and continue into the City.
TfL say the improvements will make cycling safer at a time when the number of cyclists on London’s roads have almost doubled and will modify the route in order to create a “well-signed and comfortable route away from most motor traffic” to reduce conflict between motor vehicles and cyclists.
The work on the superhighway, part of TfL’s Road Modernisation Plan, is to start later this year and finish around Easter 2016, depending on the outcome of the consultation.
The consultation lasts until 29 March 2015 and is open for the public to give their views.