Opinions sought on new cycle route through Hackney

Jono Kenyon, transport campaigner. Pic: Eliza Ketcher

Transport for London is asking for help to designing a major new cycle route connecting Tottenham Hale to Camden via Seven Sisters Road.

It’s part of a £142million Action Plan launched in December by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to get more people cycling and almost double the number of cycle journeys undertaken over the next six years.

“Getting more Londoners cycling is essential for our city’s future health and prosperity,” said Khan. “The evidence is clear. Where we’ve built new high quality infrastructure, the routes have been hugely successful in getting more people on their bikes.”

The Mayor’s plans are intended to increase journeys made by all modes of transport via walking, public transport, and cycling to 80 per cent by 2041, compared to the present 63 per cent.

The new route will be sure to meet new quality standards based on the latest data taken from TfL, with a focus on traffic volumes and speeds.

The proposals are also intended to address poor air quality and congestion while making cycling safer and more accessible for everyone.

Jono Kenyon of Hackney Cycling Campaign has high hopes for the new cycle route. He said: “This route is to encourage all Londoners to be able to get out their bikes and travel to work more safely, travel to schools. It really is a road that is fundamentally very dangerous. We’ve had two fatal collisions on it this year alone. The route needs upgrading.”

The route will stretch approximately 12km (7.4 miles). It will use both main roads and quieter back streets connecting the town centres of Tottenham Hale and Camden via Seven Sisters Road.

Hackney’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Feryal Demirci, said: “In Hackney, more than any other London borough people commute to work by bike. We want to continue to explore ways of making cycling the mode of choice and encourage even more people to start, so we’re working closely with TfL to develop these plans for additional cycle routes through the borough.”

Two other routes which run through Hackney are also under discussion.

A 7.5km (4.6 miles) route would stretch from Hackney to the Isle of Dogs via Westferry, Mile End and Victoria Park. A 3km (1.8 miles) route would fill the gap between Lea Bridge and Dalston.

TfL and councils involved are inviting ideas on the route before a formal consultation in May.

To share ideas or comments, email: newcycleroutes@tfl.gov.uk




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