Hackney Cycling Campaign
This is a place where we can discuss proposals to improve the streets in Hackney for people cycling. Please leave your contributions; they will be used in our discussions with the council about any active consultation.
Better still, join us at our meetings, on the first Wednesday of each month, at 7.30 in St Chad's Church, Dunloe Street, E2 8JR.
A discussion about the Dept for Transport's new Call for Evidence about changing the law regarding e-scooters and other similar vehicles. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/873363/future-of-transport-regulatory-review-call-for-evidence.pdf
"Barnet’s population is growing and by 2030 it will have grown to almost 450,000 people, with a significant increase in the older population. We want to ensure that transport in the borough can support this growth and provides a reliable, safe and convenient transport network which supports improvements to air quality and the health of all of our residents."
"There is also limited road space in the borough and with the projected population growth, congestion can only be addressed by reducing our reliance on the car and encouraging more sustainable and active ways to travel such as walking, cycling and public transport."
"Our proposed Long Term Transport Strategy sets a direction for change to offer greater choices for travel, encourage more active lifestyles which will increase the health and well-being of Barnet’s residents and improve air quality. The strategy also sets out a number of proposed schemes for each type of travel along with activities to help change behaviour and encourage positive changes to the way we currently travel."
The strategy includes the following vision statement relating to our long term vision for transport in the borough:
By 2041, Barnet will have an efficient, convenient and reliable transport network, which enables safe, healthy and inclusive travel, protects the natural environment and supports the borough’s growth.
The network will have transformed the way people and goods travel, providing strong orbital and radial links which gives everyone a choice of transport modes to complete their journey regardless of age, ability or income.
This vision informs our proposals for the future of transport in the borough, and sets out a roadmap for achieving our vision which also complements other council policies such as the Growth Strategy(External link), the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy(External link), and the draft Local Plan(External link)."
Hackney Council are proposing protected cycle tracks along Green Lanes from the borough boundary with Haringey to (and beyond) the boundary with Islington.
If they can't get funding from TfL they will create an interim scheme with painted cycle lanes.
A bill is being put forward to sentence any cyclist convicted of dangerous cycling to a 14 year prison term.
A lack of a clearly defined, well planned cycling network is hindering the growth of cycling in London.
- New segregated cycle tracks on Kenninghall Road, Lea Bridge Roundabout and Lea Bridge Road
- A new 4 metre wide path for walking and cycling in Millfields Park running parallel to Lea Bridge Road for eastbound cyclists. (A new path in Millfields Park would be subject to a successful application to the Planning Inspectorate, which would be submitted after this public consultation).
- A new signal controlled junction with a crossing for people walking and people cycling at the junction of Powell Road and Kenninghall Road
- Powell Road to become no entry or exit except for people cycling at the junction with Kenninghall Road, with dedicated signals for people cycling exiting Powell Road
- Banned turning movements at the junction of Lea Bridge Road and Chatsworth Road to reduce the risk of collisions (between motor vehicles and people walking or cycling) and to minimise delays to buses
- Changes to bus stops and bus lanes along the route including the introduction of three Bus Stop Bypasses and the relocation of two bus stops
- The westbound bus lane on Lea Bridge Road will be extended through Lea Bridge roundabout to Lower Clapton Road
- The eastbound bus lane on Lea Bridge Road will be changed to a westbound bus lane at the same location
- Changes to some parking provision on Kenninghall Road and Powell Road
The borough is consulting on proposals for the Bethnal Green Liveable Streets scheme: https://www.pclconsult.co.uk/liveablestreetsbethnalgreen/consultation/
Islington Council is proposing to make road safety improvements to reduce traffic speeds on Baring Street to tackle speeding issue for the safety of the community.
We are seeking your views on the council’s proposals to implement the following:
- Installing speed cushions along the road. These are ‘bus friendly’ and should reduce general traffic speeds, but not hinder the journey for buses.
- Installing a raised Zebra pedestrian crossing with associated yellow flashing beacons and tactile paving located between the eastbound and westbound bus stops. This is to help people cross the road to access either of the bus stops. The removal of some parking spaces to make space for the crossing would be necessary However it was noted that parking bays are not fully occupied during the traffic survey.
- Building out sections of footway with planters to guide traffic around parked cars.
- Providing electric vehicle charging bays to the western end of Baring Street in line with the Council’s sustainable transport goals.
From Hackney council:
Help us improve cycling on Queensbridge Road between Hackney Road and Whiston Road
We are seeking your views on proposals that will create a protected cycling route along Queensbridge Road to form part of a network of safe cycling routes between the Quietway link at Whiston Road and Quietway 13 at Columbia Road.
Hackney Council is working in partnership with Tower Hamlets and Transport for London (TfL) to make cycle accessibility improvements on Queensbridge Road from Hackney Road to Dalston Lane as part of the Central London Cycle Grid (CLCG) from Bethnal Green to Dalston Lane. The improvements at Queensbridge Road are being developed in three sections:
- Section I: Hackney Road – Whiston Road
- Section II: Whiston Road – Middleton Road
- Section III: Middleton Road – Dalston Lane
Hackney, Tower Hamlets, and TfL are committed to making our streets safer for everyone. These changes aim to encourage more walking and cycling, improve air quality and reduce emissions within the local area. Hackney and Tower Hamlets recognise that streets are not just places to park vehicles or drive, but to walk and cycle on too. They are the places where we socialise and live our lives. An aspiration of both boroughs is to reclaim streets from motor traffic and congestion and transform them into attractive and liveable neighbourhoods.
Queensbridge Road is one such street. Although it is a relatively wide road (about 10.5 metres wide), it was designed for the rapid transit of motorised vehicles and parking. The traffic islands and hatched road markings leave little room for other road users such as pedal cyclists and pedestrians. Between Hackney Road and Whiston Road, 28 collisions were recorded between 2013 and 2017. Sixteen of them involved pedal cyclists.
The proposed improvements would change the nature of Queensbridge Road to make it a healthier, safer and more pleasant environment for walking and cycling, reflecting the needs of the local area, including its residential estates, Haggerston Park and Haggerston School.
What are the proposals?
The following measures are proposed:
Queensbridge Road raised cycle tracks
- Installing two metre wide raised cycle tracks between Hackney Road and Whiston Road. These will be next to the existing pavements on both sides of the road. The raised cycle tracks will be separated from motorised traffic by a kerb and from pedestrians by a pedestrian/cycle separator (see example of a separator on page 11 in the FAQs section).
- Installing a mandatory cycle lane on the carriageway next to the cycle hire scheme at Kent Street.
Dunloe Street shared zebra crossing
- Installing a raised table with a parallel pedestrian/cycle crossing (shared zebra crossing for pedestrians and cyclists) at the junction of Dunloe Street and Queensbridge Road. The parallel crossing will allow cyclists and pedestrians to cross Queensbridge Road under the controlled conditions of a zebra crossing. The raised junction table will provide a step-free pedestrian crossing and help with encouraging drivers to keep to the 20mph speed limit.
- Closing Dunloe Street on both arms with Queensbridge Road to motor traffic to reduce the potential conflict between turning traffic and pedal cyclists and reduce rat running.
Hackney Road junction improvements
- Installing a raised entry table at the junction of Hackney Road and Horatio Street to provide pedestrians with step-free crossing facilities.
- Replacing the existing traffic islands on Hackney Road with wider pedestrian-friendly traffic islands.
- Refurbishing the road and pavements around the junction.
- Removing clutter such as redundant guard railings and signs at the junction. Installing double yellow lines between the pedestrian crossings at the junction.
- Installing low level cycle signals with early release crossing facilities for cyclists at Queensbridge Road and Horatio Street, subject to junction capacity.
Kent Street raised entry table and zebra crossing
- Installing a raised entry table at the junction of Kent Street and Queensbridge Road for a step-free pedestrian/cycle crossing at this location.
- Installing a raised table for the existing zebra crossing at Edith Street to provide controlled step-free crossing facilities for pedestrians when crossing Queensbridge Road. Due to the nature of the road at this location, a parallel pedestrian/ cycle crossing was considered unsuitable.
Refurbishment of pavements and carriageways
- The existing pavements adjacent to the raised cycle tracks will be refurbished using standard paving materials. Blended pedestrian crossings will be installed at Kent Street and Dunloe Street side road junctions to highlight the priority of pedestrians over pedal cycles and motorised traffic from the side roads (see example of a blended crossing on page 11 in the FAQs section).
Whiston Road junction
- Installing ‘advanced stop lines’ (ASLs) for cyclists at the southern arm of Queensbridge Road connected to the raised cycle track with road markings.
- Low level cycle signals with early release crossing facilities for cyclists will be considered as part of Section II between Whiston Road and Middleton Road.
Please download the plans below for more details
What are the potential impacts of the proposals?
- If approved, these proposals would provide safe, protected cycling facilities for cyclists between Hackney Road and Whiston Road. Six collisions resulting in slight personal injuries were recorded in 2017 between Hackney Road and Whiston Road, three of which involved pedal cyclists.
- They would also provide step free crossing facilities for pedestrians at side roads and at controlled pedestrian crossing points.
- The reduced road width would help reduce the average traffic speeds (outside Haggerston School) to under 20mph.
- The proposals would help improve accessibility for pedal cyclists and pedestrians at major junctions such as at Hackney Road.
- Schemes of this nature are expected to contribute to improved air quality as they both regulate private motor vehicle traffic and reduce capacity. The introduction of cycle lanes also increases the distance between polluting vehicles and pedestrians and residents, reducing the effects of pollution.
- The proposals would affect all the parking on Queensbridge Road between Hackney Road and Whiston Road where the existing parking bays will be removed.
- The existing car club and loading bay at Queensbridge Road will be relocated to Dunloe Street (east). A new electric charging point will also be installed on the same bay.
- A parking stress survey confirmed that the existing parking bays on the side roads are able to absorb the impact of displaced cars from Queensbridge Road.
- The existing residents parking bay on Horatio Street would be changed slightly to create space for passing cyclists.
- The single yellow line between pedestrian crossings at the Hackney Road junction would be converted to double yellow lines.
- Parking for visitors to the Columbia Road Flower Market would still be available at the ‘pay and display’ parking bays on Yorkton Street, Scawfell Street and Thurtle Road.
The rest of the cycle grid to the north of Whiston Road will be consulted on and developed as follows:
- Section II: Whiston Road to Middleton Road (2020–2021)
- Section III: Middleton Road to Dalston Lane (2021–2022)
What happens next?
Your views will be taken into account as part of the detailed design process. We will publish the consultation responses as well as the decisions made at consultations.hackney.gov.uk
To keep up to date with this and other plans, please visit hackney.gov.uk/street-consultations
If the scheme goes ahead, following consultation, we expect construction works to start in January 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a raised cycle track? Can pedestrians and motorised traffic use the cycle track?
A. A raised cycle track is a section of highway where pedal cyclists have right of way. It is vertically separated from motorised traffic by a kerb and from pedestrians by a raised pedestrian/cycle separator.
Q. What is a parallel pedestrian and cyclist crossing? Who has priority when crossing the road on this type of crossing?
A. A parallel pedestrian and cyclist crossing works like a zebra crossing that allows cyclists and pedestrians to cross the road, giving priority over motorised traffic. Vehicles should stop at the ‘Give Way’ road markings, as in conventional zebra crossings.
Q. What are blended pedestrian crossings and will traffic give way to pedestrians at them?
A. Blended crossings are pedestrian crossing points designed to slow down vehicles when entering or exiting side roads, encouraging vehicles to give way to pedestrians crossing the road.
Q. What is a parallel pedestrian and cyclist crossing? Who has priority when crossing the road on this type of crossing?
A. A parallel pedestrian and cyclist crossing works like a zebra crossing that allows cyclists and pedestrians to cross the road, giving priority over motorised traffic. Vehicles should stop at the ‘Give Way’ road markings, as in conventional zebra crossings
The draft Tower Hamlets Transport Strategy aims to improve the way we move around our borough.
Tower Hamlets is one of the country's fastest growing boroughs. Our roads are the busiest in the UK.
77 per cent of our residents are exposed to unsafe pollution levels, children in the borough have on average up to ten per cent less lung capacity and 43 per cent of Year 6 school children are overweight or obese.
According to Public Health England, pollution is linked to increasing rates of asthma, heart disease, dementia, lung cancer and low birth weight.
The new strategy aims to address these concerns and look at what the council and residents can do to make travel cleaner, safer and accessible for everyone.
Promoting walking and cycling is at the heart of plans to help meet the Mayor of London’s target that 90 per cent of all trips in the borough should be made on foot, by cycle or by using public transport by 2041.
Over the next two months, the council will be asking all those who live and work in the borough to get involved, share their ideas and help shape the future of travel in Tower Hamlets.