Transport for London has set out proposals to the transform neighbourhoods between Hackney and the Isle of Dogs in London into more pedestrian and cycling friendly with improved pedestrian crossings and a major new 7.5km Cycleway with the aim of cutting air pollution, tackling climate change and promoting better health.
The proposed Cycleway route would connect Hackney to the Isle of Dogs and would including 5.6km of segregated cycle lanes. Neighbourhoods including Victoria Park, Mile End and Limehouse would also see improved public and green spaces with new pedestrian crossings and new paving, trees and planting.
Proposed upgrades also include changes to some bus stop layouts and locations, including introduction of new bus stop bypasses for people cycling, road resurfacing, upgrading pavements.
“Our plans to transform streets between Hackney and the Isle of Dogs as part of the proposed Cycleway would be a major boost to the capital’s walking and cycling network and would enable even more people to switch from private cars to less polluting forms of transport,” added TfL director of investment delivery planning David Hughes.
TfL and the Mayor are already committed to expanding the capital’s cycle network with the aim of increasing the proportion of Londoners who live within 400 metres of the cycling network to 28 per cent by 2024.
Construction work on two major new routes (between Brentford and Olympia, and between Tower Bridge Road and Greenwich) is set to begin later this year.
London Cycling Campaign infrastructure campaigner Simon Munk commented: “To cut air pollution, tackle climate change and create a healthier city it is vital everyone – residents, landowners and local stakeholders – work together to ensure this route is high-quality and goes where people want to, from key employment centres to schools and shops.”
TfL is currently inviting people to have their say on these plans on its website until 21 June.