Hackney Cycling Campaign

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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.

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  • Central London Cycle Grid Section 1: Queensbridge Rd b/w Hackney Rd & Whiston Rd

    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

    Layout plans from Hackney Road to Whiston Road

    Location plan

    Layout plans from Hackney Road to Whiston Road

    Detail 1: Dunloe Street junction

    Detail 2: Hackney Road junction

    Detail 3: Kent Road junction

    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.

    Parking

    • 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.

    Future schemes

    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

    Permanent works

    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

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  • Tower Hamlets Transport Strategy 2019-2041

    Created by Alex Jenkins // 2 threads

    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.

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  • Liveable Streets Brick Lane engagement

    Created by Alex Jenkins // 1 thread

    Our Liveable Streets programme will improve the look and feel of public spaces in your neighbourhood. By creating a better environment, we can make it more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

    From creating new green spaces to rethinking how our streets work, we want your creative ideas, thoughts and feedback.

    Tell us what matters to you by completing our online survey towards the bottom of this page. You can also plot your ideas on the interactive map below.

    Please talk to your neighbours, friends and family and encourage them to take part.

    https://www.pclconsult.co.uk/liveablestreetsbricklane/

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  • Brick Lane Liveable Neighbourhood

    Created by Simon Still // 1 thread

    Our Liveable Streets programme will improve the look and feel of public spaces in your neighbourhood. By creating a better environment, we can make it more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

    From creating new green spaces to rethinking how our streets work, we want your creative ideas, thoughts and feedback.

    Have your say

    Tell us what matters to you by completing our online survey towards the bottom of this page. You can also plot your ideas on the interactive map below.

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  • Safer Junctions - Kingsland Road and Balls Pond Road

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    TfL says:

    Overview

    We are proposing to make some changes to the junction between A10 Kingsland Road and Balls Pond Road, also known as Dalston Junction in Hackney.  

    Background

    Our Safer Junctions programme is reducing road danger at some of the most hazardous junctions in London. These junctions have high collision rates for vulnerable road users, including people walking and cycling. This programme directly contributes to our Vision Zero target to stop people from dying and being seriously injured on London’s road network by 2041.

    The objectives of the programme are to:

    • Reduce road danger and help eliminate Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) collisions
    • Help create streets where people feel safe to walk, cycle and use public transport
    • Make hostile junctions more welcoming and less dominated by motor vehicles, demonstrating the Healthy Streets Approach

    Why we are proposing to change the junction?

    In the three years up to 31 October 2016, 16 collisions occurred which resulted in people being injured. Five of these collisions involved pedestrians (three on the southern arm, one on the western arm and one on the northern arm). Historic trends also highlight a significant risk for cyclists, although this was not captured as a trend within the 2016/17 study period.

    Changing the layout of this junction would:

    • Reduce road danger by providing more space and priority to people walking or cycling
    • Restrict some vehicle movements to reduce conflict with other road users
    • Make journeys by foot to and from Dalston Junction easier with wider and more direct pedestrian crossings, encouraging more journeys by walking, cycling or public transport
    • Create a more welcoming retail and leisure environment, encouraging people to spend more time in the area

    What are we proposing?

    The proposals are to upgrade the existing junction in a number of ways:

    • Widening the footway to the north, east and western arms to improve the space for people walking
    • Installing coloured surfacing on all pedestrian crossing points to make it easier and safer to cross
    • A new cycle feeder lane into the Advanced Stop Line southbound on A10 Kingsland High Street
    • Banning the left turn eastbound from A10 Kingsland High Street into Dalston Lane for all vehicles except cycles
    • Raising the pedestrian crossing on Dalston Lane at the top of Dalston Square to slow speeds making it easier and safer for people to cross
    • Closing Kingsland Passage to motor vehicles and installing of new seating for places to stop and rest

    A plan showing all the proposed changes is below. These changes are intended to make the junction safer for all users, while significantly improving the environment for people walking and cycling, improving access to Dalston Junction Overground station.

    Kingsland Road/Balls Pond Road proposals (PDF 704KB)

    Healthy Streets  

    The changes proposed in this scheme are part of our commitment to deliver the Healthy Streets Approach. We are taking this approach to create a vibrant, successful city where the streets are welcoming to all and everyone can live active, healthy lives. The streets within this scheme and the proposed changes have been assessed by our designers against ten Healthy Streets Indicatorsusing our Healthy Streets Check for Designers tool. This tool assesses the layout of streets against thirty one measures which produce an overall Healthy Streets Check score out of 100. We use infographics to show the current score for the streets within this scheme and potential scores based on our proposed changes. The Healthy Streets results can be seen in the diagram below.

    Kingsland Road/Balls Pond Road Healthy Streets results (PDF 132KB)

    Equality Impact Assessment

    We are subject to the general public sector equality duty set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, which requires us to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations by reference to people with protected characteristics. The protected characteristics are: age, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

    In considering changes to the design of our streets, we closely consider the needs of all users throughout the design process and complete a draft Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA). The draft EqIA can be found below.

    Kingsland Road/Balls Pond Road Equality Impact Assessment (PDF 162KB)

    Traffic impacts

    We have carried out analysis to understand the impact of the above proposals.  We predict no significant impacts to general traffic or bus journey times on the A10, Dalston Lane or Balls Pond Road. No significant impact on journey times for general traffic or buses travelling along the A10. 

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  • Finsbury Park to Highbury Fields Cycleway (QW10)

    Created by grahamparks // 1 thread

    We are now consulting on the Finsbury Park to Highbury Fields part of a future Cycleway between Farringdon and Palmers Green which has been developed in partnership with Transport for London. This new Cycleway route has been chosen because it is already very popular with cyclists and the numbers of people using this route are likely to increase.

    Our scheme would create a greener, more pleasant space for local people and a convenient, safer and more direct cycle route for cyclists of all abilities. The proposals have been designed to improve safety and comfort for cyclists and pedestrians by reducing conflict with motorised traffic.
    The improvements include fully protected cycle tracks, greening measures, widened footways, safer junctions, pedestrian crossing points and new signs/ road markings. All of these are designed to make cycling and walking easier, safer and more enjoyable.

    This route would link to other Cycleways in the London cycling network, including a complimentary signed route to the recent improvements at Highbury Corner, and make it easier for local people of all ages to cycle and walk to local facilities such as leisure centres and shops.

    The wider cycle lanes will allow people with adapted cycles such as cargo bikes or cycles for disabled people to use the route more easily and make it safer for all vulnerable road users in line with the Vision Zero agenda, which aims to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries from our roads.
    What are Cycleways?

    Cycleways are continuous, clearly signed and convenient cycle routes which bring together all of the high-quality routes into a single London-wide network that is easy for everyone to understand and use.

    ProposalsDetailed maps are available at the bottom of the page.
    1. Blackstock Road/ Ambler Road Junction: Traffic lights would be introduced at the junction with new pedestrian crossings, providing early release for cyclists and cycle boxes on all arms. This design will significantly improve conditions for pedestrian and cyclists crossing Blackstock Road and allow cyclists to continue on the Cycleway route towards Finsbury Park. This proposal will involve the removal of a parking space on Somerfield Road and the Electric Vehicle charging point along Ambler Road would need to be relocated. The section towards Finsbury Park will be consulted on separately by Hackney Council. (see map section 1)

    2. Gillespie Road/ Avenell Road Junction: Priority at the junction would be reversed so that vehicles on Gillespie Road would give-way to vehicles on Avenell Road. This design would also raise the carriageway to footway level which would make it easier for crossing pedestrians and cyclists using the Cycleway to turn into Gillespie Road. (see map section 2)

    3. Gillespie Road Trial Arrangement: The ongoing trial point no-entry preventing traffic travelling westbound on Gillespie Road past the junction with St Thomas’s Road, is not being formally consulted on as part of the Cycleway proposals but we welcome feedback. (see map section 5)

    4. Drayton Park/ Aubert Park Junction: The existing mini-roundabout at the junction would be removed and changed to a priority (give-way) junction. The carriageway will be raised to footway level with pedestrian crossing points on all sides of the junction. This will raise awareness of the new Cycleway route and also make it easier for pedestrians to cross the road. The junction would prioritise movements on Drayton Park and traffic along Aubert Park would give-way. (see map section 3)

    5. Martineau Road – Aubert Park: Fully protected cycle facility at least 2.2m would be provided for northbound cycles between Martineau Road and Aubert Park. The proposal allows for southbound cyclists to mix comfortably with general traffic by adopting a position in the centre of the traffic lane, making them more visible to other traffic. The proposed design will maintain the existing number of parking spaces, however some parking bays would be relocated elsewhere between Martineau Road and Aubert Park to make room for improved cycle facilities. For the purposes of consultation, two design options for protecting cyclists are being considered, which we would like you to comment on. Examples are given below to illustrate the different design options. (see map section 3)

    • Kerb protected cycle tracks: the cycle track would be at the same level as the carriageway with a kerb installed to separate vehicles and cyclists. See below example from Cycle Superhighway 2 between Stratford and Aldgate.

    • Stepped cycle tracks: The cycleway would be installed halfway between the carriageway and footway. See below example from Midland Road in LB Camden.

    6. Benwell Road – Martineau Road: Fully protected cycle facilities would be introduced in both directions on this section of Drayton Park. The cycle tracks would be at least 2m wide in each direction and will also include a small strip that will physically protect cyclists from parked vehicles. The proposed design will maintain the existing number of parking spaces and access arrangements along Drayton Park. Existing zebra crossings will be raised to footway level improving pedestrian accessibility and safety. (see map section 3,4)

    7. Benwell Road/ Drayton Park Junction: The existing junction would be converted to a ‘continental-style’ roundabout which would include protected cycle facilities throughout the junction and new cycle crossings on all arms of the junction. The design will also significantly improve conditions for pedestrians by introducing new zebra crossings on all arms, raised surface and widened footways reducing crossing distances. (see map section 5)

    8. Highbury Crescent Signed Route: A complimentary signed route is proposed to connect up to the recent improvements at Highbury Corner. (see map section 6)

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  • Hackney - Isle of Dogs Cycle Route - detailed design consultation

    We want your views on our proposals to transform streets in east London linking Hackney and the Isle of Dogs to make it easier and safer for people to cycle and walk. Neighbourhoods including Victoria Park, Mile End and Limehouse would be connected by a new Cycleway, with improvements in each area also proposed for people walking.

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  • Bethnal Green Liveable Streets engagement

    Created by Alex Jenkins // 1 thread

    From the consultation website:
    https://www.pclconsult.co.uk/liveablestreetsbethnalgreen/

    The Liveable Streets programme is part of the Love Your Neighbourhood initiative which aims to improve the area for all by making changes to the street infrastructure. By reallocating road space to walking, cycling and public transport, the scheme will encourage changes in travel behaviour which will help to improve people’s health and well being. The scheme also aims to restrict rat running to improve the safety of residential streets.

    Over a 4-year period, 17 areas across the borough have been identified for the scheme. The image below shows the different areas and phases of the scheme. Liveable Streets Bethnal Green is one of the schemes in the first phase of the project. Please click on the image to see an enlarged version.

    We would like to hear what is important to you and the changes you think should be made to encourage more walking, cycling and public transport use in Bethnal Green.

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  • Hackney - Isle of Dogs cycle route

    This 7.5km route would stretch from Hackney to the Isle of Dogs via Westferry, Mile End and Victoria Park. It would connect with the cycle routes between Stratford and Aldgate and Barking to Tower Hill, as well as the proposed Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf crossing. There are currently two options in Hackney we want your views on.

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