The New East London Cycle Way

East London Cycleway 2019

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This winter construction will begin on a major new East London Cycle way. Transport for London have outlined the plans that will transform the neighborhoods between Hackney and Westferry. The new cycle way will enable cyclists to make thousands of journeys which would normal add to congestion and pollution if taken by car.

During May 2019 TFL invited the public to give their opinions of the proposed plans which, will add 2km of protected space to London’s network of cycle lanes. The public agree the proposed route would reduce danger to both cyclists and pedestrians.

The proposed Cycle way was the first new cycling route to be consulted on from TfL’s Strategic Cycling Analysis, which used data to identify 25 areas which showed the best potential for growing cycling numbers.

Over 1800 people participated in the consultation and 91% of the participants agreed that the plans would boost cycling in the area and nearly 75% of the participants agreed that the improvements would improve pedestrian access.

The changes will include:

  • Segregated cycle tracks on Burdett Road and West India Dock Road, providing a dedicated space for people who want to cycle
  • Safety improvements along the route including improvements at junctions, traffic-calming and a new 20mph speed limit along Burdett Road
  • Two new signal-controlled pedestrian crossings and upgrades to existing pedestrian crossings along the route, making it easier and safer to cross the road
  • New and improved public and green spaces, including new paving, trees and planting
  • Links to existing cycling routes in Hackney and Tower Hamlets including Cycle ways 2 and 3
  • Changes to some bus stop layouts and locations, including introduction of new bus stop bypasses for people cycling
  • Changing entry to and exit from some side roads along the route
  • Road resurfacing providing improvements for people walking and cycling as well as for buses and general traffic
  • Upgrading pavements to improve comfort for people walking.

Transport for London say that they have responded to the positive feedback on the proposals and have amended the designs in two areas in response to feedback. Construction is set to start work on the first section this winter subject to the approval of plans.

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “I’m delighted that construction work on this major new Cycle way is set to begin this winter. The overwhelming support for the plans during the public consultation shows there is great demand for walking and cycling improvements which enable many more people to get around on foot or by bike as part of their everyday routine. By reducing car use we will improve air quality for everyone, and reduce congestion.”

Conclusion

I personally think that the government are starting to take the development of cycle lanes to a higher level and any improvements to the cycling infrastructure. Most of the major cities around the UK are investing heavily in the cycle infrastructure as the search for greener travel moves forward. The increased technology that is happening in the e bike industry is making the e bike look like a credible alternative to the car for short to mid distance commuting.

Hopefully more local councils follow suite.

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