TfL sets out proposals for ‘major’ new cycleway in east London

TfL is inviting people to have their say on plans to transform neighbourhoods between Hackney and the Isle of Dogs, creating streets that are much more welcoming to people walking and cycling, including improved pedestrian crossings and a major new cycleway.

The proposed 7.5-kilometre cycleway is 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. The route would connect Hackney to the Isle of Dogs, including 5.6 kilometres of segregated cycle lanes.

Neighbourhoods including Victoria Park, Mile End and Limehouse would also see improved public and green spaces, including new trees, with new pedestrian crossings making walking easier and safer.

The proposed upgrades include:
– Segregated cycle tracks on Burdett Road and West India Dock Road
– 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
– New and improved public and green spaces, including new paving, trees and planting
– Traffic reduction measures to improve cycle safety, including restricting Grove Road through Victoria Park to bikes, buses and taxis between 7 am and 7 pm
– Links to existing cycling routes in Hackney and Tower Hamlets including CS2, CS3 and Q2
– Changes to some bus stop layouts and locations, including the 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

The new cycleway would be a boost to London’s growing cycle network, connecting to a number of other major routes including CS2, CS3 and Q2. The consultation is now open for people to have their say and is available on the TfL website until 21st June.

London’s walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman said: “For the health and prosperity of our city it is essential we get more people walking and cycling as part of their everyday routine. These exciting plans not only include a new high-quality cycle route connecting the busy streets of Hackney and the Isle of Dogs, but include a raft of improvements that will make the local area cleaner, safer, and more welcoming to get around on foot.

“I encourage anyone living or working in the area to look at the plans and give us their views.”

David Hughes, TfL’s director of investment delivery planning, said: “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.

“Our consultation on the first sections of the scheme will give people who live, work, visit and study in the area a chance to shape our proposals and we value feedback from everybody who would like to have their say.”

TfL is currently consulting on proposed improvements for walking and cycling between Wood Lane and Notting Hill Gate, available until 16th June.

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