HACKNEY is the leading cycling borough in the capital, according to a survey. In an analysis of Londoners’ journeys to work, Hackney wards * take the top 12 positions in the hot 100 listing of two-wheeled travel, starting with Clissold. Twenty-point-five per cent of commuters in the district travel to work by bike, followed by:
2 Stoke Newington 20.3%, 3 Queensbridge 20.1%, 4 Dalston 19.4% (yay!), 5 Hackney Downs 18.5%, 6 Hackney Central 17.5%, 7 Victoria 16.8%, 8 Leabridge 16.7%, 9 Wick 15.3%, 10 Chatham 15.2%, 11 De Beauvoir 14.9%, 12 Lordship 14.6%.
Other boroughs then enter the table, which you can see below. The survey has been produced by cycle-friendly law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp (BBK), University College London and the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis.
Surveys often arouse justified cynicism about their sponsor and possible bias. The last time statistics suggested that Hackney had more cyclists than any other borough, members of the council’s ruling Labour group were quick to say it was because of their policies. No proof of the claimed correlation was ever given.
Hamish Scott 130913
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* A ward is a local-government electorate subdivision.