* Update: in September 2014 Criterion withdrew its Kingsland proposal, which in its latest form had dropped the cycle path. See Kingsland plan withers
A SUPER new cycle path is specified in Hackney council’s latest plan for the layout of Dalston.
The council’s Dalston Area Action Plan indicates, above, that it would run from the mural at Dalston Lane, opposite the Junction station, all the way to Martell Place E8 2LX, near the bridge in Dalston Lane just south of Ridley Road market. A new bridge would aid foot and bicycle access to Ridley Road.
Trevor Parsons, London Cycling Campaign co-ordinator in Hackney, said: “We have always supported the proposals for the Dalston [Eastern] Curve, especially the commitment to create a shared-use cycling-and-walking route.
“The bridge across the [cross-London overground] railway would be a key component and would enable a quiet route for cycling all the way from Shoreditch to the northern parts of Dalston without requiring people to use Kingsland Road or Queensbridge Road.”
The action plan is a submission document yet to be adopted, but the path on what is termed the Eastern Curve is unlikely to be altered, conforming as it does with the wishes of the owner of the land, most of which forms the Kingsland Shopping Centre car park.
As this site reported last year, the owner, Criterion Capital, wants the Eastern Curve to be non-vehicular. Mike Hughes, head of development for Criterion, told Loving Dalston in July 2012: “We’re creating a new street — allowing cycling, running, walking… a new public space on the Eastern Curve route — from Dalston Junction to the railway bridge.” The ambition was “to turn the Eastern Curve into a public boulevard”.
Hughes added that the garden at the Dalston Lane end was intended to be temporary. A battle to save this popular feature can be expected.
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* London Cycling Campaign’s latest campaign is Love London, Go Dutch, which wants candidates in the 2012 mayoral election to commit to Continent-standard cycling facilities and features in the capital.