Cyclists demand segregated routes in Hackney

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* UPDATE: The group has called itself Hackney People on Bikes. It has since met Hackney councillors and officials from other London bodies as part of its campaign for cycling safety



A GROUP has formed in Hackney to demand more segregated cycleways. Ruth-Anna Macqueen, of Clapton, has set up the first meeting of the group, for tonight.

The young parent of a young child, she has been commuting by bike to her job as a doctor.

She told potential members, who came together via social media, that she had become fed up with Hackney council’s priding itself on being the “best borough for cycling” yet providing little for two-wheeled travellers in the way of segregation from motor traffic.

Some councillors, she said, flatly opposed the idea of paths being segregated also termed “dedicated” and some even claimed that fear of traffic was not relevant.

The result was low rates of  cycling among children, the old and people with disabilities.

Macqueen thought that a “huge number of people” would like to cycle but were “too scared”.

For any group to try to change the cycling policies of Hackney council, not

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Male-dominated: most of the cyclists in this Kingsland High Street picture are young men

to mention of TfL, which controls many borough thoroughfares, is ambitious.

The council has been much influenced by the local branch of the London Cycling Campaign where, according to one member of the embryonic Macqueen group, “the loudest voices” are those against segregated lanes.

And despite London’s having a cycling  commissioner and a cycling mayor, the masters of London transport have done little for two-wheeled travellers, although they have introduced cycle boxes, such as the one pictured above at Dalston Junction.

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* The pressure group will meet at the Pembury Tavern, 90 Amhurst Road (junction with Dalston Lane) E8 1JH, Wed 19 Nov 2014 at 7.30pm.

* Backstory: Cycopathic? No bike path; Why women get off the bike; Hackney promises 20mph limit by 2015; Hackney safe junction scheme opens and Cycling tsar talks the safety talk

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One thought on “Cyclists demand segregated routes in Hackney

  1. Absolutely. The borough’s social make-up and geographic situation (zone 2, near the City) has increased bike use.

    The council has co-opted this to its political advantage by doing little on Hackney’s roads to improve cycling. The council is, of course, happy to listen to a pressure group which doesn’t want segregated cycling, because that means it doesn’t have to spend any money.
I emailed the Mayor about cycling infrastructure in Dalston. I pointed out that there are more bike than car users in the ward, and that transport spending should reflect that: ie, more on bike infrastructure than road traffic. All I got was a list of excuses for inaction.

    The council’s real attitude was revealed when it recently made a junction from my street to the main road more dangerous by adding more parking near the turnings. This is in violation of its so-called action plan document on traffic in the borough. This political whitewash is, in reality, an inaction plan.

Hackney should stop making capital from the local cycling boom until it is prepared to spend money on separate and safe cycle lanes. Painting a few lines on the road does not count.

    If Boris Johnson can drive a segregated cycle lane through the main arterial route across the City and Westminster, Jules Pipe can do much better.

    The sender-name has been omitted so I have created one, one that shows a near-unforgivable lack of imagination, so if you want to amend it, please contact me/this page. – Ed.

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