Hackney Council has opened a consultation regarding a planned segregated cycle lane on a road in Stamford hill where it says cyclists are “tailgated aggressively” by motorists who are unable to overtake because of the cars parked on both sides.
The road, West Bank, is one way for motorists, who can only drive northbound along it. It forms part of the route of Transport for London’s Cycle Superhighway 1, and cyclists can ride in both directions.
However, the council says that means that cyclists riding southbound have to avoid motor vehicles being driven towards them.
It has decided to create space for cyclists by removing parking from the east side of the road, which is flanked by trees and bushes and is adjacent to a railway line.
Instead, a two-way cycle lane separated from the main carriageway by ‘Armadillos’ or similar means.
The council said: “People have raised concerns with the Council about the volume of vehicular traffic and the difficulty to negotiate this particular road in both directions.
“West Bank is a busy, narrow road with vehicles parked on both sides and queuing, mostly northbound, during peak hours.
“People cycling northbound are often tailgated aggressively by drivers trying to pass where there is no space.
“People cycling southbound have to avoid oncoming vehicles travelling at relatively high speeds for the road and are in danger of being hit.
“Taking these concerns on board, we are proposing to install a protected cycle track along the whole length of West Bank.
“A key objective is to create a safer, more pleasant environment for cycling on the CS1 route along West Bank.”
Hackney’s Liveable Neighbourhoods Plan, contained in its Transport Strategy, “recognises that streets like West Bank are not just places to park vehicles or drive, walk and cycle on,” the council says.
“They are also the places where we socialise and live our lives.
“An aspiration is to reclaim Hackney’s streets from parked vehicles and motor traffic congestion and transform them into the most attractive and liveable neighbourhoods in London.
“This can only be achieved by reducing the dominance of the private vehicle,” the council adds.
The consultation is open until 26 January 2018 and can be found here.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.