Big news! Engagement begins on four new major cycle routes


TfL has begun public engagement of the first four of its new high-priority “future routes”. With the Mayor announcing he is scrapping “Cycle Superhighway” and “Quietway” brandings, we don’t know yet what these will be called, but all four run along routes in north-east London identified as having the highest potential to deliver more journeys by cycling.

These four routes feature substantial amounts of main road protected cycle tracks and will help the Mayor push forward on his commitment during our "Sign for Cycling" campaign to triple the mileage of protected space for cycling in London by the end of his current term (in May 2020). These routes will also be subject to the tough new quality criteria laid out in the Cycling Action Plan.

Prior to formal public consultation, TfL is engaging residents and everyone on where exactly these routes should go and asking for local expertise in delivering them to the best standard possible.

The TfL website is here and they’re asking: “Are there opportunities or challenges with deliveries to local businesses, schools and other facilities?... Do you have any issues with rat running in your local area? Is there anything you would like to see us do to your local streets to help this?... How do you see these routes helping your local high streets and town centres? How could they support local regeneration?” and other questions too.

We are using Cyclescape to collate the views of those who cycle in London, or want to, to inform our response to these four routes – you can feed into them via the links below, but please send any thoughts you have (even it is just “hurry up and get building these already”) to TfL as your first priority.

The routes are:

Camden - Tottenham Hale

At approximately 12km, this route would connect the town centres of Tottenham Hale, Seven Sisters and the Nag's Head, making it easier for people to make local journeys and use local services. The route would use both main roads and quieter back streets,” said TfL.

This route would essentially link cycle tracks and routes in Waltham Forest’s mini-Holland that feed through most of Walthamstow, and past the new Wetlands centre, to Tottenham Hale, Seven Sisters, Finsbury Park, the top of Caledonian Road and on to Camden’s Royal College Street tracks. It would link to several other schemes around Manor House that Hackney have planned and must upgrade the sections of Cycle Superhighway CS1 it uses if it’s to be a success. And there does, on the map, appear to be a missing bit between the Wetlands and Tottenham Hale – which is odd.

Feed into Cyclescape here. And send views to TfL here.

Dalston – Lea Bridge

This 3km route would fill the gap between Lea Bridge and the existing cycle route between the City and Tottenham at Dalston. From Lea Bridge the proposed route heads towards Lea Bridge Road to Lea Bridge roundabout, after which it joins quieter back streets including Downs Park Road and Sandringham Road to connect through to Dalston," said TfL.

This fills in a missing link between the end of Waltham Forest mini-Holland cycle tracks on Lea Bridge Road and CS1 in Dalston, and would mean, alongside Quietway 2, there were much-improved onward connections for new cyclists leaving Lea Bridge Road.

Feed into Cyclescape here. And send views to TfL here.

Hackney – Isle of Dogs

This 7.5km route would stretch from Hackney to the Isle of Dogs via Westferry, Mile End and Victoria Park. It would connect with the cycle routes between Stratford and Aldgate and Barking to Tower Hill, as well as the proposed Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf crossing. There are currently two options in Hackney we want your views on," said TfL.

This links Quietway 2 and central Hackney, across Victoria Park and across Mile End Road and CS2 to Canary Wharf – it then runs through the Isle of Dogs and reaches the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, with links also to the proposed Canary Wharf – Rotherhithe walking and cycling bridge. What the solution for the narrow Grove Road will be interesting, as will how the design detail works out with the infamously anti-cycling Canary Wharf Group as a stakeholder on the Isle of Dogs.

Feed into Cyclescape here. And send views to TfL here.

Ilford – Barking Riverside

This 7km route will link Ilford to Barking Riverside via Barking town centre using mostly quieter back streets. It would include key connections to the cycle route between Barking and Tower Gateway, Ilford Elizabeth line station and Barking Riverside Development - this includes more than 10,000 new homes and a new London Overground station," said TfL.

This links the car-dominated and ageing Ilford town centre gyratory and Crossrail Elizabeth line station with Barking station and town centre and the new mega-development at Barking Riverside, including its Overground station.

Feed into Cyclescape here. And send views to TfL here.