Thursday, 20 July 2017
Quietway 2 is one of Transport For Londons flagship new “quietway” routes, running from Bloomsbury to Walthamstow.
“Quietways are routes that will overcome barriers to cycling, targeting less confident cyclists who want to use quieter, low-traffic routes whilst also providing an environment for existing cyclists who want to travel at a more gentle pace. Each Quietway will provide a continuous route for cyclists, linking key destinations following backstreet routes, through parks, along waterways or tree-lined streets.”
Part of Quietway 2 runs through Hackney and is nearing completion and so I cycled along it this week to have a look.
It begins at the border of Islington where Northchurch Road meets Southgate Road and no changes were made here due to the road already having a filter in place restricting through motor traffic
It is disappointing that no plans were considered to redesign this junction and remove the mini roundabout at this junction. Southgate Road is a busy road and I’ve had vehicles fail to give way to me here on a few occasions, not realising this is a four arm junction if you’re on a bike.
I’m not anti-roundabouts, far from it, but if this route is truly meant to be a high quality cycle route, specifically targeting less confident cyclists, then bicycles should have priority over motor traffic on Southgate Road and a much safer crossing.