Transport for London (TfL) has officially unveiled Quietway 2, running from Walthamstow in the north east of the capital to Bloomsbury, with a separate Quietway 2 West section continuing from Notting Hill to East Acton. Once linked by a proposed route through Westminster, they will form a 23-kilometre continuous cycle route.
The Walthamstow to Hackney section was opened yesterday morning by London’s Cycling & Walking Commissioner Will Norman, who said: “We’re striving to get as many people as possible walking and cycling in the capital.
“Creating these Quietway routes to build a genuinely London-wide network is vital to give more Londoners the confidence to take to two wheels.
“An amazing 730,000 trips are made by bike in the capital every day and I look forward to building on that further through the Quietway routes, which have already helped to boost the numbers cycling in our city.
“Our focus is on ensuring that Quietways are high-quality, with low traffic volumes and speeds, enabling all ages and abilities to enjoy cycling.”
Developed in partnership with the London boroughs of Islington, Hackney and Waltham Forest, Quietway 2 is 12 kilometres in length and from Bloomsbury heads through Angel, Haggerston, London Fields and Clapton on its way to Walthamstow.
It also links with the existing Cycle Superhighway 1 in De Beauvoir Town and Cycle Superhighway 6 in Bloomsbury, and proposed routes including Quietway 13 at London Fields – where there is also access, via nearby Broadway Market, to the Regent’s Canal towpath – and Quietway 10 near Angel.
However, as with Quietway 1, which runs south of the Thames from Greenwich to Waterloo and was unveiled in 2016, reaction to parts of the new route from campaigners has highlighted some shortcomings, the following tweets being just two examples.