Sunday, 16 October 2016
Hackney Council are currently consulting on proposals for Whiston Road as part of the Central London cycle grid. This section of road is historically known as LCN+ cycle route 16, running from Goldsmith’s Row to the A10, and then beyond towards New North Road by Shoreditch Park to link up with the route into the City of London via Shepherdess Walk. It also crosses Cycle Superhighway 1 at Britannia Junction, the most dangerous junction for cycling in all of Hackney. It’s a very unpleasant road to cycle on as there are no restrictions for motor traffic and so drivers can use this route as a shortcut all the way from Bethnal Green to New North Road.
The diagram of the consultation plans starts in the West where Whiston Road meets the A10. No changes are planned at all here; no restrictions to motor traffic, no protected space for cycling and the awful speed cushions remain. Once under the railway bridge this part of Whiston Road has changed dramatically over the past few years. Or at least the buildings either side have but nothing much has changed on the road itself.