Hackney Council – Citizen Space)
This consultation seeks to gather your views on Hackney Council’s proposals to improve the environment for cycling as part of the Cycle Superhighway Route 1 (CS1) on West Bank between Amhurst Park and Dunsmure Road.
The proposals will create a protected cycle track by removing the parking spaces on the eastern side of West Bank.
Why We Are Consulting
The Council is committed to making Hackney’s roads safer for everyone living, working and visiting the borough. These changes aim to create an environment that will encourage more walking and cycling, improve air quality and reduce emissions within the local area.
Our Transport Strategy includes a Liveable Neighbourhoods Plan, which recognises that streets like West Bank are not just places to park vehicles or drive, walk and cycle on. 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. Poor air quality resulting from vehicle emissions is finally being recognised for the damage it inflicts upon the health of the city with nearly 10,000 Londoners dying early every year as a result (Kings College London, 2015). Even more disturbing is the direct impact it is having on our children’s health with evidence proving it is directly responsible for
alarming rates of asthma and other respiratory illnesses in our schools (GLA, 2008).
The Transport Strategy includes a number of actions that are relevant to this scheme:
• LN3: Improving air quality – Tackles poor air quality, reducing NO2 and PM10 emissions
• LN15: Filtered Streets – Reduces motor traffic on residential streets by use of temporary road closures or one-way systems to create safer walking and cycling conditions
• C8: Reallocation of road space – Continues to reallocate road space from private motor vehicles to cycle infrastructure provision
• C33: Area Based Filtered Permeability Reviews – Undertakes area wide traffic reviews to stop rat running and continue the rollout of filtered permeability schemes