Construction starts on new protected cycle lanes in Hackney

Work to create new protected cycle lanes on two prominent roads in Hackney is underway. 

The cycle lanes, located on Queensbridge Road and Balls Pond Road, are part of the council’s ‘ambitious’ plan to rebuild a greener Hackney in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The new protected cycle lanes on Queensbridge Road are being introduced between Whiston Road and Albion Drive – linking those installed between Hackney Road and Whiston Road earlier this year. 

Meanwhile, plans to introduce cycle lanes along Balls Pond Road pre-date the pandemic, and were supported by 67% of respondents in consultation in 2018.

They will see a two-way protected cycle lane introduced between Culford Road and Kingsbury Road, with a traffic signal at the junction with Culford Road to allow the cycle route to cross Balls Pond Road.

Work at both sites started on 12 October, with construction at Queensbridge Road expected to take up to two weeks, and Balls Pond Road expected to take seven weeks.

Cllr Jon Burke, cabinet member for transport, said: “The latest Department for Transport statistics show that from May to July 2020, 39% of people walked more and 38% cycled more.

“We’re rebuilding a greener Hackney to secure the cleaner air and quieter neighbourhoods we witnessed as a result. 

“These new protected cycle lanes will join our new low traffic neighbourhoods and 40 new School Streets in supporting all of our residents to walk, shop and cycle locally, prioritising public transport for those who need it.”

23 October 2020