Hackney already has much of the infrastructure in place to create low traffic streets.
View the Vision Map to see the location of the interventions We will monitor the progress towards the Vision, and as each intervention is implemented, we look forwards to moving items from the ‘required’ to the ‘existing’ column!
There is much to build on. It’s now time to complete the job!
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs)
LTNs create quiet and safe areas where short driving journeys are discouraged and active travel is enabled and supported. All roads and properties remain accessible by car, but rat runs are eliminated and roads are opened up to people walking and cycling.
Filters prevent rat-running and create safe streets. Over 100 are already installed in Hackney, some have been in place for decades. We’re already half way there! Cheap and easy to instal, let’s complete the job, this year!
Like filters, bus gates prevent through traffic. Due to lower levels of motor traffic, bus times are improved on these roads. A bus gate has been operational on Lansdowne Drive for 2 years.
Kilometers of protected cycle tracks
Protected cycle tracks are essential to enabling all-ability cycling on busy streets. Hackney has recently built some high quality protected cycle tracks, but the Vision map shows the required routes. Pop up experimental tracks can be created cheaply and safely, as demonstrated during the coronavirus period.
Controlled Parking Zones coverage
CPZs ensure that residents and visitors can park within their zone, and prevent streets being used as free car parking. Most areas in Hackney are already covered – the rest should be implemented as soon as possible.
School Streets enable more children to walk, cycle or scoot to schools, and enabling children to travel by themselves from an earlier age. Hackney have taken a leading role in creating School Streets, and should now scale up roll-out quickly. Active transport should be the default choice for children at all of Hackney’s 135 schools.
There are several ways you can support the Vision and help make it a reality sooner
Find the contact details of your Councillor and let them know that you support the Vision in general, and the specific proposals in your Ward. The more that your Councillor hears from their constituents, the faster changes will be implemented.
We think the Vision for Hackney eliminates all rat runs in the borough, enables cycling on major roads and to shops and leisure activities. But we’re sure that we’ve missed some things, and we know that there are various options to reach the same end goal.
We are mapping the minor improvements that could make a big difference to achieving improved mobility. Would a dropped kerb open up a new route, are there gates that block people on cargo bikes, where are the street furniture that hinders wheelchair users and pushchairs?
We see the Vision as uniting people and organisations who are working towards improved pubic health outcomes, cleaner air, community cohesion, inequality and wellbeing.
TRA member keen to see improvements on and near your estate? Parent or staff at a school keen to implement a School Street? Get in touch.
Continue exploring the Vision for Hackney
Hackney’s health, pollution and obesity issues will be improved by implementing the Vision.
Categorising roads, identifying Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, mapping new infrastrucrure.
View the Vision map and explore the proposed interventions for each of the 32 LTNs.
How much more has to be implemented for the Vision to become reality? Take action to make it happen!