The Mayor and TfL have launched a consultation on a new 11km backstreet Cycle Superhighway between Tottenham, Stoke Newington, Dalston and the City of London.
Cycle Superhighway 1 (CS1) would run on quiet side streets just parallel to the A10 - while linking to the heart of the communities along the route. Journeys on it would be substantially faster, safer and more pleasant than using the main road.
The new Cycle Superhighway would have only eight sets of traffic lights, compared to 54 along the main road. A journey from the City to Tottenham would take around 30 minutes, compared to about 42 minutes on the main road.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: 'Our research shows that well over 100,000 journeys in this area could be made by bike instead. This Cycle Superhighway will provide cyclists with a direct, protected route along quiet streets, making it even easier for people to hop on a bike rather than getting in their cars. This is exactly what the cycling revolution is all about - making it simpler and safer for ordinary people to choose to get on the saddle and enjoy London by bike.'
The scheme includes:
Subject to the outcome of the six week consultation, work could begin this summer and be completed by early 2016.
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: 'Cycling in London has more than doubled in the last decade. However, many existing and potential cyclists are not aware of direct cycle routes along quieter streets, such as the route that CS1 would follow. These plans will provide a clear and safe cycling route into central London, as well as see the major transformation of the 'Apex Junction'. We look forward to hearing from Londoners about these designs and, subject to the comments receive, will look to deliver these improvements as quickly as we can to help more people take to two wheels.'
On Balls Pond Road, traffic counts show that the vast majority of buses do not use the existing bus lane. TfL is therefore considering two options for replacing the bus lane with better facilities for cyclists. One option would see new cycle lanes and traffic islands provided between Culford Road and Kingsbury Road, the other proposes a new two-way segregated cycle track. Along Tottenham High Road, a new 700 metre two-way cycle track would also be installed within the western footway, separating cyclists from traffic on the busy A10.
For more information about the consultation, which closes on 29 March 2015, please visit www.tfl.gov.uk/cs1.