We want to hear your views on proposals for four new cycle routes we're developing with the London boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Camden, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets. We will run a full public consultation later in 2019.

The routes

In 2017 we published the Strategic Cycling Analysis which sets out proposals for 25 new cycle routes across London. In 2018 the Mayor announced that we would begin design work on six of these.

Route options shown in these maps of the first routes are not decided - they will be refined based on comments and feedback.

Between Camden and Tottenham Hale

At approximately 12km, this route would connect the town centres of Tottenham Hale, Seven Sisters and the Nag's Head, making it easier for people to make local journeys and use local services. The route would use both main roads and quieter back streets.

Between Lea Bridge and Dalston 

This 3km route would fill the gap between Lea Bridge and the existing cycle route between the City and Tottenham at Dalston. From Lea Bridge the proposed route heads towards Lea Bridge Road to Lea Bridge roundabout, after which it joins quieter back streets including Downs Park Road and Sandringham Road to connect through to Dalston.

Between Hackney and Isle of Dogs

This 7.5km route would stretch from Hackney to the Isle of Dogs via Westferry, Mile End and Victoria Park. It would connect with the cycle routes between Stratford and Aldgate and Barking to Tower Hill, as well as the proposed Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf crossing. There are currently two options in Hackney we want your views on.

Between Ilford and Barking Riverside

This 7km route will link Ilford to Barking Riverside via Barking town centre using mostly quieter back streets. It would include key connections to the cycle route between Barking and Tower Gateway, Ilford Elizabeth line station and Barking Riverside Development - this includes more than 10,000 new homes and a new London Overground station.

How to have your say

Your ideas, comments and suggestions will help us develop our designs. We're running an engagement period until 31March 2019, before public consultation later this year.

To comment on the design of these routes, email us at newcycleroutes@tfl.gov.uk.

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We want to hear from you about:

The routes

  • Do you have any views on the proposed options for these routes?
  • Are there opportunities or challenges with deliveries to local businesses, schools and other facilities? What deliveries do you have, and what do we need to be aware of?
  • How can we design the routes to encourage older and disabled people to take up more cycling, and also help them walk around the local area?
  • Where where you would like us to introduce cycle parking or cycle hire?

Your local area

  • How can we design these routes to encourage more walking and cycling in your local area?
  • Do you have any issues with rat running in your local area? Is there anything you would like to see us do to your local streets to help this?
  • How do you see these routes helping your local high streets and town centres? How could they support local regeneration?
  • Are there any other impacts or issues you'd like us to be aware of?

As part of the consultation later in 2019 we will explain how respondents' comments have been worked into our proposals. You'll also be able to see details of the expected impact on journey times and changes to bus services.

We encourage you to also respond to this consultation - we'll let you know when it starts.

Why we're building more cycle routes

These four new routes will give people safe cycling options to reach key destinations, and make the most of their local area, while connecting to the London-wide cycle network. More routes will be developed, with the aim of creating a unified cycle network.

These routes will be on both TfL-managed and borough roads - we're working closely with several London boroughs to design and plan them.

We will also use our new cycle routes quality criteria to design these routes. These criteria use six indicators to determine the most appropriate designs for new cycle routes, depending on the roads they are using:

  • Total volume of motor traffic
  • Speed of motor traffic
  • Appropriate width for cycling
  • Kerbside activity with a minimal impact on people cycling
  • Interaction minimised between heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and people cycling
  • Collision risk minimised between people cycling and turning vehicles

New cycle routes will support the Mayor's Transport Strategy, helping us to meet the Mayor's target of 80% of journeys being made by walking, cycling and public transport by 2041.

Health, economic and community benefits that come from cycling and walking include:

  • Better connections: The cycle network will link more local people with schools, workplaces, local destinations, town centres and public transport hubs
  • Reduced congestion: More people commuting in London by bike means fewer private vehicles using the roads. This will free up space for public transport, freight and service vehicles
  • Increased safety: Our new routes will reduce road danger by providing safer streets for cyclists and pedestrians, and cut the dominance of motor vehicles
  • Better business: In town centres where there is more cycling and walking, research shows people want to spend more time, and money, in shopping and leisure time
  • Improved health: Physical activity reduces rates of stroke and dementia, as well as helping to manage the impact of depression. Research suggests that if Londoners walked or cycled for just 20 minutes each day it would prevent 1 in 6 early deaths and save the NHS £1.6bn per year
  • Less toxic air: Fewer people in cars helps improve the air we breathe, cutting down on respiratory illnesses and conditions
  • Enhanced local areas: Where we're building these routes, we're looking at ways to make local spaces safer and more enjoyable places
  • Stronger communities: More safe cycling infrastructure will encourage more of London's diverse communities to cycle and walk

The Cycling action plan sets out two further ambitious targets:

  • We plan to almost double the number of cycle trips made every day in London (from 0.7 million in 2017 to 1.3 million in 2024)
  • We will increase the proportion of Londoners living within 400 metres of the London-wide cycle network to 28% by 2024 (from 8.8% in 2017)

Cycle route features

Elements in existing London schemes could be used on these routes.

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