If there is one issue anyone contacting letting agents in Hackney is likely to want information on, it is transport. Like any inner London borough, Hackney has plenty of busy streets, but unlike its neighbours it has no Tube stations bar Manor House, on the boundary with Islington.
For that reason, many people contemplating a move to Hackney will be considering their options on two wheels. The good news is that the borough is becoming an increasingly bike-friendly place.
The latest development in this area is the publication of a new plan jointly conceived by Transport for London (TfL) and Hackney Council to develop a new Cycleway route between Lea Bridge and Dalston. The proposals are the result of a consultation launched in 2019 and work on it will start this autumn.
Elements of the plan include remodelling Lea Bridge roundabout with cycle lanes to help riders cross the junction, a protected westbound cycle lane on Lea Bridge Road, a boulevard for walking and cycling in Millfields Park, new and better signalised junctions for walkers and riders and amendments to entry and exit points on some roads along the route.
The whole plan is part of a wider ambition to make it easier to get around Hackney on foot or by cycling. The consultation found 51 per cent expect it to make walking easier and 65 per cent anticipate cycling round the borough will be enhanced by the scheme.
Cllr Mete Coban, Hackney Council’s cabinet member for energy, waste, transport and public realm, noted that the Lea Bridge crossing had been a big issue for walkers and cyclists in the past.
Because of this, he added: “We’re really pleased to see these confirmed plans for new crossings and protected cycle lanes along Lea Bridge Road, which were supported in consultation and will make the area safer for everyone”.
The project is one of many cycling developments in the capital that will help riders not just to get around Hackney more easily, but explore great swathes of the metropolis on two wheels.
Among the other schemes is Cycleway 4 between central London and Greenwich, with work starting on the Deptford section last month.