Initial Hackney Survey Headline Findings

Earlier this year, Hackney Cycling undertook an extensive survey of people to ask them about riding in the borough. The survey was designed and undertaken by Dr Rachel Aldred, many thanks to her for her time and expertise.

245 people responded to the online survey, although not all answered all of the questions. There were two sections, one asking for specific geographical locations and one for more general information about cycling, and demographics etc. Some people only answered the first part and some only the second.

Respondent details

  • 88% (N=150) of those answering the question about cycling frequency said they rode three times a week or more.
  • Of those that gave a postcode, over three-quarters (78%, N=132) said they lived in N16, E8, E5 or E9.
  • 58% (N=99) of those giving a gender said they were male.
  • 93% (N=159) of those giving an age group were between 25 and 64.
  • 82% (N=140) of those responding to the ethnicity question said they were white.
  • 61% (N=105) of those responding to the LCC membership question said they were definitely LCC members (8 were unsure).


Modal Priorities

Respondents were asked to provide a ‘hierarchy of modes’ involving pedestrians, cyclists, public transport, deliveries, and private motor vehicles. In general, the hierarchy supported by the respondents would run: Pedestrians, Cyclists, Public Transport, Deliveries, Private Motor Vehicles, although there was variation between respondents. Means are summarised below (1=high; two means being skewed by very low priority responses being given in one or two cases – so those medians have been given to confirm the priorities indicated by the means).

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Intervention priorities

Top priority

People were asked to choose their top priority intervention for cycling in Hackney, and given 12 options (including ‘other’). Of 177 who answered this question, 72 (41%) picked cycle tracks on main roads. The next most popular priority was filtered permeability (closing residential roads to through motor traffic) with 20 (8%) picking this as their top priority.

Top interventions

Top three priorities

The question also asked people to choose their second and third priorities. Combining this data allows us to see how many people picked each option as one of their top three priorities. 109 people (62%) picked cycle tracks as one of their top three priorities, the second most popular being filtered permeability, chosen by 77 (44%).

Top three interventions


Comments about why people had chosen their top priority included, for cycle tracks:

‘These roads are frequently my destination e.g. for weekly shop, for restaurants. Due to amount of through traffic, separate space is required to keep people cycling safe while providing access to main destinations.’

‘I have children and enjoy cycling with them, but they cannot cycle very far in Hackney without meeting a busy main road, where they are forced to cycle on the footway or not at all. Segregation is needed on the busy roads such as Mare St, Kingsland Road etc.’

‘I’ve used the new cycle super high ways in central London and Stratford where you are separated from traffic by a kerb. We should have this. It feels so much safer and more pleasant.’

‘It is so scary having traffic pass you really close. Even though they are supposed to give you the width of a car, they hardly ever do. I have been cycling in London on and off for over 40 years and I still get scared.’

And for filtered permeability:

‘Too many cars rat running, especially on streets which are effectively one way due to parking on both sides of the street. Cars don’t bother to slow down when passing and don’t give near enough space. Taking the primary position is only useful when the traffic is coming from behind. Onward facing speeding traffic is very intimidating and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been clipped or almost collided with oncoming traffic – through no fault of my own.’

‘Important as encourages cycling especially for less able cyclist and children, but also brings other benefits – pollution curbing , safer walking areas, more pleasant environment altogether.’

‘Cars from out of the area use residential roads to cut through, often at great speed, increasing danger for cycling, increasing pollution, increasing noise. Filtered areas are far more attractive to cycle along & live in.’

Safe for child cycling?

Respondents were asked whether Hackney is safe for children to cycle. Excluding ‘Don’t knows’ and those who didn’t answer the question, results are below (N=168):

Safe for kids

Good and bad places to cycle

Respondents were asked to nominate up to three good and up to three bad places to cycle. This produced a dataset of 239 good and 282 bad places to cycle in Hackney. The strength of this is that it overcomes some problems with surveys that ask people to report bad experiences – these tend also to highlight places where many people cycle. We also have good places where many people cycle, allowing us to look at what kind of things people like in a cycling environment. However, it should be noted that where no good or bad reports are received for a road, this may also indicate a problem (e.g. no cyclists) – and that we have relatively few people reporting in the Stamford Hill area.

The results can be seen in the image below, superimposed onto an OpenStreetMap background:


And superimposed onto a map showing estimates of road traffic volume (estimated using TrafficMaster data; darker blue street sections estimated at having around 1500 vehicles/2000 PCU or more, lighter ones showing quieter street sections. Park routes/towpaths not shown).


Next steps

  • Analysis of qualitative data
  • Superimposition of near miss and Stats19 data on map
  • Development of priority recommended locations for campaigning and change – e.g. A10, Pitfield Street, Hackney Road, A107 – we have contact details for people who are interested in being involved in campaigning on this and should be in touch with them soon
  • Development of ‘good practice’ location examples – primarily filtered streets in De Beauvoir, Goldsmiths Row, and park routes.
  • Present results to councillors and officers
  • Propose to Hackney that they support/develop a more renpresentative survey along similar lines for 2017; as they have resources to leaflet all households or a large sample

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