We are drawing up a vision for the whole of the borough, divided into 14 localities.
The London Cycling Campaign in Hackney has been developing its Vision for Hackney. It is based on three decades of the group’s campaigning experience and comprehensively sets out how we envisage London’s Cycling Borough continuing to lead London in increasing cycling.
Hackney Council has been doing a great job in listening to our suggestions and implementing them where possible. The result is that Hackney now has a conspicuous level of cycling higher than every other Inner London borough, and commuters from Hackney are a major reason why the City is so busy with bikes.
From 1991 to 2001, cycling in Hackney grew by 70%, faster than anywhere else in the country (albeit from a lower base than in Cambridge, Oxford, or York), and 6.83% of working residents commuted by bike in 2001, leading London.
By the time of the 2011 census, cycling in Hackney had moved even further ahead of cycling in other boroughs. Once again, cycling growth in Hackney was the fastest in the country, with a 125% increase in commuting. This figure now stood at 15.4% of all working residents (excepting those who work from home, with whom included the figure is 14.6%). Significantly, despite a huge population increase of around 44,000 people, the percentage of car-owning households fell (it had risen in the 2001 census) to 35.6% and there were around 3,000 fewer cars in the borough. All this meant that as the first place in the country, Hackney was able to report that fewer people drove to work than cycled: 12.8% vs. the aforementioned 15.4%. It should be noted that the census is not the only data source to indicate this rise. It is also reflected in other data, such as Transport for London data which underpins its Travel in London reports.
Estimates of the current modal share (of all trips, not only of trips to work) range from about 6-7%.
All of this success indicates that Hackney is ready to move on to the next level. In this Vision, we aim to say what we think this can mean. We certainly don’t think that we should be dictating the future of Hackney. We hope that the Vision will accelerate the discussion of the future of traffic management in the borough and solicit contributions from, and the support of, many organisations, residents, and politicians in the borough. In order to start a discussion, you first need something to discuss, and this Vision is intended to be a first step in this.
We are not omniscient, of course, and this Vision will keep evolving in line with new knowledge and new ambitions that may develop. Perhaps the pace of change that we envision is too fast, perhaps it is too slow—only time will tell. We certainly look forward to hearing from everybody who reads this, perhaps to get involved in our work or to contribute ideas we hadn’t thought of. Transforming the borough is a big project in which many people will be playing a role. The Vision isn’t meant to be complete. It’s certainly meant to cover all of Hackney, but there may well be opportunities for action which we’ve overlooked—in which case, let us know!
Still awaiting drafts: Vision for returning the Stoke Newington gyratory to two-way operation.
Larger scale overview map of the Vision localities