We had a great planning session on Saturday 4th March where we invited local residents to come and help us shape Hackney Cycling Campaign’s priorities for the coming year.
We kicked the meeting off with HCC co-ordinator Jono reviewing the Mayoral Asks from the last local elections where we’d asked candidates from the Hackney Council Elections all the parties to commit to various improvements in the borough’s cycling infrastructure. His presentation highlighted both the progress that’s been made since 2014 as well as the many barriers that we still need to address to make our roads safer for cyclists of all abilities.
Harry, one of HCC’s consultation co-ordinators then broke us up into smaller group’s, asking us to think about the areas in Hackney where we wanted to focus our attention with changes that were ambitious, achievable and strategically important. Rachel provided us with some valuable context, talking us through results from the Hackney Cycling Survey results and her own analysis of Hackney accident data for cyclists.
We came back together where we ironed out some a list of collective priorities. We structured these into initiatives currently underway or going through consultation (“support and augment”), areas where there is opportunity for change in the medium term (“campaign and inform”); and longer term projects in need of change (“shape the debate”). This led to the following list:
Currently in play: Seven Sisters Road through to Amhurst Park Road; Wick Road – Balls Pond Road; traffic enforcement on busy narrow residential streets (we’re particularly interested in West Midlands Police’s close passing initiative)
Mid term: More filtering on Cycle Superhighway 1 (Pitfield St, Balls Pond Road, North of Butterfield)
Long term: A10; Stoke Newington High St; Hackney Road; Graham Road and links with Wick Road; Mini Holland proposal for the borough.
We’ll be using this as a guide to where we throw our energies in the coming year, but we’re definitely keen to hear from other Hackney cyclists about where we need to improve the borough’s cycling infrastructure. If you want to find out more, come along to one of our monthly meetings at the Pembury Community Centre. Hope to see you there soon