Tower Hamlets Wheelers

Group managed by Tower Hamlets Wheelers, the Tower Hamlets borough group of the London Cycling Campaign.

  • Central London Cycle Grid Section 1: Queensbridge Rd b/w Hackney Rd & Whiston Rd

    From Hackney council:

    Help us improve cycling on Queensbridge Road between Hackney Road and Whiston Road

    We are seeking your views on proposals that will create a protected cycling route along Queensbridge Road to form part of a network of safe cycling routes between the Quietway link at Whiston Road and Quietway 13 at Columbia Road.

    Hackney Council is working in partnership with Tower Hamlets and Transport for London (TfL) to make cycle accessibility improvements on Queensbridge Road from Hackney Road to Dalston Lane as part of the Central London Cycle Grid (CLCG) from Bethnal Green to Dalston Lane. The improvements at Queensbridge Road are being developed in three sections:

    • Section I: Hackney Road – Whiston Road
    • Section II: Whiston Road – Middleton Road
    • Section III: Middleton Road – Dalston Lane

    Hackney, Tower Hamlets, and TfL are committed to making our streets safer for everyone. These changes aim to encourage more walking and cycling, improve air quality and reduce emissions within the local area. Hackney and Tower Hamlets recognise that streets are not just places to park vehicles or drive, but to walk and cycle on too. They are the places where we socialise and live our lives. An aspiration of both boroughs is to reclaim streets from motor traffic and congestion and transform them into attractive and liveable neighbourhoods.

    Queensbridge Road is one such street. Although it is a relatively wide road (about 10.5 metres wide), it was designed for the rapid transit of motorised vehicles and parking. The traffic islands and hatched road markings leave little room for other road users such as pedal cyclists and pedestrians. Between Hackney Road and Whiston Road, 28 collisions were recorded between 2013 and 2017. Sixteen of them involved pedal cyclists.

    The proposed improvements would change the nature of Queensbridge Road to make it a healthier, safer and more pleasant environment for walking and cycling, reflecting the needs of the local area, including its residential estates, Haggerston Park and Haggerston School.

    What are the proposals?

    The following measures are proposed:

    Queensbridge Road raised cycle tracks

    • Installing two metre wide raised cycle tracks between Hackney Road and Whiston Road. These will be next to the existing pavements on both sides of the road. The raised cycle tracks will be separated from motorised traffic by a kerb and from pedestrians by a pedestrian/cycle separator (see example of a separator on page 11 in the FAQs section).
    • Installing a mandatory cycle lane on the carriageway next to the cycle hire scheme at Kent Street.

    Dunloe Street shared zebra crossing

    • Installing a raised table with a parallel pedestrian/cycle crossing (shared zebra crossing for pedestrians and cyclists) at the junction of Dunloe Street and Queensbridge Road. The parallel crossing will allow cyclists and pedestrians to cross Queensbridge Road under the controlled conditions of a zebra crossing. The raised junction table will provide a step-free pedestrian crossing and help with encouraging drivers to keep to the 20mph speed limit.
    • Closing Dunloe Street on both arms with Queensbridge Road to motor traffic to reduce the potential conflict between turning traffic and pedal cyclists and reduce rat running.

    Hackney Road junction improvements

    • Installing a raised entry table at the junction of Hackney Road and Horatio Street to provide pedestrians with step-free crossing facilities.
    • Replacing the existing traffic islands on Hackney Road with wider pedestrian-friendly traffic islands.
    • Refurbishing the road and pavements around the junction.
    • Removing clutter such as redundant guard railings and signs at the junction. Installing double yellow lines between the pedestrian crossings at the junction.
    • Installing low level cycle signals with early release crossing facilities for cyclists at Queensbridge Road and Horatio Street, subject to junction capacity.

    Kent Street raised entry table and zebra crossing

    • Installing a raised entry table at the junction of Kent Street and Queensbridge Road for a step-free pedestrian/cycle crossing at this location.
    • Installing a raised table for the existing zebra crossing at Edith Street to provide controlled step-free crossing facilities for pedestrians when crossing Queensbridge Road. Due to the nature of the road at this location, a parallel pedestrian/ cycle crossing was considered unsuitable.

    Refurbishment of pavements and carriageways

    • The existing pavements adjacent to the raised cycle tracks will be refurbished using standard paving materials. Blended pedestrian crossings will be installed at Kent Street and Dunloe Street side road junctions to highlight the priority of pedestrians over pedal cycles and motorised traffic from the side roads (see example of a blended crossing on page 11 in the FAQs section).

    Whiston Road junction

    • Installing ‘advanced stop lines’ (ASLs) for cyclists at the southern arm of Queensbridge Road connected to the raised cycle track with road markings.
    • Low level cycle signals with early release crossing facilities for cyclists will be considered as part of Section II between Whiston Road and Middleton Road.

    Please download the plans below for more details

    Layout plans from Hackney Road to Whiston Road

    Location plan

    Layout plans from Hackney Road to Whiston Road

    Detail 1: Dunloe Street junction

    Detail 2: Hackney Road junction

    Detail 3: Kent Road junction

    What are the potential impacts of the proposals?

    • If approved, these proposals would provide safe, protected cycling facilities for cyclists between Hackney Road and Whiston Road. Six collisions resulting in slight personal injuries were recorded in 2017 between Hackney Road and Whiston Road, three of which involved pedal cyclists.
    • They would also provide step free crossing facilities for pedestrians at side roads and at controlled pedestrian crossing points.
    • The reduced road width would help reduce the average traffic speeds (outside Haggerston School) to under 20mph.
    • The proposals would help improve accessibility for pedal cyclists and pedestrians at major junctions such as at Hackney Road.
    • Schemes of this nature are expected to contribute to improved air quality as they both regulate private motor vehicle traffic and reduce capacity. The introduction of cycle lanes also increases the distance between polluting vehicles and pedestrians and residents, reducing the effects of pollution.

    Parking

    • The proposals would affect all the parking on Queensbridge Road between Hackney Road and Whiston Road where the existing parking bays will be removed.
    • The existing car club and loading bay at Queensbridge Road will be relocated to Dunloe Street (east). A new electric charging point will also be installed on the same bay.
    • A parking stress survey confirmed that the existing parking bays on the side roads are able to absorb the impact of displaced cars from Queensbridge Road.
    • The existing residents parking bay on Horatio Street would be changed slightly to create space for passing cyclists.
    • The single yellow line between pedestrian crossings at the Hackney Road junction would be converted to double yellow lines.
    • Parking for visitors to the Columbia Road Flower Market would still be available at the ‘pay and display’ parking bays on Yorkton Street, Scawfell Street and Thurtle Road.

    Future schemes

    The rest of the cycle grid to the north of Whiston Road will be consulted on and developed as follows:

    • Section II: Whiston Road to Middleton Road (2020–2021)
    • Section III: Middleton Road to Dalston Lane (2021–2022)

    What happens next?

    Your views will be taken into account as part of the detailed design process. We will publish the consultation responses as well as the decisions made at consultations.hackney.gov.uk  

    To keep up to date with this and other plans, please visit hackney.gov.uk/street-consultations

    Permanent works

    If the scheme goes ahead, following consultation, we expect construction works to start in January 2020.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q. What is a raised cycle track? Can pedestrians and motorised traffic use the cycle track?

    A. A raised cycle track is a section of highway where pedal cyclists have right of way. It is vertically separated from motorised traffic by a kerb and from pedestrians by a raised pedestrian/cycle separator.

    Q. What is a parallel pedestrian and cyclist crossing? Who has priority when crossing the road on this type of crossing?

    A. A parallel pedestrian and cyclist crossing works like a zebra crossing that allows cyclists and pedestrians to cross the road, giving priority over motorised traffic. Vehicles should stop at the ‘Give Way’ road markings, as in conventional zebra crossings.

    Q. What are blended pedestrian crossings and will traffic give way to pedestrians at them?

    A. Blended crossings are pedestrian crossing points designed to slow down vehicles when entering or exiting side roads, encouraging vehicles to give way to pedestrians crossing the road.

    Q. What is a parallel pedestrian and cyclist crossing? Who has priority when crossing the road on this type of crossing?

    A. A parallel pedestrian and cyclist crossing works like a zebra crossing that allows cyclists and pedestrians to cross the road, giving priority over motorised traffic. Vehicles should stop at the ‘Give Way’ road markings, as in conventional zebra crossings

    Please sign in to vote.
  • Tower Hamlets Transport Strategy 2019-2041

    Created by Alex Jenkins // 2 threads

    The draft Tower Hamlets Transport Strategy aims to improve the way we move around our borough.

    Tower Hamlets is one of the country's fastest growing boroughs. Our roads are the busiest in the UK.

    77 per cent of our residents are exposed to unsafe pollution levels, children in the borough have on average up to ten per cent less lung capacity and 43 per cent of Year 6 school children are overweight or obese.

    According to Public Health England, pollution is linked to increasing rates of asthma, heart disease, dementia, lung cancer and low birth weight.

    The new strategy aims to address these concerns and look at what the council and residents can do to make travel cleaner, safer and accessible for everyone. 

    Promoting walking and cycling is at the heart of plans to help meet the Mayor of London’s target that 90 per cent of all trips in the borough should be made on foot, by cycle or by using public transport by 2041.

    Over the next two months, the council will be asking all those who live and work in the borough to get involved, share their ideas and help shape the future of travel in Tower Hamlets.

    Please sign in to vote.
  • Liveable Streets Bow Trial engagement

    Created by Alex Jenkins // 1 thread

    Following recent engagement on the Liveable Streets programme in the Bow area, we are planning to trial some changes to the road layout. These changes are based on suggestions made by local residents and stakeholders.

    This trial will help us understand the effects these changes have on the road network and allow residents and businesses to experience the positive impact reduced traffic has on the local area.

    During the trial we will be running several events and activities to take advantage of the reduced number of motor vehicles passing through the Bow area, and encourage local journeys to be made by sustainable modes such as walking and cycling. Keep an eye out for more information on these.

    Please note that as a part of our preparation for the trial we have consulted with the emergency services, bus operators and Transport for London to ensure they can deliver their services using the changed road layout.

    https://www.pclconsult.co.uk/bowtrial/

    Please sign in to vote.
  • Liveable Streets Barkantine engagement

    Created by Alex Jenkins // 1 thread

    Our Liveable Streets programme will improve the look and feel of public spaces in your neighbourhood. By creating a better environment, we can make it more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

    From creating new green spaces to rethinking how our streets work, we want your creative ideas, thoughts and feedback.

    Tell us what matters to you by completing our online survey towards the bottom of this page. You can also plot your ideas on the interactive map below.

    Please talk to your neighbours, friends and family and encourage them to take part.

    https://www.pclconsult.co.uk/liveablestreetsbarkantine/

    Please sign in to vote.
  • Liveable Streets Brick Lane engagement

    Created by Alex Jenkins // 1 thread

    Our Liveable Streets programme will improve the look and feel of public spaces in your neighbourhood. By creating a better environment, we can make it more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

    From creating new green spaces to rethinking how our streets work, we want your creative ideas, thoughts and feedback.

    Tell us what matters to you by completing our online survey towards the bottom of this page. You can also plot your ideas on the interactive map below.

    Please talk to your neighbours, friends and family and encourage them to take part.

    https://www.pclconsult.co.uk/liveablestreetsbricklane/

    Please sign in to vote.
  • Chrisp Street Corridor

    Created by Alex Jenkins // 1 thread

    Tower Hamlets Council is committed to making the borough a safer place for all road users by delivering a range of street improvements in the area; intending to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and public transport users alike.

    Influencing positive changes in road user behaviour is key in providing a safe road environment for the community and although changes in road layout can’t fully resolve this, redesign of our streets can help. Therefore, Chrisp Street and the surrounding areas are currently being invested in with aims to improve road safety for the local community.

    Please give us your feedback by filling in the survey (below the map). You may also like to add a comment to our interactive map of the wider area.

    https://www.pclconsult.co.uk/chrispstreet/

    Please sign in to vote.
  • Beaumont Square Consultation

    Created by Alex Jenkins // 1 thread

    Tower Hamlets Council is committed to making the borough a safer place for all road users by delivering a range of street improvements in the area; intending to benefit pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and public transport users alike.

    Residents of Beaumont Square and the surrounding area raised concerns about rat-running and the problems it causes in local streets. You may remember that the Council previously consulted residents on traffic management proposals to reduce traffic speed in the area; many of which were strongly supported and have now been implemented. A number of additional ideas were also put forward by residents which have now been considered and we would appreciate your opinion on whether they should be introduced.

    One of the problems is the level of traffic trying to avoid the traffic lights at the A11 Mile End Road/White Horse Lane junction. Drivers cut through either Beaumont Square or Eastbury Terrace through to Beaumont Grove to join A11 Mile End Road junction causing safety concerns, particularly for the nursery and nuisance to local properties. In addition, Beaumont Grove suffers problems relating to parking for surrounding shops and takeaways.

    https://www.pclconsult.co.uk/beaumontsquare/

    Please sign in to vote.
  • Brick Lane Liveable Neighbourhood

    Created by Simon Still // 1 thread

    Our Liveable Streets programme will improve the look and feel of public spaces in your neighbourhood. By creating a better environment, we can make it more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport.

    From creating new green spaces to rethinking how our streets work, we want your creative ideas, thoughts and feedback.

    Have your say

    Tell us what matters to you by completing our online survey towards the bottom of this page. You can also plot your ideas on the interactive map below.

    Please sign in to vote.
  • TfL Safer Junctions - East India Dock Rd, Canton St and Birchfield St

    Created by Robert Crowston // 1 thread

    Why we are consulting

    We have identified a number of safety related issues with the current junction arrangement. Eleven personal injury collisions occurred in the three years up to 31 Jan 2018, of which two resulted in serious injuries for a pedestrian and a cyclist.

    A number of issues have been identified with the current junction layout:  

    • Poor pedestrian crossing positioning. The formal crossing point over East India Dock Road between Canton Street and Birchfield Street is not located on the route used by the majority of pedestrians , which may encourage people walking to cross in an unsafe place
    • Pedestrian guardrail restricts pedestrian and cyclist movement.Extensive use of guard rails around the junction restricts visibility, pedestrian movement and poses a hazard to cyclists and motorcyclists
    • Difficult for motorists to turn left into Canton Street. Drivers turning left into Canton Street must do so at the last moment due to the length of the bus lane on the approach
    • Difficult for road users to turn right into Birchfield Street. Drivers turning right into Birchfield Street may fail to notice eastbound buses, cyclists and taxis

    Our proposals  

    We would like your views on the following proposals which aim to reduce these issues.  

    • Help people walking and cycling across the junction by changing the existing staggered crossing to a wide straight across crossing with a countdown facility, shared by pedestrians and cyclists 
    • No entry or exit for general traffic, except for cyclists, between Birchfield Street and East India Dock Road, reallocating space to pedestrians and cyclists and preventing rat-running, access to Birchfield Street would be from West India Dock Road
    • Canton Street would become entry only from East India Dock Road, except for cyclists reallocating space for people walking and cycling and preventing rat-running
    • Bus lane markings will be altered to make it easier for road users to turn left onto Canton Street when travelling eastbound from East India Dock Road and create a continuous bus lane for bus passengers travelling westbound on East India Dock Road

    Please sign in to vote.
Spinner Please wait…
Back to top