Quietway 2 was officially opened this week by the Mayor's Walking and Cycling Commissioner and borough leaders. The new 12km route will enable people to cycle from east London into the city centre and beyond, connecting Bloomsbury and Walthamstow via Angel, Haggerston, London Fields and Clapton.
Expanding London's Quietway network is a key part of the Mayor's plans to get more Londoners cycling. Being able to ride safely through London's backstreets away from busy main roads is one of the ways of enabling more people of different ages and backgrounds to cycle as part of their everyday routine. Quietways are continuous, direct and clearly signed cycle routes on less-busy streets across London. They complement fully segregated cycle routes that TfL is also building on main roads across the city.
Q2 is a significant addition to London's emerging cycle network. It connects with other routes including Cycle Superhighway 1 in De Beauvoir Town and Cycle Superhighway 6 in Bloomsbury, as well as forthcoming routes such as Quietway 13 at London Fields and Quietway 10 near Angel. The route forms part of a continuous cycling network as far south as Merton, as far north as Tottenham and as far west as West Acton.
Major improvements for cyclists and pedestrians along the route include a new signalised crossing on Queensbridge Road, traffic-filtered roads around Clapton Square and Chatham Place, a reduction in large vehicles through Dalston on Middleton Road and safer crossings of main roads including St John Street, City Road, Mare Street, Morning Lane, Lower Clapton Road and Chatsworth Road. Improvements in Walthamstow include a new pedestrian and cycle crossing at Selbourne Road and protected cycle lanes on Willow Walk.
The new route has been delivered in partnership with the London Boroughs of Islington, Hackney and Waltham Forest. Since 2014, cycling has increased by up to 94% in areas along the route and Q2 will help support this cycling boom.
TfL are working closely with boroughs across London to create over 250km of new cycling routes on streets with less traffic. To date, Quietways have made cycling safer at 86 junctions across London. The first route from Waterloo to Greenwich, Q1, saw a 54% increase in cycling after opening to the public and the proportion of women cycling along the route rose from 29% to 35%.
Quietway 2 West has also opened, which connects Notting Hill and East Acton via Wormwood Scrubs. New parallel zebra crossings have been built at Scrubs Lane and Mitre Way and at North Pole Road, giving cyclists priority when crossing main roads. A new traffic-free path through Wormwood Scrubs is also part of this new safer cycling route. Once the section through Westminster is completed, the full Q2 route will form a 23km continuous cycle route.
A further three routes have also been opened to the public recently, including:
Q5 - connecting Oval and Clapham Common
Q15 - connecting Belgravia and Earl's Court
Q3 - connecting Gladstone Park and Kilburn Station with improved crossing on Walm Lane and Mapesbury Road and a new cycling and walking path on Gladstone Road
Will Norman, London's walking and cycling commissioner, said: "We're striving to get as many people as possible walking and cycling in the capital. Creating these Quietway routes to build a genuinely London-wide network is vital to give more Londoners the confidence to take to two wheels. An amazing 730,000 trips are made by bike in the capital every day and I look forward to building on that further through the Quietway routes, which have already helped to boost the numbers cycling in our city. Our focus is on ensuring that Quietways are high-quality, with low traffic volumes and speeds, enabling all ages and abilities to enjoy cycling.