Shocking new figures suggest the borough’s roads are becoming ever more hazardous for pedestrians and cyclists. Transport for London said the number of people seriously injured in Hackney leapt by an astonishing 86 per cent during the first three months of 2008, compared to the same period the previous year.
Accidents involving cyclists increased by 30 per cent, pedestrians by 24 per cent, and mopeds or motorcyclists by 36 per cent. And despite the rise in accidents involving lighter traffic, the number of car drivers injured dropped by 11 per cent.
The statistics have fuelled fears the roads have become more dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians since construction work began on the Olympic park site in Hackney Wick and the East London line extension in Shoreditch.
Peter Sherlock, ‘Serious road accidents on the increase’ Hackney Gazette 2 October 2008.