Two female cyclists have been injured in collisions with large vehicles on the streets of the London Borough of Hackney within 24 hours.
The borough’s mayor, Jules Pipe, said: “In recent years, Hackney Council has gone to great efforts to improve safety for cyclists, including free cycle training to people living, working or studying in the borough.
“We also host a local safety working group, where the council and its partners meet up to discuss ways of improving cyclist and pedestrian safety around heavy goods vehicles. As a council, we support any additional efforts to try and create a safer environment for cyclists in Hackney.”
Any? Obviously anyone who asked for Dutch-style infrastructure, the removal of parked cars from the kerbside, and the introduction of segregated cycle paths, would be pushing at an open door, with cycling-friendly Cllr Pipes in charge. It’s a shame that no one appears to be asking.
Personally I think Hackney is a crap place to cycle, as car-sodden and car-centric as anywhere else in London. Cycling is under strain in Hackney, as is indicated by TfL’s modal share figures. Having reached a modal share of 8 per cent, it then slumped to 3 per cent and has now crawled back up to 5 per cent.