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Safer cycling

by Natalie Vincent Mon 10 September 2018, 9:50 am

A 12km cycleway through London's back streets between Bloomsbury and Walthamstow opened last month.

Image courtesy of Waltham Forest Council

Quietway 2 (Q2) was officially opened in August by the mayor of London's walking and cycling commissioner, Will Norman, to encourage more cyclists to travel away from main roads and improving safety.

The path will complement segregated cycle routes including programmes like Enjoy Waltham Forest. This follows the £100 million awarded by Transport for London (TfL) to Waltham Forest, Enfield and Kingston to create three "mini-Holland" boroughs.

Q2 West has also opened, connecting Notting Hill and East Acton via Wormwood Scrubs. Once the section through Westminster is completed, the full Q2 route will form a 23km continuous cycle route.

Norman 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."

The route was delivered in partnership with the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest, Islington and Hackney, working with the mayor of London and TfL. Eventually 250km of new cycling routes across the city will be created on streets with less traffic.


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