Cy­cle lane plan to avoid busier routes in city

Your views sought on pro­posal to get peo­ple safely back on their bikes

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­

PLANS have been drawn up for a new cy­cle lane which will avoid busy main roads in many of Lon­don’s more con­gested ar­eas.

The pro­posed qui­et­way would link East Ac­ton with West Kens­ing­ton and take in back streets, parks and roads with fewer cars to en­cour­age more peo­ple to get on their bikes.

The coun­cil has now launched a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion to get the views of res­i­dents on the scheme which is run­ning un­til Au­gust 30.

Ham­mer­smith & Ful­ham Coun­cil say the pro­posal is de­signed to help make the streets safer not only for those on two wheels, but also for pedes­tri­ans and mo­torists, and to pro­vide a route that is less in­tim­i­dat­ing to be­gin­ner, or re­turn­ing cy­clists.

The route would run from Mitre Road to Du Cane Road in White City, us­ing ex­ist­ing paths and es­tate roads, and form part of an al­ter­na­tive east-west cy­cle route cross­ing the bor­ough from East Ac­ton to West Kens­ing­ton.

It would re­quire changes to the junc­tion of Mitre Way and Scrubs Lane in White City, and also be a new en­trance into Worm­wood Scrubs and im­prove­ments of the cy­cle tracks run­ning to, and along­side the Lin­ford Christie Sta­dium.

The pro­pos­als also in­clude changes to Fitzneal Street to stop lor­ries from us­ing the road and im­prove­ments to the Du Cane Road pedes­trian cross­ing.

“We are de­ter­mined to make the bor­ough a safer place to cy­cle, walk and drive and to im­prove air qual­ity,” said Cllr Wes­ley Har­court, en­vi­ron­ment, trans­port and res­i­dents’ ser­vices chief at the coun­cil.

“To do this we need to re­move the bar­ri­ers that pre­vent peo­ple from cy­cling safely.

“This qui­et­way would do that while pro­vid­ing for those who pre­fer to ride at a more leisurely pace.

“But we’d love to know what res­i­dents think of the plans, so please make sure you take part in the con­sul­ta­tion and share your views with us.”

Build­ing of the qui­et­way could be­gin early next year if given the go-ahead.

To com­ment email Bor­ough Cy­cling Of­fi­cer Richard Duf­fill at R i c h a r d . D u ff i l l @ l b h f. or call 020 8753 1749.

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