Feryal Demirci, Labour’s lead for cycling, has confirmed Hackney Labour’s commitment to cycling and its support for London Cycling Campaign’s (LCC) call for safe Space for Cycling.
Labour run Hackney is rated as the best cycling borough in London and has won awards in recognition of this. Hackney now has record levels of cycling - 15.4% of Hackney residents now cycle to work, that is more than any other borough. Labour run Hackney Council actively promotes cycling as a clean, healthy and efficient way to travel.
Labour has pledged in its manifesto to continue to promote and encourage cycling by making changes to roads to improve safety.
Under the Labour administration, Hackney Council works extensively with local cycling groups such as the London Cycling Campaign to identify where changes needs to be made. At the moment, this is primarily focused on making all one-way streets two-way for cyclists wherever it is safe and feasible to do so. The LCC and other groups are also consulted on the redesign of road junctions to ensure that cycle safety and accessibility is maximised.
Labour Hackney also actively promotes cycle safety in a range of other ways. Hackney has, for example, taken the lead in the promotion of cycle safety around lorries, and the LCC has recognised Hackney as being a ‘pioneer council’ in this regard. Hackney led the development of a new HGV driver training module including hands-on cycle training, and we were the first local authority in the country to train all our HGV drivers in this way.
Feryal Demirci said:
"Labour is proud of the increase in cycling in the borough. We are committed to making Hackney a great place to live with streets that are great for cyclists and pedestrians. We support London Cycling Campaign’s call for safe Space for Cycling, and look forward to delivering the changes proposed. Labour will continue to work closely with local cycling groups to make it easier and safer to get around the borough.”