|Walford Road – last chance to support
Hackney Council are having a second consultation about proposed measures to reduce rat-running in Stoke Newington on Cycle Superhighway 1. We urge you to support these proposals before the deadline on Friday.
The council consulted on these proposals two years ago, but concerns about air pollution led them to spend two more years measuring pollution locally and modelling the effects of the changes. We share concerns about air pollution, but we don’t think leaving residential roads opening to rat-running drivers for years solves anything, which is why we think these proposals are worth supporting. And we’d ask you to consider three things:
– Restricting rat-running encourages people not to drive: it’s easier (and nicer) to walk and cycle – as we’ve seen in Waltham Forest.
– This year, we are finally seeing action to cut pollution across London, which is already having huge effects on air quality. The ULEZ will include Stoke Newington in 2021. And more, the council is working on other main road schemes to improve them too.
– Measures to cut motor traffic on Stoke Newington Church Street won’t work if drivers can divert to residential streets instead – and vice versa. We have to keep supporting schemes as they arrive, main roads and side streets. Not throw schemes back if they don’t arrive in perfect sequence.
These proposals will improve safety for people cycling and walking and air quality for local residents: we would urge you to support this scheme (and to ask for an additional modal filter on Dynevor Road – which would be the last rat run on this route).