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London Quietways

Woman cycling on quietway in London
Bike commuters cycle along a new path providing a direct crossing of City Road and Goswell Road in London

Quietways are a network of cycle routes throughout London that form part of the vision to transform cycling in the capital.

Along with ‘Mini-Holland’ boroughs in Outer London, Cycle Superhighways linking the suburbs to the centre, and a grid of routes in central London, they are part of making London an easier, better place to travel around and a more pleasant place to live and work.

Quietway 1 (Q1) linking Waterloo and Greenwich via the Millwall cycle path officially opened in June 2016, with a further six routes to be delivered by 2017.

Well sign-posted quiet routes on back streets, through parks and along waterways

Quietways are continuous routes following quieter streets, parks and waterways across inner and outer London. They’ll connect with other cycling infrastructure in the capital, expanding the reach of cycling investment and linking residential areas to local services such as schools, town centres and green spaces. They overcome barriers to cycling by providing improved junctions and an alternative to riding on busy roads. Where they have to cross or use busy roads for short sections, they will be segregated from motor traffic.

More than just cycle routes

Quietways also provide the opportunity to make streets healthier and create safer and more pleasant neighbourhoods for everyone, by reducing the speed and dominance of motor traffic, improving local air quality and investing in a better, more accessible, urban realm.

The Quietways depend on close partnership-working between London’s 33 borough councils, Transport for London (TfL) and other stakeholders.

What is our role in Quietways?

Transport for London appointed Sustrans as the Delivery Agent for Quietways in late 2014, following a European (OJEU) procurement process. Our role is to manage and coordinate the Quietways Programme across the London Boroughs to deliver a city-wide network of routes to TfL’s specification, as well as providing design services and helping to develop future routes. We also provide stakeholder engagement resources for boroughs where needed. The scale of change delivered depends on local political support and the funding available.

Where do Quietways go?

The 10-year vision is for Quietways to reach all London Boroughs. The first seven routes span London and include:

Route From - to Boroughs and Managing Authorities
Q1 Waterloo to Greenwich Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich
Q2 St Pancras to Walthamstow Camden, Islington, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Lee Valley Regional Park
Q3 Regents Park to Gladstone Park (Dollis Hill) Westminster, Brent, Camden
Q4 Clapham Common to Wimbledon Lambeth, Wandsworth, Merton
Q5 Waterloo to Croydon (via Clapham Common) Lambeth, Wandsworth, Croydon
Q6 Aldgate to Hainault (First phase Victoria Park to Barkingside) Tower Hamlets, Newham, Redbridge, Hackney and London Legacy Development Corporation.
Q7 Elephant and Castle to Crystal Place Southwark, Lambeth

Our Quietways partners

Working with our partners we provide innovative, effective and tailor-made solutions to make cycling more accessible and safer. We work with four organisations: innovators in Dutch cycle design, Royal HaskoningDHV; specialists in urban design and cycle design best practice in the UK, Phil Jones Associates; leaders in inclusive cycling, Wheels for Wellbeing; and road safety experts, Local Transport Projects.

We are delighted that Quietway 1 is now open. It provides a direct, quick and safe link from Greenwich into Waterloo, and points between, and is another important step in improving the quality of life and economic resilience in our world leading city.

- Matt Winfield, Deputy Director, Sustrans London

Design standards for Quietways

The Quietways are designed to TfL's London Cycling Design Standards. As sponsor, TfL review all designs from ourselves or boroughs against these standards. Interventions are focused on improving key locations that are barriers to cycling, such as intimidating junctions and other smaller measures that help the routes to flow.

Where traffic speeds and volumes require it there will be segregation. At other times alternative methods, including filtered permeability, will be used to reduce the speed and volume of traffic in residential areas. Implementing these measures requires strong political support and clear communication with local communities.

Better for business, public transport and all road users

The Quietways network will eventually reach across London, enabling people to cycle to work, the shops or to meet their friends safely and comfortably. More people travelling by bike will relieve pressure on transport arteries and is good news for businesses, public transport users and everyone else that shares our busy city. 

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