Improving cycling infrastructure in London

cyclist passing the Shard
Cyclists on the Millwall section of Quietway 1
Quietway 1 street sign

Sustrans’ vision for London is for the city to be a healthy, clean and prosperous place for us all to live, where more people have the choice to make their journeys safely and conveniently on foot or by bike.

So we're delighted to have been awarded the Quietways contract with Transport for London. Quietway 1 (Q1) linking Waterloo and Greenwich via the Millwall cycle path opened in June 2016, with a further six routes to be delivered by 2017. Quietways will be a network of quiet, direct cycle routes, which follow back streets and run through parks or along waterways.

Quietways benefit all Londoners

The Quietways will be for Londoners of all abilities, ages and backgrounds, so you’ll be able to use them whether you’re new to cycling or you regularly cycle but want to avoid busy or fast traffic.  They’ll be well-surfaced and well-signed.

The Quietways will join up communities, providing safe and convenient routes whether you want to cycle to school, to work, or the shops.

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.

Your borough, along with all the others in London, will benefit from the Quietways pro-gramme, with routes stretching across the city, enabling you to make your everyday journeys safely by bike.

Location of Quietways

The first seven Quietway routes will be:

  • Waterloo to Greenwich (London Boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich)
  • Bloomsbury to Walthamstow  - first phase to Mare Street (Camden, Islington, Hackney, and Waltham Forest)
  • Regents Park/Marylebone to Gladstone Park in Dollis Hill (Westminster, Brent, Camden)
  • Waterloo to Crystal Palace (City, Southwark, Lambeth)
  • Aldgate to Hainault - first phase Whitechapel to Fulwell Cross (Tower Hamlets, Newham, Redbridge, Hackney, and the London Legacy Development Corporation)
  • Waterloo to Wimbledon via Clapham Common (Lambeth, Wandsworth, Merton)
  • Clapham Common to Croydon (Lambeth, Wandsworth, Croydon)

Along with new and improved Cycle Superhighways, Mini-Hollands and a review of major junctions, the Quietways are part of the Mayor of London’s vision for cycling in the city.

As a result, many Londoners will be healthier and more active, we’ll start to tackle traffic congestion and air pollution and we’ll ensure everybody has the option of an affordable, convenient and safe way of getting around the city.

Cyclists talk about Quietway 1

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