Sustrans celebrates opening of Quietway2

29 August 2018

Today we’re proud to see the new Quietway 2 (Q2) officially opened.

It offers people a quieter and safer way to cycle from east London into the city centre and beyond. The route that connects Bloomsbury and Walthamstow via Angel, Haggerston, London Fields and Clapton is another important step towards making London a better place to travel around by bike or on foot.

Sustrans was Transport for London’s (TfL) delivery agent for the Quietway programme from 2015-2018, and we continue to maintain ongoing partnerships with London boroughs to develop and expand the Quietway network. Over 100km of Quietways have now been constructed.

Building a better city

Quietways are making it easier to cycle in London by providing routes away from the busiest main roads. Where possible, they take people through many of London’s green spaces and along waterways, creating an environment which encourages people to leave the car at home and walk or cycle instead.

Quietways have made cycling safer at 86 junctions across London and new routes have driven increases in cycling by more than 50%.

Opening up a network for everyone in London

The 12km Q2 route links with other parts of the emerging cycling network including Cycle Superhighway 1 in De Beauvoir Town, Cycle Superhighway 6 in Bloomsbury, and forthcoming routes including Quietway 13 at London Fields and Quietway 10 near Angel. The network of cycling routes now reach as far south as Merton, as far north as Tottenham and as far west as West Acton.

Across London Quietways will create over 250km of new cycling routes on streets with less traffic.

Improving streets for people

The new route involved making improvements to streets that make it easier for people to walk and cycle. Improvements made include a new signalised crossing of Queensbridge Road, traffic-filtered roads around Clapton Square and Chatham Place, as well as a reduction in large vehicles through Dalston on Middleton Road to safer crossings of main roads including St John Street, City Road, Mare Street, Morning Lane, Lower Clapton Road and Chatsworth Road.

Improvements in Walthamstow include new pedestrian and cycle crossing at the Selbourne Road and protected cycle lanes on Willow Walk.

Since 2014 cycling has increased by up to 94% in areas along the route. 

More routes open across London

Another 4km route, Quietway 2 West, has also opened connecting Notting Hill and Acton via Wormwood Scrubs. A new traffic-free path through Wormwood Scrubs is also part of this new safer cycling route.

Once the section through Westminster is completed, the full Q2 route will form a 23km continuous cycle route from Acton in the West to Walthamstow in the East.

Quietways are making a difference

Quietways are helping to overcome barriers to cycling by offering Londoners routes through areas with lower volumes of traffic.

Quietways have already made cycling safer at 86 junctions across London.

The first route from Waterloo to Greenwich, Q1, saw a 54% increase in cycling after opening to the public.

Riding on Quietway 2 was a delight and made me discover a whole part of town I did not know.

- Andrea Mac-Fall, Sustrans supporter

Quietways are also helping make cycling more diverse. TfL's data from Quietway 1 between Greenwich and Waterloo shows that the proportion of women cycling along the route rose from 29% to 35% following its opening, which is a bigger increase than increase in women riding on the cycle superhighways.

Kelly Clark, Head of Infrastructure Delivery, Sustrans said:

“It is wonderful to see Quietway 2 officially open. Working in partnership with TfL as well as the London Boroughs of Islington, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Camden and the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority, we have created a route which invites people to cycle rather than drive. It would be fantastic to see people who have previously been nervous about riding in London, dust off their bike and try out the route too.

“By creating an environment which encourages people to walk and cycle, we can make a huge difference to all of our lives. Building active travel into our day helps us get fitter and healthier. If we drive less, the air we breathe becomes cleaner and with fewer vehicles on the road, there’s less congestion so our road network becomes much more efficient, so with every Quietway that opens, that is great news for Londoners.”

Ben Plowden, TfL’s Director of Strategy and Network Development, said:

“London has seen a boom in the numbers of people choosing to walk and cycle and new routes such as these are essential to encouraging more people out of their cars and onto their bikes.”

Deputy Mayor of Hackney, Cllr Feryal Demirci, said: 

“With more Hackney residents cycling to work than in any other London borough, we’re proud to be launching Quietway 2, which has introduced a new direct link for people in Hackney to cycle into central London.

“As part of the new route, we have introduced safer cycle crossings on Mare Street and Powerscroft Road in Hackney, and new traffic signals at the Middleton Road and Queensbridge Road junction. These improvements are key to getting more people cycling, improving their health and cleaning up London’s air in the process.”

More "streets for people"

We want to see many more of London's streets transformed so people feel safe and comfortable cycling and walking. That's just what Quietways can do, by providing routes away from busier streets. 

We are proud to have been awarded Transport Consultant of the Year 2018, for our work as TfL’s delivery partner on Quietways (2015-2018) for our work with London boroughs and other partners, helping to transform the capital into a cycle and pedestrian-friendly city.

Veronique Caroller, Sustrans volunteer, gave us her thoughts on riding Quietway 2 for the first time:

“What a great route. I have been put off cycling in London before, but that was a pleasure. I urge anyone to give Quietways a try.”

Andrea Mac-Fall, Sustrans supporter said: 

“I just loved it. The idea that you are all out there, working hard and achieving these changes, is so comforting for me. Riding on Quietway 2 was a delight and made me discover a whole part of town I did not know. I’ll retrace my steps with the family very soon.”

Learn more about Quietways routes in London

Watch the first impressions from individuals who cycled Quietway 2