A new bridge in Valentines Park in Redbridge, on Quietway 6 stretching from Wansted Flats to Barkingside has officially opened.
Quietways are routes that link key destinations, running along backstreet routes, through parks, waterways or tree-lined streets.
They encourage more people to cycle by providing quieter, low-traffic routes, and a pleasant environment for cyclists who may want to travel at a more gentle pace.
Sustrans has worked in partnership with Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure and Redbridge Borough Council to design and build the new bridge in Valentines Park, which has been funded by Transport for London.
Park opening hours have also been extended to 8.30pm in the winter months to allow cyclists to cycle across the park following their working day.
“ Quietway 6 provides a greener and more modern transport network for Redbridge and will encourage more residents to cycle by providing a safer and easier route. ”
Quietway are making it easier to walk and cycle
Matt Winfield, Deputy Director of Sustrans in London said:
"We’re really pleased that this new bridge compliments the beauty of Valentines Park. It greatly improves this section of the new Quietway, which in time will run all the way into the city of London.
"The changes made, from improving junctions to widening road crossings and building new crossings, make the streets healthier and more attractive for everyone."
In addition to this section of Quietway 6, a new section of the Roding Valley Way cycle and pedestrian route (between Royston Gardens and Empress Avenue) has also opened.
Councillor John Howard, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability said:
"I’m delighted that Quietway 6 is now open for cyclists and pedestrians to use. It provides a greener and more modern transport network for Redbridge and will encourage more residents to cycle by providing a safer and easier route.
"The Quietway and Roding Valley Way route will open up new areas of the Borough for residents to walk and cycle, improving health and reducing pollution."