A new bridge over Regents Canal with safe links to East London parks

Residents in Bethnal Green can now avoid busy roads and enjoy a safe cycling and walking route taking in the picturesque Regents Canal to East London’s finest parks
The challenge

While the Regents Canal provides a quiet and attractive alternative to the busy roads between Victoria Park in the north and the River Thames to the south, it also divides the communities living either side of it. People living in Bethnal Green had no easy access to Mile End Park and Victoria Park, which is just a short distance away, and had to use the very busy Mile End Road or Roman Road.

The solution

Cycling is the best way to commute in London. I love spinning past the Victoria Park fountain each morning - no better start to the day! Even though I’m in the middle of London, I love the clean, safe cycle routes, especially this one – it’s great to get a taste of the countryside even though I’m right in the middle of London.

- Michael Trew

Sustrans worked in partnership with Tower Hamlets Council to build a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Regents Canal between Meath Gardens and Mile End Park, connecting with a network of walking and cycling routes. The bridge provides a vital link between residential areas in Bethnal Green and Bow, local parks, schools, hospitals and attractions such as the Museum of Childhood.

The difference

The new bridge has made huge improvements to the local area allowing people to avoid the busy roads. Schools and universities along the route and further afield including, Old Ford Primary School and Bangahangia Infant School, now have improved access to green spaces and an attractive route to the Olympic Park. The route crosses the National Cycle Network in Mile End allowing connections to a much wider part of London.

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