Maximising route choice, minimising diversion
A selection of recent permeability improvements
suggested by the London Cycling Campaign in Hackney
and implemented by London Borough of Hackney as part of its 'PRIDE'
Winner of the London Cycling Awards 2007 'Best cycle facility'
Albion Drive before
closure was introduced for good environmental reasons, to eliminate
rat running motors, but cyclists were not considered at the time.
Kerb hopping or dismounting required.
Albion Drive after
Now we can go
straight through on a smooth, wide connecting path. This is what we
call a 'modal filter', rather than a 'road closure', because the
street is now closed only to certain travel
Farleigh Road before
Blocked off with ugly railings which reward careless driving.
Dismounting, walking round and rejoining the street was a waste
effort and time, and could be hazardous. To avoid this blockage,
cyclists used busier adjacent
Farleigh Road after
Barrier removed, permeability restored. The junction has been
civilised, motors pass more slowly now that there is no guard
railing, and cyclists have more choice of routes. They've even
patched the ruts in the carriageway surface.
Navarino Road and Wayland Avenue
We successfully campaigned for two-way cycling to be
retained in these streets back in the '90s, but the implementation
was poor, with a narrow cycle 'slip' which didn't assist
legitimate turns into Wayland
Navarino Road and Wayland Avenue after
much improved entrance to Wayland Avenue for people cycling
Clapton park entrance before
This quiet park provides a useful and pleasant shortcut, but
dismounting or kerb-hopping was required at this
Clapton park entrance after
simple dropped kerb, a little discreet welcoming signage and a
section of double-yellow lining makes everything so much better.
And it's well used, as evidenced by the tyre tracks in the newly
Casimir Road park entrance before
unmodified park entrance. Good if you like bunny hopping, but
Casimir Road park
same simple recipe demonstrates that cycling is welcome -- and
makes life easier for people with buggies and wheelchairs
"The 'grain' of cyclists' desire lines is somewhat
between that of the car and the pedestrian, and being forced to
detour is far less acceptable to cyclists than to motorists. The
detours are unacceptable to pedestrians too, of course, but they
can walk through the planners' neatly planted flowerbeds. The road
network should be laid out for the convenience and pleasure of the
Photos courtesy of London Borough of Hackney's Streetscene department