Tower Hamlets Wheelers
Group managed by Tower Hamlets Wheelers, the Tower Hamlets borough group of the London Cycling Campaign.
The Liveable Streets Shadwell proposal aims to improve the look and feel of the Shadwell area whilst making it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot and bike.
These proposals have been developed on feedback based on residents, businesses and the local community and aim to benefit all road users. This is achieved by improving accessibility to walking and cycling for all so that those with disabilities, people of all ages, cultures and genders can feel safe. Additionally, the reduction in through traffic in the area will improve the safety and air quality for all.
Our proposals include:
- School Street on Bigland Street to improve road safety for students and families.
- Creating more space for pedestrians to improve access on Watney Street.
- Enhancing the neighbourhood with improved accessibility, lighting, planting, public art, and traffic calming measures.
- Reducing cut-through traffic in the area during morning peak periods.
- Improving the pavements on Cannon Street Road for pedestrians.
What is being proposed?
Five schemes have been developed to improve walking and cycling, create better public spaces, discourage through-traffic and improve air quality (click on each scheme to view details):
The Council is committed to supporting Brick Lane’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and wants to use the investment of the Liveable Streets programme to support Brick Lane businesses and the local community in months and years ahead.
These proposals have been developed on feedback based on residents, businesses and local community. We are consulting on these proposals now, so that if they are supported we can implement them in time for Summer to benefit businesses, the local community and visitors.
- Pedestrianising sections of Brick Lane in the evenings and the weekends (Brick Lane will be open to all traffic before 5.30pm on weekdays) to support businesses to trade safely and make use of outside dining space.
- Improving the accessibility of Brick Lane with dropped kerbs and new disabled parking spaces.
- Enhancing the neighbourhood with improved lighting, planting and traffic calming measures to create a better and safer environment for the local community and visitors to walk and cycle around Brick Lane.
- Installing new cycle hangars and cycle stands to encourage sustainable travel.
- Creating accessible and safer school travel routes to improve air quality and road safety for children.
What is being proposed?
Three schemes have been developed to improve walking and cycling, create better public spaces, discourage through-traffic and improve air quality (click on each scheme to view details):
- Scheme 1 - Enhancing the Neighbourhood
- Scheme 2 - Brick Lane
- Scheme 3 - School Streets
- Investing in Brick Lane
Our proposals include environmental enhancements and traffic calming measures to improve accessibility and safety for all and to encourage active travel.
Why are these proposals important?
Brick Lane is an iconic area of London that attracts over 18,500 pedestrians every day. This space is also shared with over 4,000 vehicles, many of which use Brick Lane to cut through the area. This means they are not visiting local businesses, schools or places of worship but are significant contributors to the already unacceptable levels of air pollution and congestion along Brick Lane.
School streets are central to our Brick Lane proposals to address key safety and air quality issues. Our initiatives will create accessible and safer school travel routes by reducing the number of cars polluting the school environment and improving road safety for children.
These proposals are a key part of Tower Hamlets commitment to support Brick Lane’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and aims to attract more visitors to the area and support businesses to trade safely.
Overview of Brick Lane Proposals
Have your say
Your views on our Brick Lane proposals are important to us. You can have your say by providing your feedback through our online survey.
If you have any issues or questions you can either leave a question via our Q&A tool or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org(External link)
If you would like to raise any questions in Bengali or request a translated copy of the consultation booklet in Bengali then please fill out the request form here.
The consultation is open from Wednesday 17th March and closes at 11:59 on Wednesday 14 April 2021.
Our Liveable Streets programme team are following government advice and are currently working remotely. Work will continue as planned on the projects and the team will adhere to all guidelines.
Please note that construction timing is subject to change depending on changes to coronavirus restrictions, weather and coordination of works in the area. We will update the website with any changes to the programme and hope you will continue to help us improve the look and feel of your neighbourhood.
For coronavirus updates from Tower Hamlets or to join our mailing list please click here(External link).
If you have any questions regarding the construction phase please see below, or get in touch with the team by emailing LiveableStreets@towerhamlets.gov.uk(External link) or calling 0203 092 0401.
Liveable Streets is a multi-million pound borough-wide street and public space improvement programme. It aims to improve the look and feel of public spaces in neighbourhoods across the borough and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot, bike and public transport. Tower Hamlets would like to hear your views on the proposals for the Old Ford Road West project area.
We've listened to your concerns on issues including:
- The volume and speed of vehicles in residential streets, impacting safety, air and noise pollution.
- The need for better, cleaner and greener public spaces.
- Hostile environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
What is proposed and why are the proposals important?
Four schemes have been developed to improve walking and cycling, create better public space, reduce through-traffic and improve air quality.
We are proposing traffic changes and calming measures to make local streets safer for everyone. This includes crossing improvements, better street lighting, tree planting, and School Streets.
Every day thousands of vehicles are travelling through the area and not stopping. These vehicles are contributing to the already unacceptable levels of air pollution on your streets, outside your schools and around your local shops. These proposals are also planned to work together with the approved Bethnal Green scheme and proposed changes in the Bow Liveable Streets area. This scheme in the Old Ford Road West area will provide essential links by creating improved active travel routes for everyone.
The Liveable Streets proposals will help improve road safety, public spaces, and air quality. However to achieve this some local residents who want to drive may have to travel longer distances.
All properties will still be accessible by vehicle, but people will also have greater choice on how they get around by removing barriers to walking and cycling.
Observations on the recently opened Cycleway 4 in South London indicate that 25% of cyclists choose NOT to use it in the contraflow direction. This is consistent with the view of many cyclists that it is better to be on the "correct" side of the road. A short report of the counts on CW4 is at
I would be interested if anyone else has similar findings. and in general how people feel about 2-way tracks. TfL seem to like them (use a bit less space, a little cheaper). But if they are significantly less likely to be used than two 1-way tracks, this information might get us better designs.
Goverment Review of HWC
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets council are proposing changes in the area surrounding York Square that aim to reduce cars cutting through local streets, making them safer, quieter and more pleasant for residents.
Proposals include changes to roads and junctions around York Square and just north of Salmon Lane, with the aim of reducing through-traffic on local streets and making crossing easier for pedestrians. In addition, pavement widening is being proposed on Aston Street to improve the environment around Cayley Primary School.
Please visit the website https://consultprojectcentre.co.uk/yorksquare to find out more information on these proposals and fill out an online survey by midnight on Sunday 19 July 2020. Keep an eye on the website for updates on the project.
Liveable Streets is a multi-million pound borough-wide street and public space improvement programme. It aims to improve the look and feel of public spaces in neighbourhoods across the borough and make it easier, safer, and more convenient to get around by foot and bike.
We’ve listened to your concerns on issues including:
- The volume and speed of vehicles in residential areas
- Unfriendly pavements, public spaces and poor crossings for pedestrians
- Hostile environments for cyclists, particularly for children
We would now like to hear your feedback on the proposals, which you can do by filling out the below survey by Wednesday 29 July 2020.
What is proposed and why are these proposals important?
Every day there are over 33,000 journeys within the Bow area. Of these, 49% are vehicles travelling through the area and not stopping. This means over 16,000 journeys are from non-residents of the local area and these vehicles are contributing to the already unacceptable levels of air pollution on your streets, outside your schools and around your local shops.
The Liveable Streets proposals will help improve road safety, public spaces, air quality and give the streets back to the residents. However to achieve this some local residents who want to drive may have to travel longer distances.
Seven main schemes have been developed to improve walking and cycling, create better public spaces, discourage through-traffic and improve air quality. We are proposing traffic changes and calming measures to make local streets safer for everyone. Pedestrian improvements, better street lighting, tree planting and cycling infrastructure are also considered.
Tower Hamlets is consulting on mini low-traffic neighbourhood interventions around York Square.
Consultation deadline 19 July 2020.
A discussion about the Dept for Transport's new Call for Evidence about changing the law regarding e-scooters and other similar vehicles. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/873363/future-of-transport-regulatory-review-call-for-evidence.pdf
A bill is being put forward to sentence any cyclist convicted of dangerous cycling to a 14 year prison term.