Cycle Superhighway will increase traffic on Roman Road

New Superhighway redirection plans threaten to increase traffic on Roman Road, endangering the safety of cyclists and increasing congestion and pollution in Bow. Find out how to object here.

You might have seen the Barclays Cycle Superhighway plans from Transport for London to install much safer cycling lanes along the length of Whitechapel Road/Mile End Road/Bow Road from Aldgate to Bow Roundabout. With so many cyclists having been killed or injured along this route, this can only be a good thing.

However, we are concerned around one of the proposals in Bow, and its possible impact on the Roman Road.

Section Five of the Barclays Cycle Superhighway plan includes a proposal for the Mile End Road/Grove Road/Burdett Road junction that would ban all right turns from Burdett Road onto Mile End Road. We are really worried that the effect of this will be that lots of cars will end up travelling up Grove Road and turning right onto Roman Road to continue their journey eastwards, either heading to the A12 or back through residential streets to the Bow Road.

Traffic on the Roman Road can already be awful at peak times, making it a much less pleasant place to be. We don’t want to increase the traffic even more.

Cyclist groups aren’t happy with the proposed ban here: both Tower Hamlets Wheelers and theLondon Cycling Campaign are opposing it, as pushing traffic into residential streets is only likely to increase problems for cyclists.

The Roman Road Resident and Business Association will be formally objecting.

HAVE YOUR SAY

If you share our concerns, please add your voice to the objections about this particular section of the Barclays Cycle Superhighway. You have until Sunday 2nd November to do so, and here’s how:

1. Go to the TFL Consultation Comments page

2. Scroll down to Section 5 (Burdett Road/Mile End junction)

3. Select option from multiple choice that best describes your level of objection – ‘no’ or ‘partially’.

4. Add a comment that says you ‘object to the proposal of no right turn at the Burdett Road/Mile End Road junction because of the likely impact on traffic volumes on Roman Road and the surrounding areas’

Any questions, do let us know.

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Tabitha Stapely is a local resident and CEO of Roman Road Trust, a community development organisation working on the regeneration of Roman Road. Stapely is also founder of Social Streets CIC, a digital content consultancy and training company helping grow audiences for impact audiences.

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