Hackney residents are the keenest cyclists in London according to newly released figures from the 2011 Census.
One in seven residents now use a bike to get to work, more than use a car. In some areas of the borough as many as 20% of people cycle to their job. This is three and a half times higher than the average across the capital.
In recent years, the Council’s commitment to making Hackney a cycle-friendly borough has seen changes made to road layouts to reduce rat runs and make them safer for cyclists; the introduction of 20mph speed limits on all residential roads; cycle skills training in the borough’s schools and development of the pioneering Safer Urban Driving course for HGV drivers.
By March 2013, Hackney Council expect to have trained 1800 people in the borough. They include 1400 school children. Other training has been made available in the form of cycle awareness training to 200 drivers of heavy goods vehicles in Hackney, as part of their professional competence certification.
Residents and people working in Hackney are also able to benefit from free cycle training, from sessions for complete beginners to one-to-one skills training. For more information, visit www.hackney.gov.uk/cycle-