London’s top cycling spot is Hackney

 

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More people in Hackney cycle to work than drive

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-training or call 020 8356 6594.

About Remi

Remi Hackney Hive founder, publisher and contributor. Hackneyite and all round Girl Friday, who couldn't wait to leave Hackney and London behind her. After hitching her wagon in California, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana for 18 years, with a brief spell in Mexico, the prodigal daughter returned happy to put an unconventional and risqué past behind her. She is owned by her two dogs Deffer(a Jack Russell & Darcy a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix) and runs a London based pet sitting business. The big smoke is home for the moment, but she desperately yearns wide open spaces, where she hopes to call home in the near future.

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