Walking news from Hackney’s Cycling Conference


One of the many noteworthy announcements from Hackney’s seventh cycling conference was that next year it will add ‘walking’ to its title.

This is welcome, not simply because this was one of Hackney Living Street’s demands in its campaign manifesto for the May elections, but also because it reflects an understanding that cycling is just one ingredient in a liveable city. If cities are for everyone — and not just motorists — they must encourage walking and living as well as cycling. Or as Andreas Røhl, Gehl Architects’ biking expert put it, ‘cycling isn’t the goal, it’s a means to an end’.

Listed below are some other key announcements and inspirations from last week’s event, many of which – we are happy to announce — originate from London Living Streets campaigns. Continue reading “Walking news from Hackney’s Cycling Conference”

Hackney mayoral candidates to debate transport policies on 26th March

Prospective mayoral candidates will answer questions about transport, walking and cycling at the Better Hackney Hustings at Pembury Community Centre, Dalston Lane at 7pm on 26th March.

The event, organised by Hackney Living Streets and Hackney Cycling Campaign, will be chaired by Dr Rachel Aldred, reader in transport, University of Westminster.

This is a public meeting open to everyone. If you want to submit a question contact livingstreetslondon.hackney@yahoo.co.uk.

Hackney Living Streets has also produced a walking manifesto that sets out its vision and demands for a cleaner, greener, happier, healthier Hackney. This has been sent to all party leaders in the local election campaigns.