Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Q6 – Healthy Travel on the Menu

You know that the M1 is a motorway and the A1 is a trunk road. Well, now we have Q routes, or Quietways and the Q6 from Barkingside to Mile End is now officially open with the completion of a new troll free bridge in Valentines Park.

Quietways are routes that link key destinations, running along backstreet routes, through parks, waterways or tree-lined streets. They encourage more people to cycle by providing quieter, low-traffic routes, and a pleasant environment for cyclists, pedestrians or joggers who want to travel at a more gentle pace. The key here is that these routes have good air quality due to the low traffic.

Working in partnership with Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure and Sustrans, the new bridge in Valentines Park has been funded by TfL The park will be open until 8:30pm in the winter months to allow cyclists to cycle across the park following their working day.

In addition to Quietway 6, the final section of the Roding Valley Way cycle and pedestrian route (between Royston Gardens and Empress Avenue) has also opened.

Councillor John Howard, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability said, “I’m delighted that Quietway 6 is now open for cyclists and pedestrians to use It provides a greener and more modern transport network for Redbridge and will encourage more residents to cycle by providing a safer and easier route. The Quietway and Roding Valley Way route will open up new areas of the Borough for residents to walk and cycle, improving health and reducing pollution”

Each London Borough will have a Quietway route, linking up parks, riverside canals and quieter roads to help cyclists and pedestrians to get around The first seven Quietways will be completed by the end of the year.

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