London,
28
May
2009
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Europe/London

Hackney achieves sustainable transport best

Hackney Council has further added to its success of being recognised as the 2009 London Transport Borough of the Year with more sustainable transport journeys than any other London borough, as revealed in the London Travel Demand Survey.

Each year, a total of 8,000 households in London are randomly selected to take part in the London Travel Demand Survey, a study commissioned by Transport for London, to provide an insite into their travel behaviours in order to paint a complete picture of travel by people in London.

Results this year indicate that Hackney remains a top performer in public transport, walking and cycling.

More work travel trips were taken by bicycle than any other London borough, with Hackney experiencing greater numbers of women cycling than men, a reverse situation to other boroughs. Hackney also has the highest level of cycling amongst residents aged 65 or over – almost double that of many other boroughs.

Of all work travel trips, 89 per cent were by public transport, walking or cycling, making Hackney Council one of the top five performing London councils. In addition, 17 per cent of all work trips were made by bicycle, with the next highest performing boroughs, Hammersmith and Fulham and Camden, at nine per cent and seven per cent respectively.

Cllr Alan Laing, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods: “The results of the Survey are further recognition of the investment the Council is putting into sustainable transport. Walking, cycling and public transport are growing in popularity and becoming safer and more attractive for people travelling in the borough, helping us to make Hackney cleaner and greener.”

Travel by bus remains an important mode of transport for Hackney residents with 37 per cent of all work travel trips and 36 per cent of all school travel trips taken by bus. This is an indication of Hackney’s improved bus services with the borough now served by 59 bus routes with nine of the 20 most populated bus routes in London travelling through Hackney.

Walking is high amongst school age children, with 50 per cent of all school trips taken by foot. Walking is also popular with women and residents 65 and over, being the second most used transport mode behind travel by bus.

For more information about Hackney Council transport initiatives go to www.hackney.gov.uk/transport or www.hackney.gov.uk/movegreener