Quietway 2 (Q2) has been officially opened by the Mayor’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner and borough leaders. The new 12km route will enable people to cycle from east London into the city centre and beyond, connecting Bloomsbury and Walthamstow via Angel, Haggerston, London Fields and Clapton.

Expanding London’s Quietway network is a key part of the Mayor’s plans to get more Londoners cycling. Being able to ride safely through London’s backstreets away from busy main roads is one of the ways of enabling more people of different ages and backgrounds to cycle as part of their everyday routine. Quietways are continuous, direct and clearly signed cycle routes on less-busy streets across London. They complement fully segregated cycle routes that TfL is also building on main roads across the city.

Q2 is a significant addition to London’s emerging cycle network. It connects with other routes including Cycle Superhighway 1 in De Beauvoir Town and Cycle Superhighway 6 in Bloomsbury, as well as forthcoming routes such as Quietway 13 at London Fields and Quietway 10 near Angel. The route forms part of a continuous cycling network as far south as Merton, as far north as Tottenham and as far west as West Acton.

Quietway 2 West has also opened, which connects Notting Hill and East Acton via Wormwood Scrubs. New parallel zebra crossings have been built at Scrubs Lane and Mitre Way and at North Pole Road, giving cyclists priority when crossing main roads. A new traffic-free path through Wormwood Scrubs is also part of this new safer cycling route. Once the section through Westminster is completed, the full Q2 route will form a 23km continuous cycle route.

Another route through central London, Cycle Superhighway 6, will be completed later in the autumn, connecting Elephant & Castle and Bloomsbury, where it links in with Quietway 2.