Human rights and equality for all
Imagine if Hackney’s roads were designed for people, not cars – with cleaner air and safe, healthy streets for every single resident. That’s my vision for our borough. In my first term as Green Mayor, I will aim to fairly reduce traffic miles in Hackney by 40%, bring forward the Council’s active travel and overall net zero targets by 10 years, and do everything I can to make sure there are reliable, safe alternatives to car travel.
Hackney residents take fewer car journeys than any other Londoners, and most of us don’t own a vehicle. But I know from speaking to residents that traffic levels on our roads are unacceptably high.
Vehicle traffic is a major contributor to the climate emergency. Almost a third of Hackney’s carbon emissions come from road transport, and for London to achieve net zero carbon by 2030, citywide traffic must be reduced by at least 27%. Furthermore, right now every single street in Hackney has toxic air quality, exceeding the latest guidelines from the World Health Organisation. Children, older people and people with long term conditions are particularly at risk. On top of this, our borough is a major blackspot for vehicle accidents, with far too many people killed or injured on our roads.
I recognise that some car and van journeys will always remain essential. But I want to make it easier and more convenient for Hackney residents to choose to travel in a way that’s healthier for themselves, our community and the whole planet.
Recent measures taken by the council have cut traffic on some streets while doing little or nothing to improve conditions for others. As Hackney’s first Green Mayor, I will push for every street in the borough to be safer, healthier, less congested and more inclusive.
Getting out on foot or with the help of a mobility aid is the most common way for people to get around Hackney, with huge health and social benefits. But our streets are not always welcoming to those who don’t or can’t drive.
zoOM bike project is a zero-waste community bike workshop operating in Gillett Square in Dalston. Zoë has been volunteering for over two years as a bike mechanic. The project focuses on getting kids on bikes, and offers a bike-swap as kids grow. The bike project tackles barriers to cycling, such as cost and stigma, whilst providing skills and confidence. Grassroot projects like these are a highlight of Hackney.
A big barrier to cycling is safety. So much more can be done to make more people feel confident and able to travel on two wheels. We need cycle and walking provision to cover the whole borough, including estates, so active travel is available to all.
As a Hackney councillor, I’m proud to have pressured the Council to install more cycle storage and ensure it never costs more to park a bike than a car. Now we need to go even further to improve cycling in Hackney.
Hackney residents tell me that they need good, quick and affordable bus links. But rising traffic on our main roads is slowing down these vital bus connections.
London’s public transport system is world-class, but too many Hackney residents are excluded by inaccessible stations and vehicles. I will work with TfL to:
I’ve heard from many residents who have told me there is too much traffic on our streets, causing road danger, toxic air and stress. We would all benefit from less congested main roads, including those who really need to use a car or van.
Air pollution is one of the biggest health risks facing Hackney’s communities, causing lung and heart problems that can be fatal. It poses even greater danger for children, the elderly and those with long-term health issues. Low-income and African, Caribbean, Asian, Latino and other minority ethnic groups are disproportionately affected. There are many causes of air pollution here in Hackney, but road traffic is among the biggest.
The Council introduced several ‘low-traffic neighbourhood’ (LTN) schemes in 2020, and since then I have spoken to so many residents about their effects. Many people of all backgrounds have said how much they have enjoyed having cleaner air and safer streets as a result of the LTNs. But some, especially residents on main roads, have told me that they’ve seen heavier traffic since LTNs were introduced nearby, causing increased stress and health problems. I want to work with residents to urgently find a solution to these issues, and cut traffic on all Hackney streets – not just some.
As your Mayor, I will be committed to working alongside Hackney residents on the things that matter, and listening to you every step of the way.
Human rights and equality for all
We are at crisis point. My plan to take action.
Everyone deserves a safe, secure and affordable home
Giving residents more power over their lives, homes and communities.
Every resident has the right to fair and just policing
A future for every child and young person
Cleaner air and safe, healthy streets for every resident
A mission to build community wealth.
Green spaces benefit people and our planet
Rethinking our use of resources