I collated the survey answers, and thought I’d put up a quick post about the most common responses. This was a small, informal survey among people stopping at the London Fields Bike Breakfast last Wednesday, so please don’t read too much into it. Most people stopping at the Breakfast were morning commuters on their way into town from Central and Eastern parts of the borough (lots of E5, E8, E9 postcodes).
The postcards contain space for respondents to write two things they like, and two things they don’t like, about cycling in Hackney. Over 160 postcards were completed at the Breakfast – thanks to everyone who contributed.
Among “likes”, unsurprisingly, parks scored highly with over a third of respondents (59 people) mentioning parks or green space, with London Fields, Victoria Park, and Hackney Marshes mentioned by name. More than one in five respondents (36 people) mentioned the large number of other cyclists as a plus point, and similar numbers said that they liked cycling in Hackney as it is a quick way to get around. Around 25 respondents cited either “routes” more generally, waterways, or the existence of a cycling community or culture.
Among “dislikes”, over a quarter (47 people) mentioned issues relating to driver behaviour, including aggressive driving, driving too fast, and parking in cycle lanes. More than one in five mentioned motor traffic more generally (including cars) as a problem. 22 people complained about a lack of bike parking and 24 people mentioned theft as a problem (often the two were linked).
As a personal afterthought: the typed up list of “likes” read rather like shorthand for one of my more enjoyable journeys in Hackney; sociable, through parks and quiet streets, enjoying the scenery and the way in which well connected routes allow quick travel with little effort. The “dislikes” reminded me of the worst; dodging cars parked in cycle lanes, getting held up and blocked off by motor traffic, and having my bike stolen at the end!