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New Quietway cycle route – using back streets and parks – opens connecting Barkingside, Ilford and Wanstead

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:48 20 June 2017

Cllr John Howard cuts the ribbon at the opening of the new bridge and cycleway in Valentine's Park, on 16th June, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

Cllr John Howard cuts the ribbon at the opening of the new bridge and cycleway in Valentine's Park, on 16th June, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

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Cyclists in Redbridge will be excited by the latest cycle route to open in the borough, connecting Barkingside and Ilford with Mile End via quiet back roads.

A man of the Quietway cycle route, from Barkingside, through Ilford and Wanstead, all the way to Mile End. The route is designed to go down back streets and through parks. Picture: TfL A man of the Quietway cycle route, from Barkingside, through Ilford and Wanstead, all the way to Mile End. The route is designed to go down back streets and through parks. Picture: TfL

The Redbridge section of Quietway 6 – one of seven routes across the capital that connect key destinations with parks, waterways and tree lined streets – opened on Friday, June 16 in Valentines Park, Ilford.

The cycle paths are designed to encourage more people to bike by providing low-traffic routes, and a pleasant environment for those who want to travel at a more gentle pace.

Cabinet member for the environment and sustainability, Councillor John Howard unveiled a new bridge in the park off Cranbrook Road, which completed the Redbridge section of the route.

Cllr Howard, other officials and members of the public then cycled part of the route through to Wanstead.

A cyclist sets off on the newly opened cycleway, in Valentine's Park on 16th June, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison A cyclist sets off on the newly opened cycleway, in Valentine's Park on 16th June, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

Quietway 6 starts by Barkingside Tube station, before cutting across Eastern Avenue, via Ashurst Drive.

It travels through Valentines Park, over the new bridge, down Cowley Road and Empress Avenue, Ilford.

The route skirts past Wanstead Park, and you will pedal through beautiful Wanstead Flats via Capel Road.

When finished the Quietway will be the perfect route for cyclists to travel into east and central London, avoiding busy traffic-filled roads.

L to R: Matt Winfield, Rogan Keown, and Cllr John Howard, setting off on the cycleway from the newly opened bridge in Valentine's Park, on 16th June, 2017.  Picture: Catherine Davison L to R: Matt Winfield, Rogan Keown, and Cllr John Howard, setting off on the cycleway from the newly opened bridge in Valentine's Park, on 16th June, 2017. Picture: Catherine Davison

It will go past Stratford and Victoria Park, before joining Cycle Superhighway 2 at Mile End.

Cllr Howard 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.”

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

Cllr Howard added: “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.”

Working in partnership with Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure and cycling charity Sustrans, the new bridge was funded by Transport for London.

The park will be open until 8.30pm in the winter months to allow users to cycle across the park following their working day.

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