The Hackney Green party have joined their London Mayoral candidate, Sian Berry, in supporting Option 1. They say that:
"In terms of the current consultation, of the four options available Hackney Green Party believe Option 1, which would trial traffic filtering on the streets just west of London Fields, is most likely to lead to improved quality of life in the area. Similar schemes in areas such as de Beauvoir have led to an improvement in quality of life for residents and a better walking and cycling environment without a big impact on traffic."
Option 1 will reduce car traffic in the area, and as such as gained the support of Play England, who say:
"Car traffic is one of the biggest barriers to children's independent mobility and play. Play England supports measures in residential areas that enable more children to play out, more often. There is increasing concern about the sedentary lifestyles of our children. Fewer than one in five children meet the recommendation activity levels of one hour a day in Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) recommended by the Chief Medical Officer. Studies have shown children are more physically active when they are playing outside with other children than they are engaged in organised sport. Most parents would like to see their children playing out but are concerned about their safety. Reductions in traffic speed and density have an impact on children’s ability to play safely on their own streets. The number of children playing out should be a quality-of-life indicator. Children playing outside is the sign of a happy, vibrant community".
And we're not done there. We also have the backing of Playing Out, who say:
"The biggest barrier children face in their daily lives is traffic. It prevents them being able to play, be physically active and get around their streets and neighbourhood freely, safely and independently. And there is clear evidence of the harm this is causing for their health and wellbeing. Making streets safer by reducing traffic danger, and allowing them to be used in a shared way, will bring huge benefits for children as well as adults."
Option 1 is all about creating spaces and neighbourhoods that are more enjoyable to live in and be in. The purpose isn't to have a single Quietway - that could be achieved in different ways. The purpose is to create neighbourhoods and communities that are better connected, cleaner, safer and that are more conducive to play, enjoy and for active travel. We are delighted that the three organisations share our vision to improve our streets. The fact that they join Hackney Play Association, Living Streets Hackney, Hackney Cycling Campaign and Sustainability Hackney is a demonstration of the proof of the broad consensus being built about the benefits of de-prioritising cars on residential streets.
We are a group of local residents who walk, drive and cycle. We support Hackney's traffic and pollution reduction plans. We firmly believe this scheme will help make London Fields a better place to live. We look forward to working with all of our neighbours and the council to make this scheme a success.