The London Cycling Campaign (LCC) is the world’s largest urban cycling organisation. It has a local group in most of the London boroughs, with larger memberships in the inner London boroughs. Hackney has more LCC members than in any other borough – currently bubbling around 1000.
Thousands of people cycle in Hackney daily, and Hackney not only has the highest percentage of people cycling to work in London out of any London borough (6.83%), but also the UK’s largest increase in cycling from 1991-2001 based on a comparison of census data from these years. The latest Transport for London research shows that 8% of all journeys in the borough are by bicycle, which is four times the Greater London average.
The areas enclosed by the borough boundary (Hackney, Homerton, Wick, Stoke Newington, Clapton, Dalston, De Beauvoir, Hoxton, Shoreditch, etc) make up a good area in which to get around by cycle, with few hills and a high density of development.
Of course much of the group’s activity is directed towards our local council, the London Borough of Hackney, and Transport for London, lobbying and advising on how to improve things for people who want to travel by cycle.
But there’s plenty besides, including promoting the benefits of cycling, working to improve skills and training, helping to put on public events ranging from cyclists’ breakfasts to Car-Free Day, and holding social events and fundraisers like Burns Night. Other projects we’re involved in include our popular self-help maintenance workshop.
People who are active in the London Cycling Campaign in Hackney give freely of their time. If you have energy and ideas to contribute to help make cycling in Hackney even more popular and pleasurable, we’d like to hear from you.