by Natalie Vincent Tue 29 May 2018, 2:37 pm
A public vote has named a scheme to improve Waltham Forest's roads for pedestrians and cyclists as the best in London.
The Enjoy Waltham Forest programme won the People's Choice award at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) London Civil Engineering Awards 2018 on 24 May, beating Crossrail and the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter project in South Kensington. The project also scooped the ICE London Community Benefit award for improving the borough's infrastructure and helping to boost the local economy, along with supporting and encouraging those who live and work in Waltham Forest to walk and cycle more.
After securing £27 million from Transport for London in 2013, the Enjoy Waltham Forest scheme has installed more than 22km of segregated and semi-segregated cycle lanes, provided cycle safety training to more than 5,000 adults and children, built pedestrianised routes and timed road closures, reduced congestion in local town centres, supported the launch of a zero emissions delivery service, and planted thousands of trees and plants in new pocket parks and planter beds.
Reacting to the award, deputy leader and cabinet member for the environment, Clyde Loakes, said: "It is a testament to the council’s hard work over the last five years that despite some vocal criticism when we first began proposing radical new road layouts, public realm interventions and modal filters to improve the safety and priority of pedestrians and cyclists, that actually now the public are behind us and have voted for us to win this highly prestigious award."
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